A walk in the clouds – 24 hours in Darjeeling

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We (HBI*) must be among the rare bongs** who had never visited Darjeeling before we crossed our thirties. Frankly, everytime we spoke of visiting Darjeeling, we were discouraged by jaded fellow bongs saying ‘too crowded, too dirty, too commercialized, and so on’. However, by now we had learnt that, to us, commercialised = fun place with some hopes of night life whereas romantic = beautiful but dull place with nothing to do; which is why our faces lit up when they said all that. From the time we set foot in NJP, we knew we weren’t wrong. The drives were replete with pretty scenes of alternating picturesque hill villages, tea valleys and mossy woods.

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This is a place where colonial charm rubbing shoulders with Buddhist serenity – the strong British hangover seen in stonewalled academic institutions, the magnificent chapels and heritage buildings converted into cushy resorts on one hand, and…

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