Darjeeling in June will be a nature lovers delight. Birds chirping, wind blowing gently, green mountains smiling down and the clouds floating inside the rooms, that’s what holidays at Cedar Inn Darjeeling is all about. Located in Jalapahar road in Darjeeling, this picture perfect resort is like a fairytale palace.
It is designed at multiple levels with family rooms, deluxe rooms, suites and regular rooms.
Children play areas and small landscaped gardens at every level of the property make exploring fun. There are well laid out trails, which will help you take your dose of daily walks, without going out of the property. They have some of the best views in Darjeeling. Clouds, however, will be a big part of your trip.But that’s what makes Darjeeling magical.
Family trip to Darjeeling: What you must not miss
If you are traveling with children, you must visit the Darjeeling zoo
Do visit the mall and go for a horse ride, half trip, full trip or more. The horse trips are fun for both kids and adults.
Go for a toy train ride and visit the Batasia loop war memorial (10 min stop). The Darjeeling Himalayan railways, Batasia war memorial and Ghoom Museum are #World Heritage sites . The railways made traveling from the plains to the hills a matter of days while in the time before the rails, it took roughly a month!
All the pictures were taken in mid-June this year at around 12 noon. But the fog makes it look mysterious and middle of winter!
The Ghoom museum (20 min stop) is full of history about the toy train and the iconic Himalayan railways.
Both are stations on the train journey from Darjeeling to Ghoom and back. The toy train tickets can be booked online through the irctc website. It’s recommended you book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
Visit the Glenary’s bakery and restaurant. It’s iconic. The first-floor restaurant is gorgeous. They have both indoor and balcony seating. The menu includes continental, Chinese and Indian dishes . Food is simple and tastes good.
This spacious all-day snacking destination has a selection of yummy baked desserts and other savory options.
My lazy day at the mall went something like this.
Walk up to the mall. Visit the tea shop at Golden tips. Roam around the shops while daughter goes for the pony ride with my hubby. Lunch at Glenarys.Back to the mall, looking at people, shopping and strolling down the road next to the Mahakaal temple(Shiv Mandir )near the mall.It’s strangely quiet, dreamy and green. There was a tree on the hillside with a land for sale written on it. I so wanted to call up the number. But was not encouraged to do so by my dear husband.
Then back to Glenarys for cups of fragrant Darjeeling chai and my favorite blueberry cheesecake. Get one more packed and head for the car pick up stand. At the hotel some more chai and then dinner.
Amenities at Cedar Inn include:
- Multi-cuisine restaurant
- Children’s play area
- Well stocked library
- Garden areas
- Indoor and outdoor play areas.
Cedar Inn is exemplary as a holiday property. Smiling service is the first reason.This one should be a no-brainer right? But the hospitality of each member of the staff makes the stay pleasant.
The views at Cedar Inn Darjeeling
Darjeeling views can be erratic in monsoons.The clouds play hide and seek all the time. More so during premonsoon and monsoons. The trick is to enjoy the clouds as much as await a glimpse of the gorgeous Kanchenjungha.
I visit Darjeeling Cedar inn for the green views tranquility and total distance from the crowds.Hustle and bustle and cacophony of the urban jungle is absent at the Cedar Inn.
But Darjeeling itself is overcrowded in tourist season you need to book your rooms in advance during holiday seasons. The good news.Plenty of hotels bed and breakfast guest houses to suit all budgets.
Traveling from the hotel to tourist spots:
The Cedar inn has free drop and picks up services from the hotel to the mall area. You can also book local tours.The private taxis are in plenty. It’s expensive. If walking is not a problem you can skip . But sometimes you will need them if you have children or elderly in your group.
How to reach Darjeeling?
Is it a Budget Hotel?
Cedar Inn is a tad expensive but well worth it. It is not a budget hotel.
Darjeeling weather and the best time to visit:
March to May(spring, summer), October to November ( autumn). The days are pleasant and gets cold as the sun sets. The skies are clear with good views of the majestic mountains.
June to September: Monsoons.E nd of June there was light to heavy rains with foggy days at most times.A very cool vacation to spend with your family.
December to February its very cold in winter but not without its own beauty.
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What should you carry for a June holiday in Darjeeling?
- Your raincoats and umbrellas are a must pack,
- Light woolens.
- Sensible walking shoes.
- Bright scarves.
- A spirit of adventure.
Point to note:
Rains in the hills can be treacherous and always check with the hotel before planning your journey.
How to book your stay at Cedar Inn?
I booked directly through the hotel website.
Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cedar Inn, Jalapahar Road,
Below St. Paul School
Darjeeling – 734 101
Ph: +91 354 2254446 / 2253598