As we made our way up a never-ending winding narrow road full of horrendous potholes and very sharp switchbacks I wondered what on earth possessed us! This feeling continued as the vehicle numbers increased, traffic often came to a standstill and the sounds of blaring horns became a constant. Anyone who thinks Saskatoon has a traffic, parking or pothole problem really needs to spend a few days here!
Our first day got off to a rocky start, as noted in Andrew's post. But once settled in, even though we seldom left the hotel without getting lost amongst the maze of tiny streets and alleyways, we saw and did lots.
|View of Darjeeling hillside from the garden in our hotel. Due to altitude and time of year it was a bit cool so|
we didn't sit in the garden as much as we expected to.
|Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn't let sleeping dog lie because then they are up all night barking!|
|Crazy busy traffic on "Main Street"|
We got up at 5:30 one morning to watch the sunrise. This was often the only time to get a clear view of Kanchenjunga because it usually clouded over by mid morning or earlier.
The one exception to that rule was the day we went paragliding. It was clear pretty much the whole day.
There were lots of monkeys roaming the city. They weren't really cooperative photographic subjects so you had to be quick on the button!
Not surprisingly, we went to the zoo. Although not one of the best zoos we've been to, it's the largest high altitude zoo in India and specializes in breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions, such as the snow leopard, the Himalayan wolf and the red panda.
|This red panda actually cooperated for photo!|
|Himalayan black bear|
|This is the size of tea/coffee cup Andrew and I would like to have!|
|The train and traffic|
Darjeeling is a very unique place to visit and I'm glad we stopped here!