North East trip – Part 1

Day 1

We had an early morning flight from Mumbai to Kolkata. So, we were up at 3 am,  dressed up and ready to leave the house by 4:15 am to catch the 6 am flight. At the airport, only after collecting our boarding passes we realized that all 3 of us have been assigned seats at different places. I started worrying that how Cheebu will sit all alone without us. Anyways, once we boarded the plane, I went and sat with Cheebu and requested the man whose seat it was to kindly exchange seats with me as I had a child who could not sit alone. After several hesitations and discussions and things like “But I would prefer the aisle seat” etc. , I got that seat. Phew! How fussy can people get for a seat for a 2 hour journey. Breakfast was served and I somehow managed to convince Cheebu to eat some bread and jam. We reached Kolkata by 8:30 am and now the next flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra was at 1:30 pm. That meant that we had about 4 hours to kill before boarding that flight. We considered going into the city but were scared of getting caught in the traffic and not being able to be back in time. The very hot and humid weather there also discouraged us from venturing out into the city and we decided to stay at the airport. So what do we do…

We collected some travel brochures…

and read them…

Ate some yummy Bengali Rosogullas ….

Watched the aeroplanes …

and finally reach Bagdogra by 3:30 pm (yes, the flight was delayed by another 1 hour 😦 ). We had our first sight of the hills at a distance from here and we couldn’t wait to get there.

We had booked a travel package from here and the taxi was waiting for us here to take us to Darjeeling, our first destination. We settled down comfortably in the taxi. It was still very hot here. The driver informed us that after half an hour drive through the plains we would start ascending the hills and it would get cooler then. We had our first glimpse of the tea gardens just outside the airport…

Finally, after half an hour of drive through the plains we started ascending the hills. The roads here were very narrow and very, very steep. In no time, Cheebu started feeling uncomfortable. I tried to distract her by showing her the scenery outside, but it didn’t help 😦 The roads being so narrow and steep, there was no scope of  stopping anywhere in between. Finally, after some time she vomited 😦 . This left me wondering how the rest of the vacation would proceed as it involved travel on hilly roads. After some time we finally took a break at a small restaurant. The weather was quite cool now and we had hot steamed veg momos with red chutney and some awesome Darjeeling tea recommended by our driver. I saw a lovely church near the restaurant and could not stop myself from clicking it 🙂

The driver told us that we were at a height of 7000 feet.  We had reached this height in just an hour. No wonder even our tummies felt a bit funny 🙂 He also told us that the next couple of hours to Darjeeling would not have such steep roads and I was relieved for Cheebu. Thankfully, she slept as we resumed our journey. The weather was nice and sunny and I thought that the weather forecast of rains was wrong after all 🙂 We enjoyed the lovely views, one thing which I noticed and loved was the lovely colourful houses with walls done up in very nice bright colors. They had glass windows with lace curtains and  their balconies overlooking the valley of tea gardens were full of flowers. They looked so nice straight out of a book. I wish I could have lived in one of these houses.

The roads were narrow and we were stuck in a long traffic jam

 It started getting dark… the moon was up

Finally, it started raining and we reached our hotel in Darjeeling at around 7 pm in the evening. We were all tired and after a nice dinner immediately went to bed as we had to get up at 3 am again next morning to go to Tiger Hill to see the famous sunrise over Kanchenjunga.

Will continue with day 2 in the next part 🙂

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27 thoughts on “North East trip – Part 1

  1. Cheebu is looking really cute.. 🙂

    I am filled with the memories of our Ooty trip seeing all these beautiful snaps here…:) looking forward to read more on this… come up with part -2 soon 🙂

  2. (a)I LOVED all the pics
    (b)Cheebu is lovely..a BIG hug to her
    (c)I am nowhere going anywhere in the near future due to hubby’s erratic schedules, so will be vacationing through such travel posts only 😉

  3. waiting waiting for the next part 🙂 like I told you our trip to North east is pending and we might take it up this year…if need be I’ll get in touch with you,yeah?

    p.s. have replied to your email

    • Oh, feel free to get in touch with me for all your queries 🙂 I’ll be very happy if I can be of any help 🙂
      Working on the next part 🙂
      Got your mail 🙂

  4. Wow! Sounds like a beautiful start to an awesome journey! Waiting to read the rest of it. 🙂

    Cheebu looks adorable. 🙂

    How long was your trip? We have been thinking of a trip to the North-east since ages, but have never really planned it. How much time does it take to cover?

    • Thank you 🙂
      Ours was a 7D/6N trip. Depending on the places you want to cover, the no. of days may vary.
      Ok wait I’ll write you an email with more details 🙂

  5. Awesome pictures, specially the last one.
    Hope Cheebu fared better and had fun time 🙂
    Waiting to read & view more about this trip 🙂

    • Thank you Smita 🙂
      For the rest of the trip we gave her some medicine for travel sickness and managed well. Apart from this she had a great time 🙂
      More coming up 🙂

  6. 1st things 1st, Cheebu looks very very cute 🙂
    Whoa……You guys had some fun…..Where is the photo of those bengoli rasogullas???
    You can’t escape the traffic jam, even when on vacation….
    Nice pics….Update part II ASAP please 🙂

    • Thank you T2M 🙂
      Oh yes … we had fun 🙂
      The rosogullas were eaten up faster than I could click them 🙂
      The traffic jam was terrible at places because of peak tourist season. But the drivers there were very disciplined. Unlike here, nobody overtook from the wrong side which could have caused a bigger jam on those narrow roads.
      Working hard on Part 2 🙂

  7. I love love reading travel accounts 🙂 and I had a great time seeing the pictures and reading word lifesong 🙂 Pls pls post next part asap 😛
    Cheebu is chooooooooooooo cuuuuuuuute – coochie woochie she looks 🙂

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