D’ling is a fictional town, like it's popped out of an author’s imagination. Each time I walk down its streets, I only wish for the whole world to be as idyllic & innocent. Its sloping bylanes, little shops, picturesque cafes, needlessly angry Bengali tourists & smiling locals make me amply jealous of the Gora Sahibs who spent their summers here.
I like to be quite thorough before I travel. I spend boring meetings & lunch hours googling on food reviews & places to see. As a result, by the time I board the flight – I am usually clutching on to a robust list of sites & cafes that I couldn’t possibly miss (usually with tiers of priority). Basis this list and the trip that followed, I thought of curating a list of 5 experiences that you can’t miss, when in Darjeeling!
#1 - EXPERIENCE THE RAJ
Leaf back a few pages of Darjeeling’s history – and you will realize that the Angrez had a mighty crush on this town! It is stocked with old cafes serving English breakfast, stylish tea-rooms, bakeries and old hotels that retain every bit of the proper British charm. Darjeeling too, wears its British heritage like a badge of honor – and ensures to flaunt it to every visitor. If you leave the city without a taste of the old world charm – you’ve really missed the entire point.
Google well, and find yourselves an old English hotel/lodge that reeks history – and book yourself a trip to the bygone. The town is littered with heritage properties starting with the Glenburn Tea Estate (if you’re very VERY rich), Singtom Tea Estate or Windamere Hotel or similar.