"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Darjeeling Dusks

Our stay in Darjeeling was made particularly pleasant by the helpful hotel staff.
On our first morning, whilst taking breakfast, I had taken a picture looking out from the dining room.
When the waiter saw me fiddling with my camera, he smiled and pointed to a large notice by the stairs:
An arrow directed upwards and invited interested guests to enjoy the viewing gallery.

And so, when twilight fell, we thought to try out the facility.

Following the sign, we found ourselves in a narrow corridor which led into an extremely spacious room.
It was not quite what I’d expected.
Although the large windows provided excellent views, this rather grand room was fully furnished
with wardrobes, armchairs and a slightly dishevelled, king-size bed.

But the sun was setting fast. There was no time to ponder our hotel’s eccentric décor.
Opening up the windows to get better photographs, I took my shots.

It was only when we left the room, and retraced our steps back along the corridor, that I noticed a second sign
advertising “panoramic hill views”.
This sign pointed in the opposite direction to the one from which we’d come. 

We had taken our pictures in another guest’s bedroom…


Pictures inadvertently taken from the windows of a deluxe suite, in Hotel Seven-Seventeen, Darjeeling.

10 responses

  1. Ed

    a true comedy of errors

    October 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

    • I specialise in them, Son. Particularly when travelling..
      Be warned – and bolt your bedroom!

      October 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

  2. Ha! Funny! I have made mistakes when traveling too. It seems for me though that they are all bathroom related. HA! Great photos!

    October 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    • I’ll draw a discrete veil over my worse mistakes…

      October 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

  3. Toffeeapple

    Now I’m giggling!

    October 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    • I’m just relieved the rightful residents didn’t return while we were taking pictures from their room.
      And that I didn’t use the bathroom!

      October 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm

  4. A potential Goldilocks moment ….

    October 12, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    • Exactly. It was only later I realised we had re-enacted Cinderella at dawn, then Goldilocks at dusk!

      October 13, 2011 at 6:44 am

  5. How funny. So no locks on the doors then?

    October 12, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    • The door must had been left open. I certainly didn’t force it!

      October 13, 2011 at 6:46 am

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