TTL: Darjeeling I

Darjeeling, the Queen of Hills, as she is fondly mentioned around. It was a summer retreat of the British, much like Shimla, Ooty, etc. and has a lot of British heritage strewn around. Two things, make Darjeeling very famous, all around the world, its Tea, fine and flavoured and the Darjeeling Hill Railway, a narrow gauge line from Siliguri to Darjeeling.

For anyone, who hasnt been here yet, and is planning a visit to this side of the country, do make Darjeeling a part of your itinerary for sure.

I ll break the complete journey into parts, and let in a bits of information as and when I see necessary, so that, for those who have been here, feel refreshed, and those who havent, should feel tempted and inspired to visit again. Hope you enjoy the journey, lets begin.

I started from Venus More at Siliguri. Shared taxis are plenty, and they charge about Rs 150 for the trip to Darjeeling. The traditional route, of Hill Cart Road, with the train line snaking along the mountain has been washed out at Tindharia, hence, the Mirik/Rohini – Pankhabari road is being taken.

The Hill Cart Road, the train line on the right here!


The train line snaking into the hills

The road via Pankhabari is one of the steepest and is filled with twisty turns and scenic views. If you are motion sick, please take the medicines before you go by this route, you ll need them.

Just one of the many hairpin turns on the road

En route Darjeeling, we come across, the major Kurseong, Sonada and Ghoom.

TV tower of Kurseong, at times visible from Siliguri too!

The road continues to snake through, and just past the Ghoom station, you ll find the famous Batasia Loop. In this loop, the train does a full round of a hill and executes an ascent or descent of a steep gradient. There is an Army memorial there. More on Ghoom on the return trip.

Another, Top-Down view!

It took almost 3 hours to reach Darjeeling, and I was famished. If you are a vegetarian, I cant give any recommendations, but if you dig meat, head straight to Keventers. Ask the traffic police, and they ll be happy to show you the way. Once there, DIG in to the English breakfast. I had sausages, ham, bacon, eggs, a couple of butter toast and a mug of hot chocolate.

Try sitting on the Open Air part!

The view from there is pretty mesmerizing. One side is the street, photos below, and the other side is the valley. The valley is generally covered in clouds, as was this day, and hence I actually didnt bother to shoot.

The Clock Tower atop the Government Building

For the ones who cant live without Pizza or Fried Chicken, theres some hope too!



Post the breakfast, I went in search of my hotel to stay. I would always recommend that you book one previously, and not be stuck with the hassles there.

Part II will be up very shortly, as soon as the photos get uploaded that is. With a struggling internet, it might mean tomorrow evening. Stay tuned. I go to the station, and shoot some locos and then I explore bit of local flora and meet up with a fluffy local fauna too.

All and more, right here!


TTL: Siliguri II

Heres the second part of my Siliguri street shots. Also featuring my cousin brother, Mayukh Haldar, who is also an excellent shot himself.

The paper boat..sideways!



Yup, thats my bro!!





School Vans







Apart from these two parts of the post, I covered Holi (the festival of colors) at siliguri too. See it here!

I ll be here for a couple of more days, but before I leave, I am scheduled to visit Darjeeling . I hope to make the trip successfully and return with some shots that make me, and you happy.

Keep shooting, and stay tuned here!


TTL: Siliguri I

Hey there,
If you have checked my recent posts, you would know that currently am at Siliguri. Its a town within the state of West Bengal which is the passage to the 7 sister states of the North-Eastern states of India. There are hills, tea gardens lined around this place, and a cool-ish weather all round the year. And, I was born here too!

Anyway, this place provided me with perfect opportunities to try out the street photography skills. As I soon found out, the people here are happy to get clicked and even happier when you show the photo. As with most places in India, the ladies are a tad camera shy and, unless you know her well enough, no point pushing it. So here are my shots.

The buds are in for the Mango season!


The narrow gauge line from Siliguri to Darjeeling


Taking a break!


Waiting for customers


Eggs 😀 Lots of em!


Marble carving!


Marble carving II



Few more shots of the compilation coming up soon!

Stay tuned!


TTL: Holi @ Siliguri

Last year, around this time, I was in Bangalore, with a bunch of colleagues who turned out to be close friends, smearing each other with colour and having fun. This year, am at my granny’s place, in the town where I was born, the gateway to the North East India, nestled at the foothillls of the Shivalik mountain ranges, Siliguri.

Anyway, its Holi again. The festival of colors and joy and fun. I missed my friends pretty much, and the only way I was going to suppress the feeling, was by going about making some photos! So, here goes, Holi, through my lens!

Pre Holi masks for sale!


This holi, a new hairdo 😛


To the next locality…




Decked up for the next round!


I like the peek!


Two face??



The last photo and the featured image, I couldnt find a model to try the shots on, so, I became the model and taught my aunt (Mummum) to shoot using a DSLR! A few trial and errors, yes, but after about an hour of training, she managed to get the focus correct and shoot straight! Good results I ll say!

Add some color to your page, show off your holi shots too!!