Originally Posted by Octy_Vin
Rahul bhai, Great Travalogue. If someone ask me if i will take a Tata Indigo with 1.3 L in the Odo for a long distance trip, i would not have even replied, but after going through your travalogues (not some, i have read all of your travalogues), TATA as a brand is getting high on me because of you and one more person APPU(He is not only enjoying, but exploiting his Vista). Hats off to your courage and confidence over your car.
Thanks for your kind words Sir. It is nothing special about my car, I feel that any well maintained car (specially the petrol ones) are good enough for at least 2-3 lakh KMs, if maintained properly. And I change my engine oil (Mobile1, OW-40) very liberally, even before the company recommended intervals.
Originally Posted by Chandranath
Actually Rahul Kunchenjungha is not that far off also from the falls. In crow's flight distance it should be 30/35 km
Thanks. Did not know that, though once read somewhere that Pelling is one of the closest motoreable place near to Mt. Kanchanjangha.
But now coming to this road about which you told me once. As the total stretch of the road from Jorethang to Melli (Sikkim) was bad, I decided to take the shorter route from Jorethang to Darjeeling. Why not take the shorter route, when both are in shambles, I thought. There were actually two roads from Jorethang (Sikkim) to Darjeeling. One goes via Singla and was more difficult to climb, hence I tried the easier Goke-Zamune route. It was also a very bad decision. The moment I crossed this bridge over river Rangeet on the border of Sikkim and Bengal, the road surface worsened. Steep climb with bad roads made ascent very difficult. Fortunately traffic was almost nil. Some pictures.
At this T-junction the straight road went to Bijonbari area, famous for the tea gardens. I had to take the left road.
At this place there was a bike repairing shop (not visible in the picture), where strong smell of Petrol forced me to stop and open the hood. Due to very bad road surface and consequent jerking the main fuel line below the throttle had gone loose and petrol was seeping from it in drops, over the larger radiator fans. Fortunately it could be identified and the fault easily rectified after necessary tightening the screw of the clamps, with help from the motorcycle mechanic.
The roads improved near Darjeeling.
Here I stopped for tea. I bet nowhere in India you will get so much beautiful tea for ten rupees a cup. The aroma of black Darjeeling tea was really memorable.
Reached Darjeeling town. Boarded at Hotel Golden Heights Enclave
. I must recommend this hotel to all budget conscious travelers. Their attic rooms were very beautiful. Good views of the mountains and the town below from the rooms. Good housekeeping, decent staffs, totally secured and fully covered car parking, located just five minutes away from the town center (the mall). The owner is a Tibetan who is very friendly.
See the view of Darjeeling town from my room. The red tiled building at the center is the Darjeeling GPO.
My daughter inside our room.
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