Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Darjeeling


India's population is estimated to be 1,129,866,154 (yep folks, thats over a billion) and is the second largest country in the world. There is only 1 other contry in the world that has past the billion mark...do you know what the it is? There are 28 states and 7 territories that make up India. Once we crossed over into India, we spent our time in the Darjeeling District of West Bengal (the capital of India is New Delhi...we didn't go there.) There is a group of people in the city of Darjeeling and its surronding areas called the Gorkhas that are protesting to be removed from West Bengal and would like to be the state of Gorkhaland. While we were there, there were green, yellow, and white flags flying above the roads. These are the colors of Gorkhaland. Also while we were there we were able to see (for a quick second) the third highest mountain in the world...Kanjenjounga. We had a really nice time exploring Darjeeling and seeing where Shawn's family lived for 4 years. We got to see the Toy Train...it is a train that people ride on that is SO tiny! We also were able to eat very yummy Indian food! Where we were is also famous for its tea...Darleeling Tea. We got to tour a tea factory and we drank tea everywhere we went!
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