After the Dooars trip in November 2021, I was super eager to drive to Hills through the clouds with a better view of Mt. Kanchanjangha. For any travel enthusiastic Bengali Mt. Kanchanjangha, First Flush Tea, the mighty Himalayan Railways all these are synonymous to the queen of hills “Darjeeling”. Accordingly, in a get together on a Friday evening with two of my colleagues who happen to be my neighbour in the campus, I expressed my desire to drive to Darjeeling. They both were fascinated instantaneously and affirmed me that both of them would join the trip.
I immediately briefed the plan to make in last week of April to them which I had finalized beforehand. My both friends were very excited knowing the itinerary. My plan was to spend two nights in Darjeeling, one night in Dawaipani and forth night in Rishop. This itinerary gave us the golden opportunity to drive through ever-scenic Rishi Road.
Having gone through multiple websites, reviews and discussed with one of my friends from Birpara, I booked two nights in Hotel Himalayan Retreat in Darjeeling. The hotel manager had assured us to provide parking on extra payment basis. At Dawaipani, the Sona Homestay and the Sunakhari Sherpa Homestay in Rishop were booked.
I decided to drive to my home at Bardhhaman on Friday and start from there to Siliguri next morning. On the other hand, my friends decided to proceed to Siliguri from Jamshedpur on Saturday early morning. They were driving MS S-Cross Zeta 1.3 diesel and Ford Ecosport Titenium 1.5 petrol.
Enjoy the teaser images of the trip!
Somewhere close to 6th Mile along Rishi Road
After Kurseong along Hill Cart Road
Bengali Nostalgia: Darjeeling Mall
Dawaipani: Village with heavenly beauty Day 1
The Silver Beauty was loaded with all the necessary luggage on the previous evening. We cranked the engine at 4.38 AM in the morning and followed the route through Dhatrigram-Nabadweep-Krishnanagar-Baharampur-Malda- Dalkhola-Kishanganj-Siliguri. We took couple of bio break in Murshidabad and had our breakfast in one of the Fuel Station. We reached Pardeshi Dhaba at 10.45AM.
Silver Beauty parked in front of Pardeshi Dhaba
The sumptuous veg thali at Pardeshi Dhaba
By 12.00 noon we resumed our drive towards Siliguri. We were excited to witness Dalkhola bypass and ROB for the first time. However, for some unknown reason the approach road towards ROB was blocked and we had to detour through narrow village road. We faced horrific traffic jam in that road since all the LMVs were diverted through that road. There were couple of instances I thought the side body of my car would be scraped by the wide carrier of the tractors coming from opposite direction. In the process we lost one hour and met the highway somewhere near Nichitpur. The rest of the drive was uneventful and by 5 in the evening we could park our car at Hotel TSA Siliguri. The other two cars reached the hotel at midnight. Day 2
We all were ready by 9 AM and extremely excited to drive towards Darjeeling.
Our Cars are getting loaded in front of the hotel
The entire group: Sheer excitement radiating from eyes!
From Matigara we took right turn to enter Mirik Road. After just crossing the CPWD Guest house to enter the Rohini Road. By then all of us were very hungry and eager to have some hot momo and thukpa. Desperately searching for 15-20 minutes, we could get a parking place along with 6-7 food kiosks on the left side of the Rohini Road. Having parked our cars, we entered into the View Point Hotel. As the name signifies the roof top of the hotel provides mesmerizing view of the hills and Rohini Road.
Scenic Mirik Road
Enjoying Darjeeling tea from the roof top of the View Point Hotel
Through the bend of Rohini road just before Kurseong
Photoshoots in the cloud
After reaching to the hotel, we dropped the luggage and we parked the car in the parking lot adjacent to the church. After having a sumptuous lunch with rice and chicken curry we immediately headed towards mall which was 7 minutes walking distance from the hotel.
Darjeeling Mall: nothing has changed but every time it attracts!
Towards Mahakaal Mandir
The Mandatory photo of Darjeeling Day 3
The next morning, we rented three wagon R cabs to have a site seeing.
Batasia Loop with DHR
Orange Valley Tea Estate: we purchased a lot of First Flush Tea from there.
We two at Rock Garden