a VirtualTourist member from Chicago asked on Jul 10, 2006
We are planning for 4-5 days in Darjeeling. What is the weather like during mid October? Do we need jacket, raincoat etc.? Anyone knows about hotel info, cost relative to comfort, any phone# etc. It would be first time experience in Darjeeling, any tips would be appreciated. Can you please recommend "any must seeing palces"? Is it good idea to take blanket with us? My son is 6 and he will be travelling with us, any tip?? Thanks folks.
In Mid October, the weather is generally mild. But its good to be prepared fro the rain/cold. So you must carry a warm jacket and a rain-coat.
Generally October is the peak season for Darjeeling (foe to Durga Puja holidays). The hill-station is jam packed during this time. I would advise you to make advance bookings, as the availability is low , and prices get higher.
There are lots of Must-See places. You can buy a guidebook from a book-shop, and I am sure you will find all these places in it.
DO not miss the Sunrise view at Tiger-hill, the Ghoom monastary, The Batasia Loop, The Japanese Temple, The Rock Garden, The HMI, Botanical garden, Zoological Garden.Take a pony-ride at the Mall Road.DO not miss cakes/pastries at Glenary's at Mall Road/ A Tea-Break at Kerventes (roof).Also, take the Toy-Train from Siliguri to Darjeeling about 8 hrs journey) I am sure you will love it.
Also, YOu may visit Mirik (about 2 Hrs from Darjeeling).
Ive been there more times than I could count, so I may inadvertantly express personal biases. But here goes...
1. Nearest airport - Bagdogra, connected most frequently to Kolkata.
Nearest railway station - NJP ( new jalpaiguri)near Siliguri town connected most frequently to Kolkata.
2. Bagdogra/ Siliguri around 2.5 - 3 hours by cab ( rates negotiable and bargain hard)
3. It may rain anytime so carry an umbrella for local strolls and raincoats for treks.
4. My personal budget lodging fav. is Classic Guest House, locally called Dant Koti located near the mall but far enough to cut out the typical tourist noises. The rooms are cosy, water, scarce in Darjeeling, is available 24 hrs., and has a good B&B atmosphere with a small library, etc. I also stay at the Hotel Mohit. If you want to take your budget north, opt for Pineridge/Sinclairs/ and many more to choose from ( some new, some heritage)
Darjeeling is kown as the queen of the Hill Stations. So much to see and do, yet you could also laze around and feel good about it.
Check out the following - 1. World Heritage Toy Train Ride. I would rather let u experience it than describe it. 2.Tenzing Norgay Mountaineering Institute. Heard about the Everest conquests? Feel it here with mementoes, photos, displays and a lot more. 3. Zoo- not a huge affair but you could look at Siberian Tigers, the endangered red panda, leopards, mountain wolves, etc. 4. Rope way gondola ride to a tea garden ( The world famous Darjeeling Tea )5.Pony ride at the mall, 6.St.Joseph's North Point school grounds, 7. The monastery in Ghoom and quite a few more. Did I miss viewing Kanchedjonga, the third highest peak in the world.
You could have a leisurely breakfast of Ham, sausages, fried eggs sunny side up, toasts washed down with coffee/cocoa/etc to fuel up for the day at the roof top restaurnt next to Glennarys ( another cosy place good for a chinese/indian dinner). You could pick croissants and local cheese from the bakery downstairs.
Local women are very happy if you call them DIDI as in sisters and the menfolk could be addressed as Daju ( elder brother) or Sanu Bhai ( younger Brother). Good is "Ramro".
Want to know more or see a few pics? email me.
Thank you folks. Any of you know phone# or contact info of few hotels with good view and comfort, perhaps price range etc. Bundle Thanks.
Darjeeling - 734101
Phone: +91-354-2254446, 2253598, 2256764 (Fax)
Email: [email], [email]
Classic Guest House, also known as Dant Koti,C.R. Das road, one minute from Chowrasta. Very comfortable, quiet rooms. TV. Bathroom with hot water geyser.Phone No: (0091-354) 2257025/ 2254120/ 2254904
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Have a "Ramro" ( Good) stay.