When we were in Darjeeling, we asked taxi driver for charges to drop at Siliguri. He agreed to take us to Siliguri via Pashupati Market in Nepal and Mirik. I wanted to visit Mirik but Pashupati Market was like icing on the cake. We left early morning from Siliguri as we have to reach to Pheuntsholing on Bhutan-India border.
We started leaving behind Darjeeling, empty roads were showered with the rain and clouds almost touched down. The atmosphere was foggy and rainy.
When we reached near to Border, at one of the corner road called simana view point, our driver informed that this mountain falls in Nepal. I was as thrilled as I had never put my footsteps in other country till date. When we reached near the India-Nepal Border, we straight way went to West Bengal Police Pashupati Check Post; I had shown ID card and did entry in the register on behalf of all of us.
Taxi is allowed only till Border and after that one can reach to market by short walk. Note that only Indians and Nepalese are allowed to cross over the border area. Foreign nationals are not allowed to access the border. When I entered in Nepal, I couldn’t find much difference in People, architecture, language etc.
We started to walk towards shops in Pashupati market and they were full of jackets, electronic items, perfumes, cosmetics, crockery etc. Cosmetics and Perfumes were at too cheap prices. I was not sure whether it was branded or not but I bought few cosmetics.
With the joy of being in Nepal, we moved further towards Mirik. Road from Pashupati to Mirik was full of landscapes of beautiful Tea Gardens. Tea Gardens found on small hillock with pine trees surrounded by it makes picture perfect site. We had stopped at one of the big Gopaldhara Tea Estate. It is one of the highest tea estates with garden area of 320 hectares. I walked down through the tea garden and clicked few snaps from where I got wonderful view of tea garden.
Just opposite of the tea estate, there is small Gopaldhara tea stall. As I am a Tea lover, tasted cup of tea. The tea here is served in a transparent cup so that you can see the color. Must try Green tea here, don’t mix milk otherwise you won’t get the authentic flavor. The tea served here is from Gopaldhara Tea Gardens. Also you can buy packed tea bags of Gopaldhara garden.
After having tea here, moved towards Mirik. It was scenic drive through tea gardens on hill slopes.
Mirik is located 12 Km from Pashupati Market and at altitude of 5000 ft. I found Mirik a small and sleepy hill town.The major attraction in Mirik is Mirik lake.
Sit along the bank of lake and just relax yourself, watch people around you and enjoy the nature.One can cross the footbridge of the lake and can go to other side walkway.
On the opposite of the lake, there are small restaurants and stalls. You can have chaat,momos and snacks. In the stalls here one can buy gift & souvenir items, clothes, hats etc.
After relaxing by lake, we moved towards our destination Siliguri.
How to Reach:
- You can hire a cab (private taxi) from one of the taxi stands in Darjeeling, either the Club side Taxi Stand across Gandhi Road Police Point or at Chowk Bazaar area.It can cost you at INR 1500-2000 depending on the car. Shared Jeeps and buses are also available from Chowk Bazar of Darjeeling at INR 100-130 per person.
- Keep your Mobile switched off when you visit to Pashupati Market as you will be on international roaming.
- Don’t be fooled by cab drivers who will offer you a ride to the market for Rs. 200 saying the market is a short distance away.It is at walk able distance from the India-Nepal border gate.
- You can also plan day trip to Mirik and Pashupati Market from Darjeeling.