Trip to Darjeeling & Pelling

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This year we came to the norther part of Bengal in the summer, but then the travel bug inside me did bit me again after coupe of months, and again I wanted to shake my hands with these green mountains & waterfalls. This time the places were Darjeeling & Pelling.
The Puja days were over, it was not a good holiday for me due to a bike accident, at one point of time I did thought of cancelling the trip, but then I recovered a lot and my courage & love of travelling pushed me towards the trip.
We were bit confused and worried about the political situations in hills but a few days prior to our trip, the GJM party announced that as of now there will be no strike in the hills. It did make us a lot relieved about the travel.
Our plan did consist of five days (31st October to 4th November).
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The journey started on 29 th October night via Darjeeling mail. Going to Darjeeling via Darjeeling mail. I love the journey in express train also, I stayed awake quite long and was listening to songs while enjoying the rythm of the train in the calmness of night.
Next morning, from NJP, we went to one of our uncle's home at Siliguri, taken bath, had our lunch and then started towards Darjeeling via a cab.There are several roads to go to Darjeeling. We went via Rohini road. Currently the road condition up to Karseong is quite good, and after that also it is ok.
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Nice going ...... continue please
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Darjeeling

It was very cloudy throughout the day, and sometimes during our journey, the visibility became very low, whatever, after lots of hugs from the fogs & clouds we reached Darjeeling. Our hotel was near the Mall, after reaching, we did spend some time in the Mall, then we came back to our hotel & after finishing our dinner, we had a chat with our hotel manager to book next day's trip. ForTiger Hill & few other(total seven) places sight seeing, he did quote 2800 rupees, but then after some time, he told that none of the drivers are available, hence we could not book our trip, later it came as a boon!
Next day morning, we had a short walk to good old Keventer's to have our breakfast, the egg sandwich & the coffee were really good.Then we talked with some other drivers, and at last we booked the same trip for 1800 rupees only! One small advice, here, you will find the drivers mostly in the day time, it's tougher to book it in evening. Then we started for the sight seeing for the place apart from few places along with Tiger hill, which were scheduled for next day sunrise.
We went to a pagoda, a garden, rope way ride, and rock garden.I liked the later two a lot.
During the cable car ride, it was cloudy, hence visibility was not that great; but still I enjoyed the ride a lot.It was total 40 minutes ride along with another 20 minutes break in between the ride. It was going very slowly through the clouds, the green meadows, jungles & tea gardens beneath our feet; and clouds kissing us- it was awesome.Our parents went in a different cable car & we, the young brigade were in a cable car- screaming our heart out whenever we saw another cable car coming from opposite direction, sometimes we leaned outside . We had fun. North Point School is located near the cable car boarding point, I really liked the school premises.
And rock garden is a place which mesmerised me a lot, I just love waterfalls & this place gave me that! I just fell in love with this place.
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Hey...pls continue
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After some shopping, we went to sleep.The next morning we woke up at 3:30 a.m. as we went to Tiger hill for sunrise. We reached Tiger Hill by 5 a.m. By seeing the weather condition, our cab driver predicted that we shall be able to see a great sunrise, he told that he was driving in Darjeeling for past 32 years, so he could predict it with his experience. We were waiting for the time, gradually the darkness was fading away with scarlet tinges in the sky, it was really wonderful, we were waiting for the rays of sun to touch silvery peak of Kanchenjungha, but then..just before 10 minutes to sunrise, clouds came and put a curtain on all the magical light shows in the sky. Wewaited with immense hope for some more time, but the sky did not get clear, this is the uncertainty of mountain weather. Then we came back. On our way to hotel , we saw one monastery & Batasia loop. Then we got back to our hotel, now it was time to start towards Pelling. In my personal opinion, one thing I can say, though Darjeeling is now too crowded and unplanned, there are several places in the adjacent state of Sikkim & in this district also, which are more picturesque & serene but still it has some good old charm which makes Darjeeling unique.
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Originally Posted by Tourer View Post There are several roads to go to Darjeeling. We went via Rohini road. Currently the road condition up to Karseong is quite good, and after that also it is ok.
I guess there is altogether five different routes to reach Darjeeling. Hill Cart Road being obviously the main arterial road. But then there is Rohini Road, Pankhabari Road, Peshok Road and the road which goes by Mirik.

Among these roads I remember that Pankhabari was my favorite decades ago, when I was obviously much younger and to us one who could climb by that road, challenging the steep gradients and the very sharp bends, driving a car at the dead of night to reach Darjeeling town was considered to be an expert driver. Anyway, the authorities have now made the road one way, with only downward traffic allowed on it.
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Originally Posted by rahul4640 View Post ......... when I was obviously much younger.........
OMG!!! I though its your pic in your "avatar"
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Photo-Story: HARI-SILA or HARSIL Deoriatal-Chopta,
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Dear Kantida, Please rest assured that the picture at my "Avatar" is mine, which was taken not so long ago.
Just kidding, may I similarly assume that the picture we see as your "Avatar" belong to you?
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Originally Posted by rahul4640 View Post Dear Kantida...... the picture we see as your "Avatar" belong to you?
Obviously .... who else will give such daring look
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nope....... he is a Kumaoni boy at Darkot (near Munsiyari)

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yes DD! this look reminds me how we molest & torture the culture & peace of inhabitants in the name of "tourism"
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yes DD! this look reminds me how we molest & torture the culture & peace of inhabitants in the name of "tourism"
Not only the culture, but the environment & the virgin natural beauty also!
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Reaching Pelling

After coming from Tiger hill, we took bath, had our lunch & started towards Pelling. We went via Jorethang. The road condition is ok. We reached Pelling within 3 and half hours. It was 3 p.m. but the visibility was very low in Pelling due to fog. We stayed at hotel Simvo in upper Pelling, as per the view of Kanchenjungha from the hotel, I cannot comment as for the whole time we stayed, it remained foggy . After checking in, I went out and was roaming here and there. Then I saw some local guys were playing football in a nearby ground. I joined them and played football with them,for some time. For the next day's tour, we arranged a cab from the hotel itself. And it was a huge blunder. Reason? I'm coming to that part.
Next morning we were scheduled to start at 8 a.m. But as the geyser was not working it took some more time to fix it and be ready to get out. From the very beginning, the driver seemed to be in a hurry, and he was simply refusing to stop for much time in all of the places. And if we wanted to take some more time, he was behaving very rudely! In one instance, I told him stop by the road to take a snap of a valley, which was looking very nice, but he did not stop at all. Even once when I took much time in Chhangey falls, he was urging others to go on by leaving me there, and he'll pick me up while returning!He was even talking nonsense about the people of West Bengal. When we asked him to go to one monastery as per the plan, he told us that it was closed, and later we came to know that it was a bluff!! Later we complained the whole thing to the hotel management. And they scolded him. But still this kind of things are really not acceptable. And in any of our tours, we did never face this kind of behavior from anyone in the hills, rather normally they are very well behaved. So this thing really pissed us off.
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Pelling sightseeing

I always think one thing about Sikkim, this state can easily be called as the land of waterfalls! During our North Sikkim tour also I felt it, and this time also the feeling was same.
Our first destination was Kanchenjungha! No, not the peak, but the waterfall of the same name. Kanchenjungha falls was divided into two parts, one part can be seen from the road, and to reach to the other portion you have to climb up some stairs. This was gorgeous. After that we stopped at Rimbi water falls, this one was a very scenic cataract. The silvery steps of flowing water in the backdrop of lush green mountain looked marvelous. Then we went to Khecheopalri lake. The lake was full of big fishes. And as the local people thinks it as a holy place, nobody does fishing or boating in the lake. Here one guy told us that we can trek uphill to have superb view of the lake. I, along with my brother and an another mate, went uphill. It took us 15 minutes to reach the peak, though the trek was tiring, once you have a look at the lake from this place you'll forget all the tiredness. The view was simply magnificent. But the uphill trek is a strict no no for the people with heart problem or knee/ankle pain, or for the elderly people, as the way is quite steep. After this we came back to our hotel, had our lunch and then went out for the second part of the sight seeing. We went to Chhangey falls (do not mix it with the Chhangey falls in Lava, as it is a different one). This falls also looked awesome. Then we went to Singshore bridge, which is Asia's second highest suspension bridge. It is really an engineering marvel. A look of the below stream from the bridge is really fantastic. Then we came back to our hotel with a heavy heart, as the tour was nearing it's end.
Photo 1 & 2: Two unknown bridges on the way from Darjeeling to Pelling.
Photo 3 & 4: Kanchenjungha falls.
Photo 5: An unknown valley seen from the road.
Photo 6: Rimbi waterfalls.
Photo 7: The uphill trek route near Khecheopalri lake.
Photo 8: View of the lake from hill top.
Photo 9: Chhangey falls.
Photo 10: At Singshore bridge.
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