A trip to Teesta Barrage, Siliguri

We had a splendid family picnic today. We hurriedly cooked the food, got everything ready and hit the road. The picnic spot we chose was the Teesta Barrage in Siliguri. And what a nice decision it was! The place is filled with greenery and is very peaceful. Here are some pictures I took while we were enjoying there.

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Flowers, Flowers and Flowers.

While you’re travelling to new places, you’re bound to be out of your comfort zone. Suddenly you don’t know many people around you,  your everyday routine is a whole lot different and sometimes you just need to sacrifice stuff you took for granted while you were at home. But there will be certain things that you can relate to. They can be habits, etiquette, surroundings and all kinds of things that are included in the everyday life in that place.

These particular things, either small or big, always bring a smile to my face. That’s when I go, “Ah… I’m an alien here after all!” . Flowers are one of my top targets, as they’re present everywhere and at least one of them identifies to one in my home-town. So these beautiful flowers make up 20% of my Happiness level.

Here are pictures of some that I tend to find frequently.

Do you find something common everywhere you go? Feel free to share your thoughts below through the comments area.

Darjeeling, the queen of hills.

I lived in Darjeeling for 7 years, where I used to study at St. Joseph’s School. The Darjeeling town is small but has an attraction of its own. The year round cold weather and the fresh air is refreshing. It is filled with tourists all the time and is one of the internationally renowned places in the world. I always enjoy my visits to Darjeeling. Check out some shots I took while I was there a few days ago. The road around Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Statue of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. On the way to Singamari. St. Joseph’s School, Darjeeling. On the way to Chowrasta. Mal Road. What a place to rest and savor the beautiful views around Darjeeling! We seemed to be above the clouds and in level with the mountains! Chowrasta. Sunset. For a moment, the sky turned into a painting…

In the village of Mongpu

It’s been a few days since my visit to Mongpu, a small village in the Darjeeling district. I’m glad that I made the decision to go there to visit my sister-in-law. Though the place is small and less populated, it has a charm of it’s own. It is probably one of the greenest places I’ve been to and with the best scenery around it’s one of those places I’m sure I’ll be visiting a few times again.

My sister-in-law’s house where we stayed.

The hills are beautiful.

Yup, I think they’re twins too…

My niece and her puppy 🙂

The remains of what they say used to be a British vacation home in the 18th Century.

Mirik, a trip to the past.

Mirik is located in the serene hills of Darjeeling District in West Bengal, India. I cherish those moments walking in the forest filled with orange trees that my grandparents cultivated. I remember those long hours of meditation and tree hugging I used to do as a child. It’s always amazing to visit my grandparents once in a while. It’s my trip to the past.