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Travel Blogs from Darjeeling
India seems to have a surplus of Incredibly Friendly managers (I.F.'s for short), recognisable by their smiley face badges. We can't seem to get rid of them and they can't seem to get rid of the desire to please.
Our current I.F. manager knew we wanted to do a long hike in the surrounding area today, so he had drawn a nice map that gave us …
You might think that since we're a family now, we would have found a nice place to settle down, raise the kids. But... no.
Another day, another distance. In an attempt to get to Darjeeling by the least direct route possible, we started by looking for a jeep to cruise us to Mirik.
Exiting the hotel, we were greeted by the mercifully dry …
As this journey comes to a close, I sit in contemplation gazing onto the reflection of the trees on a Sumendu Lake nestled near the Nepal border in the Himalayas. I learned that I don't have all the answers and when I seem to, they change in the next moment. During my final days in India, I'm grateful to be in gentle transition and looking forward …
... has an adjoining garden with beautiful flowers and rare orchids, mainly during the winters.
If you are planning a short trip to North Bengal and want to stay away from crowded Darjeeling, then this is one of your destinations. Take any north Bengal-bound train from Howrah or Sealdah and get down at Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri. You can hire a car from there to reach Tinchuley which is around 80 kms from Siliguri.
... that the journey could take as long as 4 hours. In fact it took 90 mins at that time of day. Joe & Rachael came with me and we all ended up arriving in NJP very early. As we arrived in Siliguri, everywhere was closed and we worried about getting some breakfast, so we all went to the station.
Back in the chaos again we only had the option of scruffy restaurants, so we plumped for one recommended by the local tourist booth. I was pleased ...
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