‘Toh plan ye hai ki kuch plan nahi hai’ was my answer when my roommate asked me about my Darjeeling plans.
I visited Darjeeling in April 2019 and those memories will always make me smile. My main plan was to travel Bhutan but somehow Darjeeling popped into my mind as I was going to Bhutan from Bagdogra airport and tickets on prior dates were cheaper. As I had two extra days, I decided to go first to Darjeeling and a traveler always grabs any opportunity to roam around.
From Bagdogra airport, I had booked a shared cab service called Wizzride- from Bagdogra airport to Darjeeling (cost me Rs. 650). It’s around 70km away from the airport but we had to take a longer route because some political rally was going on the usual route. The journey had many turns, going up and up on those hills. Tall trees on one side and valley on the other added the effect in slow rollercoaster ride. As we were approaching near Darjeeling, I could see the colors popping up on the slope, the small colorful houses welcomed me to the hill station.
By the time I reached the city it was dark already. I had opted for a homestay, ‘Cozy homestay’. And as the name suggested, it was really small, sweet and cozy (Only Rs. 900 per night). (It's on Gandhi road, near 'Himalayan Tibet Museum'). The owners were a Buddhist couple. They welcomed me with a cup of hot tea. I was starving, so I got ready and rushed to the nearby market area which was chowk bazar. The only thing I wanted to eat at that time was chicken momos. I found one small stall on the street, had a plate and they were so tasty, I ordered another plate.