I completely slept through the alarm this morning. I was meant to be leaving at 5.15 to see the sunrise on the Himalayas but I slept through my alarm. Luckily the people closing the door of the apartment next door woke me so I hastily threw on clothes and grabbed the cameras. Unfortunately the cloud was so dense you wouldn’t even know there were any mountains out there.
The rest of the day was spent wandering around Darjeeling which is very quaint and quirky. The buildings cling to the hill in a riot of colour. Although it's not at its best today all murky & covered in cloud.
The hotel served a very quaint old fashioned afternoon tea with sandwiches and scones with cream & jam. Well actually, it was marmalade and the cream had a faint but rather weird taste of garlic in it. Welcome to India. A huge thunderstorm started about 4.30 and we are all hoping the storm will clear the clouds and allow us to see the Himalayas tomorrow.
31st - Well the thunderstorm seemed to have done the trick. When I looked out at 5am it was cloudy but I could actually see down into the valley so I gathered gear & trotted off.
I couldn't believe it as the peaks slowly started appearing through the clouds. It was a truly beautiful sight that this picture doesn’t do justice.
We drove to Bhutan today leaving at 8am. The drive down the mountain alone took 2 hours. It was so reminiscent of NZ with big ferns and a twisty road. The long and short of it is that we spent all day in the car arriving at the Bhutanese border at 4.30pm.