Its momos and authentic Tibetan soups are a stuff of legend in Darjeeling. The tiny home kitchen is run by a close-knit family and is packed during peak seasons, so much so that you have to wait over an hour to get a seat. During monsoons, however, you have the advantage of a thin crowd and short service time.
Best time to visit:
Surprisingly, even the monsoon season in Darjeeling has a window. Ideally, the second and third weeks of July are ideal. The amount of tourist is the fewest as the school holidays are over by then. July also offers good sunshine days and is not as rain heavy, unlike June or August.
How To Reach:
Siliguri forms the gateway to Darjeeling and all modes of travel passes through this West Bengal city.
Darjeeling is serviced by Bagdogra airport near Siliguri and is well connected to Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Mumbai and Paro by all major airlines. Bagdogra is 70 kilometers from Darjeeling and has regular taxis and shared cabs plying all days of the week.
Pro tip: There is a West Bengal Taxi Service booth at the airport where you can get a prepaid cab. In July, the fare to Darjeeling was INR 1,860 for the entire vehicle. The taxi will drop you off at Darjeeling Railway Station. The driver will agree to drop you off at your hotel for an extra charge, generally between INR 200 to INR 300.
Buses and shared taxis ply from the Tenzing Norgay bus stand in Siliguri. You can also hire a taxi from here, although the drivers quote their own prices here.
Pro tip: In case you need to travel by car or a shared cab, look for a WB-73 registered vehicle. These are the Darjeeling registered cars and sometimes offer a discount, since they anyway have to go back home from Siliguri.
The nearest railway station is Siliguri with its two major stops - New Jalpaiguri Platform (NJP) junction and Silguri station. There are narrow gauge trains, or toy trains, to Darjeeling via the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, but landslides and other natural blockages lead to a suspension of trains during the rainy season. There is a government registered taxi booth at NJP as well as a bus counter.
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