In my room in Kalimpong there was a picture I recognized by the Russian artist Nicholas Roerich - one of my favourite artists - and there were other pictures by him there. I was aware that he settled in India (the Kulu Valley), but I found out that his wife subsequently llived in Kalimpong!
It was very interesting to see the Paro festival in Bhutan, with the masked dances and the huge thangka (kind of Tibetan Buddhist picture).
For those who, like me, are fascinated by Tibetan culture but feel they cannot go to Tibet under the present political circumstances - i.e. Tibetans oppressed under Chinese occupation - Bhutan, Sikkim, Kalimpong and Darjeeling provide other opportunities to see and experience something of Tibetan and Tibetan-influenced culture. And they are fascinating in their own right.
I noticed lots of birds everywhere on the trip. I don't think I've ever seen so many crows as I saw in Kolkata!
I've been to many wonderful temples in my life, including ones on this trip, but the Jain temple we visited in Kolkata is quite unique in my experience, all glistening with glass as though a garland of jewels spread across the sky.
I wish other countries would adopt a policy like in Bhutan - Gross National Happiness.