It was just after summers when I went to visit my cousins who stay in Siliguri and Darjeeling. Being an avid traveller I thought of exploring the hill stations of Bengal. Of course the most famous place is Darjeeling but I pursuaded my cousin to visit Kalimpong as I have never visited before.
Anyways so we started from Siliguri a bit late in the morning. Loved the journey as it passed through lush forests with the view of the majestic mountains at a distance. We decided to visit Kalimpong first and stay overnight and a day there. We travelled beside the mighty Teesta River and slowly after Sevoke we started to climb up the mountains.
It was a bit scary driving on these roads as somehow we have to squeeze on the side when a vehicle comes from the opposite side. On the other side is the steep gorge overlooking the river. At some places there were small waterfalls gushing and crossing the roads. The journey was simply wow though a bit scary sometimes.
We reached the famous Coronation Bridge over the Teesta and stopped for a short break to refuel ourselves. Saw a lot of military vehicles and soldiers even buying grocery at the small market near the bridge.
We started again and went through the dense forested winding roads and reached Teesta Bridge by afternoon. By now our stomach was growling with hunger. So we stopped by a restaurant and had some lunch. And off we went towards our destination. As we climbed more it became more cold and misty. The altitude was already showing close to 4000 metres!
Finally we reached Kalimpong in late afternoon and was a bit tired :( We had booked a hotel and checked in. The room view was lovely with the cloud kissed mountains and lush forests at a distance. Since it was already dusk and we thought of exploring the city the next day.