On 26th December, 2016, I was supposed to fly to Bangalore to meet my sister. However, things changed quickly, and I somehow ended up in Darjeeling along with my entire family. We took the train on 25th night. Darjeeling is just an overnight journey from my home town, Kolkata. We reached there around 11 AM and checked in to Hotel Belleveu, which is right at the centre of the famous Mall Road. After having lunch, we headed to Lebong Tea Estate, which was a 1 hour drive from our hotel. The Manager who is a friend of my father, greeted us and showed us the entire production process of tea. After that we returned back to Darjeeling and had snacks at the famous restaurant ” Keventers”. Darjeeling is mainly famous for two restaurants-‘ Keventers’ for its sausages and ‘Glenarys’ for its pastries and desserts. We obviously didn’t miss out on either of them.
The next day we departed from our hotel at 4AM for ‘ Tiger Hill’, also known as ‘ Sunset Point’. Although we were shivering, but it totally worth it when we were able to see the peak of ‘ Kanchenjungha’. We returned back and then visited the ‘ Kali Temple’. It was a steep climb to the top of the temple, but it offers a spectacular view of the entire region. The rest of the day was spent in shopping and trying out the local delicacies like momos and the famous ‘ Darjeeling Tea’.
Finally, it was time to back to to our daily lives. It was difficult to bid goodbye to the mountains and return to the crowded streets of Kolkata. But then life goes on…..