Following my last blog where I wrote about how the global pandemic has affected us economically, this time, I felt to help you folks out, with the places that you can travel in and around West Bengal post pandemic, at a cheaper budget.
It would be a mad getaway if post the lockdown, you can just pack your travel gears and hit the road straight for the mountains. Now when the talk of mountains is on, the very first place that pops up in our mind near to Kolkata is, Darjeeling, “Queen of the Hills”. Known to be, the world’s highest mountain bearer, Kanchenjunga, Darjeeling is a World Heritage Site (UNESCO).
Darjeeling is a state in West Bengal that is situated on the foothills of the Himalayas. It is world renowned for its plethora of beautiful places like the black tea plantation garden, ‘Toy’ train ride, Tiger Hill, the famous Observatory Hill, Tiger Hill, Rock Garden, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling Himalayan Railways and to top it all, the relentless lush green fields with the snow-clad mountains and the never-ending Himalayas. This beautiful place has so much to offer and all on a surprisingly small budget.
Queen of the Hills, Darjeeling, conjures the ever-enchanting spectacular vision for its travellers, trekkers, photographers, ornithologist, botanist or a simple tourist. With its flaming red rhododendrons that cover the undulating hills – lush-green or snow-covered and the shining crest of Kanchenjunga at the first dawn of light, makes Darjeeling one of the most magnificent hill resorts in the world. It simply becomes the breath-taking retreat for all fellow beings who really wants to go away from the mad hullabaloo of the city life.
It is not at all difficult if someone wants to travel to this “heaven of beauty” at a low budget price. Rather that is the best part, as this splendid, breath-taking, beautiful place offers a very low budget travelling expenses. Darjeeling offers a wide range of hotels and resorts of all categories (low budget to near 5 star range).
In order to have an affordable low budget trip you need to take a shared jeep to Darjeeling or other places instead of a reserved car, from NJP or Siliguri.
Travelling in the low season sometime around mid January to March, July or mid September is the safest option that you can opt for. As you are trying to make an economically affordable trip then you must remember that during the above mentioned times, the rates in hotels, transports and tours remain significantly low. Once in Darjeeling, when you are relishing the awe-inspiring beauty of the place then it would be highly benefitting if the local sightseeing are done on shared jeeps on per person rates as they are pretty much cheaper than hiring a reserved car. You can also use these jeeps for commuting locally in and around Darjeeling.