Darjeeling from the Clock Tower

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Don Ellis
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Darjeeling from the Clock Tower
Sep 1, 2009

When Leela and I were in Darjeeling in 1996, the clock in Darjeeling’s Clock Tower was accurate twice a day – because it was stopped. It had been broken for years because, we were told, because the mechanism had been stolen. Hmmm…

Anyway, on our return trip in 2006, the first thing we notice was the clock working and illuminated. And we were told it was only completed, with the help of the Rotarians, two months before we arrived. So we were lucky.

I was so charmed to see it in operation that I asked the authorities if I could go up inside the tower and they agreed. I ascended by narrow ladder to the platform behind the four clock faces, and from there I was allowed to climb another ladder to the top of the tower and onto a precarious four-foot-square, tin-sheet roof where the loudspeakers are tied to a low rail for the chimes. It was from this vantage point that I took these four photos.

They will at least give you an overview of part of the town and a view that is seldom (maybe never, who knows) seen.

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