We fixed our programme such that the journey and home stays at remote places would give us a different kind of experience. Started from Siliguri at 10 Am. And started towards TAKDAH, via Teesta bridge, an old British cantonment area. Road was beautiful with views of .
(1)a view point from where travellers can view the confluence of Rangeet and Teesta. A beautiful spot. 2) Then through Peshak tea garden we reached at Takdah and stayed at Saino Heritage, and old British Bungalow. Next day we went out for sightseeing to one hanging bridge which is 100 years old. The journey was through two more tea gardens, Rongli Rongliot and Pubung. From Takdah we went to Darjeeling. On the way we saw Lamahatta, an eye catching park with a dense pine forest on the backdrop. On the way Ghoom Monastery was like its old self, rather in a poor condition. But Batasia Loop has been thoroughly transformed into a modern park but lost its natural ambiance. Darjeeling has become a bit cleaner. We stayed the night at another home stay near Rongbull, Rainbow Valley Resort, almost inside the College tea garden, overlooking the vast college valley. The road from Rongbull to College tea garden was extremely bad and dangerous. We were really afraid. In stead of two days we stayed we stayed there for only one night and started towards MIRIK via Mongpoo where we visited the house where Rabindranath Tagore stayed for many days. As a bengali, that was an excellent feeling. Road was very good. From Mongpoo we started towards Rongbhang Homestay, a fantastic resort near Mirik, midst a dense orange orchard. We enjoyed the heavy rain and dense cloud on the way as the road was excellent. The tea gardens on the way are Thurbo, Gopaldhara and Okaeyati which we saw on the next day while sightseeing. The tea gardens on the way to Mirik are really stunning. They are on numerous small hillocks with different shades of green. It is beyond my capacity to express the beauty in words. Rongbhang Homestay was also and excellent experience. Finally the road to Siliguri from Mirik was also a grand experience with the views of may tea gardens like Sourenee, Fuguri, Singbulli and Tingling among others. Road was excellent. Speciality of this journey were good road condition except from Rongbull to Rainbow Valley Resort, frequent invasion of the cloud and their passing away, various shades of greenary and the rain due to the season. The travelers who are eager to enjoy the nature may avail this route. Monsoon and winter will be the best season. Among all three stays, Rongbhang Homestay was a lifetime experience. In the month of December/January the entire area becomes orange colored and enjoyable.