Darjeeling in December

#1 Nov 29th, 2006, 16:58
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Hi everyone,

We are travelling to Darjeeling on December 25 for a few days. We'll be travelling in a group of 7 adults and 3 children (eldest 6 yrs old). We have got a booking in Hotel Sambala. Can anyone here shed any light on this hotel? How it is, how conveniently located, and so on? We would also like to know if Darjeeling would be very crowded at that time and what kind of weather can we expect.

We are also going to Tinchuley, near Darjeeling. Anyone been there? Any inputs on that place?
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sorry was in darjeeling in summer of 05 so cant really comment.

Where is this hotel located I just looked up the internet and there is nothing for this place.
We stayed at the apsara which is on the mall road and was okay tough pricy.

We were in darjeeling for a day which we spent mainly getting to the zoo & spending time there . Your kids will enjoy it. My 5 year old loved it. If possible walk to the zoo its really peaceful and the anticipation is good for the kids.

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No one been to Tinchuley?

Thanks Mani for your reply. But has no one on this forum ever been to Tinchuley? And in Darjeeling in December? Please give me some inputs before our trip. I'm banking on the immense experience (reflected in so many other threads) to help me out.
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Originally Posted by mitsi73 Hi everyone,

We are travelling to Darjeeling on December 25 for a few days. We'll be travelling in a group of 7 adults and 3 children (eldest 6 yrs old). We have got a booking in Hotel Sambala. Can anyone here shed any light on this hotel? How it is, how conveniently located, and so on? We would also like to know if Darjeeling would be very crowded at that time and what kind of weather can we expect.

We are also going to Tinchuley, near Darjeeling. Anyone been there? Any inputs on that place?

not the greatest hotel.

but very conveniently located.

Darjeeling would be very cold... if you are lucky you could get snowfall.
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me too going to Sikkim in December and have even planned what to do after reaching New Jalpaiguri!
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Originally Posted by mitsi73 .......I'm banking on the immense experience (reflected in so many other threads) to help me out.
Hi Mitsi,
Welcome to Indiamike .
Don’t know how did I miss this thread. Someone is talking about Darjeeling and I am silent !!!!!!! he he……
Anyway, yes I have the experience of Darjeeling in December. And let me tell you it is really chilly. I do not know about you or your friends but assuming that you are like an average ‘Kolkattiya’ like me. Plz don’t take any chance, do carry enough woolens and be careful about the kids. No need to get panicked enough clothing and water consumption is the area of concern. Generally we do not like to drink enough water in chilly weather but arrange for warm water and it is fine.
December is no more off-season in Darjeeling so it will be crowded but definitely not like Puja vacation. Mitsi, I am sorry I cannot place the name of the hotel. I do not think I know about it but a reservation during that period is very precious so do not cancel that, just spend a night there and if you think you need to change you can do it on next day. BTW, as usual Darjeeling Tourist Lodge is my all-time favorite place in Darjeeling.

Mitsi, in my experience warm water is a problem in most of the hotels and you are going to travel with kids so I’ll suggest you to carry a good thermo flask. Let me tell you it will be very handy as well as useful. And of course be prepared for marketing. Generally we Bengalis spend a lot of money to purchase local goods (most of the cases not at all local but we think so…he he) and sweater / jackets are really cheap there (as compared to Kolkata).

No first hand info about Tinchuley, had never been there so waiting to hear from you before my visit.

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Hi,

as far as i know, there is a irregular bus service from Darjeeling to Tinchuley, (gather info at Darj. Bus stand for the latest). otherwise, you can proceed by car/jeep. 2-3 of the villagers of Tinchuley offer their huts for accomodation (eco-tourism) with fair amenities. the place is quite and beautiful with a surreal atmosphere.

i have been to darjeeling about four times in the winter season, the last been in jan 06. and i bet that you will get the best bet if you do not book hotels earlier, avoid brokers at darj. , proceed to the hotel yourself and bargain very very hard. i got a Rs. 350 room at Rs. 50 this jan 06. got any idea?

The toy train joy ride normally remains suspended during this time due to lack of passengers. although the local services remain open. obtain info from Darj, Railway station.

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thanks everybody! :)

Hi!

Thanks a ton for all the helpful tips. Somnath, your tip about the thermos flask sounds great! And Bhaswaran, great to know you've been to Tinchuley and liked it. I'm looking forward to telling you all about Tinchuley once I'm back!
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Originally Posted by mitsi73 Hi!

Thanks a ton for all the helpful tips. Somnath, your tip about the thermos flask sounds great!
Ha ha. ha….
Yeah, we missed that useful thing during last family trip to Darjeeling.

Best of luck, Mitsi.
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Hi,

need ur help...

I have booked gurung guest house in oct2011. please share me the rout map to reach Tinchuley from NJPstn / siliguri. any shared taxi, bus,and charges. how long will take to reach Gurung guest house..?

I will reach NJP at 9am.

thanks in advance..

ragrds,
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Tinchuley

Tinchuley can be reached via Tista Bazar.
From NJP you can take car( Sumo or Small Size like Indica) to go to Tinchuley via Tista Bazar . The car costs about Rs 2200-2500 .
I am also planning to visit Tinchuley in November , Can you pls help me by proving the Gurung's Mobile No so that I can directly contact him
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Dear All,

any inputs on tinchuley?
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Hi,

Thanks for your update. I had booked a Indica for tinchulay @ Rs.1900/- , last week.

Gurung Guest House No.- Dipendra Gurung - 9933036336. Call him and book your dates.

Regards,
Molay
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Dear Moloy,

Thank you for your input. Kindly tell me more of the place, how many days you had stayed< the quality of rooms, and what other places you had visited there.
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Dear Tanusree,

As I hard (some review, travel agencies @ DJ, NJP) that Gurung Family's hospitality, reception, food, rooms ( double bedded, single cottage..) is good. Its a WWF approved Eco- Vollage...U can google for more details and images.




My tour schedule is last week of Oct,11. I will post my experience and photos on 1st Nov,2011.

Regards,
Molay



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