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A few Darjeeling questions

by 2sharon Online Now Mar 8, 2009 at 11:16 AM

We are thinking of going to Darjeeling after a trip to Bhutan. I'm wondering how long a drive from Paro or Phuntsholing Bhutan to Darjeeling?
Also, looking at nicer hotels, it seems the 2 best are the Mayfair and the Windamere. Is one better than the other or are they similar in standards, etc.

Thanks!

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    Re: A few Darjeeling questions

    by bkarjee Online Now Mar 8, 2009 at 6:34 PM

    Hi there,
    If you are in Paro, you have to drive down to Phuntsholing, which is the Bhutanese border town. This will be your transit point for stepping into India. The adjascent Indian town is Naigaon, which is in the West Bengal state of India. Assuming that you take a public transport like bus, from Naigaon, you will have to proceed to Siliguri by road and then change to Toy train/Jeeps that will take you to Darjeeling. In all, it will take you more than 10 hours from Paro to Darjeeling via Phuntsholing.
    The two hotels you mentioned in Darjeeling are among the good Hotels there. Worth staying there. You et a very colonial feel.

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    Re: A few Darjeeling questions

    by Donna_in_India Online Now Mar 8, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    Hi Sharon - we stayed at the Cedar Inn. It’s a really nice place done in Victorian Gothic architecture and set high above the town - nice views of Mount Kanchenjunga. Room was nice and comfortable - great fireplace. Food was good and staff was great. Location was good - we were able to walk to town too.

    While in Darjeeling don't miss Yiga Chholing Monastery, Druk Sangak Choeling Monastery, Tibetan Self Help (Refugee) Center, the Toy Train (you can do a portion of the route), and the tea plantations. Happy Travels!

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    by grets Online Now Mar 9, 2009 at 1:29 AM

    We stayed at the Central Hotel when we visited Darjeeling, which had lovely large rooms, was nicely decorated and had a very central location.

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