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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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:ย 

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿคฉ

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.ย 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.โ˜บ๏ธ 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