CZSM - Darjeeling 2

DARJEELING TRIP

REPORT ON DARJEELING TRIP
-Senober Meherji

It was towards the end of January that the Parsi community of Kolkata got a circular from the Calcutta Zoroastrian Stree Mandal announcing an Easter holiday to Darjeeling. To those of us who read the circular carefully, this trip was organized in the memory of the late Mrs. Nergis P. Master. We had to give our names two months in advance to avail the required bookings on the train and our excitement grew day by day while we waited.

Finally, on Thursday 2nd April, a group of 37 persons met at Kolkata Station (also known as Chitpur Station). The group was an almost equal mix of gents and ladies, and a five month old baby, Dastan Patrawalla! To make it more memorable, five members of the Master family were part of the group, four of them having flown in from the Middle East especially to join us.

Like true Parsis, no trip can move forward without food at every point and even though everyone was asked to eat their dinner and come, Frenny and Rustom Daroga had brought chicken samosas and kabab rolls for everybody which was polished off in no time at the station itself.

On reaching New Jalpaiguri station the next morning, the group was divided into six Innovas and we drove directly up to Darjeeling, stopping at the Kurseong Tourist Lodge for a tea break. The drive up from Kurseong was cold and very foggy but luckily we drove into a clear and fairly sunny Darjeeling.

Our stay in Darjeeling was at Hotel Fairmont. We had booked all seventeen rooms in the Hotel, spread over three floors. The place was well located with good restaurants close by and easy walks to the mall. Our first day in Darjeeling was spent in exploring the area. This was followed by dinner at the hotel and an early night as half the group had decided to go to Tiger Hill the next morning.

Saturday morning started very early for those of us who were going up to Tiger Hill. Named after a British Regiment Tiger which was stationed there at one time, this is the vantage point for sunrise over parts of the Himalayan range. However one has to be lucky to see the view as the range is normally covered with clouds and fog. The drive up to Tiger Hill is steep and the walk up from there is even steeper. But it was worth all the effort as we were lucky to witness a beautiful sunrise. All of us took photographs but it did not do justice to what we saw in real life. For me it was my lifetime wish come true. On the way back we saw the snow-capped Kanchenjunga mountain range, the Batasia loop and the Ghoom monastery.

The group split up for the rest of the day, eating lunch at Keventers, Glenerys or Kunga and doing a bit of shopping. We met up again in the evening for housie followed by dinner. Darjeeling was hit by a strong thunder storm that night and though we were safely ensconced in our hotel at that time, it brought down electricity and phone lines which were not restored till after we left on Monday afternoon. Nevertheless the hotel staff did all they could to make our stay as comfortable as possible.

Sunday 5th April, was celebrated as Easter everywhere. It was extra special for us as it also happened to be Frenny and Rustom Daroga’s wedding anniversary. We had a busy morning sightseeing around Darjeeling, at the zoo, the Himalayan Mountain Institute, the Japanese Pagoda, the Ropeway (where some of us stood in long lines to go on it) and the tea garden. The toy train chugging along Ghoom railway station was indeed a pleasant sight. That night the Darogas hosted a dinner for the entire group at a restaurant nearby to celebrate their anniversary. Everyone enjoyed the champagne, special cake and good food.

Our return back from Darjeeling was via Mirik. We left the hotel by early afternoon, and some of us had a short break at Thurbo Tea Gardens. We had our lunch at Mirik and spent some time around the scenic surroundings of the lake. We then carried on to the station from where we boarded the Darjeeling Mail back to Kolkata. We returned with countless photographs and many wonderful memories which we will cherish.

Thank you Stree Mandal for the splendid job of giving us a pleasant holiday in the Queen of the Hills.


View Gallery

REPORT ON DARJEELING TRIP
-Senober Meherji

It was towards the end of January that the Parsi community of Kolkata got a circular from the Calcutta Zoroastrian Stree Mandal announcing an Easter holiday to Darjeeling. To those of us who read the circular carefully, this trip was organized in the memory of the late Mrs. Nergis P. Master. We had to give our names two months in advance to avail the required bookings on the train and our excitement grew day by day while we waited.

Finally, on Thursday 2nd April, a group of 37 persons met at Kolkata Station (also known as Chitpur Station). The group was an almost equal mix of gents and ladies, and a five month old baby, Dastan Patrawalla! To make it more memorable, five members of the Master family were part of the group, four of them having flown in from the Middle East especially to join us.

Like true Parsis, no trip can move forward without food at every point and even though everyone was asked to eat their dinner and come, Frenny and Rustom Daroga had brought chicken samosas and kabab rolls for everybody which was polished off in no time at the station itself.

On reaching New Jalpaiguri station the next morning, the group was divided into six Innovas and we drove directly up to Darjeeling, stopping at the Kurseong Tourist Lodge for a tea break. The drive up from Kurseong was cold and very foggy but luckily we drove into a clear and fairly sunny Darjeeling.

Our stay in Darjeeling was at Hotel Fairmont. We had booked all seventeen rooms in the Hotel, spread over three floors. The place was well located with good restaurants close by and easy walks to the mall. Our first day in Darjeeling was spent in exploring the area. This was followed by dinner at the hotel and an early night as half the group had decided to go to Tiger Hill the next morning.

Saturday morning started very early for those of us who were going up to Tiger Hill. Named after a British Regiment Tiger which was stationed there at one time, this is the vantage point for sunrise over parts of the Himalayan range. However one has to be lucky to see the view as the range is normally covered with clouds and fog. The drive up to Tiger Hill is steep and the walk up from there is even steeper. But it was worth all the effort as we were lucky to witness a beautiful sunrise. All of us took photographs but it did not do justice to what we saw in real life. For me it was my lifetime wish come true. On the way back we saw the snow-capped Kanchenjunga mountain range, the Batasia loop and the Ghoom monastery.

The group split up for the rest of the day, eating lunch at Keventers, Glenerys or Kunga and doing a bit of shopping. We met up again in the evening for housie followed by dinner. Darjeeling was hit by a strong thunder storm that night and though we were safely ensconced in our hotel at that time, it brought down electricity and phone lines which were not restored till after we left on Monday afternoon. Nevertheless the hotel staff did all they could to make our stay as comfortable as possible.

Sunday 5th April, was celebrated as Easter everywhere. It was extra special for us as it also happened to be Frenny and Rustom Daroga’s wedding anniversary. We had a busy morning sightseeing around Darjeeling, at the zoo, the Himalayan Mountain Institute, the Japanese Pagoda, the Ropeway (where some of us stood in long lines to go on it) and the tea garden. The toy train chugging along Ghoom railway station was indeed a pleasant sight. That night the Darogas hosted a dinner for the entire group at a restaurant nearby to celebrate their anniversary. Everyone enjoyed the champagne, special cake and good food.

Our return back from Darjeeling was via Mirik. We left the hotel by early afternoon, and some of us had a short break at Thurbo Tea Gardens. We had our lunch at Mirik and spent some time around the scenic surroundings of the lake. We then carried on to the station from where we boarded the Darjeeling Mail back to Kolkata. We returned with countless photographs and many wonderful memories which we will cherish.

Thank you Stree Mandal for the splendid job of giving us a pleasant holiday in the Queen of the Hills.


View Gallery

gavashni@gmail.com

General Disclaimer and Limitations of Liability

 
Gavashni.com (hereinafter referred to as ″the Website″) may contain facts, figures, opinions, views, statements, recommendations and references of the editors of the Website, other advertisers, third party information providers, organisations and other individuals, as may be applicable. The information and data on the website, including but not limited to text, images, graphics, audio-visuals, videos and links is provided on an ″as is″ basis to the best of the knowledge of the editors of the website and without warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of accuracy, completeness or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or any other information displayed, uploaded, distributed or linked through the Website. The user acknowledges that any reliance upon any such opinion, advice, statement or information shall be at the user´s sole and exclusive risk.
 
This Website is governed by the terms and conditions of use of the Website accepted by the user and the privacy policy. It is recommended that the user reads and understands the privacy policy before accessing/ using this Website. The disclaimers, privacy policy and the terms and conditions of use of this Website shall be read in conjunction with each other.
 
The purpose of the Website is to disseminate news and photographs on the activities of the Kolkata Parsee community. The authors, contributors, editors or any other third party whose opinions, views and recommendations may have been published on the Website shall have neither any liability nor responsibility whatsoever for any person or entity with respect to any losses or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this Website.
 
The authors, contributors, editors or any other third party whose opinions, views and recommendations may have been published on the Website also disclaim any or all warranties, implied or otherwise, or any claims for fitness for a particular purpose or merchantability or against infringement. In no event shall the authors, contributors, editors or any other third party whose opinions, views and recommendations may have been published on the Website be liable to the user for any damages or losses, including without limitation indirect, consequential, special, incidental or punitive damages resulting from or caused by gavashni.com, its contents or any errors or commissions in its contents, even if advised of the possibilities of such damages.
 
Any third party websites which may be linked through the Website, or which may have any advertisements placed on the Website, are not under the direct or indirect control of the authors, contributors, editors or any other third party whose opinions, views and recommendations may have been published on the Website, and they are not responsible for the contents of any such third party site, which may include but not be limited to the defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of other users, links or third parties or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates of such sites. Gavashni.com is providing these links to the users only as a convenience and inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Gavashni.com of the site or any terms or conditions of the site or any contents of the site whatsoever.
 
By proceeding to the information beyond this notice, each user will be assuming all the risks associated with the use of the Website, including risk of your computer, software or data being damaged by any virus that might be transmitted or activated via this Website or your access to it, though we shall make commercially reasonable efforts to minimize such damage or loss. However, it is the responsibility of the user to evaluate the content and usefulness of information obtained from other sites.
 
If you do not accept these terms and conditions, you should exit this system immediately.