Der Führer: Day 9 – Darjeeling Rest Day

Those of us booked into the Shangri-La Regency arrived to find a small but genuinely boutique hotel, with beautiful rooms, and a spectacular top floor bar and breakfast area. But the really outstanding thing about this place are the staff. They really were delightful from start to finish, and at Rs2,000 a room it’s frankly a snip. Those of the group not as fortunate as ourselves generally left with severe misgivings. Indeed, we watched the sensational India v England tied match at the other Shangri-La, and I’m afraid the staff there are an entirely different proposition, You need the Regency if you want Windamere service but at a fifth of the price.
We spent the day wandering about the back streets of lower Darjeeling with the aid of Rumba who is the proprietor of Hot and Stimulating Cafe, which is a tiny place you can find on the way to the Himalayan Mountaineering Club. They serve delicious momos, which are a Tibetan, vegetarian form of Chinese dumplings.
The evening was spent with a few beers watching the cricket, and a fun time was had by all in the bar with honours even.
Here’s another of Andy’s Kanchenjunga pics to be going on with


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