India One More Time travel blog

View from our rest stop on way down mountain

Front of our sumo

View of the rear...Bon, et al

Looking down at our sumo

Looking at the road ahead...at our rest stop

Foot contemplation

Antique locomotive at RR station

Our ON digs...


12/18

We head to sumo/taxi stand after checking out of Hotel Broadway. It's getting colder (relatively speaking) so good to move on - down...soon to be hot and humid again, ha! We humans are so little adapted to multiple climates, reptiles seem to have an answer, maybe! But we are not related by evolution so I guess our fate is in the hands of M.N.

Arrived after a thrilling downhill ride at train depot from whence we left ...2:30p.m.

asked at the tourist help place for hotels nearby! A very friendly fellow pointed and said "Just 2 km that way", we balked and repeated "2 km is too far"! No,no, just 2 minutes" Aha, easy ready...

After checking out 4 hotels and 9 different rooms we settled on Tirupati Lodge, a 5 minute walk from the train!

12/18

Today we all left via a sumo at 1pm (hired taxi like the one we came up it)...down, down, down to NJP and found a hotel, Trupati Lodge PVT near the train station. A young fellow in the tourist office sent us in the right direction so it was an easy walk and after checking out 3-4 places and 8 +/- rooms! Had a 'dinner' nearby, tried to get more $$$ but being Sunday and past 5 p,m. no luck! D & J caught their train back to Kolkata at 8 p.m.. Next morning we were up at 6 a.m. for our 7:45 train. At the station we enquired as to which platform and were told usually it came in on #3 but 15 minutes before it arrived they announced it would leave from #5 so the whole crowd (mostly Indian) smashed back up the stairs and down to #5 as the train pulled in...typically Indian, ha!

Arrived after a thrilling downhill ride at train depot from whence we left ...2:30p.m.

asked at the tourist help place for hotels nearby! A very friendly fellow pointed and said "Just 2 km that way", we balked and repeated "2 km is too far"! No,no, just 2 minutes" Aha, easy ready...

After checking out 4 hotels and 9 different rooms we settled on Tirupati Lodge, a 5 minute walk from the train!

A bit of a 'walkabout' to secure food/dinner and unsuccessful trip to re station for an ATM,we returned to our (B,M, &Ts ) room where D &J hung out until returning to rr station for their train back to Kolkata.

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