5:00am: woken up by town clock
5:30am: woken up by drummer
All is well – the drummer was back! He was like our “snooze button.” I have since tried to find out who he was. Only one website mentioned monks that walk around Darjeeling with a drum between 5-6:00am. So I don’t know for sure but it is likely true.
Friday was Diwali but it was also our travel day to Agra. Another great sunrise – I never imagined being up so early for so many days on vacation…but it is hard not to – with the view…and the clock…and the drummer.
We set out for Bagdogra airport at 9:00am. A beautiful drive with our last views of the Himalayas but also all the people along the way getting ready for Diwala. Shops were overflowing with flower garlands and fireworks were already being set off.
Our flight left at 2:30pm and we arrived in Delhi at 4:30. We had arranged a driver already and squeezed into his tiny car. Our luggage had to go on top! Off to Agra right away and as it got dark the fireworks started to go off. Homes and shops were lit up with festive lights (Christmas lights), and ladies’ saris sparkled.
It took 3 1/2 hours to get to Agra on the holiday (usually takes at least 4 hrs). Got to our hotel, ate and off to bed. The fireworks kept going into the night but we managed to sleep, it had been another long travel day.