Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

Spent well over a week relaxing up in the cooler climate of Darjeeling. From the hill station town there are vast views of the Himalayas, looking at Khangchendzonga (the 3rd highest mountain in the world). The view was especially brilliant from nearby Tiger Hill at sunrise.

Darjeeling is famous for its toy train, which has operated since 1881, with small steam locomotives still running up and down the hills today.

Have enjoyed trying different food up here, as the locals are mainly Gurkhas; originally from Nepal; so there is Nepalese food as well as Tibetan and Chinese. Here are some aloo momos (potato dumplings) that were tasty.

There is a lot to see out around the town, with pleasant walks around the hills.  Wandered out earlier in the week to see red pandas and leopards at the zoo as well as the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, that had equipment from the first Mount Everest expeditions.  These photos show the Japanese peace pagoda, where again there was great views of the mountains, and finally the Bhutia Busty Gompa monastery.

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