Sunday, October 25, 2015
Views of the World, Market Day, Daijeeling, India
First of all, it's Darjeeling, not Daijeeling. Whether it's a misprint, or the postcard's publisher didn't know the difference....well, who knows.
As communities in India go, Darjeeling is a fairly recent one. It started out as a hill station in the mid nineteenth century. In a nutshell, India can be a pretty hot place, and it wasn't uncommon for the British occupiers to come up sick from heat, malaria, and a whole host of other nasty stuff that significantly shortened their lives. So, build mini resorts with English architecture, gardens, food, fun, and drink. Build them high enough in the Himalayan foothills so that things were cool enough to recall an English autumn, and with any luck, fewer soldiers and diplomats dropping dead. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't.
Click on Views of the World in labels to see more cards from the series.