Taken at about 4:30 A.M. on October 16, 2008.
We woke up at 3:00 A.M. from a short night’s sleep at the Darjeeling Planter’s Club. The night before, we had gotten in around 10:00 P.M. and “enjoyed” the occasional serenade of howling dogs. Boarding special 4-wheel-drive vehicles and hiring drivers for the trek, we made our way along with the other tourists and pilgrims to see the inspiring sight. As the first golden rays of light hit the tip of the highest peak, a great cheering roar rose from the throng. As the deep oranges gave way to golden yellows and then to whites, the fog that enshrouded the foot hills and valleys was burned away, revealing the town of Darjeeling.