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Best Trip Plan Suggestions for 4 Night and 5 Day in Darjeeling

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Darjeeling Trip Plan
Welcome to the enchanting town of Darjeeling! Nestled in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, Darjeeling is a picturesque hill station in the Indian state of West Bengal. Known for its breathtaking views, lush tea gardens, and charming colonial architecture, Darjeeling offers a delightful blend of natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality.

Your 4-night trip to Darjeeling will be filled with unforgettable experiences. From witnessing the magical sunrise at Tiger Hill to exploring the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the Toy Train, you will be treated to panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains, rolling hills, and verdant valleys. Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of the Peace Pagoda and Ghum Monastery, and marvel at the diverse wildlife at the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.

Indulge in the world-famous Darjeeling tea at the Happy Valley Tea Estate, and savor the local delicacies and flavors at the vibrant Mall Road. Discover the mountaineering history at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and seek solace at the sacred Mahakal Temple. Take leisurely strolls along the bustling Chowrasta Mall, soak in the vibrant atmosphere, and shop for local handicrafts and souvenirs.
Suggested Plan 1
Day 1: After checking into your hotel, head to Chowrasta, a popular pedestrian square in Darjeeling, and take a leisurely stroll around the area. You can enjoy the views of the Himalayan range from here. Visit the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway station, also known as the Toy Train station, and take a ride on the iconic train that runs on a narrow gauge railway. You can take the train from the station and enjoy the scenic views of the hills and tea gardens. You can also visit the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Museum nearby to learn about the history of the railway.
In the evening, visit the Mall Road, which is another popular pedestrian area in Darjeeling. You can explore the shops, cafes, and restaurants here and also enjoy the views of the hills.

Day 2: Start your day early and visit Tiger Hill to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas. You can hire a cab or take a shared jeep to reach the hilltop. The view of the sunrise over the snow-capped mountains is truly breathtaking.
After returning to your hotel, have breakfast and then head to the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, which is home to a wide variety of animals and birds, including the red panda, snow leopard, and Himalayan black bear.
In the evening, visit the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, which is a non-profit organization that provides vocational training and support to Tibetan refugees. You can learn about the history and culture of Tibet and also buy souvenirs and handicrafts made by the refugees.

Day 3: Visit the Happy Valley Tea Estate, which is located about 3 km from Darjeeling. You can take a guided tour of the tea factory and learn about the tea-making process. You can also enjoy a cup of fresh Darjeeling tea while taking in the beautiful views of the tea gardens.
After returning to your hotel, have lunch and then visit the Ghum Monastery, which is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Darjeeling. You can learn about Tibetan Buddhism and also see the beautiful murals and thangkas inside the monastery.
In the evening, you can take a walk around the Darjeeling Botanical Garden, which is home to a wide variety of plants and flowers. You can also visit the Lloyd's Botanical Garden nearby, which is another popular garden in Darjeeling.

Day 4: Visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, which is located near the Darjeeling Zoo. You can learn about mountaineering and also see the equipment used by famous mountaineers, including Tenzing Norgay, who was the first person to climb Mount Everest along with Sir Edmund Hillary.
After that, you can visit the nearby Japanese Peace Pagoda, which is a Buddhist stupa that was built to promote world peace. You can enjoy the views of the surrounding hills and also take part in a prayer ceremony. In the evening, you can take a walk around the Darjeeling Mall Road and enjoy some local food and shopping.

Suggested Plan 2
Day 1: Check-in to your hotel near Gandhi Road. Rest and freshen up.
In the evening, explore the Mall Road, which is a popular shopping and dining area in Darjeeling.

Day 2: Wake up early and head to Tiger Hill to see the stunning sunrise over the Himalayas.
Visit the Batasia Loop on your way back to your hotel.
Have breakfast at one of the nearby eateries.
Take a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and enjoy the scenic views.
Visit the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in the afternoon and see the animals and birds.
In the evening, visit the Peace Pagoda for its beautiful views and peaceful atmosphere.

Day 3: Visit the Happy Valley Tea Estate in the morning and learn about the tea-making process.
Have lunch at a nearby restaurant and try some of the local cuisine.
Visit the Mahakal Temple and observe the beautiful architecture and idols.
Explore the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and learn about mountaineering history.
In the evening, visit the Rock Garden and enjoy the waterfalls and rock formations.

Day 4: Visit the Observatory Hill in the morning and see the panoramic views of Darjeeling.
Visit the Ghum Monastery and learn about Buddhism.
Have lunch at a nearby restaurant.
In the evening, explore the Mall Road and try some of the local street food.

Day 5: Check-out of your hotel and depart from Darjeeling.

You are suggested to check with local drivers and guides for sightseeing as per your convenience.

With each day offering new adventures and discoveries, your trip to Darjeeling promises to be an unforgettable journey into the heart of nature and culture. So, pack your bags and get ready to create beautiful memories in the captivating land of Darjeeling!

Hope these itineraries will help you planning your trip to Darjeeling. Happy journey!

'Sharadotsav' app will make it easier who want to explore Kolkata during Durga Puja

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Kolkata is making a "smart" move as its peak tourism season opens with the Durga Puja on September 26, to be trailed by the Fifa Under-17 World Cup finale in October.
West Bengal's Tourism Department is sprucing up the city's image at airplane terminals and railroad stations, and has launched a portable application to enable travelers to do some genuine pandal-hopping amid the festive season. informations about High-Profile Durga Pujas in the city and how to arrive are incorporated into the application.

This Mobile App will make the pandal hoping easier to help the visitors to a great extent in addition to many useful information at the fingertip.
Around two dozen major Pujas go topical every year in Kolkata, displayed after such things as Buddhist temples and terracotta symbols, and before, paid tribute to Satyajit Ray and the Ambassador car. This time, the idol in one display features ornaments seen in the film Baahubali. Guests can get information not simply on such shows, but rather realtime traffic updates.
The Sharodotsav (Durga Puja) application launched on 5th Sept. also has interactivity built-in to engage the fan.

“We launched the mobile application keeping in mind the convenience of the large number of tourists during Durga puja, and also Kolkata’s people. It has transport and police links,” the State Tourism Minister, Gautam Deb, said.

The individuals who need to appreciate the merriments without swimming into swarmed lanes can select to simply see trending photographs of the celebrated Pujas on their phones.

Smartphone photographers can send their two best puja shots to the Tourism Department for an opposition. “Users can send photographs to us using the ‘share pujo’ option. After the puja, the three best photos will be awarded,” said Manish Jain, secretary, Tourism Department.

The photograph challenge will open along the puja on September 26 and entries can be sent till September 29.

As India's football capital, Kolkata is additionally held by Fifa Under-17 World Cup fever. The Tourism Department wants to draw in expansive footfalls including foreign tourists when the matches are played.

The city's image is to get a lift through expanded promoting at Kolkata and Bagdogra airplane terminals and at Railway stations, for example, Sealdah, Howrah, and New Jalpaiguri.

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What are some interesting facts about Bengalis?

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Whenever someone hears the word “Bengali” or “bangali”, or the modern version of the same word “bong”, things like pujo, roshogolla, mach-bhat, dada, didi, are synonymously tagged to it. Here are some awesome facts about the Bengali.. "Ja bolbo sotti bolbo, sotti chara mitthe bolbo na"...

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  1. Every one of us is familiar with famous DIPUDA. Digha-Puri-Darjeeling. Each and every Bengali has been to these places at least once in their lifetime. Sure shot!
  2. Every third person in the state has a name with the "Debo" prefix, irrespective of gender. Debopriya, Deboprotim, Debashish, Debojit, Debopriyo, Debnath - the list is never ending my dear ones.
  3. Every child in the house has two names - one his proper and official name that we call the "good name" (first thing Bengali uncles/aunts ask you when you meet them for the first time - "Shona, your good name??" ) and his pet name which is usually something not even remotely close to his real name and serves the purpose of embarrassing the person in public. Most common of them being shona, mona, babu, pocha, buri et cetera et cetera.
  4. No meal is complete without a sweet - rosogolla, mishti doi, shondesh , cham cham or any other variant is a compulsory for every meal.
  5. Sourav Ganguly and Mamata Banerjee are the universal "dada" and "didi" respectively (literally translating to "brother" and "sister" resp.). And we don't give a damn to what India scores in the match...all we need to know is if Dada scored a century or not. And anybody who has wronged our Dada dear is our sworn enemy.
  6. This one is a corollary of 4 - Every male you meet on the road is your "dada" and your maid is your "mashi" (literally translating to "maternal aunt")...irrespective of their age. We are also taught to address the males as “kaku” (uncle) whatever the age is. We are given this lesson since childhood, and this has caused lot of embarrassments for me… when I called the auto driver almost nearly my age as “kaku”.
  7. Evenings are not complete without "parar adda" (sorry dear people, there is no direct translation for this word. The closest would be rendezvous, but then it wouldn't carry the essence of the evening "addas") and "telebhaja" (fries and fritters). Oh I forget the "chaa" (tea).
  8. Corollary of 6 - Every street has a "chaa er dokan" (tea stall) and a "mishtir dokan" (sweet stall) and of course a phuchka wala (Golgappa stall. Sorry, dear non-Indian reader, there is no English word for this extremely unhealthy but heavenly yummy street food).
  9. No dish is Bengali enough unless cooked in high-cholesterol Mustard Oil. Yeah, it is not good enough unless the spicy zesty fervor of the dish makes your eyes shed a few tears of joy (literally!!). And no meal is complete without fish.
  10. Every Bengali is a born artiste - painter, poet, chef, singer, musician, dancer, football player, swimmer - either or all of these!! And no, I am not kidding.
  11. We do not buy clothes only during sales or on our birthdays like most people on this planet. Our species buys 15-20 sets of clothes a month or two before the Durga Pujo :D
Content Coutesy: 
Debarati Biswas, Masters English Literature, University of Calcutta

Spice of Kolkata: What They Say

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Spice Of Kolkata, City Of Joy, Kolkata

Interesting? All things considered, what about Mind Blowing! Let's begin by saying we are going to refer Kolkata as city of joy, previously known as Calcutta! Here are a couple of things which Calcuttans and Kolkatans will realize:

1. At 15 or 65, you are still a “Dada”.

2. New market is not new anymore!

3. If you don’t find a book in College Street, probably it doesn’t exist!

4. If you are wondering where the next bus-stop is.. just signal the bus to stop with your hands!

5. On public transport, no matter how crowded it is - “Ektu chepe!”

6. Only city where the bus conductor gets to hear “dicchi, dicchi!”

7. Taxi meters run faster than the vehicle itself!

8. Want to take a walk? If you aren’t married go to Victoria, if you are married go to South City Mall!

9. It’s not Tollygunge.. It’s Taligonj.

10. Everyone has a friend who is from South Point.

11. Origin of the oldest metro in India. So, “Metro niye kotha hobe na”

12. What we pray when KKR plays, “Aaj, sala, brishti hok!”

13. Bandh = “Yayyy, family time!”

14. Want to date a Kolkata girl? Just say, “Fuchka khabe?”

15. No matter how spicy the fuchka masala is “Arektu jhaal dao toh”

16. The first Bangla a non-bong learns “Ami tomake bhalobashi”. (After Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas that has changed to “Eeshhh.. Sotti?”)

17. “Restaurant” = “Hotel”, “Shopping” = “Marketing”

18. Joggers wear monkey caps in the first week of November “Oh bhishon thanda porey geche dada!”

19. In the course of a heated discussion, a Bengali gunda threatens “Dada, eta bhalo hocche na bole dicchi!”

20. Calcutta to California.. there is a Calcuttian everywhere!..............

Kolkata Got Named One Of The Best Cities In The World For Tackling Climate Change

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Kolkata Climate

The earth is changing regular and not everybody on it is doing whatever they can to administer to it. This is the reason it's a great deal more critical to recognize the endeavors of those that do. Also, one of our own one of a kind Indian urban areas is among those earth-adoring gatherings.

Kolkata, alongside 10 different urban areas from around the globe, has been respected with the Best Cities of 2016 honor at the C40 Mayors Summit held in Mexico City, as per PTI. This respect was granted in acknowledgment of the city's moving and imaginative Kolkata Solid Waste Management Improvement Project.

Their drive has accomplished upto 80% isolation of waste at the source and further isolation at later phases of mindful transfer. In addition, the venture is hoping to proceed with its great work while meaning to in the long run annihilate open dumping and smoldering of waste and to restrain the centralization of methane gas produced in landfill locales.

Alternate urban areas that got this honor included Addis Adaba in Ethiopia, Copenhagen in Denmark, Curitiba in Brazil, Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, Paris in France, Portland in the U.S.A, Seoul in South Korea, Shenzhen in China, and Yokohama in Japan.

This honor is an affirmation of a portion of the best and boldest work being done to battle environmental change and shield the present and future eras from its dangers.

Kolkata being on this rundown fills us with pride, as well as we trust that it moves whatever remains of the country to jumpstart in this overall battle against environmental change - an undeniable, extremely dire concern.
Source: ScoopWhoop

This Mumbaikar Couple Nailed The FOLLOW ME Series

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