5:00: Woken up by town clock.
5:30: Awake but no drummer boy!
5:45: Got up anyway but couldn’t help wonder what happened to the drummer boy. Is Thursday his day off? Did he sleep in?
I know I sound like I am repeating myself but it was yet another beautiful sunrise over the Himalayas.
We set off at 9:00am, planning to go to two monasteries but on our way we decided to go to Tiger Hill. It was still clear and we were leaving the next day. Getting up there for sunrise wasn’t a big deal to us so off we went.
There was no traffic going up the hill and it took us only about 40 minutes from Darjeeling. Such a great decision – it was warm and no crowds when we got there. Our driver pointed out Mt. Everest right away – just a small peak showing itself in the distance. The Indian Himalayas were giants from this perspective, but it was exciting for the four of us to see Everest. A little different driving 40 min. to see Mt. Everest compared to when Michael and I trekked in Nepal to Everest Base Camp – 2 weeks!
Here is a photo of Mt. Everest from Tiger Hill:
Spent a bit of time up on Tiger Hill and then set off for the two monasteries. First, the Yiga Choeling Monastery is one of the oldest in the area dating back to 1850. One of the few monasteries where you can take photos inside (10rp/photo).
There is nothing like the sounds of the monks chanting, along with their unique sounding instruments. A part of India like no other – impressive. Here Michael is holding a smaller version of the drum used by the monks: