Hello people! Continuing my travelogue to the Queen of Hills, today’s post will be the final chapter of the trip. 🙂
Bidding adieu to Darjeeling, we reached the small town of Mirik after around 2.5 hours of drive. On the way we also came across the Indo-Nepal border and kids who’d play across the line never realizing it’s two different countries. The sight was as heartwarming as could be: Indians and Nepalese families living a familiar life of next-door neighbors…
We made a stop at the famous Pashupatinagar in Nepal. This place is known for its cheap market, but I didn’t find anything very interesting to pick up. So I’d say you could always keep it optional while planning your itinerary.
The Gopaldhara Tea Estate and Golpahar View Point, Mirik:
Mirik is at an altitude of 1495 metres above the sea level, more than 500 metres downhill from Darjeeling. So the drive was mainly down winding roads, passing forests and small settlements. Our destination was the Gopaldhara Tea Estate, at the Golpahar View Point, around 10 kms from the main town of Mirik. Read more
Hello people! I’ll pick up right from where I left in my previous post. 🙂 We reached Darjeelingby the end of Day 2, where we had drove off from Kalimpong.
In Darjeelingtoo, we had pre-booked our stay. I always prefer advance booking to avoid last minute hustles. Day 2 had us touring almost the whole of Kalimpong, and a long road journey to Darjeeling, so by the end of the day, our high spirits were pretty much subdued. I couldn’t imagine rushing about in that fatigue in search of a hotel. Thank God for online hotel booking websites.
In Darjeelingtoo, we had opted for a homestay. Little Singamari seemed like a perfect choice. Even though it was labeled a “homestay”, the service was pretty professional. The BnB facility had a very congenial atmosphere and extremely hospitable hosts. It was about 9pm by the time we reached our abode for the next two days. Fresh and steaming dinner was awaiting us at Little Singamari, prepared with utmost love and care by our hostess, Ramila. More on this later in the post. 🙂 Read more
Hi people! Festive season has almost started, and you must have already started planning for holidays. Scanning down the calendar, checking up on colleagues’ leave plan, looking down your travel bucket list and what not! I know for one the excitement that builds up in office and at home when this time of the year arrives. 🤩
One of the best places to travel at this time is the mountains. With the monsoons at the verge of bidding goodbye, and a mild chill setting in, you could very well plan a vacay to the Queen of Hills akaDarjeeling. I had visited it earlier this year, and shared a few snippets on my Instagram too. Thought why not to share in some details on the blog, if you’re planning a trip there, and may find the details helpful too.☺️ I will be doing a series of 2-3 posts, briefing out the highlights and experience of my trip. The very first halt was at Kalimpong.
Day 1 : Kalimpong-Rishyap-Lava-Lolegaon-Kalimpong
We had reached Kalimpong from NJP on the previous evening, and it had rained. For accommodation, we had chosen a BnB, or a homestay, whichever you prefer to call. I wanted a place away from the generic hustle-bustle, and Jacaranda House was a perfect pick. Nestled in the Delo Hills, this BnB was run by a lady, her son and nephews. More on this later on in the post.
Coming to the itinerary, we decided to pick on Rishyap, and if possible, to Lavaand Lolegaon, as all these three places had closer proximity to Kalimpongthan to Darjeeling. We had to start early in the morning. Needless to say, the hosts did help us a lot in arranging the transport, and guide us with the places to travel. Read more
Hi everyone! The Shillong tour draws to an end and I nevertheless couldn’t get enough. 😀 Lush greenery and caverns and water all around… who could ever have enough of it? Let me just keep the post short and let the pictures speak for themselves. 🙂
Hey everyone! How have you been enjoying monsoons? I am so caught up in a whirlwind of activities at my end that I feel drained. An escape into the lap of nature is what I needed at the moment. So last weekend, seeking for a desperate break from the routine monotony, we headed for the Raichakon Ganges. There wasn’t a very well-laid plan, rather an end-moment whim on a Friday night that got our bags packed and set off. Availability of rooms was indeed an issue but not impossible with MakeMyTrip, so we braved the night on Diamond Harbor Road and reached Raichak. 🙂
Getting There :
Owing lack of pre-planning, it was difficult to find a mode of transport for Raichak. Thankfully however, on contacting authorities at the Ffort, they arranged a cab for us in an hour. Pretty deft I say!
It was 12:00 at night (yes we did get late, and it took us more than 2 hours to get there in the cab), but we nevertheless got a warm welcome. 🙂 It was surprising and pleasant for us at the same time. The way they diligently bustled about to make us feel at home at that time of the night, was undeniably commendable.
The Ganga Kutir
Soon we checked in to the Ganga Kutir Sundarawasalaunder the immense care and supervision of the staff. We had booked it only that morning and had pre-ordered our dinner en route, since their kitchen closed by 10:30. They served the same soon after check-in.
Sundarawasalais a cluster of duplex villas enclosing a clear blue swimming pool. However, the villas have no river view. So if you are solely visiting to laze away gazing at the Ganges, maybe you should give Sundarawasala a skip. There are other suite options in Ganga Kutir itself that have a clear view of the mighty Ganges, which you could instead opt for. But I, for one, fell in love with the place that exuded such warmth and coziness. 🙂