If you are following me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, you would get to know that I was on a vacation to North East side of India. Really wanted to explore this part of India but when I got the chance, sadly it was around monsoon. It was the time when it was all over the news that there is a major landslide in Darjeeling.
Anyways, we started our journey and landed on Bagdogra Airport.
It’s the only Airport that can connect you to Darjeeling and Gangtok. Suprisingly, Darjeeling was 3.5 hours away from the Airport. But anyways we went for a prepaid Taxi. I must say the services of Taxi there are quite nice. They are pretty helpful and hardworking.
The first glimpse of Darjeeling made me fall in love with it. The Toy train was obviously not working because of the extreme Monsoon.
But the greenery and the landscape there was just breath taking. It was so beautiful.
Our first break was at the Elgin Hotel, it’s near the mall road. The hotel was built in an ancient way and was worth a stay. Though we did not find the food complimenting our taste but the staff was really friendly. When we entered the hotel we were served with a complimentary cherry brandy and a scarf.
From there we headed to Baiguney, Mahindra Resort. That was around 2.5 hours away from Darjeeling. The weather was so perfect that even if it was not raining, the clouds were so dense that could moist your palm. We went to Happy Valley Tea Garden, It was so serene and green.
Baiguney, Mahindra Resort is a huge property. With a swimming pool and a spa area. We enjoyed our stay there to the fullest. It was warmer in comparison to Darjeeling. A must visit if you are looking for a peaceful stay. From there we headed towards Gangtok. It’s a beautiful capital with everything you need in reach. Possibly we explored each and every destinations possible in this monsoon season but could not visit Nathula Pass(India- China Border). If you have a religious streak, then you must go Ganesh Tok and Hanuman Tok. Other than the religious belief, you can have a great view from up there. Moreover in these mountain areas, you could just stare at a waterfall forever as it’s in the distance of every five minutes. In Gangtok we again stayed at Mahindra Resort. These guys never miss a chance to surprise you. The resort was no where near the main Gangtok city but on a top hill and the view left you flabbergasted.
But as every trip have it’s cons, our taxi got punctured around 6 pm on the hilly area when it was raining cats and dogs and the fear of landslide lurked in the surroundings and we were lucky to escape that landslide from a difference of 10minutes.
But on a whole, the trip was a beautiful experience. Moments that you can only experience in monsoon sans the fear of landslides.