Darjeeling is magically perched high up in the Himalayas above the clouds.
As usual I’m in a budget hotel, this time though I have a massive window maybe 3 x 4 metres with a great view of darjeeling life and the green valley beyond so I’ve spent my days working in my room (I have a table and chair by the window) doing those mundane things we all have to do (tax return, working out finances etc etc). When I’ve done a few hours I walk around the town and visit an old colonial tea house and have tea & cake before I return to my room with a view.
Darjeeling has very few tourists which both surprises me and is great. I’m told I’ve arrived at the start of the tourist season and it will get busy from November onwards.
The worst thing about Darjeeling are the 4WD taxis which there are loads of as Darjeeling is on a hill and everyone gets taxis everywhere. The taxis drive too fast, have no consideration for other road users and use their horns constantly! I would go as far as to say that Darjeeling would offer a far better experience to tourists if it controlled this behaviour.
A couple of days into my stay here and I bumped into Ian & Floris who I was with in Kathmandu and are on the Myanmar crossing with me, then on my last day Dave & Max arrived. I suppose it’s no surprise as we’re all heading for the same place at the same time and there is only a narrow path through to the Myanmar border with Bangladesh to the south and Bhutan to the north.