Dinner that night was at Chopsticks on MG Marg, passable food for hungry souls . Unfortunately the restaurants reviewed by tripvisor were all closed! Anyway started out for Pelling next day early morning .Numerous small and big waterfalls decorated the scenic route marred by poor road conditions .
On reaching Pelling we checked into Hotel Garuda at upper Pelling .A quaint little place , our rooms for the first day were basic and offered a roadside view . However next day we were given the family suite with truly breathtaking view of the Kanchanzanga .
The photo above was taken at 5am in the morning from our hotel room window.We had a small competition of who could take the best pic and we all tried our best to capture the majestic peaks royal grandeur on camera.
Our Pelling local trip to the …….hanging bridge was Stunning! We walked across the bridge and admired the numerous waterfalls dotting the scenery.If you could only truly capture the feeling behind pictures our memories would truly become alive.
On the way back we shopped (like only Bengalis can do) from one of the two available gift shop and bought pretty cups decorated with oriental ” motifs”
In the evening we had chicken pakoras and numerous cups of steaming tea while we enjoyed the wonderful view from our hotel room at the Garuda.
The hotel Garda is small, quaint, neat and clean .Pretty as a picture without the frills and fancies of more starred counterparts.But it is one of the top rated TripAdvisor hotel options for Pelling, and very popular with the foreign tourists.The couple running the hotel are helpful, warm efficient and the bell boys are simple village souls whose eagerness to please is heart warming.The food is simple home cooked stuff , and as we were travelling with a toddler we couldn’t afford to be adventurous regarding diet.We had a nice restful stay with pleasant thoughts of settling down in a hill town
Pelling is a small sleepy town with not many options of entertainment after sundown.But what it lacks in variety makes up with beauty.The mountain people all try to make their little corner prettier and welcoming for the guest.Tourism is also the major source of bread and butter in this remote hill station and their efforts to make your stay pleasant is reflected in their service quality.
With a heavy heart we left for NJP in the last day not knowing the horrific condition of the road from Pelling to NJP.Zero maintenance, plenty of traffic, rocky unstable landslide prone terrain, minimal option of roadside restroom and a cruel hot sun even in October made our return trip extremely trying.However by God’s grace we reached New Jalpaiguri for our nights stopover.The next morning we took a train back home .
Our entire trip was planned following trip advisor reviews and research into the Sikkim govt. official website.Gangtok was a pleasure with its many tourist options and Pelling too with its natural beauty.Welcoming helpful Sikkim people work hard at their trade and their Govt.too is helpful.However roads in many parts need urgent attention or at least precautionary advisory should be given to travellers regarding nature of road and rest points should be made a priority.