A little did he realize that he wasn’t just on holidays, he was making memories that would last a lifetime. Read the refreshing account of Aman, as he explored the sights and sounds of mystical Sikkim and Darjeeling with his lifelong buddies. Their trip cost them a total of INR 51,500 which included sightseeing, transfers, accommodation and meals.
Everyone needs some time off their monotonous schedule and holidays are the perfect getaway. Next came the task of deciding the destination. With a bit of scrutiny we anonymously decided to take a trip of the northeast.
TravelTriangle was an exquisite option for the deals they offered which were far better than most of the leading travel companies. They gave the travelers a lucrative choice to customize their tour package according to their needs
I submitted a query on the TravelTriangle mobile app and promptly got a call from a travel representative. He understood my requirements and connected me to different agents who offered me various deals for Sikkim and Darjeeling. I chose the best package given to me by ‘Travel Sahyog‘.
Being on trips with family is nice but with friends is way more fun! And the 6 of us were on our peak of excitement as 2nd of October was slowly making its way up the calendar. Finally the day arrived; we were so excited that we reached the airport 2hrs before the scheduled time.
Day 1: Flying out from Bhubaneswar
With immense happiness and anticipation, we took off from Bhubaneswar at 10 am. We had a connecting flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra, and bam! within 4 hours we were at Bagdogra approximately 1500 km from our starting point!
Upon arrival, we were received by one of the appointed driver who would take us to Hotel Berries,Gangtok. The journey from Bagdogra to Gangtok was bliss! Awesome mountains, beautiful weather and the sun coming to rest; we were already content! At 7:30 pm we arrived at the hotel and were greeted humbly by the hotel staff. We decided to stay in, and rest for the remainder of the night.
Day 2 : Exploring Gorgeous Gangtok
The next morning, we had breakfast and got ready for sightseeing. The day started with a visit to the stunning Bakthang falls. As tempting it may look, the weather was cold which meant that we resisted taking a dip in the waterfall. However, it didn’t take away any sheen from the beautiful scenery as the green moss grew on the rocks behind the crystal clear falling water.
Later on, we proceeded to take the blessings of the almighty at Ganesh Tok and Hanuman Tok. Next up for us was the panoramic Tashi view point. I distinctly remembered being filled with a sense of pride and motivation looking at the daunting peaks from Tashi.
The tour got over at 2 pm, after which we had lunch and moved back to the hotel for a nap. In the evening, my friends and I decided to venture into the local market. I was pretty keen on talking to the locals and understanding the way of life in this charming state.
After a couple of hours, we returned to the hotel, had dinner and called it a night.
Day 3: Dizzy Heights at Baba Mandir
The next day, we woke up at 6.30 am, ate breakfast, and started our journey to visit the Baba Mandir and Tsomgo Lake. As the journey was short yet steep, the landscape around us changed drastically.
As it was a cold and windy October day in Sikkim, we found ourselves shivering and short of warm clothes. After purchasing necessary clothing, we traveled uphill to Baba Mandir. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a strong gust of wind that made our climb of the steps to the foot of the temple a big challenge.
After an hour, we moved down to visit the Tsomgo Lake. The views at the near frozen lake were pristine and inspiring. We arrived back in Gangtok at 4.30pm. With the exposure to high altitude and tiredness, we decided to take it easy that evening back at the hotel.
Day 4 & 5: Sipping Tea in Darjeeling
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The next morning, post breakfast, we checked out of Gangtok at 9 am. The day began on a gloomy note as the black clouds looming over us, converted to rain. As we reached the Triveni Sangam viewpoint, the conditions were such that it wasn’t safe and advisable to stop and block passing traffic.
We arrived in Darjeeling at 4 pm and checked into the hotel. In the evening, we decided to take a stroll out in the open to explore the sights and sounds of Darjeeling. Later on, we returned to the hotel and rested for the night.
This day, we were scheduled to see the sunrise at Tiger Hill. The cab came to receive us at 4 am. It was a magical experience to see the peaks turn orange as the first ray of light hit the daunting peaks.
After a hearty breakfast, we started with the tourist favorite ; a visit to the tea gardens. After taking the Ropeway, we arrived at the Batasia Loop. To finish the tour, we paid a visit to the crown jewel of Darjeeling- The toy train ride, which is one of the highlights of the tour. All in all it was a perfect day for experiencing Darjeeling.
Day 6: The journey back home
We got ready and checked out of Darjeeling on the final day of the tour. After departing for Siliguri at 11 am, we arrived at 3.30pm. Only a few hours later, I boarded the bus from Siilguri to Bhubaneshwar.
Sadly the day of 7th October arrived and we had to wind up our trip, but we just lived in a dream and that was only possible because of TravelTriangle. People say north-east is completely different from the rest of India, I guess they are right. You just can’t drag heaven to the ground!.
High Points :
- Exploring North-eastern India with my closest of buddies.
- Simply loved the people and places to visit in Gangtok.
Low Points :
- The vehicle provided to all 6 of us, could’ve been better.
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