Mungpoo, a nearby town, that gives you a glimpse of simole life of people of Darjeeling. The lifestyle and the slow paced routine life in hills. It's plain yet one unique way of living with ease and innocence. With no luring malls of consumerism,neither we hoard any KFC ,McDonald's outlets of obesity promotions or the super expensive caramel popcorns of multiplexes. No metro for pushing and pulling each other, no resentment towards folks who managed a sit for a hour long ride to unpleasant and stressful work.
There is no roads and hence no traffic. The people grow their own popcorn and rear their own healthy chicken. They walk up and down the hill to collect food for their cattle. Hence they have their daily treks and hiking trips as routine.
On the brighter side, the life that is a dream to many is what a everyday affair for the people of our forest.
The primordial life, as we were and shall we return.
The villages of Darjeeling will introduce you to a new perspective of humility and modesty in you. Hushed air and birds chirping, people walking to finish their daily chores and running errands of everyday life. Yet, stress seems to be an alien thing to experience .
The perks of living a slow life, and it's multitude of positive effects on you.
There are few places to see in mungpoo and it's worthwhile.
The orchid garden, that boasts variety of orchid flowers that blooms for almost a month before shredding it's beautiful flowers. Though parasitic (mostly symbiotic and wild) it is widely grown in the many villages of Darjeeling.
There is Rabindra bhawan in honour of legendary poet and writer Rabindranath Tagore. Since the district is part of West Bengal. The respect for the literature and Laureates of the past is not forgotten along with all the present day conflict of interest.
You can drive across the valley to reach this place or hike upwards through the cinchona plantatation, absorbing the nature in you and vice versa.