Visiting in October 2014

#1 Jul 29th, 2014, 14:57
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Hello again , seems such a long time since I booked our visit to India in February but it will not be long now.The boys are counting the days.
We will be in Darjeeling from 18th-22nd Oct and would be glad of some advice. I
have booked trip to see sunrise, visit a Tea Plantation and Monastery,and still have to plan a trip on the Toy Train and need some help. How do I book it , ? costs, should we do the short trip or a longer one , what time of day is best, can you go somewherea nd spend an hour or so and return later or must you book and do a round trip? can we be sure of booking the steam train and not deisel? Not sure about any of it, watched a documentary about it on tv last week and it looks amazing.
Also can anyone suggest any other places worth visiting in our short time there.
Finally would be grateful for suggestions on where to eat, we are staying at The Snow Lion but imagine we will eat out most days.
We return to Kolkata on the 22nd , staying overnight at The Pipal Tree hotel , and returning home early hours of 24th. Can we do a City tour of Kolkata or something on 23rd I know it is a big festival and would like to experience a little bit of it any advice would be great
Thank you in anticipation Frances x
#2 Jul 30th, 2014, 22:42
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Here is the site for "Darjeeling Toy Train Rides, Services & Schedule":
http://www.darjeeling-tourism.com/darj_000089.htm

For Kolkata city tour:
http://kolkatacitytours.com/
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Thank you , the Darjeeling site is fabulous as is the Kolkata , I am not so concerned about Kolkata as weare staying in Sahanagar for six days and I am sure our hosts will take us around. I was more wondering how to experience a bit of Diwali on 23rd do you think the hotel will have some celebration. Does the main celebrations start at midnight on 22nd?
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Originally Posted by Marsal View Post Thank you , the Darjeeling site is fabulous as is the Kolkata , I am not so concerned about Kolkata as weare staying in Sahanagar for six days and I am sure our hosts will take us around. I was more wondering how to experience a bit of Diwali on 23rd do you think the hotel will have some celebration. Does the main celebrations start at midnight on 22nd?

In most parts of India Diwali is an exciting festival time for kids (and parents) as they are allowed to light firecrackers:


However, in Kolkata Diwali is celebrated as "Kali Puja" (worship of godess Kali).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali_Puja

I don't think your hotel will have any serious celebration on the Diwali/Kali_Puja day but they should be able to provide you information regarding the nearest temple which has a "Kali Puja" celebration.

My guess is that in Kolkata the main "Kali Puja" celebration would be in the Kali temple situated in the Kalighat area (near Kalighat metro).

My Kolkata knowledge is limited but I hope you will hear from the many Kolkata experts on this forum regarding where to best experience Diwali/Kali_Puja in Kolkata.
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Hello Torontomm, thank you again for your reply , I am looking forward to our trip and am sure we will have some fabulous experiences in India. Your help has been great and the websites you recommended are very good , The boys have been printing off lots of info about eating places and food in Darjeeling, typical teenage boys always thinking of their stomachs !
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Marsal, so good to see you again here. We have been missing Marsal 1 and Marsal 2 too. I hope you have a fabulous time and ask away. There are many experts here on Kolkata/Calcutta and on Darjeeling and on trains. Have fun and keep asking away!
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Hi Vishva, Its good to be back on the site as it will not be long now, I would like to let the boys do the paragliding in Darjeeling but the mums say NO, I think they will be frantic until their boys are back in Bonnie Scotland lol

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