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Things to carry for Himalayan Treks

We are often asked about what to carry for  7-10 days of Himalayan treks? Right packing is very essential for any trek. When the packing is done well, it becomes easier to carry the backpack. For this we carry only the essentials that are required for the trek. Here is a list of things that we usually carry for upto 10 days of a Himalayan trek. Out of these, the most important ones are Trekking Shoes, Backpack, Trekking poles, Spare clothes, Raincoat/Poncho, Sunglasses, Water Bottle, Personal Medi-Kit and a camera to take back the beautiful memories. We usually try...

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Bunkulung–an unexplored paradise

Our wanderlust to visit the offbeat weekend destinations surely takes us to places that are so unique and beautiful. We have always believed that West Bengal has such beauties in her that simply cannot be described by words. Bunkulung near Mirik is one such place. It is a small village with picturesque scenery and of course the peace that we were looking for. We came to know about Bunkulung by chance. I think a lot of things are happening by chance with us. A few days back, we visited Jagjivanpur on our scooty without any plan. You can read...

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Jagjivanpur, Malda – A reminiscent of Buddhist Monastery in Bengal

The desire to see new things and learn about the unknown always interests us. So whenever opportunity comes, we seize it tightly and chart out for the unknown. This time it was a freak wish of mine for a scooty ride took us to Jagjivanpur – one of the Buddhist excavation sites to be found in West Bengal. We had heard about this place since long and wanted to visit it much before. But coincidentally, just the day before Buddha Purnima on 10th of May, 2017, while we went out on our weekly scooty ride, we simply took the road...

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Jatar Deul, the Horse Race and the Fair

Traditions and culture have always fascinated me. So when I heard about the Horse Race at Jatar Deul, I could not resist myself to witness the event. A horse race in rural Bengal – this was enough to make me visit Jatar Deul in the middle of April. Jatar Deul is located at Kankandighi near Raidighi in the South 24 parganas district. After a train, auto and motor van ride of around 4 hours, we reached the Jatar Deul. Please read my earlier post to know more about Jatar Deul and its interesting history. On the second day of...

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Jatar Deul – History Unexplained

The name ‘Jatar Deul’ itself invoked a keen interest in us. And on hearing about it, we were much more inclined to visit the place. A towering brick temple in the midst of nowhere in rural South Bengal – this piece of information was enough to pique our interest! So when opportunity came to visit Jatar Deul, we just had to grab it. So on 16th April (also the second day of Baisakh, the first month of Bengali calendar) we accompanied Uttara Di, Rangan da and Debika to a visit to Jatar Deul. The date of our journey was...

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Things you wanted to know before travelling to Sikkim

Sikkim is one of the tiniest states of India with an area of about 7096 sq kms. This small state is full of wonder and beauty. You can see the snow capped peaks, green valleys, colourful rhododendrons, luscious waterfalls and sprawling tea garden all here. And you can also find your peace among the monasteries. The state is a wonderful place to travel. So based on our experience, we tell you here all that you need to know to visit and travel this state. Sikkim can be broadly divided into four zones- east, west, north and south. The tourism here...

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Offbeat Weekend Destinations from Kolkata to beat the heat

The summers are coming with its scorching days and you have already started planning your next trip to the hill stations. Some of you must have already booked your tickets to Darjeeling and Gangtok. What I suggest is this time leave aside the conventional destinations and tread a few offbeat places. Here is a curated list of weekend destinations from Kolkata where you can pay a visit. And yes, Tale of 2 Backpackers recommends these. Weekend destinations from Kolkata: 1. Bagora Misty hamlet, simple villagers, great views of the mountains and complete seclusion from the city life – that...

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Das Studio, Darjeeling – capturing moments

Das Studios, Darjeeling has been standing on the Nehru Road for many years and is truly the mecca of photographers and mountain lovers of the region. My visit to Darjeeling is never complete without looking at the pictures and photographs from the Das Studio. I am literally awestruck whenever I look at those lovely pictures that are on display – the mighty mountains and photographs in the villages. I had always wanted to speak to the persons behind the studio and this year I mustered enough courage to go in and ask for him! I had the wonderful opportunity...

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Mongpu – Revisiting Tagore

Mongpu was the last place where Rabindranath Tagore celebrated his last birthday on May 9, 1940. He was 80 years then. He enjoyed staying at Mongpu and used to enjoy looking at the ‘Malatilata’ flowers. The tree is still there. For us Bengalis, Rabindranath Tagore is like god. We have all grown up listening to his poems, learning his songs. I think there is very few Bengalis who would say that their child did not learn to sing Tagore songs and their little girls did not dance to the tunes of Rabindra Sangeet. Yes, as a child, even I...

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Basanta Utsav at Shantiniketan

Holi is one of the most popular festivals of India and is celebrated amidst much festivities and gaiety all over the country. But there are some places where the celebration of Holi are so unique that you have to be there to witness it for yourself. In West Bengal, Holi or Dol Jatra is inexorably linked with Shantiniketan. Basanta Utsav at Shantiniketan, as it more popularly called here, is an event that has to be experienced and felt. Shantiniketan is a place that is the melting pot of learning, art, culture and dance. The first thing that we are...

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Things to do in Gangtok, Sikkim

Gangtok, the heartland of the mystical Sikkim is one of the favourite destinations in the north-eastern India. Once you are here, you will feel that you are in a different place altogether. Neat and clean, the city is as peaceful as you want it to be and as beautiful as your heart wants to see. So once you are at Gangtok, there are loads of things that will simply make you fall in love with this hilly capital of Sikkim. We have collated the best of them for your next trip to Gangtok. How to reach Gangtok: Like Darjeeling,...

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Rangaroon – A place where Darjeeling meets Kanchenjungha

There is something so tranquil about Rangaroon that you are bound to forget everything and get immersed in the beauty of this little village. And the best part of this hamlet is that you can see both Darjeeling city and the Kanchenjungha range in the same frame! See the pictures if you don’t believe me. Rangaroon is situated just at the foothills of the famed Tiger hill from where you can see the gorgeous sunrise. Naturally, there is a trek route to the Tiger Hill. Rangaroon is situated at a height of about 6000 ft and the weather makes...

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