Our plan was one that could be called a rough plan, if even that. We had a basic idea of where we wanted to go, a flight to Bagdogra, train from NGP to Guwahati a flight back from Guwahati, two weeks at our disposal and 25 thousand to spend. (Unfortunately, we did outspend our budget by a few 3-4 thousand rupees, but it can easily be kept under control by eating less "lavishly". We did all our bookings a day earlier, or on the same day, a couple of hours before, itself.
Our flight arrived at Bagdogra at around 1:30 pm or so, we booked an AC taxi on the spot, online for only Rs.500 per person on www.wizzride.com .
We ate Momos on the way to Darjeeling by the side of the road and that's when I first felt that we were in the north.
We ate a lot of our meals at Kunga Restaurant near Chowrasta, really nice people, and incredible food for a reasonable price. The long walks to the Botanical Garden and Happy valley tea estate helped us digest our heavy meals. The Botanical garden is extremely beautiful mainly because it is a place mostly locals go, so you are separated from the hustle of the main city and are enraptured by nature.
Our second favourite place where we spent a lot of our time was Himalayan Java Coffee, a relaxed place overlooking market street. We would eat and sketch and just sit for long hours whenever the weather didn't favour us. The best thing about the coffee, was that it's all Nepali coffee.