After visiting the Tibetan Refugee Center, we headed into the city to do a little shopping in the Upper and Lower Markets in Darjeeling. It wasn’t the best weather for walking around in outdoor markets, but we were only going to be in this part of Darjeeling for one day, so we had to take advantage of our time there.
STD? So I can get color tv AND a raging case of herpes at The Parklane Hotel? Awesome!
As it turned out, we ended up only driving through Darjeeling’s Lower Market. We didn’t realize we weren’t going to be stopping there, but I think there must have been some miscommunication with the drivers about exactly where we wanted to get out. Even just driving through, we were able to tell the Lower Market would be an excellent place to get some shopping done. It was crowded and not exactly upscale looking – typically a good sign that you’ll be able to find a bargain. There were all kinds of vendors, and each stall had an incredible amount of things for sale. Just take a look at all of those shoes!
After driving through the Lower Market, we headed up to the Upper Market where we finally stopped. The Upper Market was a ghost town compared to the Lower Market and we quickly figured out why. All of the shops were way too expensive! We are bargain shoppers, so the steep prices in these shops didn’t really interest us, even though the quality of the goods sold did look very nice. (I much prefer to haggle for a good deal!)
Instead of shopping, we just looked around and walked through the streets in the rain. Regardless of the lack of quality shopping, we still had a good time and I’d go back again just to get some peace and quiet. The crowds in India are a little crazy – sometimes you just need to get away for a bit!
Once we got back to Glenburn Tea Estate, the rain had slowed down some, but not enough for us to see the mountains yet. The whole time we’d been at Glenburn, everything was in a fog. We knew the mountains were there, we just couldn’t see them.
We ordered afternoon tea and watched the rain fall from our downstairs living room in the bungalow. Later in the evening, we headed up to the main house for dinner. I believe this was the only night where we were the sole guests of the estate, so our dinner this evening was shared with just our family and Neilu.
We had a more western meal this evening – chicken florentine. (I had almost forgotten what regular, non-spicy chicken tasted like!) For the first time on the trip, I wasn’t worried that the spices in our meal would make me sick afterwards. Over dinner, we began making our game-plan for the next few days in Glenburn. The forecast was predicting monsoons for the remainder of our stay, but we weren’t going to let a little rain slow us down!
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