Of new wonders: tea blogs, Darjeeling & a railway in the Himalayas

Every day I spend a considerable amount of time hunting and gathering tea posts. That is; after I’ve read every new blog update on our site, I venture beyond the gates of Tea Trade to see what else I can find. It’s a rather fun aspect of my job. I read so many tea articles, that I’m actually surprised when I came across an English language blog I don’t know. I shouldn’t really be, because of course there are so many. However, I reckon I know most bloggers who are also active on twitter and G+, and many of those on Blogger. Sometimes I wonder if those writers have any idea that I know about their posts. Or that I read them. I do comment, quite frequently, although mostly on articles that aren’t tea reviews. It’s not that I don’t like reviews, it’s just that beyond adding that I might like to try a particular tea, I don’t really have much to say. I love a good discussion, quirky posts, travel writing, tea business buzz, stories, and updates from people I know. I really enjoy learning and discovering something new from articles, and usually want to pass these on. My search for the best tea posts, aren’t limited to blogs of course. There are many incredible tea videos, and pics out there, and I get pretty excited when I find them. Is that nerdy? I don’t know, each to their own, and all for tea.

Anyway, a couple of days ago I found this really fascinating documentary on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway; “Reviving a Himalayan Wonder.”It’s by Bharat Vohra and was first posted a couple of years ago on Vimeo. It’s a real little gem of a short, and I don’t know why I haven’t seen it before. “Darjeeling” is a frequent search term I use, since I’m mildly obsessed with these teas, and the landscape of the region is stunning.

Anyway, watch it! All three parts of it. You might also want to read an article the film maker wrote about this railway, it makes for a nice accompanying read.

From the description on Vimeo:

“Built in 1881, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a unique narrow gauge mountain railway situated in the state of West Bengal in Eastern India, connecting the plains at Siliguri with the mountain resort of Darjeeling.

Despite being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999 (only the second railway in the world to get that honour), it is badly neglected and in an abysmal condition today.

The documentary hopes to raise awareness about the railway and highlight some of the issues plaguing its operation today.”

Sounds promising? I hope so. I’m posting it for your pure pleasure,


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