We started from Delhi en-route to Sukna, a part of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary (W.B), where my father was then posted. Sukna, a place to just drink in the beauty of the Darjeeling Himaliyan hill range. We got a train to New-Jalpaiguri railway station and made a bee line for the army rooms already booked by my father. Sukha is a wilderness, possibly the only place you see the wild elephants lazily walking around the civilized areas, fearlessly. After checking in, in the rooms which overlooked a stream, a part of the forest and hills, we surveyed the very famous Dulabari market situated in Nepal , very close to the Indian borders, famous for crystals, blankets and carpets, junk jewellery, cheap branded perfumes and latest-trended clothes, its an Indian lady's personal heaven.
The next day we left for Kurseong, a lesser known city of the Darjeeling district, lined with one of the most beautiful tea gardens I've seen. The way to Kurseong is lined with different sorts of scenery, right from the meadows to waterfalls to the beautiful himalayan valleys. On the way to Kurseong we spotted the Rohini lake, the only of its kind you'll see in the area. I highly recommend everyone to make a stop there. After reaching, we visited a heritage hotel - Cochrane Place, for refreshments and submitted to house of the Manager, of one of the major tea gardens there, for the night. The next day we started from there towards Darjeeling and Kalingpong. Having visited Darjeeling many times before, we did not want to go any place in specific, instead we just roamed around and took in the beauty of the place and believe you me, ever since I strongly believe travel is not about making a bee-line for the major tourist places of the city but discovering the true colours of a city on your own, wandering aimlessly, till you are satisfied. Kalingpong is famous mainly for its market, which is majorly famous for its Chinese products and clothing, traditional and otherwise, specially the Chinese traditional wear- Bakkhu. Sukna is also near by Gangtok and Bhutan for those interested.