Today I got sometime off and went on a stroll around town with my family. It was kinda late when we got out and soon the night crawled upon and humbled us all. As the night was approaching, we were having some Darjeeling Tea and food at the famous Darjeeling restaurant (open air) “Keventers”, and the slow crawl bestowed a certain brightness of magnificence pertaining to the view it was offering. Lucky I had taken my compact, P&S, I managed to take one shot of the Capitol Clock Tower or generally known as Darjeeling Clock Tower. Hope you like the photo. The photo is a little shaky as I had no tripods and clicked it free hand. No digital slr, just plain and simple point and shoot cam.
I had taken this photo sometime back when I had visited the most renowned and sacred shrine at Observatory Hill in Darjeeling, known locally as “Dara”. Here lies one temple with two religions – sounds weird but this is true. One side constitutes Hinduism with Lord Shiva as the main deity of worship and the other side is Buddhism. Two religious priests will be sitting on opposite sides facing each other – one is a Hindu pundit and the other is a Buddhist Monk or Lama. If you are to dig into the religious history of both Hinduism and Buddhism, we find it intertwined and special place of worship such as this here on top of Observatory Hill proves it.
Ah yes, its not a tea blend, but a blend of colors. Yes, I have been talking about Darjeeling Tea since I got online and people tag me as a tea guy, which I don’t deny and every time I write something friends and foes take it surely to be tea related. Anyways, apart from tea, I love photography, though an amateur photographer, I really love to angle all thats related to tea, culture and nature. For a long time I have been thinking of upgrading to a better SLR, probably Canon SLR, but am really confused – Hope to decide upon soon and bring you better photographs.
The thing I like about this photo is how the Tibetan woman offering prayer flags at “Dara” has perfectly blended with with surrounding religious colors! I like this photo a lot!
Enjoy the photo!
This is a photo taken during twilight or you may say dusk – a part of Darjeeling town. Darjeeling had been severely experiencing some extreme cold wintery type of weather conditions starting right after the Diwali festivals. The weather turned all foggy with chilly winds blowing and we had to tug ourselves into more of those woolies.
Autumn flush for Darjeeling Tea production was affected a bit due to cold weather prevalent – managers from some Darjeeling Tea plantations informed me that some sections of their plantation had totally stopped bearing tea leaves due to the cold weather which inhibits growth – this is the very reason why Darjeeling Tea production goes into some kind of hibernation during the winter months. The inhibition of tea growth is simply due to lack of sunlight which is much needed for the new shoots to sprout properly.
Anyways, tea lovers need not worry about the new 2011 Autumn Flush, I have already bought some and looking out for some more
At the moment its been about 3 days, the sun god seems happy and its dawning upon us and we are now able to dry up our frozen bones. But the winds blowing across seems to be freezing in nature.
Enjoy the photo!
This is a photo which I had taken sometime back with my manual slr camera. Its a view of Mt. Kanchenjunga as seen from Darjeeling town. Mt. Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world with a height of 8,586 m. It is believed that the most spectacular view of the whole mountain range of Mt. Kanchenjunga is seen from Darjeeling town. It is also believed that the early British settlers, apart from other historical reasons, chose this place due to its scenic beauty and climatic conditions which resembled that of England. In the photo, you will see a part of Darjeeling town on the right and the lower part of the hills constitute some Darjeeling Tea plantations. Further off are the hills of Sikkim.
Apart from the Darjeeling Tea industry, Darjeeling is blessed with nature’s scenic beauty and this view is one view which Darjeeling can be proud of. Hoards of tourists flock to Darjeeling every year, some to see the land where their favorite Darjeeling Tea grows and some to just get a glimpse of the view above.
Sometime ago my friend Samir and I had the chance to click some photos of Darjeeling when it had snowed. Thanks to Samir for letting me get this photos showcased here.
The snow factor in Darjeeling is not a promised forecast but we do get snow in Darjeeling during the winters when the weather conditions dip below zero. I cannot recall which year, but it had snowed on the day of Christmas and we were all blessed.
Enjoy the photos! I remember the chill wanted me to crave for more of Darjeeling Tea – nice and hot!
Its festival time here in Darjeeling and each day is observed differently. Yesterday i.e. September 25 was Fulpati where a cultural rally started from Dali. Every year it starts around 8-9 am and ends at Chowrasta, the considered center point of Darjeeling. I had to reach early so started at 7, walked a couple of kms and reached. A huge gathering had already taken place and I squeezed in to take some shots. Walked back to town along with the rally upto Chowrasta. It was such a marvelous cultural extravaganza.
Some must be wondering what “Fulpati” is, I have taken a para from a local news daily “The Telegraph”:
Phulpati is a unique custom in which community members collect flowers, petals and other offerings from their houses and take them to the puja pandal to pay obeisance to Goddess Durga. The decorated palanquin carrying the sacred flowers, leaves and sugarcane tied in red clothes — the colour symbolising the goddess — is usually accompanied by an ornate umbrella. It is believed that people who pass underneath the palanquin are absolved of their sins. The tradition dates back to the days of King Pritivinarayan Shah (1723-1775) of Nepal when the phulpati procession used to start from Gorkha, his native place, and end at Kathmandu after covering hundreds of miles.
Hope you like the photos!!
Autumn Flush 2009:
I am now gearing up for the next and last tea season of the year namely Autumn Flush. Hope to get my hands on some good Autumn Flush Darjeeling Teas. Will keep you posted.
Happy Tea Sipping, Good Day!
Welcome to my personal space on the web. Hi! This is Benoy, a guy who resides among the Himalayan hills of Darjeeling. This is a personal blog where I update everything personal - from my wake up time to the time I fall dead on the bed. I love Darjeeling Tea and photography - Though an amateur photographer with zero knowledge of the technicalities involved, I like the idea of capturing the angle which best portrays to my eyes. Enjoy your stay here! +Benoy Thapa
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