A friend and I decided to explore Darjeeling in the new year and so on the 2nd of Jan, we boarded the train from Kolkata station and we were off.
We were lucky enough to get tatkal tickets to NJP station and I am always more comfortable travelling by train rather than by bus.
We reached NJP station on the 3rd morning and wove our way through the crowd to get ourselves a cab to Darjeeling.
This is a tricky part of the trip. Usually there are shared cabs from NJP auto stands taking people onwards to the hills. But my friend and I did not want to cram ourselves in a shared cab ( each vehicle tried to cram in 10-12 people for the journey). So after much haggling, we got ourselves a Xylo for Rs 3000 which we shared with another two travellers, who had happened to be looking for a cab to darjeeling themselves.
If you want to do a cheaper version of your travel from NJP to Darjeeling, the shared cab costs you Rs 300 per traveller.
After 30 minutes of weaving our way through the Siliguri traffic, we started to make our way up the hills. It was a cloudy day, and we could see the swirling misty clouds keeping us company the entire journey.