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|10th August 2009, 12:35||#91|
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I think Mirik is highly doable in August. The hills look gorgeous in monsoon. It's a different beauty altogether.
I would also perhaps look at either Mongpong (WBFDC bungalow) or Chalsa/Lataguri in Dooars. The sanctuaries and national parks would be officially closed though.
There are several routes to Mirik from the plains. Therefore there is no need to fear the landslides. You need not necessarily go via Ghoom (Hill Cart Road) for Mirik. But yes, that's a beautiful road via Sukhia Pokhari.
Go for it Zappo.
|12th August 2009, 13:58||#93|
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And very scenic in terms natural beauty.
Regarding Fazergunj, you can checkout Henry Islands too
A night stay at Henry Island will be wonderful.
At Namkhana you have to ferry across during high Tide.
But the Ferry is operational from 8am to 8pm, charges 300/- for small cars.
Talsari is much better option than Mondarmoni.
|13th August 2009, 14:13||#94|
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At Talsari, the stink of rotten fish is a definite turn-off.
Even as I write this, the car is in the workshop for the last two days where the Mechie's are trying to sort out a "squeak" from the front right suspension. So the car condition is actually of utmost importance.
However as I mentioned, this was a family thing, we wanted to go out together after a long time, so just went ahead with it. Even in the past we have had much more adventurous trips, the days we did not have mobile phones, only the willpower to get out of situations.
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|13th August 2009, 15:44||#95|
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Hello Anirban - I was in Kolkata and we could not catch up with you. Maybe better luck next time. The pictures are awesome and your Ikon looks great but I still like the timeless beauty of the Fiat anyday. I think a Mumbai to Kolkata trip in one of my fiats would not be out of place.
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|16th August 2009, 09:56||#99|
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Excellent writeup and pictures Anirban!! Even if somebody have not been there - your travelogue will surely create a virtual tour for him. It revived my memory of my Darjeeling trip taken 10 years ago.
|16th August 2009, 10:43||#100|
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Wow dude!!! Amazing travelouge. Best photographs I ve seen. You must have had a whale of a time. And your car is impecabbly maintained I must say.
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