I am one of those people, who occasionally needs break from the din and bustle of city life, to reflect on life at a secluded place, to slow down the pace of life. But managing long days off from a corporate banker job isnt easy. So I prefer short vacations, particularly in the serenity of the hills.
We boarded Darjeeling mail at night and reached Njp in the morning. Then we took a shared cab for Darjeeling (mindful that this was a budget trip). Got down at jorebunglow, about 30 mins before Darjeeling and took another taxi from there to reach our destination, known as Takdah! The road is not good from jorebunglow to takdah but the view of the majestic white Kanchenjunga would compensate for that. This was my first homestay. We chose a Heritage house known as Siney guest house. We reached in the afternoon and were received with a warm welcome by the owner of the house. The house is located atop a hill, thankfully you don't have to climb, the car takes you there. The house also had a special member, a sweet beautiful dog. Once we freshened up, we were served delicious lunch. Tired at the night long train journey, I quickly caught up with my siesta. In the evening, we were served tea and delicious chicken pakodas. After having a good chat about all the good and bad things about life, we had our dinner. And then amidst the silence of the surroundings, which was a little scary, I dozed off for the night.