Tea Time in Darjeeling

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Darjeeling is located 2000 meters above sea level. The views of the Himalayas are said to be spectacular, but the weather at this time of the year it was low hanging clouds all around. Tea grows really well here and there is not much else to do other than relax in this former hill station of the British. After our tough trip from Kathmandu this suited us just fine. We relaxed, drank tea and coffee and walked around town. We visited the Himalayan Institute with its fascinating collection of equipment used by Tanzing Norgay during his various Everest climbs The museum also exhibits a widely inacurate diorama of the Himalayas, a telescope gifted by Hitler, and a dead eagle that was found on some mountain expedition. The zoo here is also quite interesting and we enjoyed the beautiful snow leopards, cloud leopards, and the incredbly cute red pandas, which are also known as firefoxes.

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