North Bengal and Silk Route: A Rendezvous with Green and Snow White

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Hello Friends,
I am a novice in this forum in terms of posting travelogues, but have been a regular follower of numerous posts spread all over the Indiamike Web. I find this forum extremely helpful and a feel-good time out.
This is my very first post. It's about the enormously beautiful North Bengal and the Silk Route traversing through the margin of Bengal and Sikkim.
This time we chose some lesser explored places, like,
1. Lepchajagat
2. Jorpokhri
3. Tinchuley
4. Sillery Gaon
5. Silk Route
6. Kolakham
7. Kalimpong Morgan House (Although amply explored still selected the place just because of the location of the Morgan House.)

Now, Can somebody please help me out in understanding how to upload pics in Indiamike page itself, so that I can do the same along with my following Travel Diary?
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Will the Seven Dwarves be featuring in your travelogue?
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Bias_Traveller,

Welcome to Indiamike The best travel site to know our India best

You covered so many beautiful places .... we must wait for your post. For photo upload, please read this:

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adding with my fellow IMs..........

if you already uploaded your pics somewhere else, you can also put the link clicking on this icon in between your travel story
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Thanks Dave W, Duronto Jajabor and PKanti.
Our Itinerary was like this:
April 6th 2013:
Reaching NJP via Darjeeling Mail and then heading to Lepchajagat. Nightstay @ Lepchajagat WBFDC Forest Rest House.
April 7th 2013:
Coming to Jorepokhri and Nightstay @ the DGHC (Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council) Rest House.
April 8th 2013:
Tinchuley and Nightstay @ Gurung Guest House, Tinchuley.
April 9th 2013:
Reaching Sillery Gaon. Nightstay at Kesar Mukhia's Homestay.
April 10th 2013:
A tour along the Historic Silk Route. Nightstay at Kesar Mukhia's Homestay.
April 11th 2013:
Kolakham. Nightstay @ The Kolakham Retreat.
April 12th 2013:
Kalimpong. Nightstay @ The Morgan House (WBTDC).
Finally on 13th, return to Jalpaiguri to our Uncle's house and from there, on 14th, returning to Kolkata.

North Bengal has been my dream place since my childhood and every year a North Bengal trip is must. This time, we decided to explore the comparatively lesser known and serene places of Darjeeling district.
So we set out via Darjeeling Mail on 5th April 2013 and reached NJP station next morning. As we were 10 people, we hired a Bolero and started for Lepchajagat. It was hired for all the days we wud be there on the hills, so the same car will be there with us on the entire journey.
Leaving Siliguri alone freshens the mind with oxygeneted air and green stretch as far as the view can go. We arrived at the Karseong State Electricity Board Inspection Bungalow. My uncle, who was a fellow traveller, being a WBSEB Engineer, we got an accommodation for the lunch in here.
It is a relly nice Bungalow. Once a tourist destination, Karseong has now lost charm due to excessive crowd and dirt. But this Bungalow is really beautiful. Completely Wooden and amply managed and neat and clean, the Bungalow would offer a majestic view of the mighty Mt. Khangchendjonga (Our very Own Kanchanjangha ) on a clear day, as it has big windows facing her, without any obstacle in between. But April probably is not the best season for viewing Kanchanjangha, she was not visible. The Bungalow is very well decorated with beautiful Coloured flowers in the garden. I will anyday suggest a night here to someone willing to stay in Karseong if he/she has anyone acquintant who can book this property.
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nice start & great going will glued till end

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Though I am not much of a photographer, a travelogue seems colourless without pics, hence posting the pictures of various places we came across.







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After a brief and tasty lunch, we finally started for Lepchajagat. It would take about 2.5 hours from here to reach the FRH. All the way, we were accompanied by the lovely Toy Train line, although we did not see any train, except one standing in the Karseong Station. The line sometimes comes above the road level, sometimes dives down just beside the steep end and sometimes it runs through housesí doorsteps. Garages are made on the roof of the houses, typical Darjeeling style, as the house is below Road level. Past Tung, Sonada and Chatakpur , we turned left from Ghum leaving Darjeeling on the right.
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On the way to Lepchajagat



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nice travelogue..keep writing
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Hi all, Hi all, First of all sorry for a delayed response.
@PKanti:
The WBSEB guest houses can only be booked by and for the WBSEB employees. If you have any acquaintant person who works in WBSEB, he/she can book it, but that person has to manditorily stay there.

Here I resume-
Lepchajagat:
We reached Lepchajagat FRH. In a nutshell, it is a like a dilapidated house situated amidst a green and dense forest of Camellia, Magnolia and Rhododendron. It is serene, Beautiful, miles away from human localizations, a place to spend your leisure days. We got two big rooms Ė Camellia Suite and Magnolia Suite, one in the ground floor and another on the first. Both rooms are huge with old age wooden structures. The rooms are really very beautiful with Fireplaces. We found another family staying here. From the roof, Mt. Kanchanjangha can be seen, but not visible now. The bustling city of Darjeeling seen a few miles away reminds that we humans are around.

There is no particular spot to see in Lepchajagat. The local people say that there is a place called Ghoom Rock, but that is not a citable place to visit. All you can do at Lepchajagat is to enjoy nature, by having a walk through the forest path, and when its Rhododendron time, enjoy the stay inside the natural barricade of red and Pink flowery net. But unfortunately, the flowers were just starting to bloom that time. One or more buds had appeared on the trees only, so we could not actually relish the scene.
So we decided to have a stroll around as it was few more hours to get dark. We came to the Ghum Monastery, which to say the truth, we didnít like. It was under repair, so everywhere we could see were only sand and bricks and trucks unloading them. Also the place is not situated in the best possible scenic location.

However, we marched ahead and reached Batasia Loop. Here as we just reached the gate, we heard some whistle approaching the brinks of the loop. We rushed with our tickets and just as we dropped in, the ever-so-nostalgic Toy-train appeared in front of us. We were very happy although we did not manage to get tickets. Even tickets for the next 2 days were not available. Still it was fascinating as ever.
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With the train disappearing out of the loop, the sun fell down the horizon, and so fell the temperature. Coooooooold breeze made it really hard to stand out any more. In the month of April, we got frozen. We got back into the FRH.
Lepchajagat some-years experiences snowfall. The temperature made that evident.
The night was too good. Far away from people other than the 7/8 in here, we were cut out from the rest of the world. We saw Darjeeling lit like a Diwali night from the FRH roof. It was really wonderful. The loneliness of the ambiance made it feel out of the world.
We had our dinner and as soon as possible, slept under the quilt.

Next morning, we woke with the sun. We had a stroll in the jungle. We saw the jungle is full of ferns and bushes. We saw birds from the rooftop. It was a beautiful morning. But now the journey starts for Mirik. So we bid bye to Lepchajagat and set out.
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