Seclusion, discipline and top notch security—these are some of the very few things that naturally come to mind when someone mentions the word cantonment. No matter how crazy and bustling the city is, cantonment areas always have an infectiously calm vibe to them, a vibe that you just cannot help but fall in love with. While visiting friends whose parents are serving the nation, there's this one thought that always crosses my mind—what exactly would it be like to live in a cantonment, far from the city's madness and yet so close to it. Well, turns out that there's actually a place where you can give your traditional holiday a twist and do just that!
Located about 40km from the popular east Indian hill town of Kalimpong, lies a town that refused to adapt the complexities of modern-day life. Resting at an altitude of about 4,000 ft in Darjeeling district, this hidden treasure of a town served as as a military cantonment during the British colonial days in the early 1900s. Cut to to 2018. The British have been long gone and what remains here is everything that popular hill stations can never offer you. Colonial bungalows turned into boutique home stays, virgin trails leading to dense forests and the sound of silence which is so evident that you might just end up hearing your own heart beat!