Just when the summer in plains becomes too much to cope with and you are in love with the song of the rain drops, make a dash for the hills. If you are already in love with monsoon then a trip to the hills during this time of the year, will make you fall in love with rain and the hills. For me, monsoon is more of romanticism, music, steaming cups of tea and tranquility offered by nature. I am sure many of you enjoy the same about monsoon and the easiest getaway for a short trip is surely North Bengal.
If you want a secluded holiday, away from human habitation you can visit, places like Kolakham, a small village near Neora Valley National Park, set amidst unharnessed wilderness of Nature. If you want to live with the clouds, visit Takdah and if you want to stay amidst nature but not far from the crowd, visit a luxury tea resort in Darjeeling.
The already lush green hills and the tea plantations, turns into emerald green during the monsoon. The sheer joy of walking down the wet roads enjoying the drizzle, greeted by the smiling faces of the people and colorful umbrellas and rain coats, are inexplicable. The periodical whistle of the legendary Toy Train and the beautiful rustic songs echoing from the hills will simply add magic to your monsoon. Sipping on a cup of steaming tea, you will fall in love with the hills all over again.
And if you are staying at a tea estate in Darjeeling, your stroll amidst nature will end in the comfort of a warm blanket, listening to the rhythmic songs of the monsoon birds breaking the heavy silence of the plantation at night. If you are a tea enthusiast, do plan your monsoon trip around a luxury tea retreat in Darjeeling, and if it is one of the oldest and exotic tea houses like the Ging Tea house, you will never want to come back to your daily mundane life.