This guest post is originally written for Shalz Mojo Blog.
Darjeeling was the most scintillating hill station I had ever visited till yet. No wonder it is known as the queen of Hills.
What made it more special- It was our honeymoon destination. Moreover, it was freezing cold in the month of December.
It was a flight to Bagdogra and then a Taxi drive to Darjeeling which was a worthy 3-hour drive which crosses lush greens. After about 15-20 minutes of the drive, we pass through the Khaprail Military camp area. By now nature has turned to full green, and we were breathing pollution-free fresh air. The mountains had come closer.
As we drove along, there was a point on the right from where we had a breathtaking view of the Siliguri plains and two rivers, Teesta and Balasun flowing side by side.
We started from Ghoom Monastery, one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Darjeeling area built in the year 1850.
One of the key attractions inside the monastery is the 15-foot model of the Lord Buddha. In front of the Buddha’s statue, there are two huge oil lamps that keep burning all the time and all through the year.
Photography was paid inside the inner Monastery gate.
Lover’s Meet viewpoint
It is the confluence point of river Teesta and Rangeet.
The river Rangeet (left) with its deep green and crystal clear water gushes in and meets the forceful mountain stream Teesta at a point called Triveni. On left are the hills of Sikkim and on the right are the hills of Kalimpong.
We relished spicy chana chaat which was a feast for our hungry tummy.
Ropeway, Tea Garden and Tea Factory Visit
Darjeeling ropeway started in 1968 and is the first cable car system in India which now has 16 cable cars each having a capacity of six persons.
It was a breathtaking view of the valley below, the spread of lush green tea gardens on the hill slopes, flowing rivers, forests, waterfalls and to top it all the magnificent view of the Eastern Himalayan range including the snow-capped peaks of the Kanchenjunga.
After taking a ride on the ropeway and enjoying the panoramic views of Darjeeling, we reached Happy Valley Tea Estate which is the nearest tea estate to Darjeeling town and the most convenient one to reach. There was a guide who offered to take us inside and show us the entire tea production process for a small fee.
I was surprised to know that what is available in the market is the third by-product of tea leaves.
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Overall, it was a trip close to nature and if I get a chance, I would love to visit Darjeeling again. A happy pic with the Cab driver- a jolly person who made our trip more memorable.
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