Originally Posted by AR Ram
Rahulji, fantastic pictures The roads look very good. How was the weather there?
Thanks. The weather was really good. We had bright sunny weather at Darjeeling although the temperature never possibly exceeded twenty five degrees.
Originally Posted by anshuman8
Rahul-da comes back with another nice TL and his Indigo never ages.
I guess this is nothing but timely maintenance and timely change of engine oil (Mobil1, fully synthetic), gear oil (fully synthetic), etc.
Originally Posted by konkantrip
Great WriteUp Rahul ji It refreshed my Darjeling Sikkim trip. BTW
did you went to the chinese market in Siliguri you get some good things at great prices
Yes, on my way back. Perhaps I shall describe it later.
Now, to continue, the next day checked out from the hotel by eight O’clock in the morning. Our destination was Lolegaon, a sleepy village in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, which is renowned for its spectacular views of the Himalayas. The road goes via Kalimpong town, till where the roads were decent. Thereafter the remaining 24-25 KM stretch of the remaining road was in bad shape and it took me considerable time to negotiate. And there was another problem. I booked a room in a hotel named Resort Tree Fern
. I contacted them over telephone earlier. The manager of the resort seemed to be a nice, elderly and helpful gentleman, who assured me just the previous night to contact him over telephone for any road direction. But when I contacted him after my arrival at Kalimpong, he did not pick up his phone. I kept on going towards Lolegaon, being directed by the locals.
Here are two pictures of the Siliguri-Gangtok Road.
This is Sevok bazar area, where I stopped for breakfast.
A view of Sevok Railway Bridge over Teesta River, as seen from the restaurant where I stopped for breakfast.
The road was very scenic though. Here is a picture of me and my daughter.
The board at right says Lolegaon.
After some more time we reached our hotel. It was only then we came to know that there was an unexpected accident that very morning, when the owner of the hotel has come across a car accident. Apparently his car fell forty feet in a gorge. Fortunately his condition was not critical, though he was taken to a hospital in Siliguri. And everyone else in this hotel has accompanied him, including the manager. There were only two people remaining in the hotel, one being the cook and the other being a room service boy.
The rooms had a very scenic view. Here is a picture of my room in the hotel.
Here is a picture of my daughter standing on the balcony.
A view of the reception cum dining area of the hotel.
However, partly due to shortage of staff and also due to heavy shower in the afternoon we could not enjoy our stay at Lolegaon very much. We ultimately decided that the very next morning we should proceed to Darjeeling.
Thanks for reading. I shall describe the remaining portion of my travelogue very soon.