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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Trip to Lamahatta and Darjeeling (India)

Darjeeling west bengal
Darjeeling

One of the most common tourist place in north Bengal is Darjeeling. This place is famous in the world for Darjeeling Tea. One of the best quality tea leaves are available in Darjeeling tea garden. Also Toy Train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR) attracts the tourists here.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE (DHR) DARJEELING TOY TRAIN
Toytrain



Lamahatta is a small mountain village 26km from Darjeeling and a lovely eco-tourism place with amazing natural surroundings and views. It is a perfect place for a small weekend trip for couple/young people. But for the family with infants/toddler /aged people, it may be a bit difficult. Though I traveled with a family of 6 which includes 62 years and 2 years and we enjoyed overall.

How to reach

The nearest airport is Bagdogra. The nearest Railway station is NJP (New Jalpaiguri). From both the place a lot of cars/ buses are available. Without booking also it will not be a problem in offseasons.

The most wonderful journey from NJP to Darjeeling is through Toy train (DHR). If you have time then you must take this journey. It will be memorable for a lifetime. UNESCO declared DHR as world heritage site. Book the ticket before to get a hassle-free journey. Always check the timings from Indian railways site as timings may change. 

Have a look on this wonderful journey



Lamahatta can be reached directly from NJP  railway station or Bagdogra airport by road. If you come out of the station there will be a lot of cabs available at reasonable price.

Hotels in Darjeeling

From a budget hotel to a luxurious resort all kind of staying and food options are available in Darjeeling. Nowadays there are many homestays available with facilities like a three-star hotel. We stayed in Hotel Shangrila Regency. Nice hotel with big rooms and balcony. Room heater facility available. We booked through booking.com .

Hotels in Lamahatta
In Lamahatta staying options are limited and costly compared to Darjeeling. This place is still developing. There are only a few hotels. Only Homestays are available. Food option is also limited. Homestay provides all the necessary food and drinks with cost. We stayed in Everest homestay. It was a really pleasant place to stay. But in homestay 24hours hot water or room heater facilities will not be available. It is always advised that you book before you travel.

Lamahatta food and accommodation cost is higher than Darjeeling. It is only 26 km from Darjeeling so you can stay in Darjeeling and visit to Lamahatta for a full day. 

Those who are looking for a peaceful stay away from city life Lamahatta is a good option for them.
Darjeeling Tea, Tea garden


Best places to see in Darjeeling

There are a number of places to see in Darjeeling. But I will mention the 8 most important places to visit in Darjeeling.

1. Darjeeling Rock garden
2. Darjeeling ropeways
3. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) and Darjeeling Zoo.
4. Tiger hill
5. Shanti stupa (Japanese peace pagoda)
6. Toy train (DHR)  & Batasia loop
7. Darjeeling Mall (Chowrasta). 
8. Tea garden

Lamahatta ecotourism Darjeeling


Best places to see in Lamahatta

Truly speaking when you reach Lamahatta the place itself is a beauty to feel. Take a deep breath..feel the nature.. Best places to see in Lamahatta

1. Lamahatta park.
2. Trek to the Sacred water body from Lamahatta park.
3. Botanical garden
4. Tinchuley village
5. Takdah Tea garden
6. Lamahatta monastery


Best time to visit Darjeeling and Lamahatta

Summer is always best to visit for any hill station. During summer (April -May) temperature will be between 15 to 28 degree. 
In winter (Dec to Feb) temp below 10 degree and may the temperature can drop down to 2d-3 degree Celsius.
It is good to avoid traveling during the rainy season (June to Sept)


Most important tips for the trip

1. In Lamahatta once it is dark you can't go out of your homestay for your own safety.

2. Lamahatta is a remote area. Carry baby food/ diapers if you are traveling with todler/baby.

3. Carry the necessary medicine for hill diarrhea, fever, vomiting and first aid.

4. carry torch in Lamahatta as I mentioned before after sunset it will be dark outside.

For photos check the video below









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