India

A trip in May 2004 to the Himalayan regions of India (Darjeeling), Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet.

Darjeeling is a fantastic way to escape from the intense heat of the Indian plains. As well as tea plantations, the place has passenger-carrying, narrow-gauge steam trains...including the famous "Toy Train". Lots of jeeps (Mahendra-made copies)...apparently people from nearby villages hire jeeps to do their shopping in Darjeeling. And a 4x4 is a real must to traverse the steep mountain roads and the odd railway lines which can all get quite wet and slippery.
Fog in Darjeeling  Fog in Darjeeling, India. Being so high up, the clouds make regular visits to the town! Photo taken in May 2004. Tibetan making wool spinning wheels  A Tibetan making wool spinning wheels from bicycle wheels and bits of wood at the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre in Darjeeling, India.  See also the Tibetans in Exile resources.  Photo taken in May 2004. Tibetan woman spinning wool for a carpet  Spinning wool at the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre in Darjeeling, India. See also the Tibetans in Exile resources. Photo taken in May 2004. Tibetan dye scales  Scales used to measure different dyes for colouring carpets at the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre in Darjeeling, India.  See also the Tibetans in Exile resources.  Photo taken in May 2004.
Building in Darjeeling  Old building in Darjeeling, India.  Photo taken in May 2004. Shopping in Darjeeling  Shopping in Darjeeling, India.  Photo taken in May 2004. Toy Train Locomotive in Darjeeling  The "Toy Train" steam locomotive in Darjeeling, India.  Photo taken in May 2004. Toy Train Firebox  The firebox for the "Toy Train" steam locomotive in Darjeeling, India.  Photo taken in May 2004.
Batasia Loop in Darjeeling  Near Batasia Loop used by the steam locomotives of the Darjeeling Himalayan Raiway (known as the Toy Train), India. Photo taken in May 2004. Toy Train in Darjeeling  The "Toy Train" steam locomotive in Darjeeling, India.  Photo taken in May 2004. More tea pickers  Tea pickers in the Happy Valley plantation in Darjeeling, India.  Photo taken in May 2004. Tea picker in Darjeeling  Tea picker in Darjeeling, India.  Photo taken in May 2004.
Tea pickers resting in Darjeeling  Tea pickers having a short rest in Darjeeling, India.  Photo taken in May 2004.