Are shops in Darjeeling open late?

#1 Oct 28th, 2012, 11:48
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Hi! My friend and I will be arriving in Darjeeling at about 6 p.m. next Saturday and we're leaving the next morning for a trek. I need to buy a few items for our trek (possibly shoes as well as some less important things) and I'm wondering if shops there tend to be open late (say, until 8 or 9) as they are in other parts of India. Thanks!
#2 Oct 28th, 2012, 16:08
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Everything closes really early in Darjeeling, including shops and restaurants. Some shops will be open til 8 but I would not rely on getting anything specific such as trekking shoes at this time.

Restaurants also close early. Many restaurants close at 8 or even at 7. I was turned away at several places between 7.45 and 8.

Someone might know a shop that is open after 8....
#3 Oct 28th, 2012, 16:34
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Next Saturday ? What kind of trek are you going on ?. I know this is bad news, but I doubt you are going to find a proper pair of hiking boots even in day time, and as has been said, the place shuts down very early.
I hate to sound like your mother here, but you really do need to go find a pair of boots immediately and start wearing them. You should be able to do this in Delhi. If you attempt a serious trek in trainers, and many people do, then you might get away with it with your feet in tact, or you might end up in some very serious trouble indeed. your call.
Kathmandu is another story, there's plenty of second hand stuff. I know the porters used to have boots bought for them, which they'd just sell and go back to using flip flops. But I dont think you'll manage this in Darjeeling.
If this is a serious trek you are undertaking then you need to start panicking.

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