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Old 2nd June 2008, 02:56   #121
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Default Darjeeling, here we come!!!!

We traveled to Darjeeling by taxi from Kalimpong. The view on the way was amazing. We got to see some amazing views of the Teesta!

There were so many tea estates on the way. The narrow road leading to Darjeeling is very dangerous. There are lots of hairpin bends, blind curves, etc. We made sure that we called an experienced driver for the trip. But one thing we noticed was that the drivers were very careful!
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lovely pics. especially the 3rd one in the post above.
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can just say "WOW" you should rename yourself "Travel_Lover"

Keep it going!!!
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Nice to see the continuation of this travelogue but i see it coming to a close shortly. Is it possible to know how much was the entire cost ( door-to-door)?
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Nice to see the continuation of this travelogue but i see it coming to a close shortly. Is it possible to know how much was the entire cost ( door-to-door)?
Hey Mobike, I have only managed to reach the halfway point so far! There are lots more to come!

The total cost cannot be disclosed. But rest assured that it is affordable!
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Default Darjeeling! 'The Land of Thunderbolt'

The journey from Kalimpong to Darjeeling is a beautiful experience.

The road ascends from Teesta Bazaar at 700 ft. to Ghoom at 7407ft., in just 12 kilometers and passes through lush green forests and tea gardens.

We took a long break at 'Lovers Meet' from where the confluence of river Teesta and the Great Rangeet could be seen.

There is a highway to travel directly to Siliguri from Kalimpong and this road follows the river Teesta from the hills till it emerges into the plains of Siliguri.
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Thumbs up The Queen Of Hills!

Darjeeling fondly called "Queen of the Hills” was a perfect getaway for nature-lovers like us, seeking to be in harmony with Mother Nature.

The name Darjeeling is a composition of 'Dorje' meaning 'thunderbolt' and 'Ling' meaning 'place' ... 'The Land of Thunderbolt'.

I would like to quote the words of the legendary Rabindranath Tagore about Darjeeling, "Flowers are everywhere. The days are cold and the sun almost seems to play hide and seek with us!!".

We saw the mighty and majestic Himalayas again in Darjeeling. We had seen the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh, during our honeymoon in Shimla and Manali and now, during our trip to Bhutan.

The view of the Himalayas takes my breath away each and every time. The sheer beauty and grandeur of the mighty Himalayas makes me feel so blessed every time I see it! And I thank God for giving me the wonderful opportunity to be closer to him (height wise!!!)
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Cheers Chevy Lover...amazing narration....cant just wait to get more of that travelogue....
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Lovely pics and very nice narration to the boot ... Keep it going
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Thumbs up The Amazing Darjeeling Himalayan Railway!!!

The most famous of the little trains, is the one linking the town of New Jalpaiguri in the plains to the lovely hill station of Darjeeling. The 86 km. Darjeeling line allows the traveller an uninterrupted view of the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayas. Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR) is recognised as "World Heritage Site" by UNESCO.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is lovingly called the "Toy Train". The journey to Darjeeling is regarded as among the most spectacular in the world. Travellers are awed by both the scenery as well as the railway line which is truly an engineering masterpiece and without doubt one of the wonders of the world. The history of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is equally fascinating.

The whole railway track from Siliguri to Darjeeling is considered an engineering marvel. In 51 miles of track it climbs from near sea level to about 7,400 ft. altitude.

To attain this climb engineers have used "loop" and "zig-zag reverses".

In "loop" the railway track circles round and passes over itself by a bridge, thereby quickly attaining higher elevation.

In "zig-zag reverse" for obtaining the same result by running the track back diagonally up the hillside for a short distance, and then again resuming an alignment parallel to the original alignment but higher up.
There are no tunnels; as a result the railway line has very sharp curves depending on the contour of the mountain.
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Thumbs up The Toy Train!!!

It was my dream to travel by toy train to Darjeeling, but we were so tired after the bone-jarring trip from Bhutan, that we decided to go by road, as it was much faster.

The train travel takes a lot of time and we had to take the road way. The train tracks and the road run close to each other. School children can be found taking joy rides on the train. They jump on and off the train with so much expertise. The train chugs along through markets and houses at just about 10 km per hour. Vehicles on the road stop for the train to cross the road at many points. Everyone drives in perfect harmony and stops for the train.

We were lucky to catch a glimpse of the legend in motion!!!
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Yeah ! its indead an engineering marvel! the loco are so well built that the youngest of surviving engine is 80 years old.
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We came across Ghum just before reaching Darjeeling. It is the highest railway station in India at an altitude of over 7000 ft.

The town’s major attraction is the Sampten Choling Monastery. It has a 15 ft statue of Buddha!
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Default Darjeeling according to Mark Twain!

Mark Twain’s words sums up the beauty of Darjeeling perfectly!

"The one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once - by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of the rest of the world combined"!!!
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Default Himalayas!!!

We reached Darjeeling by late evening and immediately checked into a good hotel. Our hotel’s reception was on the second floor and our room was on the third floor. We were stumped by the prospect of carrying our super heavy luggage upstairs by ourselves.

We hired a porter to carry our luggage to our room! One word of appreciation for the porters! I saw them carry almost everything on their back from gas cylinders, rice sacks, oil cans, wood, stones, etc to an Almirah!!! With all the heavy weight on their backs and head, they walk through the steep roads of Darjeeling. Kudos to them for their help to tourists like us!

The view from our hotel room was amazing! We could see the Himalayas clearly!
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