Large Indian Journey - Kalimpong
• Great Indian Journey - Kalimpong
Keep going. To the north. Night train from Calcutta to Siliguri station. There, we will remove this Indian wedding. But it will be a week later. In the meantime, we're going by, even further. From Siliguri, you can go two ways - by train to Darjeeling and public "shuttles" - jeeps. On w / e ways been renovated so we stayed only one way - by jeep.
The jeep stuffed 12 people - jam, no hands or feet do not pull. It is not easy if you go over 4 hours. We had time for the last flight at around 3 o'clock in the afternoon. Another wondered why so early departure of the last flight, but on the way everything became clear. Road Siliguri, Kalimpong - a serpentine with sharp cliffs, at the bottom of the river Teesta rages. The first time I went on such an extreme track and on such transport, so at first it was very uncomfortable. In addition, there early it gets dark, and most of the way we went in the dark on unlit mountain road.
The difference between Siliguri, located in the plains and mountain Kalimpong - huge. Only 4 hours on the road up (Kalimpong is situated at an altitude of 1247 meters above sea level) - and completely change the ethnic composition of the population. Most of the city's population of Nepalese origin, t. E. Mongoloid facial features. In addition, there are many Chinese people, because it is very close to the Chinese border. The difference is not only in this - will immediately become much cleaner in the streets and much tidier residents. Apparently, a different mentality. Although in any case, not Europe :) T. to. We arrived in the evening, then immediately went to look for a place overnight. Somehow, in all the places where hung Hotel plaque appeared normal diner-zhralni :) The hotel, which was exactly the hotel had to look for a long time). As a result, we took off "suites" in the city center for about 800 rubles for two in terms of our money for the night. Suite truth and pulled up to this amount, but basically everything you need has been - a bed, hot water, shower, toilet, and no hole in the floor :)
Waking up in the morning, we heard a noise and shouting in the street and loudly screaming megaphone. It was a rally. It turned out that the nearby town of Kalimpong and Darjeeling were major centers of the movement for independence from the 1980s, and there are constant excitement. The next excitement happening right under our windows :)
The view from the hotel window.
In fact, the rally.
Shouting speaking friend is very loud and aggressive.
to listen to him very carefully.
Scored the rally and went for a walk through the streets. Along the way, we are constantly met pupils and students, all in a different form, but still very neat and pretty.
Just urban sketches.
this park Deol, there can be reached by climbing another on top, and there otkryvatsya views of Kalimpong. It's like a botanical garden with landscape design, to come for pleasant walks locals.
Here are a couple admiring the view.
Even though it was foggy, the view everything was still wonderful.
Our boats :)
When the sun began to set, we hurried back to the city, but decided to go down on the other side of the mountain. In general, we wandered for a long time as a result of some paths :) But views are magical ...
And we have brought down in the end, this psinka :) We just followed her, supposing that her house somewhere at the bottom of the village. And no mistake :)
Evening sketches about people and the streets of Kalimpong.
We saw the club with just such a wonderful name :)
In the evening for a change decided to move to another hotel. Well, just to see what's there and how. As a result, we found a room for 400 rubles for two. And there was even a TV :) However, besides him there were still gigantic cockroaches, one of them climbed at night in my shoes, and when I went to the toilet (sorry for details), began to tickle my heels. Well, you imagine what I went through shock :)
And this is the ticket office. Take the tickets to the next shuttle jeep to Darjeeling.