Whatever may be your budget, it can be a great idea to combine your Darjeeling visit with one of such offbeat places to soak in the nature and be in a state of tranquil bliss before returning to your routine life. It works as a great energizer for me. Most of such places that I have discovered over the years, are only short distances away from Darjeeling town center. They can be easily reached by a car in 1 or 2 hours drive through scenic routes. You can also directly reach these places from Bagdogra airport or NJP railway station. Most of them are 2 to 3 hours drive from there.
Plan at least couple of nights in such a place. One night stay is not good enough to make justice to the exotic offerings of these places. Keep in mind that if you plan to leave by flight from Bagdogra, you need to check out in the first half as most flights depart by early afternoon. So the day of the departure is virtually of no use.
Here are some of those great offbeat stays around Darjeeling. They include farm houses, home stays, tea plantation retreats and such. They all offer great nature’s treat and some even the authentic aura of the British colonial time. Visit the links to get details including contacts to make your bookings.
Best Time to Visit
There are two great seasons to visit Those Area. The first such season is April until May when the temperature is pleasant and flowers like rhododendrons and orchids bloom in full whilst covering the valley in the beautiful shade of red. And then October to early December, when the temperature is bit chilly indicating the start of winter, is best to get an unparalleled view of the snow peaks in a clear blue sky. It is best to avoid the monsoon season since the land becomes more prone to landslides.