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#1 Nov 27th, 2015, 17:29
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It was a fine Saturday evening when we started off for another venture to our nearest Himalayan destination Darjeeling district.
This time we planned for Kurseong (2N)- Lepchajagat (2N)-Mirik(1N)

We boarded Darjeeling Mail at 10 pm from Sealdah station on 14th Nov,2015, Saturday

Miles to go...
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In the morning we found train was late for 1.5 hrs. We reached NJP station and found weather is not as clear as we expected.

I as usual took some random shots on my mobile on the way to our first destination, Kurseong.

Outside NJP station
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Our car from hotel was waiting outside. We started off immediately.

Diverted route as the main road was destructed
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We had hot puri-sabji as our breakfast on the way.

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Then we proceeded towards our hotel Cochrane Place on Pankhabari road.

Sukna tea garden
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Pankhabari Road
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Our driver Mr. Yogesh Tamang (who was a nice person and drives very well) pointed towards clouded hill and told that was Kurseong. We were very upset to know that for two days weather is cloudy and misty there.

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The journey through Pankhabari Road was very very nice through forests and tea gardens. Though it is steep and very narrow but we had no problems physically since the road is not having much zigzag turns .

Finally we reached our Hotel... Oh what a boutique hotel it was, we loved it at first sight.

View from one of the windows of our rooms.

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#2 Nov 27th, 2015, 17:41
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Nice start. Darjeeling Mail is leaving from Howrah these days?
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Originally Posted by deepblue View Post Nice start. Darjeeling Mail is leaving from Howrah these days?
O My God...it is my silly mistake

Never ever ... It is Sealdah

Thank you deepblue I have corrected it now.
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As planned, after quick refreshment and lunch we went out for local sight seeing. Weather outside was not favorable. I was foggy, cold and light was too low at that time of the day.
We were in front of our hotel when the same driver Mr.Yogesh came with his car.

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Following is the view down from Pankhabari Road when we started off.

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First we went to Dowhill, the small road journey was nice. Dowhill Girls' borading school was nice to see, the environgment was different.
Tall pine trees were all around.

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We eneterd Deer Park, now called Dowhill park, as no more deers are there ... see the gate is closed.

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We loitered here and there... took some photos of flora and fauna.

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Originally Posted by aheli View Post The journey through Pankhabari Road was very very nice through forests and tea gardens. Though it is steep and very narrow but we had no problems physically since the road is not having much zigzag turn.
This year in the month of April when I went to Darjeeling, on my inquiry I was told by the local drivers that Pankhabari Road was in bad shape. Same view was also given that time by a fellow member in a different (automotive related) forum. May be the road has now been repaired satisfactorily.

Looking forward to the next part of your travelogue.
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Nice photos & description aheli enjoying & waiting for the Lepchajagat part !
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Very nice TR. The place looks so idyllic through your lens.
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post Nice photos & description aheli enjoying & waiting for the Lepchajagat part !
thank you dada
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Next we reached Nun monastery and we could see a few rays of afternoon sun. The red color of the quiet and lonely monastery looked brighter.

side view of the monastery

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my son trying to move the heavy prayer wheel

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After a few snaps when we were planning to get back to the car, my son suddenly started running through the sloppy road.

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We asked , "Hey what is the matter?" He pointed towards some little monks who were running at that direction too.

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Within a second we found some more coming out of the monastery and running towards the same direction. We decided to follow them and to see what is happening there.

There we found a small flat field where some local people gathered and some unknown occasion was going on. And with in a second the small gathering started singing and dancing. The little monks and we three were the only outside spectators of the private party.

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I recorded a small video on them. The local language and tune of the song was very much new o us along with the dancing.
Loved that. But now I found that I did not take any still photo of the party.

Next we headed towards Giddapahar. By the way the Forest Museum was closed that day since it was Sunday.

Weather was getting worse and so day light.

view of Eagle Crag point from road.

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It seems like we descended and you ascended..
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Next Part ?

Come on dear .....
aamar payer tolai sorshe...(I have wheels under my feet)
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Come on dear .....
Hmmm... Trying to steal some time to continue ...
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Giddapahar is a nice place to roam around. It is famous as it was Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's elder brother Sarat Chandra Bose's house and Netaji was under house arrest here. It is a nice wodden house to see and has transformed into a museum.

Netaji's statue in the garden

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view of Netaji museum from that place

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No other tourist was there when we reached that place. So the cool foggy colonial wooden bungalow was all ours and we roamed around.

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My son was feeling on his own and even stepped into the garden with Mr. Caretaker there wearing socks only.

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The whole place was so quiet during that foggy afternoon, it seemed all

abondoned that place due to fog and cloud.





We proceeded towards Giddapahar view point knowingly that we will not be able to have any view except cloud, cloud and cloud every where.

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Awesome pictures and writing as always Please carry on aheli...
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