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No Mt Everest but still a neat orange sunrise

Day 7 Darjeeling

Tiger Hill Sunrise

Drove up to the top of Tiger Hill, famous for its stunning panoramic and view of Mt Everest and Mt Kangchenjunga but will I be lucky? The sky was certainly black with the stars twinkling in the distance. Slowly it turned to a band of orange. Plus it was cold so several cups of hot chai was gratefully welcomed! Thanks JD.

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No view of Mt Everest because of the cloud though Mt Kangchenjunga, India’s tallest mountain and the world’s third at 8,586 m / 28,169 ft was just visible in the distance.

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Mt. Kangchenjunga

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The mountains was bathed in pink light.

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I was surprised at seeing so many people. Mainly domestic tourists and few “foreigners” like us. A huge cheer and rush to see the sun as it broke through the cloud.

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A new concrete grandstand is being built which will certainly help with the crowds especially in high season.

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Tiger Hill (2,590 m) is located in Darjeeling, in the Indian State of West Bengal, and is the summit of Ghoom, the highest railway station in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mt. Kangchenjunga together.

It is 11 km from the town of Darjeeling and can be reached either by jeep or by foot through Chowrasta, Alubari or Jorebangla and then climbing up the incline to the summit.

At sunrise, the peaks of Kangchenjunga are illuminated before the sun is seen at lower elevations.

From Tiger Hill, Mount Everest (8848m) is just visible. Makalu (8481m) looks higher than Mt. Everest, owing to the curvature of the Earth, as it is several miles closer than Everest. The distance in a straight line from Tiger Hill to Everest is 172 km / 107 miles.

On a clear day, Kurseong is visible to the south and in the distance, along with Teesta River, Mahanada River, Balason River and Mechi River meandering down to the south. Chumal Rhi mountain of Tibet, 135 km / 84 miles away, is visible over the Chola Range. Thanks Mr Wikipedia

https://www.darjeeling-tourism.com/darj_000016.htm

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/darjeeling/attractions/tiger-hill/a/poi-sig/449627/356540

Here are some more images from Dr “Google” if the clouds had behaved themselves:

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=tiger+hill+darjeeling&rlz=1C1GGRV_enNZ751NZ751&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi5_cjzyP_ZAhUU8WMKHRQQCIEQ_AUICigB&biw=1536&bih=734

Back to the hotel for an 8 am breakfast of macaroni 65 rupees / NZ$1.40 / US$1.00 and a hot chocolate 50 rupees / NZ$1.00 / US$0.80.

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Posted by bruceontour 12:59 Archived in India Tagged sunrise Comments (0)

Sunrise with the birds

The body must be getting travel wary as I awoke later at 6.45am / 06:45, much later than I had been waking and had to force myself to get out of bed in order to be out and see the sunrise. Last night googled when sunrise was (7.15am) as in my mind I wanted to get the Gateway of India in the picture somehow.

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Taj Mahal Hotel and Taj Mahal Tower

Taj Mahal Hotel and Taj Mahal Tower

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Gateway of India

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Taj Mahal Hotel

Taj Mahal Hotel

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Taj Mahal Hotel and Taj Mahal Tower

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Gateway of India

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Taj Mahal Hotel and Taj Mahal Tower

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On last night’s walkabout I saw chairs and staging being put up in front of the Gateway of India. Now know the reason. A sunrise concert.

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So hung around and eventually saw the sun rise with the sightseeing boats at anchor providing the foreground subject matter. The higher the sun rose, the more orange it became.

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I had read about the Sassoon Dock and googled last night its whereabouts. Google maps said just 22 minutes if walked to get there.

Along the sea wall passing:

  • pigeons and seagulls being fed

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Right opposite the Taj Mahal Hotel

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  • couples getting their photo taken with the sunrise in the background

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  • runners, walkers, people exercising

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  • Colaba sea front boutique hotels

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  • fishermen at work

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  • people living rough sleeping on the pavement.

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Through Colaba early morning vegetable and fruit market. What a contrast one block makes. From the up market expensive hotels to this area where the locals live, shop and work. It had the same atmosphere as the other local markets I have been through.

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