Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Kolkata-The City of Joy

What can one see in half a day in this wonderful City of Joy -The sprawling grounds of Ramakrishna Ashram and the Kali Temple along the Ganga,

 some time at the Victoria memorial 

And the best of all see the place where the great Man  of India Gurudev Rabindarnath Tagore lived. Its a delight to see all paintings of many great artists here.

Thursday, June 7, 2012


The last leg of this NE tour and  to spend a night at Mirik. The Journey again winds through beautiful mountains, tea gardens and then one can opt to stop at Pasupathi market and on to  Nepal. As no Passport is needed,  just have to enter in a register and take a cab for distance of 2 Kms and lo! you are in Pashupathi Market in Nepal. Though in today's liberalised India, all the imported stuff is very much available. 

Mirik, located on the way to Bagdogra from Darjeeling  is a very small beautiful town ideal to unwind for a day. The beauty lies in the Sumedu lake, its meadows, trees and then the Bokar  Monastery perched atop a hill

The beauty of the lake is at the best when its foggy, I chose to take the lake in the first hours of sunshine and late in the day, when it was lovely to walk around the wood encircing the lake.

Riding the horse into the woods is good another option. I believe true beauty can be experiences and not seen. while Mirik can be done is a couple of hours, It is altogether a different experience to spend a whole day and night - enjoying the beauty of the lake in the early morning and late evenings,  trekking up the hill to the monastery and walking through the tiny towns, shopping and of-course having some Tibetan food-  Tupka,  Momos......real bliss.