Monday, December 31, 2012

Darjeeling Highlights in 30 Hours

The place: Darjeeling, northern part of the Indian state of West Bengal. Nicknamed 'Queen of the Hills'.

Why would one want to visit: Low temperature throughout the year; breathtaking views of the Himalayas especially Kangchenjunga- the third highest mountain in the world; famous for tea; Buddhist monasteries; Darjeeling Himalayan railway.

I'm a big fan of hills and mountains. I love the fog that surrounds hill tops, the endless green tea estates, less number of vehicles on the roads, even the winter clothing.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Kolkata: A Quick Tour of the City of Joy

Howrah railway station viewed from Howrah bridge
The place: Kolkata, capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Third biggest Indian city after Mumbai and New Delhi, most prominent city in east India. Capital of India till 1911.

Why would one want to visit: Historic city; relic of the British rule; fish cuisine; center of activities of Mother Teresa, Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda.

Kolkata had been sitting unshaken in my 'places to visit' list (just like The Shawshank Redemption on no.1 spot of the IMDB top 250 list) for a very long time.