I always like to visit small mountain hamlets. Not only do I get to explore these beautiful places, but also get to meet some amazing people. I had discovered Bijanbari by chance. I wanted to visit Darjeeling, but I was wary of the crowds. It was then that I came to know about Bijanbari, a small town near Darjeeling.Bijanbari is located at an altitude of 2500 ft. at the foothills of the Darjeeling. The valley is crisscrossed by a river, surrounded by waterfalls, tea gardens and virgin forests. The road towards Bijanbari is quite a scenic one. The winding roads from Ghoom pass through tea gardens and forests over a stretch of 22 km.There is a farmstay at Bijanbari and a number of homestays where you can stay. The town is a small one with about a few thousand people inhabiting it. Bijanbari can be visited as a day trip from Darjeeling also, but I would suggest you to stay there for a couple of days.