Travelling anywhere on the hilly , steep roads , you will be greeted with pleasantry surprises like this one . The blue dome shaped structure was a former palace of the Maharaja of Vardhaman , and this is seen just below the road as one exists the town.
Wanna brunch on the way??
Well you will find many small restaurants, (some makeshift attached to their homes) and these sell delicacies such as locally prepared dumplings, (momo , most famous here ), chappatis , rice and even some of the fastfood items.
Here is a roadside shop selling their farm’s produce, bunches of carrot, red spinach, leafy vegetables and more.
Roads are extremely steep most of the times and gives you breath taking views as well as sighs on the descent and the ascent. However, the newly renovated Rohini road connecting Siliguri and Kurseong is near to a technological marvel with natural gradient and smooth roads making the rides more of a happy sight than a goosebumps chide.
Weather is plesant mostly with the summers peaking to a maximum of around 18-20 C. Incessant downpour and fog may welcome you during the Monsoons which usually hits around late April and continues till late Aug, early September. The winters are tasteful ones as the cold blankets almost everything with snowfalls on the upper reaches and sometimes the town too.
The main lifeline of the Darjeeling Hills, the National Highway -55 is a scenic treat all along the drive. Dotted on the sides with a single rail link that ferries the World Heritage Toy Train. Few Joy Rides also do the rounds and are a treat to the tourists. They ply at around 20 km/hr and are no more a means of transport but an eye of grandeur.
Sights of SUVs are common and the tourists and locals weaving each other as the SUVs overtake the stem engine are a pleasant photographer’s shoot.