Once there, we arrived at the Batasia Loop where we had our breakfast and visited the memorial of the Gorkha soldiers who fought in the India’s war for Independence. . Then, we drove to Ghum Railway station which is the starting point for the Toy train that runs around the town, between the mountains, houses and roads. This was a new experience for all of us, because from where we come, we have never seen a railway track crossing right through the middle of the road or trains running so close to houses, you can literally touch their windows. The train spiralled its way through the loop, which is a lush green pathway and holds one of the most picturesque view ever. You can see vendors setting up their make shift stalls on the railway tracks itself and once they realise the arrival of the train along the track, they wrap their stalls with great speed steadfastness. Batasia Loop is known to have an amazing view of the nearby mountains and valleys but that morning it was a little too foggy and we weren’t fortunate enough to view that spectacle. The train twists and turns from the top of the mountain into the lushly depth and this makes it an enchanting experience. Later that day, we visited Mount Hermon School, which is one of the oldest schools in the country. Then we made our first Rope way trip from Singamari, which is at an altitude of 7000 ft, to 800 ft. We did the to and fro trip in just INR 200 which is very affordable. The view from the cable car covers lush green tea gardens, waterfalls and forests surrounded by mountain ranges.
Got each of us a bed, at Hotel Sunflower, which was close to the chowrasta – the social centre of Darjeeling, connects 4 different roads. One of the roads is called the mall road. It offers an open view of the snow clad mountain ranges with pine trees all around. The intersection has a huge flat land that is known to host various musical concerts and other gigs. The closeness of our hotel to the local market allowed us to explore it in much detail. We woke up at 4 am the next morning, and headed to TIger Hill to witness the beautiful sunrise beyond the Kangchenjunga mountain ranges, but we weren't fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of that beautiful moment because of the fog.