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TRAVEL WATCH: SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 10

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Need to Chill? Head for India's Hill Stations
Heavenly. What better word to describe Darjeeling and Kalimpong, two Himalayan towns with their heads in the clouds?

Short Cuts
Tea may be Darjeeling's main claim to fame, but the hill town also offers much for transport enthusiasts

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Chiang Mai travel agencies hawk trips to "undiscovered" villages in Northern Thailand

DARJEELING TEA
(www.darjeelingtea.com)
CYBER-SIP: Before heading to Darjeeling, be sure to check out the local teagrowers' association online salon. (And consider a separate virtual sidetrip to www.visit-darjeeling.com, the website of the local tourist board.) Become an instant expert on the region's prized black leaves, soaking up the history and lore of the beverage in which East-West relations have steeped for centuries. The site also serves up links and information on Darjeeling's many tea plantations.

HIMALAYA 2000
(www.himalaya2000.com)
HIGH HOPES: Still haven't booked New Year's Eve plans for the coming millennial shindig? Think big: watch the first sunrise of the year from a 2,590 m perch atop Tiger Hill, or spend New Year's Day observing endangered one-horned rhinoceroses in the foothills of the Himalayas. This website offers a host of unique suggestions on how to ring in 2000 in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Sikkim and Siliguri and lists events taking place long after the big night is over.

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