Hi all! Today’s photographic memories are coming to you from 2004 and from Darjeeling, a town in the mountains not that far from Nepal – yes technically I believe in the Himalayas. This destination is famous for its toy train which is usually the number one reason most western tourists visit the town. I took this very cool railway back in 2004 twice – once was a the tourist train which was pulled by a small steam engine and only went around 7km in a loop. The second trip was hauled by a smallish diesel locomotive all the way down the mountain to Siliguri.
The temperature difference was stark between the two places, probably 10 degrees cooler in Darjeeling and more at night falling below zero. They say you can see Mt Everest from Darjeeling. I did not – I had cloud cover the whole time! It was misty indeed and I remember it rained on the day I left, possibly clearing out the clouds for better views.
Still, around the town was very interesting. There was barely any flat ground at all, and I went for a hike to what felt like the ‘other side’ of the mountain, but wasn’t that far so probably wasn’t. There a bunch of kids asked me to take their photos, which I did and you will see here on this post. Keep in mind, those kids would be in their 20s today!
Also one of the attractions was the ‘Shrubbery Nightingale Park’ which is lit up at night and blasts out loud Hindi music through tinny speakers dotted around the place. It’s… unique shall we say. Other highlights include just admiring some of the buildings built on the side of the mountain. That’s impressive to say the least, and there was a celebration (possibly Holi?) on the day I left and there was powder-dye being flung around the place!
Anyways, Darjeeling was a special little place and I hope you enjoy my pics!
Thanks for popping by today – May the Journey Never End!