It was a new experience altogether, to sleep feeling a little hot and then to wake up to a chilly morning. We had arrived at NJP Station and I was beyond exited.
NJP is this junction where you can choose to either go to Darjeeling or North upto Sikkim. This time we were going to Darjeeling.
So, off we went in a shared taxi. The journey, the beautiful landscape, crazy friends clubbed with absolutely amazing music ( Our taxi guy had the most unbelievably amazing playlist :D ) summed to one of the best journeys I have ever been on.
So, Ignoring the popping sensation in our ear, we looked on, our excitement increasing with the increasing height.
On reaching, we were in for a rude shock. We had booked a hotel via app OYO Rooms, which I had confirmed the previous day. On reaching the hotel they denied us the rooms. We were 6 girls far away from home with no much experience traveling. But we kept our calm, called the OYO manager, who was a moron to put it across lightly. We somehow finally, after much arguments ( more like threats ;) haha ) we were finally alloted 2 rooms in 'Hotel Montana : Where the hills come alive'.
The hotel was so very brilliant, the view so breathtaking that we forgot all about the discrepancies and trotted off happily, albiet quite hungry, after freshening up.
We went to Keventers café for lunch ( at 5. Yeah. All that 'janjat' did take time after all )
This is the same café where the movie Barfi was shot. It's a cute little place with an outdoor seating facility which overlooks the major junction of roads in Darjeeling and the clock tower of course ( Barfi? Yeah, the very same ) The hot chocolate was to die for ❤
Then it obviously started getting dark and it was freezing cold, with our teeth's chattering we did a little shopping and finally headed back to the comforts the heater provided in our rooms.
The perks to our room? It was inside the mall!! We were the only ones about in the entire mall at night, that was a new experience for us! ( We had late night pizzas at domino's. )