Siliguri Durga Special 2012
Siliguri: At the foothills of the Himalayas
Darjeeling and Siliguri, India-June, 2012
Weekend Destinations of Siliguri
Honeymooning The North East
How To Experience The Best Of East Sikkim And Darjeeling In Just 5 Days
North East - A Trip To Remember!
When Santa Came knocking at the foothills
Road Trip to the Land of Spirits-- Bhutan
Exploring Darjeeling and Gangtok: A walk with Almighty #TripotoTakeMeToSandakphu
Live Free Ride Hard (LFRH) - North East India Trip
Red Panda Expedition at Singalila National Park
Tabakoshi - tea gardens and homestay, weekend spent in perfection
Guarded By The Lush Darjeeling Hills, The Hamlet Of Sitong Offers The Escape You Need
Rangaroon –an offbeat alternative to Darjeeling
Trek to Sandakphu and Phalut – Eastern Himalayan fantasy
10 Tempting Places Every Bike Rider wants to Visit Once
This is how to and why Maenam Top Trek should be an obvious for Trekkers opting for tougher grade.
Backpacking across North-East India
April 8: Howrah Railway Station> Salt Lake City> Arjun and Joie and their kid, ArjoeBack to land of my forefathers | to the gracious and happy hosts | to Pom Pom, the dog | to the heat of the city of joy | to Vodka and talks on the terrace | Drunken Weed induced conversations | Ghosts of the tall trees | pranik healing | eunuch shamshans | the sanitary pad gimmick | motherhood | The Mill on the Floss | April 9 and 10: Salt Lake City, Calcutta It all started with two beers | And talks about the nobel gene and noir movies | We meet one of Arjoe's four girlfriends | Then we go fetch more Millers | Pinku comes by | We drive to his house to smoke a chillum | We have rum | He plays the keyboard | We rush back | Arjun plays the guitar | I make terrible sounds which I pretend is singing | Joie sings | Her sister and a friend joins in |We smoke up more grass |They got white rum |We gulp down more | Pinku gives me contacts for Shillong |I can't figure out how to type | Then Arjun forgets the number | Punjabi songs are played |Joie and Lillian dance like happy lambs for an hour | Arjun plays | Lillian passes out on the couch | Joie keeps staring at the painting on the wall till 6 in the morning | We miss the morning train | We leave for NJP in 10 minutes by bus | April 11: 7 PM | Bus to Siliguri After 18 hours of traffic-laced bus ride through the potholed roads of Bengal | On the way a policeman gets up to video record all the passengers and ask really inappropriate questions of couples in the sleeper berth | April 12: Midday | Shared Auto Rickshaw to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station April 12: 6:30 PM | Train to Guwahati (Second Seating | Kanchanjunga Express) After 10 hours of train travel | including an incident of a thief snatching a woman's bag | Lillian sleeping through | we reach the dusty Guwahati | April 13: Early Morning | Guwahati Only few designated hotels allow foreign tourists | Hotel Surya | 1680 INR | Inner line permit for Indian Citizens | Mizoram House + Nagaland House | Beer night | Fancy hotel room fridge | April 14: 8 Am | Connecting bus from Palton Bazaar (on the other side of the Guwahati Railway Station) to ISBT | Bus to Gohpur (Violina's village) | April 14- April 17: Gohpur | Evening During Bihu | kids in Meghala Chador | Bihu courtyard dance | ducks | goats | cows | catching fishes | drinking rice beers | visiting the tribes | the Bodo | the Mising |the Karbi | the bamboo and mud houses |ponds | Tejpur | temples | the mighty Brahmaputra | Guptkashi | Security checks | Sunset | old structures |walking through villages | And Emon, the kid obsessed with earth movers and my sleeping bag | April 17: 7:30 PM | Night bus to GuwahatiApril 18: morning | Guwahati | Shared Tata Sumo (Maxi Cab) to Shillong | 2 hours to Shillong April 18: Shillong | Police Bazaar | Marwari Basa Hotel | 600 INR No bar for ladies | smuggling beers into the hotel | drinking with precaution | feels like conjugal visit | very small room | very small beds | possible bed bugs in blankets | Meghalaya, the abode of clouds | bought a book of Khasi folklore | April 19: early morning | Maxi cab to Cherapunjee | traditional name: SohraTraffic jam | Khasi Procession |the rooster flag | fog | the driver says even the sun takes rest on a Sunday April 19: afternoon | main market to lower Sohra by Maruti 800 cab | By the Way Guest-house | 250 INR per personLost among clouds | rain | a heart towards the east | the Shire of IndiaApril 19: Sohra Walk to the Seven Sisters' Falls | through smoggy fumes of the open coal mines | Eco park: head of the Seven Sisters' Falls | green small rolling hills and pastures | meet two Indian backpackers travelling for the last 8 months across India and Bhutan | April 20: bus to Mawshamok village Arrive in fog | walk into the valley | 700 metres steep into the valley | innumerable stairs | Nongriat | the land of the living roots bridges | single bridge | skinny dipping in the river | double decker bridge | rice and 'little' sabzi | jumping into the waterfall pond | REST HOUSE near the bridge | no other guests | no running water | April 21: Nongriat Sweaty and challenging climb to the foggy village head April 21: market day | walk from lower Sohra to upper Sohra April 22: SohraWalk to Mawasmai Caves | strike called by Khasi Students Union against BJP president's upcoming visit to Shillong | no tickets at the gate | no light in the main caves | walk into the sacred forests of the Khasi | No internet | April 23: shared Maxi cab to Shillong Leaving an emotional and slightly drunk and love lorn Heprit, our host at "By the Way" April 23: Shillong Back to Marwari Basa Hotel | slightly bigger room | a sick German Sheppard | I buy 'Look Back in Anger' and 'Gitanjali' | smuggle in beer | April 24: Shillong Long walk to the Don Bosco Museum | 7 floors of tribal artefacts and informations | inaugurated by Smt....
Exploring the Sikkim Silk Route on Motorbike
The Magnificent North East..
Mirik on a scooty
Yumthang:Valley Of Rhodendrons and Heavenly Flowers
If one is planning to add any place to their wishlist before they die then it is Yumthang.In the lush green pastures of Sikkim lies this silent valley.Quite a serene place in the Lap of Himalayas this place is evergreen throughout the year and home to various species of rhodendrons and the state flower....
Gangtok: Every homecoming is more than just a vacation!
Trail of Teesta: Gangtok, Nathula, Darjeeling
Tryst with the North East
Darjeeling and Mirik: A Drive By
Trekking through Singaleela National Park
Itinerary and Travel Tips for Sikkim- your destination for this holiday season
Budget Travel to Sikkim, Kolkata from Kerala; Less than ₹1600 a day including an air ticket
All the way to Assam: The inside story
Nepal - Sikkim Motor Bike Ride -2013
Darjeeling -> Sikkim ( Gangtok -> Mangan -> Lachen -> Gurudongmar -> Lachen -> Lachung -> Yumthang -> Yumsodam -> Lachung-> Mangan -> Siliguri -> Guwahati -> Shillong -> Cherapunjee -> Guwahati -> Jalpeguri -> Bangalore. 8th October And through pashupatinath we reached Darjeeling in an hour’s time....
Backpack to Serene Sikkim
Through the forest of Rhododendrons...
The long way home - Prologue - 17500 km overland to reach my hometown!
Exploring Namchi & Gorkhaland on Motorbike
Bhutan left us speechless!
Walking in the mist at Darjeeling
Another vital thing to keep in mind is while returning back to Siliguri from Darjeeling (if you take that route at all) ,take a detour to the lake side place of Mirik.And while on the road from Darjeeling to Mirik,we stopped over at the Pashupati Nagar market,near the Indo-Nepal border.Pashupati is a town in Nepal and a heavenly market for shoppers because of duty-free goods available in plenty.Kathmandu is around 11-12 hours by road from Pashupati but we shall keep Nepal and Kathmandu for another day.Coming down in height from foggy and chilly Darjeeling,Mirik is serene and calm with a beautiful lake in the middle and pine forests surrounding it.We were off to Siliguri by late afternoon....