We all know that Tintin and the Bangalis share a special bond. That’s why he and his friends came to Kolkata last year; they cut a cake in front of the Howrah Bridge. The journalist and his friend received a lot of love from the Bangalis. They received the suggestion to explore a little more of Bengal.
As a result, The Embassy of Belgium in New Delhi confirmed the celebration of his 90th birthday in the Queen of the Hills. A beautiful illustration by artist Mahafuj Ali, aka MAli was shared on the official Facebook page of the Belgian Embassy, showing Tintin in Darjeeling.
Tintin in Darjeeling on his 90th Birthday
It seems that the adventures of Tintin in Darjeeling have already begun; MAli’s image shows Tintin and Captain Haddock pulling off a Simran and Raj scene, trying to get into a running toy-train. Thomson and Thompson are already tumbling. Meanwhile, Bianca Castafiore in a saree is already in the train. She is sitting beside Professor Calculus who sports a monkey cap like a true Bangali. Now the question is, what has Tintin been doing in Darjeeling?
Tintin’s plan in Darjeeling
Based on MAli’s image, it is safe to assume that Tintin and his friends have enjoyed a ride on the toy train. The stunning view of the Kanchenjungha in the distance must have mesmerised them. After all, it’s winter, and the view of the mountains must have been uninterrupted. We can also assume that they stopped at Batasia Loop, and were waved at by the little kids along the journey.
We bet they stayed in the Tin Tin Boutique Hotel, a small but well-appointed accommodation option. It is close to all the major landmarks of Darjeeling, like the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Neora Valley National Park, Tiger Hill, Zoological Park, Mahakal Mandir, and Japanese Peace Pagoda; so, Tintin must have enjoyed the many colours of Darjeeling by visiting all of them. We are also sure that his itinerary includes the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, a tribute to Tenzing Norgay. After all, Sherpa Norgay was introduced to the world of mountaineering by Ang Tharkay.
Remember Tharkey, the sherpa whom Tintin met during his adventure in Tibet? Ang Tharkay was the inspiration behind the character. We’re almost certain that Tintin, inspired by his old friend, is in the mountains somewhere; he must be trekking to Sandakphu, the highest point in West Bengal. And perhaps, before he returns to Darjeeling, he will also trek to the hidden paradise of Gorkhey, Samanden, before making their way back to Darjeeling via the quiet town of Srikhola where the local brew, Tongba, is a must to warm his belly. We suggest Tintin and his friends enjoy the pork platter at Keventers for breakfast; they should also try some pork chops at Glenary’s for lunch.
All these are a must for the adventurous Tintin and his friends before they catch their flight from Bagdogra.