Archive for the ‘darjeeling’ Category

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway turns 126 today. Advertisements

John Flinn, the travel editor for the San Francisco chronicle recently wrote an excellent piece about his travels in Darjeeling. His vivid descriptions of all the places I used to haunt as a child are spot-on! The story starts off with an indignant (Indian) guest at the Planter’s Club lamenting the fact that the club […]

On Spitting


There once was a man from Darjeeling Who got on a bus bound for Ealing. The sign on the door Said “Don’t spit on the floor,” So he carefully spat on the ceiling. [via: Jim Caldwell on 43 Places] For a scholarly analysis of spitting, see this.

Napa Weekend


Spent a lovely day in the Napa Valley this weekend with the family. Brilliant weather, and lots (lots) of wine and cheese. My favorite vineyard: Chateau Montelena, the place that took the French by surprise and started California’s wine revolution. At every vineyard we visited, I couldn’t help but think about the potential of Darjeeling […]

Roswitha Joshi writes about Darjeeling’s attempts to revive it’s image. Under the brand name ‘Chai Country’ they want to uplift the entire region and have, to this end, tied up with like-minded entrepreneurs who have made it their mission to buy up and put into shape run-down tea plantations and factories. Tourism, entrepreneurship, innovation. A […]