I just got back from a 3 day tour in Darjeeling, a town in the West Bengal state of India, situated on a mountainous region, almost 7000 feet above the sea level. Here are a few snaps from the trip shot from my point and shoot camera (a Cannon A570 IS).
I took this shot when we were going up the mountain in a jeep. We were over the clouds, literally!
Taking a walk on slanted streets of the town on the evening of arrival. We shopped for winter clothes, as some of us didn’t pack any of it, and tasted street food.
The waterfall at Rock Garden, Darjeeling.
Traffic Jam…Darjeeling style.
Toy train, the public transport service for Darjeeling. I wanted to get on board one of these but couldn’t because of lack of time.
Training rock for mountain climbers.
And this is Tenzing rock, named after the famous sherpa Tenzing Norgay. This rock is open for tourists to test out their mountain climbing skills.
A little boy trying to scale the Tenzing rock.
Darjeeling is home to many migrated Tibetans, who have been living there for generations. This Self Help Centre houses a hospital for the refugees, an orphanage, a gift shop that sells Tibetan handicraft and a photo museum that captures the history of the region and it’s oppression by the Chinese regime. Our tour guide slash driver, who was also a Tibetan, got very emotional talking about this place.
The people of Darjeeling have been demanding for ‘Gorkhaland’, a province of their own and outside the control of West Bengal State Government. This procession was taking place on May Day, at the heart of the town.
Mall Square of Darjeeling. The statue in the photo belongs to Bhanubhakta Acharya, a Nepali poet.
The bell tower of the municipal building of Darjeeling, built during the British period.
Taking a walk through the market place.
The gang at Jore Pokhri park. See the foggy background? It’s not fog, it’s a cloud! They were just floating in and out of the place!
And this is Mirik lake, the last place that we visited.