When the travel bug bites forward planning is last thing on mind. Same happened to me one fine day in September. I have finally had enough and decided that it was time to put on the travelling shoes. Spiti valley was the first place that crossed my mind but with the amount of leaves I could wriggle out I had to decide on other option. If you have five days in hand Darjeeling and Gangtok are good options, together or standalone.
Finally zeroing in on the location I had to zero in on travel companion and this time it was family time. Important details ironed out, I booked my flight and I was off to Darjeeling.
Siliguri is the gateway to India's northeast. Be it Darjeeling, Gangtok or Guwahati this is the town you need to be in to reach other destinations. I landed on Bagdogra airport and from there took a pre booked cab to Darjeeling. Journey till Darjeeling takes somewhere between 2.30 hours to 3.30 hours depending upon the route you take. The longer route via mirik is more scenic and also the route taken by famed Darjeeling Himalayan railways. I took the route through kurseong municipality that took appx. 2.30 hours.
Since it was evening by the time we reached we preferred to eat out and rest. We had dinner at China hut, a small eatery near the mall road that serves Tibetan dishes.
Next morning we got up early to start our city sightseeing tour. Best way is to book a cab that are available aplenty in and around mall road. Since the weather was cloudy and there was no chance of kunchenjunga gracing us with it's sight we decided to visit other places.