Saturday, 22 April 2017

আমার শৈশবের Darjeeling টা - Heaven of Million Fireflies

While thinking of the post title, nothing got in my mind when it was about Darjeeling except the famous song of Anjan Dutt which we all Bengalis are much fond of. But of course, I was never born and brought up in Darjeeling like Anjan Dutt, rather this was the first time I could make my trip to Darjeeling. For all the Bengalis, Digha-Puri-Darjeeling (Di-Pu-Da) is like daal-bhaat-machh. You will hardly find any Bengalis who haven't made several trips to these three places. Feeling ashamed to share but I was one of those unlucky people who have been only listening about Darjeeling since nursery but never could make the trip to one of the oldest Indian hill stations. Well I must admit, Darjeeling is beautiful. It is crowded I agree but if you are not in hurry and you want to experience the lifestyle of Darjeeling, you can surely make it. I know, people who have already been to Darjeeling for several times may think of this post getting dragged and monotonous. I must tell you, I will be sharing something which most of the travelers won't share. So keep on scrolling down and just read ..

Let's not get into much on the must visited places. You can check Tripadvisor for that. I am going to share some pictures of the famous places I visited though. Instead, I will be sharing about two cafe's which you must visit if you visit Darjeeling. One is the famous Keventers and the other is Tom & Jerry's. I bet many of you have visited Keventer's already and experienced the scenic view of Kanchanjangha while having the sip of hot coffee, but about the later one ? No right (hopefully) 
We statyed at Dr. Zakir Husaain road near chowrasta. It was the end of May. but the clouds were very much enthusiastic to shower heavy rains. It was typical monsoon over the hills. While walking down to chowrasta, Papa opted for this cafe. It was small, very small cafe. As the name is, Tom & Jerry - the famous childhood characters, the cafe was themed on it and escorted with some lite jazz music. Hardly 10-15 people can have their snacks at a time. But I must say, it was that cozy and feel fresh type, I couldn't move. We had hot coffees and snacks and explored the cafe more. Wherever I was looking, I was finding small sticky notes scattered here and there. Notes of all the visitors from different corners of the world. I was wondering, wow !! is this cafe so famous ? Everywhere I was reading about Anurag. Anurag, the owner or host I should call him as.. Anurag and his sister were behind the concept of this innovative cafe. What I loved was their lingering big smiles and the warm behaviour. I asked who is Tom and who is Jerry out of you two ? Then Anurag smiled and said, he is Tom ofcourse and his sister is Jerry. and she patted her back with a big laugh. Let me share the pictures here. You will love it.

Brother Sister DUO ... 

I am not willing to write much on Darjeeling and it's beauty because I know it will sound not so exciting. I even visited Mirik. I can say only one thing that is, I have visited many hillstations, but the beauty of Darjeeling will remain different and unique although it is becoming crowded day by day. You must have to have that heart of seeing the crowded hills to find the beauty within because, at night it feels like heaven of  million fireflies. The peace of hills with the twinkling lights over it will surely make you feel somewhere at the doorstep of heaven and it would be even better if you are standing in your balcony, feeling the chilled wind all around your neck & ears while sipping some hot Darjeeling Tea .. Feel it and fly along with it.

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  1. “দার্জিলিং জমজমাট” গল্পে যখন ফেলুদা জানতে পারে যে জটায়ু প্রথমবারের জন্য দার্জিলিং যাচ্ছেন, “প্রথমবার” কাঞ্চনজংঘা দেখার অনুভূতি পাবেন জটায়ু, এই ভেবে ফেলুদার খুব হিংসা হয়েছিল। Next time will try "Tom & Jerry". Without knowing the people, visiting a place means very little. Carry on with meeting people and writing about them. If your memory is still vivid of the places you visited in Darjeeling, just have a look at them to know how they looked 100 years back at.

    1. I second your thought and checked your blog too. Loved the pictures there.

  2. Thank you for visiting my blog. Old Darjeeling can be also found in Satyajit Roy's film "Kanchenjunga" a fascinating way along with the fascinating characters of the film. Though the most lovable place in Darjeeling hills is not in Darjeeling itself but somewhere in remote Kalimpong..of course in my point of view...


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