Posted by: deblinaganguli | June 1, 2012

The Call of The Mystic… The Mysterious… & The Magical…

Leaving the woods behind, the meandering roads were taking us to a world of beauty and tranquility. As we were moving through the tea gardens, I realized that once again my agility knows no boundary. My heart was filled with joy to know that within a few hours we (me and my parents) will reach the Queen of Hills, Darjeeling.

Darjeeling Mall

Darjeeling Mall

I have been to this place twice before, but this trip was different as I was going there with my parents. It was their dream to visit this place and nothing could be more rewarding for me to see them smiling all the time during the trip. What more? My father for some unknown reason was quite excited to see the lamas at the Ghum Monastery.

Lama

Lama

Mom and Dad were a little scared initially when the car started climbing up the hill, but as the car kept crossing valleys after valleys they started enjoying the ride thoroughly. What made me speechless is the view of the small villages that looked like paintings when viewed from a distance. The rivers at the foothills of Himalayas were also looking like thin silver strings as our car started moving up the mountain.

Another thing I have always loved about the mountains is its mystery. You never know what is awaiting you in the next turn. You were enjoying rain; suddenly as the car took a turn, you realize that your path is getting drenched in golden sun light.

Tea Garden

Tea Garden

The best part about Darjeeling and the way to this hill station is that you will be wrapped in clouds most of the times. Seeing the sun and clouds playing hide and seek is a wonderful experience in itself. Such beautiful natural settings have always inspired me to bring out the childish heart that rests within.

This time, like a child, I was really shouting and jumping in joy as something unexpected took place on our way to Darjeeling. We went to Darjeeling in April as it is comfortable to spend summer months in hill stations. We were simply stunned to see what was happening. We couldn’t believe our eyes at first. It was snowing during the hot summer months. Yes, it was snowing and we could hardly take our eyes off the unbelievable scene. Maa (mother) and baba (father) were happy like kids.

Snow Fall

Snow Fall

Within a few moments, the blanket of snow covered the road, the trees and the top of the houses. It was an amazing experience to see snow fall due to which the roads got blocked and we covered a half an hour journey in four hours, but no regret. You need to pay for every single achievement in life. Waiting inside the car didn’t seem to bore us as we were drinking the beauty of the picturesque surrounding. Since our car stopped at regular intervals, we could get a chance to get down from the car and play with ice balls. It was fun. 🙂

Toy Train

Toy Train

What made the trip even more memorable is the toy train ride. Though I have visited this place before, I couldn’t enjoy toy train ride. This time it was supposed to be the same as I could get only two tickets for my parents when I was making the reservation online. But I was lucky enough this time as the TT allowed me to board the train and share seat with my parents. It was a thrilling experience to enjoy joy ride in Toy Train which took us to Batasia Loop and Ghum Museum respectively.

Ghum Museum

Ghum Museum

Our next day sightseeing schedule included a few places like Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoo, Peace Pagoda and Japanese Temple. I have been to the Zoo and HMI with my trekking team. The other attractions were new to me. When we reached the spot both the Japanese Temple and the Buddhist Temple were wrapped in cloud.

Peace Pagoda

Peace Pagoda

Another place I just loved is the Rock Garden. The way to the garden was not safe as the road was damaged due to a land slide. But the fear and exhaustion of journey was vanished when we reached the beautiful garden. The fall and the colorful flowers around took us far away from the monotony of life.

Spring at Rock Garden

Spring at Rock Garden

When you are in Darjeeling, eating momo is a must. I bet, you will not get such tasty momos anywhere in the world. No need to mention, shopping was also an enjoyable experience.  Other than woolens, Buddhist bells and showpieces, tea and cookies, Darjeeling is also home to some of the finest silver jewelry shops.  Maa bought me two nice silver earrings without which probably my trip would have been incomplete. 😉 Even in my previous trips to Darjeeling I wanted to buy those earrings but couldn’t afford as I was only a student then. This time I could have bought them myself for sure, but receiving gifts is something all of us enjoy. My excitement was doubled when Maa told me that she wants to buy those earrings for me. Thanks Maa 🙂

On our way back to NJP we paid a visit to the famous Ghum Monastery that I have missed last time.

Ghum Monastry

Ghum Monastry

Our trip came to end as ever. It was time to go home. But the valleys flooded in sunlight… the sound of the rain drops falling on the leaves… the soft white blanket of snow…the cloud wrapping the mountain in mystery… once again brought back my true self.

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Responses

  1. Very nice and well-written.Seems like lost in your world

  2. I think this is your best writing so far. Nicely woven story along with the photographs! keep travelling and keep writing Deblina … 🙂

  3. At last you managed to write the post about your dreamland darjeeling tour. Honestly speaking, the description was a living picture of the most beautiful hill station in the world. You are a great writer. So keep writing, keep travelling and keep blogging. 🙂

  4. Darjeeling is truly close to our hearts . Your experience like most of us was sipping old wine in new bottle. Darjeeling and Puri never go old with time, especially for Bengalis.You love travelling a lot and it shows here. However, this one was a big different I suppose.

    It is highly satiating when you see the smiling face of your parents and the unexpected joy that you waited for so long.There is nothing like making our parents happy and the reason for that is “WE”. I can understand the feeling.

    I am also planing to send my dad and mom to a long tour this year end.

  5. Deblina, you are among the few who share tales of beauty. We owe you a bow for diligently strewing words and snaps every time you take a trip. Besh laglo 🙂


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