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Darjeeling: Sipping Tea in the Himalayan Foothills 2017

A place I’ll never forget

Arunav Moitra

India

“The trip into the mountains is always interesting. The old Hill Cart road, the hustle bustle, students coming home from school, small towns packed with both vehicles and peoples and yes, there is a railway track on the right hand. The train just passed through here. I am going up to around 7000 ft. to see the town of Darjeeling made famous as a British hill station. Thus, I am ascending through the clouds, imagining those bygone days which seems not so difficult.” This is the “Place I’ll never forget” ever in my life. I don’t know why but there is something magical about it which just can’t be expressed in words. Darjeeling conjures visions of snow peaks, the serenity of vibrant green hills steeped in splendor, a land of breathtaking beauty crowned by the majestic Himalayas. This heavenly retreat is bathed in hues of every shade. Flaming red rhododendrons, sparkling white magnolias, miles of undulating hillsides covered with emerald green tea bushes, the exotic forests of silver fir – all under the blanket of a brilliant azure sky dappled with specks of clouds, compellingly confounds Darjeeling as the Queen Of Hill Stations. The crest of Khangchendzonga shining in the first dawn light truly supports the title. Darjeeling beckons thousands today for a leisurely respite from the bustle of the madding crowd. The traveler – whether a tourist or a trekker, an ornithologist or a photographer, a botanist or an artist – will find in Darjeeling an experience which will remain etched in one’s memory – forever. The view of sunrise from the Tiger Hill is the one thing that always gives me feeling of calmness and peace. The cold wind blowing at the top gives me goosebumps. The blue mountains have a soothing effect. Khangchendzonga is the third highest mountain on earth, and it is so wide that it dominates the skyline in this part of India — that is, when it is visible. was lucky enough to see how it dominates Darjeeling’s horizon, but then it disappeared into swirls of mist and cloud. I never saw it again. Apparently, the locals here say that the mountain chooses who it reveals itself to, so I feel blessed to have seen it all. The temples at the top gives an all together different kind of feelings. Temples set in a natural environment and deeply imbued with sacred energy, suits me so much more than the big, bustling and famous temples. Here I could feel the sacred spiritual energy. This is the place I'll never ever forget.


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