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Mawlyngot – where tea changed the lifestyle!

Tea has brought a lot of changes in our life. – Riba from Mawlyngot said thoughtfully. We were a little surprised. We love our cups of Darjeeling Tea, but tea plantation in Meghalaya was new to us. (We know so less, there is so much to be seen and known!) And then Riba told us about her place, her village. The story of Mawlyngot is like that of a phoenix. At about 45 km from Shillong lies this somnolent village in the East Khasi hills of Meghalaya. The locals believe that the people from the Indo-Bangladesh border had migrated...

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The Year That Was – Best Travel Stories of 2017

Another year is coming to an end. It was a mixed year with great travel, many important lessons and meeting wonderful people. So here are our 12 photographs of our best travel stories of 2017. 1. DARJEELING The year always starts with Darjeeling and this year was no different! In addition, we also visited the offbeat destinations like Rangeroon, Mongpu, Latpanchar and Bunkulung. Read more about them: DARJEELING – A COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL GUIDE RANGAROON – A PLACE WHERE DARJEELING MEETS KANCHENJUNGHA MONGPU – REVISITING TAGORE BUNKULUNG–AN UNEXPLORED PARADISE LATPANCHAR – THE HOME OF HORNBILLS 2. HAMPI We were simply...

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Deul Eco-Park – a Weekend Getaway from Kolkata

Reunions are always special. Especially when we reunite with our childhood buddies at some beautiful destination. Deul Eco Park is situated beside the beautiful location of Ajay River. Deul is away from the city with the thick Garh forest of Durgapur at the backdrop and the Ajay River flowing beside. And the most important of all, beautiful people for company. After our last reunion at Singee, this time we zeroed on Deul. Deul is situated quite near to Durgapur city. We had to reach Deul after crossing Jaydev Kenduli, the birthplace of the famous Bengali poet Jaydev. Kenduli and...

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Tale of 2 Backpackers completes 3 years of Travel Blogging.

Tale of 2 Backpackers completes 3 years of travel blogging. Travelling – it leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller. Ibn Batuta was so right. We have been travelling for a long time, visiting various places, doing all the touristy stuff but not really experiencing the place. We have been to Goa, seen all the touristy beaches, had our share of Kaju Fenny, but had not tasted bebinca! We were like all those once-in-a-year-vacation type tourists, though we were on road almost four times a year. But our change from tourist to travellers and storytellers was...

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70 reasons to travel to India

This August 15, 2017, India will celebrate her 70th year of Independence. Although you do not need any reason to travel to India, yet Tale of 2 Backpackers brings you 70 awesome reasons that you should travel India. India is one of the largest countries of the world. It is a country that has extreme diversity in geography, climate, language, culture, ethnicity and much more. And definitely, India is not a land of elephants and snake charmers; though we love them all. Like every other country in the world, India too has her share of good and bad. But...

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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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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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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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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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Sitong – The Orange Village

How about picking up fresh oranges from the orchards and having them? Sitong, a small Lepcha village near Darjeeling is about all this and much more. It is one of the unexplored parts of the Darjeeling hills and is a perfect weekend destination from Kolkata. Our exploration of the places around Darjeeling brought us to Sitong. After our first birding experience at Latpanchar, we arrived at here. We were in fact quite lucky to visit Sitong in January, the harvesting season of the oranges. Each house in Sitong seems to have a garden and each garden is full of...

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Saino Heritage Guest House, Takdah – Review

Takdah is a beautiful hamlet located about 28 km from Darjeeling. The place is not yet fully developed as a tourist destination, but the natural and scenic beauty of the place is exceptional. Takdah does not have many options in regards to accommodation. On our visit to Takdah, we chose to stay at Saino Heritage Guest House. And we not for a moment regretted this decision. The stay was so pleasing that we are compelled to write about it. Takdah was a cantonment area in the British period. Quite naturally, there are a number of bungalows in the area. These...

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Takdah – the land of mist

A dreamy place where the sun and clouds play hide and seek with glee and mist descends at its own will, the foggy trails, the blooming orchids and the majestic mountain views – if all these are making you want to leave your desk just now, then Takdah is just the right place for you. Takdah is merely 28 km away from Darjeeling and stands at a height of 4000 ft. Takdah is also called ‘Tukdah’ that is a Lepcha word meaning mist. So you can easily imagine why the place remains foggy for most of the time. Takdah...

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