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Darjeeling Diaries: Lush Tea Plantations in and around Gopaldhara Tea Estate, Mirik

Darjeeling Diaries: Days 4 & 5 – of Tea Gardens and Mirik…

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: 

Darjeeling Diaries: Lush Tea Plantations in and around Gopaldhara Tea Estate, Mirik
Darjeeling Diaries: Lush Tea Plantations in and around Gopaldhara Tea Estate, 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

Darjeeling Diaries : the mighty and stupendous Kanchenjunga, as seen from Batasia Loop

Darjeeling Diaries: Days 3 & 4 – The Queen of the Hills, and the Mighty Kanchenjunga

Hello people! I’ll pick up right from where I left in my previous post. 🙂 We reached Darjeeling by the end of Day 2, where we had drove off from Kalimpong.

In Darjeeling too, 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.

Darjeeling Diaries : the famous toy train of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Darjeeling Diaries : the famous toy train of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

In Darjeeling too, 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

Darjeeling Diaries : Red Hot Poker Flowers or Torch Lilies, in the garden at Lava Monastery

Darjeeling Diaries : Days 1 & 2 – Kalimpong-Rishyap-Lava-Lolegaon-Darjeeling

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 aka Darjeeling. 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.

Jacaranda House : Bed and Breakfast facility or Homestay 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 Lava and Lolegaon, as all these three places had closer proximity to Kalimpong than 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

The Habitat Shillong

Meghalaya Diaries : The Conclusion – Elephant Falls, the Capital City and Some Beautiful Memories @The Habitat…

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. 🙂

Shillong View Point
That’s the capital city Shillong… city sprawling amidst foothills… such an ethereal sight from Shillong View Point… 🙂
Shillong view point
The Shillong view point
Meghalaya Diaries : Umiam Lake
One of the many lakes brimming with rainwater… This particular one comes en-route to Guwahati
Meghalaya Diaries : Umiam Lake
Doesn’t the reflection of clouds on still water look out-of-the-world? This picture was worth the click. 🙂 (Umiam Lake en route to Guwahati…)

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Meghalaya Diaries : en route to Mawlynnong

Meghalaya Diaries – Day 2 : Mawlynnong, Living Roots Bridge & A Boat Ride at Dawki

Hey everyone! Hope you are doing good. Our Day 2 at Shillong was mostly spent at Mawlynnong, Dawki and the very famous living roots bridge. I was really looking forward to visiting Mawlynnong which is the cleanest village in Asia. And of course the living roots bridge falling in the same itinerary as Mawlynnong. 🙂

Find photos of my Day 1 trip at Cherrapunji here. 🙂

Meghalaya Diaries : en route to Mawlynnong
Took a stop en route to Mawlynnong… to experience the other-worldly beauty… (this was just a candid shot… Posing is most definitely not in my mind when I’m amidst nature :D… wearing the MAC Color Rocker Lipstick in Forbidden Sunrise 🙂 )

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