End Of Summer : A Short Trip To Darjeeling

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Originally Posted by chip0804 View Post Wow ! Gratefully acknowledging your great trip report with amazing pictures. My wife and I will be going to Darjeeling for the 1st time during July-Aug time frame. We plan to stay there about 21 days before deciding to go ????? (Open to suggestions from all fellow readers). [ We realize that it will be the monsoon season but that was the only vacation time we could manage].

We are from San Francisco USA and will be in India for 60 days. Thanks in advance. With Sincere Gratitude.
Hi chip0804,

Thanks for your comments !

In 21 days you can cover all most all the places in Darjeeling & Sikkim .. But as you know , there will be heavy raining during July - Aug & chances of Landslides are also there . So keep some buffer days as well in between places.

After that you may move to the Western Himalayan Part in Himachal Pradeh Or you may consider visiting Kashmir Or Ladakh .. Kerala is also nice during Monsoon .. You have lots of days & lots of options .. Good luck for your upcoming trip !
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Hi Arupratan Ghosh:

Gratefully acknowledging your guidance/comments and suggestions. Wow! Such a smorgasbord of wonderful choices & we are grateful to the Divine for this wonderful opportunity to visit India & see it in its "monsoon" glory! We are certainly going to look into the places that you mentioned. Both of us like quiet, scenic places. Not that much into the hustle and bustle of city life.

Happy to report that we have managed to add another 20 days to our trip (so 80 days now). Both of us are young IT professionals and have just completed a "major 3 year project" and the powers that be has given us this 80 day vacation as a recognition for our work for the Group. We are both Grateful for that also.

Needless to say, having gone through a 14-16 hrs/day grind for 3 years, we are so very ready for this vacation. Super excited and counting the days for our plane to land in Kolkata

Wishing you peace, prosperity and happiness. Good luck with all your travels and thanks for sharing. With Sincere Gratitude.
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Originally Posted by chip0804 View Post Hi Arupratan Ghosh:


Happy to report that we have managed to add another 20 days to our trip (so 80 days now).

Super excited and counting the days for our plane to land in Kolkata

Wishing you peace, prosperity and happiness. Good luck with all your travels and thanks for sharing. With Sincere Gratitude.
Hi Chip,

It's nice to hear that your trip is now extended to 80 days & you are planning to start your India Trip from Kolkata. Great News ! If you need any Information on the city (& also on Darjeeling & Sikkim) please feel free to make a post. Thanks for your greetings ..
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post After that we reached the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center . It was established in 1959 only with 2 refugees . Now there are hundreds of them . All are engaged in different handicraft activities .. Wool Carding , Leather works , Carpet sewing .. The Campus is having a school also for primary education . Here are some photos from the Center..
Very nice report AG..Thank you so much..

I wonder you said now the center there are hundreds of refugees from the only 2 since 1959..?...
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Originally Posted by PompomperJa View Post Very nice report AG..Thank you so much..

I wonder you said now the center there are hundreds of refugees from the only 2 since 1959..?...
Thanks for your comments, PompomperJa . Yes, that's the reality . You may have a look at this. This is the official website of the centre. You'll get some old photos of the place taken in 1959.
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Talking

Thank you so much............I see I think that 2 refugees..made 100 hundred persons in 50 years

May be better for me to go to study English more @Darjeeling
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Originally Posted by PompomperJa View Post I think that 2 refugees..made 100 hundred persons in 50 years

May be better for me to go to study English more @Darjeeling
so naughty you are you must stay at a nearby monastery & have some lessons on Tibetan as well
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Good idea .... good for me to learn how to make Handicraft.............. and sell in Kolkata..that for the travelling fund for me

Jullay...AG...do you want some carpets?
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AG...do you want some carpets?
.. You are welcome to Kolkata with your carpets !!!
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I had somehow missed this fantastic thread. Wonderful photos. I particularly like the one of the orange-robed monk talking on his mobile phone...
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Thanks TD, for liking the thread & the photos.
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Arup nice writing...We are planning to go darjeeling in 1stmay 2015 .Could you please tell me now what is the whole sumo fare from njp to darjeeling.Our hotel offer pick up for 3000/- for whole car is that ok or over priced??
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Originally Posted by kathakabita View Post Arup nice writing...We are planning to go darjeeling in 1stmay 2015 .Could you please tell me now what is the whole sumo fare from njp to darjeeling.Our hotel offer pick up for 3000/- for whole car is that ok or over priced??
Thanks kathakabita. We paid 2800/- for an Innova last year (from Siliguri Jn to Darjeeling). But few days ago I read on some other thread that an IM-er paid Rs 1800 for a Sumo from NJP to Darjeeling (& same for the return journey) . Though in May rates may be on higher side , I think you can get a Sumo / Bolero from NJP station for Darjeeling within Rs 2000 - 2200/-
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Last year (May 2014) I travelled from Siliguri to NJP in shared sumo for Rs.130. A sumo takes around 10 passengers (2+4+4) so even if you buy all the tickets, won't you get a full sumo for say Rs.1300? I am little confused about the high charges for entire car. But obviously Bolero/ Innova are going to be more expensive than sumos. Just my thought.
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Originally Posted by highhope View Post Last year (May 2014) I travelled from Siliguri to NJP in shared sumo for Rs.130. A sumo takes around 10 passengers (2+4+4) so even if you buy all the tickets, won't you get a full sumo for say Rs.1300? I am little confused about the high charges for entire car. But obviously Bolero/ Innova are going to be more expensive than sumos. Just my thought.

from where you book the shared sumo?? siliguri or NJP....

you mentioned 'I travelled from Siliguri to NJP'....or it will Siliguri/NJP to Darjeeling

@Arupratan Ghosh... thanks a lot for your information......as i remembered last time from NJP we need to bargain with cabwala...still there is same situation ???As we reached NJP on 1sy MAY so I little bit worried as its a holiday so there will be more crowd and rate will increased...
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