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This getaway to Darjeeling was a very spontaneous decision without much planning involved. The only thing we had planned was to enjoy the place purely as a romantic destination without bothering too much about the sightseeing. After all that’s what weekend getaways should be about: to Zone off from the normal humdrum of life and spend time together!
A ROMANTIC GUIDE TO DARJEELING:
To enjoy Darjeeling the way it should be, I have compiled a little guide for you and your loved one in order to maximize your time there and get the most out of it without making it tiresome and exhausting.
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- DO NOT PLAN
This one is a no brainer. I took a break from the point to point itinerary planning that I usually do and decided to go with the flow for once. This place deserves it. The only planning involved should be for booking your flight/train tickets.
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- STAY AWAY FROM THE MALL
So your romantic getaway needs an equally romantic place to stay right. You don’t need crowds or noise to mar your peaceful vacation. Book your accommodation a little away from the mall. There are quite a few reasonable options located within 10 minutes of the mall. We stayed at a fantastic little resort called “Little Tibet Resort” which played a huge role in making our stay memorable.
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- LIMIT YOUR ACTIVE SIGHTSEEING TO ONE DAY
Let me be honest. The sightseeing in and around Darjeeling is average. If you are well traveled, you may not be very impressed. Do not be over ambitious and try to cover all. So select a few places to explore and junk a few. This is the perfect place to explore slow travel.
- TAKE LONG WALKS
The weather is pleasant, the roads are quiet and the scenery beautiful. Take long walks and get a bit of an exercise. We were panting at the end(speaks volumes about our fitness!) but it was very romantic walking hand in hand along the hilly lanes of a hill station. Just like in the movies!One good route is to walk past the Governor’s house uphill till you reach the back entrance of the Mahakal Mandir. Pass through the temple and exit via the front gate, walking through the Mahakal market and downhill till you reach the mall.
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- VISIT THE MAHAKAL MANDIR
Whether you are a believer or not, if there is one place I would suggest it is this. I usually avoid temples but this one was special. This lovely little temple dedicated to Shiva, is a fusion temple where Buddhist Mandalas and prayer bells coexist peacefully with Hindu idols and rituals. Such a beautiful example of our syncretic culture. Make sure to enter the temple via the back entrance (route explained in the above point) where you will come across numerous colourful Tibetian flags fluttering and no one around to disturb you.
- RIDE THE TOY TRAIN
It’s a cliché but also a fun, unique experience. Seeing the steam engines bring back a lot of old world charm. Bring out your inner child and revel in nostalgia!
- WATCH THE SUNRISE OVER KANCHENJUNGA AT TIGER HILL
There will be many people who will put this activity at the top of this list. But I did not simply because its not necessary to wake up at 3 am on a holiday to view the sunrise. We did not. We went around noon but the day was very foggy and so missed seeing the peak. If waking up that early in the cold is not your thing, you can always go later during the day (like we did) and try your luck at catching a glimpse of the peak. We failed this time but are planning to try our luck in Sikkim!
- PLAN SOME SPECIAL FOODIE EXPERIENCES FOR TWO
We enjoyed some amazing meals in Darjeeling, be it having breakfast in our balcony amidst fog and clouds; rooftop lunches or candlelit dinners and created some amazing memories.
Enjoy authentic Tibetian food at Kunga’s. Situated on the mall, this little joint produces delicious food at reasonable prices. Look beyond wantons and Thukpas and try your hand(and mouth!) at other dishes like Thenthuk.
Have a rooftop meal at Glenary’s, the iconic restaurant famed for its food and the view. Enjoy some house wine and chilli pork in their amazing ambience.
We also wanted a special candlelight dinner which our wonderful hotel planned and arranged in our balcony (No, it wasn’t our anniversary/birthday!)That was one experience I will cherish.
- VISIT THE DALI MONASTERY
How can a visit to Darjeeling be complete without visiting a monastery? Most people visit the Ghoom monastery which we found to be very uninteresting and average. Instead visit the Dali monastery which has a beautiful building and interiors. Turn one of the giant prayer bells and make a wish. Play with some of the little monks in training. Admire the colorful art and the giant Buddha.
Hoping this guide proves handy for you in planning your weekend getaway!
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