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My friends and I had planned a trip to North Bengal last winter, and was wondering how to extend it. While looking through the many tour packages online, some Thrillophilia Facebook reviews led us to this Darjeeling package. Since Darjeeling had not been a part of our North Bengal itinerary so far, we decided to go ahead with the. The tour offered was quite short as well- it was only three days and two nights long and we decided that it fit well into our plans for the winter. There were six of us in total, so we could book a private group tour.
On the first day, we were to travel to the Bagdogra Airport and meet our tour representative there. Once at Bagdogra, we were transferred uphill to Darjeeling in a comfortable SUV. The climb to Darjeeling takes no more than a couple of hours, and crosses several scenic ways en route. We made a few pit stops along the journey, stopping occasionally for a snack or a tea. Soon, the rustic village landscape gave way to endless fields of tea, heralding the arrival of this beautiful hill station.
Once at Darjeeling, we were immediately transferred to our hotel. We spent a better part of our day indoors, resting after the long journey. In the evening, some of us ventured out to Darjeeling’s Mall Road, the famous central junction that is renowned for its little stores and cafes. The Mall promenade commands excellent views of the mountains beyond, and we spent quite some time outdoors. We also tried exploring the local markets on Mall Road, which sell locally made winter wear and souvenirs. At night, we decided to dine out at Glenary’s, the historic bakery nestled right by Mall Road. With our bellies full, we ambled back to the hotel and had an early night.
The next morning began early- as early as 04.00AM! The first stop for the day was Tiger Hill, a mountain peak known for its excellent views of Kanchenjunga during sunset. We reached the peak when it was still dark, with skies spread across the sky. The Peak was open, and we had to wait in the bitter cold for nearly two hours. However, once the sun had risen, all of the efforts seemed to be worth it.
Rising on the eastern side, the sun shed its brilliant rays on the Kanchenjunga towards the west, which glittered a lovely golden in the first light. We spent some time taking pictures of the peak, then hurried back to the car to get warm. Immediately, we stopped for a quick breakfast at Keventers and were treated to its staple hearty meal of bacon and sausages. Our next stop for the sightseeing tour that day was Ghoom Monastery, one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in the hill station. We then headed over to Batasia Loop, a lovely little circular garden laced by the toy train line.
The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Darjeeling Zoo were next; although these two attractions were right next to each other, we spent way more time at the latter, exploring its fascinating open exhibits. The tour ended with our visit to the Peace Pagoda, a Japanese Temple well regarded for its beauty. After the very long day, we headed back to our hotel and called it a night.
The third day marked the end of the tour, but all was not over yet. As per the package, we were to be dropped off at Bagdogra. On the way down, we took a quick detour through the village of Mirik, where a small mountain lake nestles. We stopped at the lake for a bit and took some pictures there. The nearby Pashupati Market was our next stop. Much like Darjeeling’s bazaar, this local bazaar too, was selling mostly handcrafted clothes and little souvenirs. After scouring through its stores, we continued our journey downward.
The quick trip to Darjeeling proved to be quite an adventure. Despite being so short, the tour took us through most of the hill station’s best attractions. Besides, the package price was quite attractive as well! Even more than that, the tour package took care of all supplementary necessities, including making the hotel booking, arranging for the sightseeing tours and so on. We got quite lucky with this decision, and we’re hoping to push others towards its way as well! Read Thrillophilia Tripadvisor reviews of Darjeeling trip to know more about this adventure and book a package with us to collect some everlasting memories.
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