Darjeeling is a quintessential colonial-era hill station in the far north east of India. It is nestled at an altitude of 2,134m within the Himalayas. During the British rule of India between 1858 and 1947, Darjeeling was a popular place for Europeans to escape the summer heat of the plains and so it was informally known as the summer capital. Darjeeling is most famous for its tea which is regarded by some as being the finest black tea in the world. The first tea estate was established in 1841 using seeds from China and now all the terraced slopes around the town are covered by tea bushes.
These constructors are squeezing another house onto the 45° slopes of the town. I really enjoyed the laid back pace of Darjeeling. Everything about the town was in stark contrast to the busy and hot plains cities. It was also the only place where I could source a cup of black tea which was far removed from the tasty but sugar-saturated, locally drunk chai tea.