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  • Day206


    February 22, 2020 in India ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Whilst I'm writing this text I'm enjoying a nice cup of Himalayan Tea.
    Darjeeling "the mother" of all hill stations:
    Known for its delicious tea in the entire world, it's far away from the hustle of big cities. With its stunning but often cloudy views through tea plantations, it's my door to the Himalayas.
    I will always remember the morning I saw the first time the Kanchenjunga range. As kid I dreamed to see the highest mountains. Now it was time, the first 8000m mountain of my life. Breathtaking.
    I arrived at Darjeeling in an aweful condition. The diarrhea didn't let me leave my bed for days. Luckily Family Rai took care of me and I'm sure the local tea helped to heal myself. After I recovered I visited the little Himalayan Zoo (with its lovely endangered Red Pandas) and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute with its homage to its founder Tenzing Norgay Sherpa who lived and died here.
    In a nutshell it was the perfect place to recover and gain new energy before entering Nepal and say goodbye to India after 3 months!
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    Barbara Siegel

    que animal raro 😅

    Barbara Siegel


  • Day10

    Sweet shop & shiny brass

    October 31, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Today I was on my own. Tom suffered Delhi belly and was down for the count. Yoga on deck at 6am, then breakfast and ready to set off for the small village of 50,000 Matiari.

    We arrived from our tender shortly after 8am. The dock was bustling, people waiting for the ferry, men working to load and move sand and the curious!

    It was a group of about 11 for the walking tour. Our tour guide walked us through the streets explaining the way of life. We saw monkey’s, dogs and cows of course. Our first stop was the vegetable market and it was busy with many stalls selling vegetables. We saw someone making samosas and another bread.
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  • Day13

    Flower Market

    November 3, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Next on the day’s agenda was the flower market. Smells not like Delhi.

    Marigolds are abundant and so are bees. No one seems concerned about the bees because as someone said, they are friendly. Marigolds are sold by the pound and are used in welcome garlands, decorations for temples, homes, toto’s, funerals and idols.

    The flower market was a wholesale market, so you couldn’t buy just one flower or even a small bouquet. It was a basket full or nothing.
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  • Day13

    Chhath Puja Festival

    November 3, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    As we left Guptipara, the beginnings of a festival were taking place. It is a festival that celebrates from sunset to sunrise. Our tour director Deep, mentioned that the festival would run all night; thousands of people would attend and there would be no sleeping tonight. Dianne and I both agreed we were glad to leave as it could be noisy.

    We arrived in Kolkata last night after motoring late into the night. We anchored in the middle of the middle of the river and thought we would all settle down to a good sleep. Another fate awaited us. Around 2:30 in the morning we were all awakened by music over loudspeakers, lots of fireworks and bangs as another festival took place. It was on the banks of the river but the noise was still loud and relentless.

    This celebration was held all along the River. There would have been no quiet spot to park. There were a lot of grumpy people at breakfast.
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  • Day10

    To the sweet shop!

    October 31, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We made our way to the sweet shop. Two treats were being made; one was made with cottage cheese formed into balls and cooked in a sugar water mixture. The second was a pastry like patted into small flat discs and cooked in hot oil. They puff up and turn a golden brown. Looked delicious but our sensitive bellies might night like them, so we were not offered any.Read more

  • Day13

    Farewell dinner

    November 3, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    India has changed some since we were here last. It has been 10 years and I would say there is less poverty than we witnessed before. I don’t think they have bought any new sewing machines or cement mixers or farm machinery since we were last here. So some things seem the same. We are 10 years older now, and don’t seem as physically able to handle the dirty air. I have a little cough that developed here. We also went to different sites than last time so it is not a perfect comparison. One thing that did seem the same was Indian hospitality. They are genuinely interested in knowing all about us, and telling about themselves. We really enjoyed that aspect of our travels.Read more

  • Day14

    Off to Nepal

    November 4, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Travel day, Calcutta Airport to Kathmandu Nepal. Air India flight 247 non stop direct. Some of our fellow travellers from the boat are on the same flight. It’s about an hour and and a half long and Air India served a hot meal.
    When we arrived in Nepal we arrived at the same time as some other international flights, and the customs area was crowded. Liz and Alan, Dianne and I all have e-visas that we got online. We need to pay the 30 USD each for our visas on arrival. There is a line up to pay, and a line up to validate your visa. There is another lineup for you if you don’t have a e-visa, which we thankfully avoid. Still it takes well over an hour to complete the process. After that’s all done, they scan you for metal before you pick up your luggage. I’m pretty stressed by the time we get our suitcases. A couple of times I thought I was going to have to tune some people up about manners and big crowd behaviour. It all worked out without the extra drama, and we were greeted by our guide Abit.
    It’s dark now as we exit the airport and ride to our hotel. Immediately it strikes us that Nepal is cleaner than the last place we were. The roads are rough, and the air is dusty, but it is cooler and our hotel is an oasis from that.
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  • Day10


    October 31, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We walked through a few more streets and found the brass shop. The craftsmen were carving, engraving and polishing the brass to a shiny gold colour. Many of us purchased pieces made. We moved on to another shop selling brass.

    We did create a stir and many curious children and their parents followed. The bravest were two little girls approached us and ask where we were from? They both were very well spoken and their English was easily understood. We chatted and pictures were taken.

    We were catching the attention of many locals as they were as interested in us as we in them. We found friendly, smiling faces. Some were taking pictures of us as well. This charming village is still somewhat untouched by foreigners. I hope it remains like it is now.
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  • Day12

    India fast food

    November 2, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Here are a couple of examples of India fast food...street food.

    The first is a puff type pastry, a hole is poked in it and stuffed with a potato mixture.
    The next is a complete hot meal. Under the plate noodles are cooking as there are hot coals underneath the noodle pot. The surrounding dishes are the toppings. It is served in newspaper!Read more

    Janice Theriault


  • Day11

    Samosa's, wedding & floating candles

    November 1, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    I’m getting to feel a bit better now, though I must say the cooking class is not making me hungry yet.

    The wedding was an impromptu event so they didn’t expect any presents.

    As a offering to Mother Ganges over 500 floating candles were set on the river.Read more

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