We flew into Bagdogra Airport, the closest airport to Darjeeling which was the first place we visited. Darjeeling is located in the northern part of West Bengal. It is noted for its tea industry, the spectacular views of Kangchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO world heritage site. As our flight landed in the night, our drive to Darjeeling took only 2 1/2 hours. We drove directly to our homestay, where we slept after having dinner.
Today morning, we got up at 3:30 a.m. as we went to tiger hills to see the sunrise. We were told that we will see colours on the Kanchenjunga and then the sun rising. But, due to haze, we saw a small sun out of nowhere, over time it became orange, and then yellow.
After sunrise, we came to the homestay, had breakfast and then went on a cable car ride. The view from the cable car was just so beautiful, I can’t describe it. At the place where we bought the tickets for the cable car, we gave orders for keychains with our names and by the time we finished the ride and came, we got them.
From there, we went to the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological park. There the two animals that caught most of the attention were the red panda and the snow leopard as these two animals are endangered. The red panda was so cute!
After the zoo visit, we had a chinese lunch, printed some photos we needed for permits, then had ice cream. Then, we visited a Pagoda, a japanese temple. The place was very peaceful, beautiful and very close to nature. I really enjoyed it.
After returning to the homestay we lazed around for a while, then had dinner. Today, at dinner we got to try one of Darjeeling’s native curry!
Today morning, we left to Mirik after breakfast. It was a 2-3 hour drive. At Mirik, we went pedal boating, In each boat four of us went. We pedalled in a lake, from where we could see people going on horse rides. We returned in time to catch a train from Darjeeling to Ghum.
Ghum is the next train station from Darjeeling. It was a 30 minute ride. Ghum is also the highest railway station in India! The best view was at the Batasia Loop. The Batasia Loop is a spiral railway where the track spirals around over itself through a tunnel and over a hilltop. On the hill top, there is a war memorial. The place is just like a garden. After the train ride, we returned to the homestay and slept after a wonderful momo dinner.
Darjeeling trip is over, from there we drove to Lachung to see more.