A CULINARY BUCKET LIST AT BAGDOGRA

There are so many roads to go down when you tackle food.

  1. The Gourmet Central Family Restaurant & Bar:
  • Address: 3rd City Center Mall E-0301 Siliguri Road Ujanu, Uttorayon Twp, Siliguri, West Bengal 734010
  • It opens from 11:30 AM to 10:00PM.
  • It is rated with 4.1 stars.
  • Family friendly restaurant.

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  • It is available at reasonable prices.
  • Attracts tourists with their style of serving and maintainence.
  • Excellent to have parties with friends and family.

 

Dhaba by Amber:

 

  • Address: Saluja Residency Ward No. 6, Hill Cart Rd, Siliguri, West Bengal 734001
  • It providces services  from 11 AM to 11PM.
  • It is rated with 4.4 stars.
  • North Indian Restaurant with delicious food.
  • It was bit expensive as its taste.
  • Late night food is available here for more advantages of pilgrims.

 

 

Punjabi Kadhai:

 

  • Address: Sidhi Arcade Sevoke Road Near Anandalok Hospital, Upper Bhanu Nagar, Dasrath Pally, Bhanu Nagar, Siliguri, West Bengal 734001
  • It is available from 9:30 AM to 11:00 PM
  • There are other attractions here that entertain customers to enjoy and relax with family and friends at lunch time.
  • It is rated with 4.2 stars.
  • Taste is excellent here more over than others.
  • Late night food is accessible here to tourists.
  • This is an homely restaurant with beautiful interior within and outside of hotel.

 

 

Indian Pagoda Chinese Restaurant:

 

  • Address: Top Plaza, Ground, Sevoke Rd, Siliguri, West Bengal 734001
  • Opens from 10 AM to 11 PM.
  • Rated with 4 stars and famous for its service.
  • Contemporary space serving a typical menu of popular Indianised Chinese dishes.
  • Pure Indian & Chinese style of cooking and serving.
  • Available delivery to hotel rooms those are near to this.
  • Chinese restaurant with spicy as main ingredient.

 

Skkky Club:

 

  • Address: Quantum, 10th Floor Matigara, Siliguri, West Bengal 734010.
  • Here food is available at late night which will be more beneficial to tourists those come at extremely night time.
  • It accessible from 10 AM to 11 PM.
  • 4.2 stars was rated for its service with more compliments.
  • Bengali restaurant famous for its delicious new items available at any time.
  • Delivery time is very less may take upto 10-15 minutes.
  • Homely to see and eco-friendly atmosphere that attracts easily.

How to reach Bagdogra?

From NewDelhi to Bagdogra:

The driving distance between New Delhi and Bagdogra is 1358 km, while the aerial distance from New Delhi to Bagdogra is 1121 km.

By Air:

  • There is direct connectivity of flight between New Delhi and Bagdogra.
  • You can take Go Air from New Delhi to Bagdogra.
  • It takes 2hours 5minutes from Delhi to Bagdogra.

By train:

  • There is no direct train between New Delhi and Bagdogra.
  • You can take Dbrt Rajdhani from New Delhi to Jalpaiguri then take a taxi from Jalpaiguri to Bagdogra.
  • It takes 22hours 35 minutes  on average time.

By bus:

  • There are some buses that drive directly from Delhi to Bagdogra.
  • Some more buses are connective ones.
  • There are many number of buses available to reach Bagdogra by bus.
  • The cheapest way to reach Bagdogra from New Delhi is to take Dbrt Rajdhani from New Delhi to Jalpaiguri then take a taxi from Jalpaiguri to Bagdogra.
  • Distance between New Delhi and Jalpaiguri : 1471 km
  • Distance between Jalpaiguri and Bagdogra:37 km

             

From Mumbai to Bagdogra:

The driving distance between Mumbai and Bagdogra is 2244 km, while the aerial distance from Mumbai to Bagdogra is 1793 km.

By Air:

  • There is direct connectivity of flight between Mumbai and Bagdogra.
  • You can take IndiGo from Mumbai to Bagdogra.
  • It takes 4 hours 25 minutes to reach Bagdogra.
  • Distance between Mumbai and Pune : 86 km.
  • Distance between Pune and Bagdogra : 1729 km.

By Train:

  • There is no direct train between Mumbai and Bagdogra.
  • You can take Chennai Mail from Mumbai to Pune then take IndiGo from Pune to Bagdogra.
  • Distance between Mumbai and Pune : 147 km.
  • Distance between Pune and Bagdogra : 1729 km

By Bus:

  • There is no direct bus between Mumbai and Bagdogra.
  • You can take State Transport Bus from Mumbai to Pune then take IndiGo from Pune to Bagdogra.

From Hyderabad:  

 The road distance between Hyderabad to Bagdogra is 1938 km, while the aerial distance from Hyderabad to Bagdogra is 1447 km

By Air:

  • Direct connectivity of flight between Hyderabad and Bagdogra is available.
  • Best to take IndiGo from Hyderabad to Bagdogra.
  • It takes 5 hours 30 minutes to reach Bagdogra.

By Train:

  • No direct train between Hyderabad and Bagdogra is available.
  • Best to take Chennai Exp from Hyderabad to Chennai then take Spicejet from Chennai to Bagdogra.
  • Distance between Hyderabad and Chennai : 705 km
  • Distance between Chennai and Bagdogra : 1745 km
  • It takes 21 hours to reach.

By Bus:

  • No direct bus between Hyderabad and Bagdogra is available.
  • Best to take New Dhanunjaya Travels from Hyderabad to Bangalore then take IndiGo from Bangalore to Bagdogra.
  • It takes 16 hours 15 minutes to reach.
  • Distance between Hyderabad and Bangalore : 569 km
  • Distance between Bangalore and Bagdogra : 1888 km

From Chennai to Bagdogra:

The road distance between Chennai to Bagdogra is 2219 km, while the aerial distance from Chennai to Bagdogra is 1738 km.

By Air:

  • Direct connectivity of flight between Chennai and Bagdogra is available.
  • Best to take IndiGo from Chennai to Bagdogra.
  • It takes 3 hours 55 minutes to reach Bagdogra.
  • Distance between Chennai and Bagdogra : 1745 km

By Train:

  • No direct train between Chennai and Bagdogra is available.
  • Best to take Kaveri Express from Chennai to Bangalore then take IndiGo from Bangalore to Bagdogra.
  • It takes 14 hours 45 minutes to reach.
  • Distance between Chennai and Bangalore : 338 km
  • Distance between Bangalore and Bagdogra : 1888 km

By Bus:

  • No direct bus between Chennai and Bagdogra is available.
  • Best to take State Transport Bus from Chennai to Bangalore then take IndiGo from Bangalore to Bagdogra.
  • It takes 16 hours 5 minutes to reach on an average.

A Foodie’s guide to Darjeeling

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Visiting a new city on a holiday is not just all about exploring the sightseeings it is popular for, or the activities done extravagantly there but also getting to know the culture of that place. And an important part of knowing the culture includes getting to know the food, traditional or otherwise, the place is famous for. And when it comes to Darjeeling it offers many great options, from Thai to Chinese, from Tibetan cuisine to Nepali dishes, from Indian thalis to Continental delicacies, and from finger- licking street food to luxurious cordon bleu! Definitely, the city of ‘Tea Estates’ promises not only the world’s famous tea, but also top notch multi cuisine, due to the varied diversity of this place. And, here I’m providing a complete list of food I’d highly recommend trying when you are next in Darjeeling.  

  1. Momos:

Momos are a type of steamed dumplings with different forms of the fillings. It has become a traditional delicacy in Nepal, Tibet and Northern and North-eastern Indian regions, specially Darjeeling region. So, for all those die hard Momo-lovers, Darjeeling is set to satiate your taste buds and love for these steamed dumplings, with the diverse range of one of the main local snack food items available in this Himalayan region. The best thing about the momos is that they are low oil snack, and the stuffing can either be made from vegetables or meat, which makes them favorites of vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians. These are mostly served with, garlic chutney, hot noodle soup or sometimes with pickle.

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The best place to eat momos in Darjeeling: (How to Go?)

Although, Momos can be found in almost every corner of every street of the city, Kunga restaurant is a must go place for every momo fan. The restaurant serves the best steamed momos, sometimes along with the sizzling noodles soup.

 

  1. Thukpa:

Thukpa is a type of noodle soup originally from Tibet, which is very famous among north-eastern people of India. Thukpa is brewing hot noodles in soup containing all different vegetables or meat. It is like a staple food for Darjeeling localities, who prefer it mostly during winters to keep themselves warm; thukpa serving as a ‘Bowl of Comfort’. People prefer to pair it with momos and spice it up with other ingredients.

The best place to eat thukpa in Darjeeling:

As I told before, Thukpa is like a staple food in Darjeeling, and thus one can find it everywhere around the city. Kunga restaurant is one of the favourite spots for tourists to have this local food, apart from the street stalls. Other hotspots include Glenary’s.

 

  1. Sel Roti:

Sel roti, also known as crispy rice doughnuts, is one of the most ancient traditional homemade, sweet, ring-shaped rice bread/doughnut. It is mostly prepared during festivals in Nepal and Sikkim and Darjeeling regions. It is prepared with rice flour by mixing the flour in milk, water and making semi-fluid out of it while adding sugar, cardamom, butter, and cloves with customized flavours, then it is fried in oil until it turns golden brown in colour. It is served with pickles and curry.

The best place to eat Sel Roti in Darjeeling:

Sel roti is a traditional Darjeeling cuisine, which is cooked in local households mostly during festivals. You can find the dish in local street stalls and shops. The favourite restaurants serving the local cuisine include Sonam’s Kitchen, Kunga Restaurant and Gatty’s Cafe.

  1. Tongba:

Tongba, traditional drink of eastern Nepal, is a millet-based alcoholic beverage found in the eastern mountainous region of Nepal and the neighbouring Darjeeling. It is also known as ‘Tibetan Hot Beer’. It’s made from fermented millet grains which are cooked and cooled, then mixed with murcha, which contains yeasts. It then ferments, over a couple of weeks, and isn’t mixed with any liquid at this stage, leaving it being the grains. Then a good quantity of the fermented grain is put inside a Tongba container. The container is then filled with boiled water to the top and left to steep for about some time. It’s then ready for serving, containing less than 2% alcohol but is felt at least as strong as a white wine.

The best place to have Tongba in Darjeeling:

Apart from local stalls and shops, some of the restaurants offer the beverage. Hot Stimulating Cafe, Joey’s Pub provide the best Tongba and best beer time until late night in the city.

 

  1. Gundruk:

Gundruk is a soup which is made by first fermenting the leaves of radish, spinach or mustard leaves and then drying the content in the sun. It is also informally known as the “National curry” of Nepal. It is served as a side dish with the main meal and is also used as an appetizer. It has a strong, fermented smell and a varying degree of sourness, depending on the taste of the person. It is usually made into a thin, watery soup with garlic, onions, tomatoes, chilies and sometimes potatoes or egg. Protected from moisture, gundruk can be used for months, forming a valuable source of nutrition during monsoon and winter when hardly any vegetable is available.

The best place to eat Gundruk in Darjeeling:

Gundruk is a light traditional local dish which is often served after festivals and celebrations along with spicy food and lots of meat. In most urban markets of the Darjeeling Hills, you can visit  small stalls that sell Gundruk.

Darjeeling Tea Garden Tour

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Darjeeling Tea Farms

With 87 tea estates, also called the “tea gardens” covering more than 17,500 hectares of land and producing approximately 10 million kilogram of tea per year, Darjeeling has earned the label to produce the world famous “Darjeeling Tea”. Each of these estates are known to produce teas with different characteristics of delicate taste and aroma, unparalleled to any part of the world. The Tea Industry contributes to the major share of city’s economy, fetching employment to more than 50% of the total population of the city as well.

In the hills of Darjeeling, tea leaves are plucked four times a year, and sometimes “in betweens” as well. Each of these pickings is called a “flush,” and the flavors and aromas of each flush are different from each other.

  • First Flush:

Often termed as Spring Flush, this is the first flush of the year, that takes place  between the end of February and the end of April. The color of the tea is light and clear with bright liquor because it is less oxidized than other flushes and the leaves have a floral aroma, with a lively character. These first flushes are produced in less quantity, and thus generally are more expensive than any other flushes.

  • Second Flush:

Often termed as Summer Flush, this is the second as well as the biggest flush of the year, that takes place from mid-May to June, during the warm season before the rains. Tea produced in this flush is of great quality, with small dark brown color and strong in flavor in contrast to the first flush. This flush is special as it brings the unique muscatel flavor, Darjeeling is known for as no other part of the world. According to the research, this unique muscatel flavor is caused due to the combination of weather, topography and plantation conditions of the city.

This is the third flush of the year, that takes place between July and September, tea harvested under heat and the heavy rains of the monsoon. The rainy season results in less sunlight, so even though the tea leaves grow as usual, the flavor is not as strong and the leaves in these conditions are less withered and more oxidized than teas from the other flushes. Usually, much cheaper than the first two pickings, this type is less preferred by the people, and thus these monsoon flushes are more suited for blending with other strong spices for desired taste and odour

  • Autumn Flush:

This is the fourth and final harvest before the tea plants are left for the winter season. It takes pace after the rainy season, from October to mid-November. The tea from this flush is considered full-bodied, stronger overflowing and soothing in taste and odour, with less floral notes, sometimes having flavor like the ripe fruits with nutty or woody texture.

Different types of Darjeeling Tea

Black Tea

The Black tea is more oxidized than any other type, may it be the oolong, green, or white tea. It is also stronger in flavour than all of these less oxidized teas and retains its flavour for several years. It is probably the most popular type of tea, accounting for more than 90% of the tea consumption in the western world. And the Darjeeling Black Tea is considered one of the best black teas not only in India but all over the world, containing a moderate to high amount of caffeine.

The main benefits of black tea is its high content of flavonoids, which is very good for one’s heart as it reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases by lowering the cholesterol and blood sugar levels, also backing up against diabetes.

 

Green Tea

Tea grown in the Darjeeling hills, comes from the small-leaved tea plant camellia sinensis, and is considered the best Indian tea across the world. The Green tea, has rapidly gained a great extent of popularity in the western world due to its health benefits. For a long time, Darjeeling was known mainly for the black tea, but gradually started producing other types and green tea is one of the mostly produced ones in today’s date. Its aroma and the well-known health benefits make green tea appealing to the vast crowd.

The main benefits of Darjeeling green tea packed with polyphenols and antioxidants, makes it very healthy. The ‘Weight Loss tea’ is known for its mental health improvement, better looking skin, preventing type 2 diabetes, maintaining a healthy heart and low cholesterol effects as well.

Oolong Tea

Also known as semi-fermented, the Oolong Tea is an exquisite blend of Indian and Chinese flavours. It has the qualities of both black as well as green tea. Naturally sweet and bold in flavor, character as well as aroma, Oolong tea is very rare and hard to find as the perfectly right conditions have to be met to produce this high quality tea and very few Darjeeling gardens meet these conditions and produce it.

Oolong tea is a perfect combination of caffeine-antioxidant content and is enriched by the high quantity of vitamins and minerals. Thus, it offers many health benefits, such as boosting the immune system, acting as a weight loss beverage, aiding the digestive system, improving the heart and skin health and many more.

White Tea

The most elegant, White Tea has been produced in country since mid-nineteenth century. This tea is mostly picked in the first flush, from late February/early March to mid-April, producing delicate characterised tea, and sometimes in the second flush, from late May to June, thus, producing the refreshing muscatel flavored one.

Finely selected, plucked and processed results in the rich quality with lavish characteristics and benefits. The benefits include improving immune system, promoting body fat loss, helping in reducing cardiovascular diseases and rejuvenating body and mind.

Places to See in Darjeeling “Queen of Himalayas”

The rustling of the wind, the hills rising in their majesties, the clouds scattered across sky, the sunlight streaming through the tall timber trees, nature’s beauty all around and the strong fragrance of tea adding to the essence of this poetic scenery. The ‘Queen of Himalayas’, Darjeeling has her own way of bringing poetry out of everyone who visits her. The once capital under British, Darjeeling, located at an altitude of 6,710 ft in Lesser Himalayas, is the jewel of West Bengal. One of the most famous tourist places, which attracts around 50,000 foreign and 500,000 domestic tourists every year, is famous for its lush tea plantations all over the world. There are 87 tea estates, also called “tea gardens” in the Darjeeling hills that have earned label to produce world famous “Darjeeling Tea”, each estate producing teas with different characteristics of taste and aroma.

Other than these tea gardens, this place has many other attractions, some of which include the Kanchenjunga peak, Tiger hills, the famous toy train and Peace Pagoda.

 

Top places to visit:

Here are the top places to see in Darjeeling, which are must-visits, if one is planning for a short vacation in Darjeeling.

1.Kanchenjunga: (How to Go?)

It is the third highest mountain in the world. Due to its remote location in Nepal and difficulty involved in reaching it from India, the Kangchenjunga region is not much explored by trekkers. It has, thus, retained much of its grand beauty. But, trekking into the Kangchenjunga region has just recently been permitted. It is the beautiful views of the Kanchenjunga Mountains, tea plantations and Buddhist monasteries along the way, which make the visit to the city worth.

 

2.Himalayan Zoo (Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park):

A zoological park along with combination of a theme park, Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park is one of the best zoos in the world. It is also the first Indian zoo to receive ‘The Earth Heroes’ award. Among the best places to visit in the city, this is where exactly one can find some of the high altitude endangered and exotic species, that are rarely seen in any other part of world, such as Red Panda, Tibetan wolves and Asiatic black bears.The super clean, well maintained zoo is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon.

3.Japanese Peace Pagoda

Buddhist origin, Peace Pagodas are monuments built as a sign of inspiring peace and tranquility in world. Located in the Jalapahar hill, the city’s Peace Pagoda is part of a family of around 30 pagodas spanning the whole globe.  Here we can find the four large avatars of Lord Buddha and the view from the top of the building is heart soothing.

4.Tiger Hill

The place to visit early in morning for witnessing the brightest sunrise, Tiger Hill, located at the highest point in Darjeeling area, is famous for its panoramic sunrise view of Mount Everest and Mt. Kangchenjunga together.

5.Rock Garden

My personal favorite among all the places, was the Rock garden. It is breathtakingly beautiful place with a small waterfall, with varieties of flowers. It has been recently added tourist attractions in the hilly town of Darjeeling. Basically, here terraced gardens at different levels have been cut through the rocks, through which runs the waterfall. About 3 kilometres from the Rock Garden, is Ganga Maya Park, further down the road which is also an alluring place for visit.

6. Ghoom Monastery

Among the many monasteries of Sikkim, one is the very popular, Ghoom Monastery. Ghoom Monastery is the popular name of Yiga Choeling Monastery located at Ghum at an elevation of 8,000ft, 8 km from Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal, India. The monastery follows the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. It is a serene place which is loved being at by the tourists.

Some of the other things to do while the visit.

7.Ride the Toy Train:

Any visit to this Darjeeling is incomplete without experiencing the world popular toy train ride. The Toy Train is one of the most well known attractions in Darjeeling, being almost 100 years old. It is an old famous steam engine that still functions to this date, travelling from Siliguri up and around Darjeeling town.

 

8. Ropeway/Cable car:

The ropeway of Darjeeling which is also known as the Rangeet Valley Passenger Cable Car starts at the Darjeeling Singamari station. This gives a breathtaking view of the valleys below, spread of lush tea plantations, dense forests and waterfalls, along with the illusion of touching the snowy sky at the background. This is definitely a must do activity while the visit.

 

9.Visit a tea estate:

A trip to Darjeeling, without a visit to a tea estate is like going to a temple and returning without a prayer. One can visit any tea estate, out the hundreds in the city, getting to know the process of tea production, how tea bushes are picked/plucked and processed into the, world famous, ‘Darjeeling Tea’.

 

10.Mountain Biking in Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary cycling park:

Ever thought of cycling at 7000 ft? For the wild and adventurous ones, this year the Wildlife Sanctuary opened the country’s first-ever, 20-km stretch, cycle trail, through thick pine forests. One can easily get a cycle on rent (Rs 50) and enjoy the life-time memorable bike ride.

 

11.Trekking at Singalila National Park:

This one is for the trekkers; Singalila National Park is one of the most desired trek pace in the Himalayas range, due to the grand sights of the Kanchenjunga range, the Everest range and also for the seasonal wildflower and birding blooms. Singalila Park is also one of the famous birding spots in the Himalayas.

 

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