To escape hot and humid Kolkata (worst in monsoon ) i was looking for some pleasant getaways and my search ended up with Darjeeling.
A small and exotic hill town of West Bengal with rolling mountains of Kanchenjunga,one of the highest peaks in the world at the backdrop.
How to reach :
Darjeeling is well connected by train and air.nearest railway station is NJP (New Jalpaiguri) and airport is Bagdogra,both are in the city of Siliguri which is 2-3 hours drive from Darjeeling.There are many cabs and private taxis available there providing pick and drop service costs 250 rupees per head.
Tip: There is online cab hiring service called WizzRide started by group of local youths to make your journey reliable and comfortable (i booked it from Gangtok to Bagdogra Airport) and i say it was good experience,I recommend to give it a try.
An overnight train journey took me to NJP junction, hopped in to a shared taxi to Darjeeling.the journey was unforgettable experience full of spectacular view of mountain peaks,large expanse of tea estates and getting more interesting as we were approaching Kurseong,a small hill station with the stunning view of snow clad peaks, tea plantations on the slopes and lush green forests enough to fall in love with.it compels you to take your camera out and capture the beauty again and again throughout the journey.