Darjeeling Journals

Darjeeling 2013

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A travel journal to Darjeeling by koshkha

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Quote: Two days in my favourite Indian city

Dharma Bodh Ashram

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Our hosts Photo, India, Asia
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Our driver seemed determine to make sure we got our share of temples and after two Buddhist temples and monasteries, he took us back into Kalimpong town and dropped us at a third. He didn’t tell us anything about it so it was only once we were inside and saw the paintings at the front of the room that we realised it wasn’t a Buddhist temple, but a Hindu one. The main icon was of a man with a moustache, backed by pictures we recognised as other holy leaders. We saw Guru Nanak, Jesus, Shiva, Krishna and Vishnu, and a couple of Buddhas as well as a few holy folk that I didn’t recognise. After the ornateness of the Buddhist temples, the room itself was very simple without the intricate wall paintings of t...Read More

Lunch at the HMI Canteen

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Post Momos visit to the Red Pandas Photo, Darjeeling, India
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One of my top tips for a snack lunch in Darjeeling is the canteen at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute which offers super-cheap filling food, wholesome and filling enough to help you go out and climb a mountain in the afternoon. It’s worth knowing this place is there or you’ll probably miss it.After a visit to the Tibetan Refugee Centre, we asked our driver to drop us at the Zoo. The Zoo and the HMI share an entrance and an entrance ticket. As a foreigner it will cost you 100 rupees to get in and a few more for a camera permit and this gives entrance to both sites. If you don’t have time for a full visit to the zoo, my recommendation is to not miss the Himalayan Black Bears and ...Read More

Viceroy Hotel Darjeeling

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Hotel | "A Right Royal Disappointment"

Viceroy Hotel Darjeeling Photo, Darjeeling, India
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I was really looking forward to returning to Darjeeling. My husband and I both talk a lot about how much we’d loved the place on our first trip and were expecting it to be a highlight of this year’s holiday. Sadly this return was spoiled by two things – lousy weather and an awful hotel room. We should have had a fabulous room, having booked an ‘attic premium’ room which according to the hotel website meant we’d have fabulous views. We didn’t get any views at all and I’m still horribly sad thinking about the disappointment a month after our return. The location of the hotel is great. It’s just a few hundred meters down the road from Mall Road, the pedestrian heart of Darjeeling. The h...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 18, 2013

Viceroy Hotel Darjeeling
17, Gandhi Road, Near Clock Towers
Darjeeling 734101
0354 225 6165

Frank Ross Cafe

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Restaurant | "Coffee and Dosas with Frank Ross"

Frank Ross Cafe Photo, Darjeeling, India
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The eating place that everyone wants to go to In Darjeeling in Glenarry’s, a very English tea shop that’s been filling tourists and locals alike with hot drinks and cakes since the city’s heyday as a bolt hole for the British escaping from the heat of the summer. We’ve been before a couple of times and after a visit to the wonderful Darjeeling Zoo we planned a cake and coffee session. The problem is that everyone else had the same idea. I am not the kind of person who likes to wait nor am I the sort of person who enjoys hovering around hoping to spot who’s about to go and grab their seat. We stuck around for about 5 minutes and then gave up. No problem – to be honest the cakes aren’t that great anyway...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2013

Frank Ross Cafe
Nehru Rd
Darjeeling, West Bengal
(0354) 2258194

Dekevas Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Momos and Hospitality"

Dekevas Restaurant Photo, Darjeeling, India
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Dekevas is the restaurant on the ground floor of the building which houses the Dekeling hotel. This was the hotel where we stayed on our first visit to the city and we’d really liked both the hotel and the restaurant. When we realised how much we disliked the Viceroy Hotel where we were staying on this recent visit, we decided to go out and take a trip down memory lane to see the place we’d enjoyed before.On our previous trip we were in the city for Diwali and it was incredibly busy. This year we were slightly earlier in the year but the place was very quiet. As a result of a series of political strikes, the tourists had been staying away. Indeed we’d almost had to cancel our own tri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2013

Dekevas Restaurant
Gandhi Road
Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101
(0354) 2254159

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koshkha

koshkha
Northampton, United Kingdom

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