Donna and Joe have finished their assignment in India. Occasionally they still travel somewhere.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Trip to Darjeeling, part 2

These are some shots on our way up the mountain to Darjeeling. From the plain we drove 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Winding up the narrow roads, on and on, you began to think there could never be a city of any size this far up in the mountains. We passed tea gardens (plantations) growing on the steep hillsides, some terraced, some just frighteningly steep. Finally we arrived, and in the bottom row are some of the first sights of the city. It is a most amazing site. Buildings that are one story at street level are 3, 4, 5 stories high on the hill side. I swore I wouldn't put a foot into a building like the one on the right, though I imagine I did, as they look normal from the street.

1 comment:

Karen said...

I love these pics. It feels like looking at a story book about a land that existed centuries ago rather than right now. It feels very exotic to peak into this strange world and culture. The cow waiting to be washed was indeed worth the warning from the bull! I was imagining him showing up at the local carwash and demanding service. Too funny!