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Darjeeling located in West Bengal was the Summer resort for the British Elite class back in the pre-independence time. Darjeeling has always remained famous for three things. Firstly is the Black Tea- the aroma of this tea is believed to be the best in this world and till today the best quality of Darjeeling tea is sent to the Buckingham Palace because the Queen loves it. Secondly, the railway transport of Darjeeling is also famous which is a narrow gauge railway and is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thirdly, the British-style public schools here attracts students from all over India and the world. But the most important point is, of course, Kangchenjunga- the world’s 3rd highest mountain. But apart from these identities of Darjeeling, do you know that shopping in Darjeeling should also be an important part of your tour plan.

Take a look at these famous points for shopping in Darjeeling and come back home with many memories from the land of Kangchenjunga.

The Mall Road
The Mall Road
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Coming to Darjeeling and not visiting the famous Mall Road is no less than a crime. You would get everything here and thus you must have enough time in your hand to shop here. Fancy jewelry items, woolen clothes, Pashmina Shawls, trendy jackets for both men and women, scarves, sweaters, cardigans, mysterious Tibetan masks, and other handmade souvenirs grace this market. And you must also go to the Glenary’s if you love the baked food! Hit this place between 8 A.M. and 7 P.M.

Nehru Road
Nehru Road
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Placed on the Hill Cart Road, you would see small shops in this market that is set up by the local people only to earn their means of livelihood. Why is it a must visit? Because of the delightful street shopping chance that every shopaholic would love. The non-shopaholics would also love the vibrant atmosphere of Nehru Road shops. Apart from the small shops, recently, some branded shops have also opened their outlets here. And the State Government also added a Handicrafts Emporium which is soul satisfying for sure. Apart from art and craft, you would love the varieties of Darjeeling tea, woolen clothes in latest designs, Khuree or Gorkha Knives, leather handbags, small souvenirs, Pashmina Shawls, and peaceful Buddha statues.

Ghum Monastery Market
Ghum Monastery Market
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If you are in Darjeeling, then the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset must be there in your “To Do” list. Ghum Monastery is a beautiful location to witness both these- sunrise and sunset. You would realize that the poets were true while describing the beauty of nature and all those people who have said you romantic things about sunrise and sunset were also true. Actually, the best time to visit this market is post-sunrise and sunset. Amongst the monks, while soaking the chilling wind and getting enticed by nature, your shopping in Darjeeling is definitely going to be an unforgettable experience. You can collect many Tibetan artefacts from here like the prayer wheels, prayer flags, singing bowls, bags, and Thangas- Tibetan wall paintings.

Batasia Loop Market
Batasia Loop Market
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It is called loop market because of its location. Batasia is a street shopping destination that is situated in Ghum and Darjeeling’s loop line. If you know how to bargain in markets, then this is the right place to shop for some top quality bags. Without feeling a burning sensation in your pocket. Along with bags, you can also buy accessories for women, woolen goods, and home décor items. There is also a toy train here and you must enjoy this ride. 9 A.M to 6 P.M. is the time to head for this small but beautiful market.

Teesta Bazaar
Teesta Bazaar
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As the market is located near the nostalgic and peaceful Teesta river, the market is called Teesta Bazar. Coming out of the shell of a metropolitan city, when you see a market surrounded by a large expanse of hills and greenery- you are surely going to be shocked. Yes, this is also India- the land of diversity. Now, on a daily basis, tourists drop here to go ahead to Siliguri or Gangtok or Darjeeling. Actually, you would cross this sprawling market while on your way to Darjeeling uphills as it is located on the Siliguri-Gangtok highway. Expensive and reasonable- you would get things here at both rates. Handicrafts sell here the most along with other things like hunting shoes, copperware, silverware, footwear, wall paintings, and lanterns.

You can come here anytime between 8 A.M and 6 P.M. Once you are done with your shopping, treat yourself with some piping hot momos served with soup and spicy chutney!

We all work hard and earn money for a better standard of living and to fulfill our basic necessities. At the month-end, we sit down and calculate the profit we have made and then lay out a plan where to invest or how to utilize the money. Everyone may not jot these things down in an excel sheet but in the hindsight of mind, this calculation is always playing. There is a certain rent to pay, electricity bills and telephone bills to be cleared, savings for the future, expenditure on sudden illness, spending on certain gifts for certain occasions, etc. This is a mundane life! Sometimes, you must be feeling lazy or uninterested in everything that is going around you. That’s the time my friend to take a break, go somewhere, and feel that there is still life left in this life.

Thinking about tomorrow or in the way of saving too much for your future, you cannot and should not spoil your present time. Traveling is the solution whenever boredom strikes in your system. If you think that traveling is a lavish expenditure, then you are wrong. There are many places in India which seems like a paradise and you can be there on a shoestring budget.

Read below and know these travel destinations without feeling any hole in your pocket.

Kasol
Kasol
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Kasol is a small hamlet in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is truly a heavenly abode! If you have been there once, you would never feel like returning. You would find the hotels at rock bottom prices. Opting for the Himachal Roadways bus services would save more money. From sight-seeing to food and accommodation – this is one of the cheapest gateways in India. Additionally, you have peace and tranquility in the air to revitalize your upset soul. Sit near the Parvati River or go for trekking and gather yourself.

Ajanta
Ajanta
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This spectacular rock-cut monument stands with élan in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. With a meager amount of only 500 bucks, you can hire a guide and explore the enchanting beauty. The rock cut of these caves provides insight into the artistic and engineering brilliance of ancient people. You can sit in a corner and read a book or if you are an artist you can spend time sketching these beautiful excavations.

Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal
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Kodaikanal is a fascinating city in the hills of the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu and the name in the Tamil language means “The Gift of the Forest”. It is a widely popular Indian travel destination. The famous Kodaikanal Lake is a visual treat. Silver cascade, Guna Cave, Coaker’s Walk, Poombarai Village, and Pine Forest are other notable places of interest here. What is staggering here is you can get juicy and tasty fried chicken at Rs. 20 only and get an accommodation at Rs. 200 only. Are you then packing your bags now?

Goa
Goa
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Do you really need an explanation on why you need to visit this place? This is a Mecca for all the hardcore party animals. Life seems like a beautiful celebration here. Enjoy the cool breeze and get swayed by the sea waves. The best thing about Goa is that it wonderfully strikes a balance between cheap and extravagant stay. You would find the cheap shacks along most of the major beaches and there cannot be any other cool place in Goa to stay. While in Goa, simply believe that beer is the substitute for water because beer is really cheap here! So, get set ready and fill your travel diary!

Ooty
Ooty
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Located in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu, this place is a popular tourist destination. The weather remains wonderful all-round the year. The gardens, parks, dams, lakes, tribal huts, and museums would offer you a memorable stay here. Apart from food and accommodation, chocolate is another cheap thing here. You would find all kind of cocoa butter that is made locally. So, while returning home, don’t forget to stuff your bags with lots of chocolates as a gift for your loved ones!

Jaipur
Jaipur
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Famously known as the “Pink City”, this place is the capital of Rajasthan and offers a smart choice for a weekend gateway. There are numerous forts and the architecture would take you back in the history. For the lovers of history like me, this is a place where I would love to return again and again. The valiant past still speaks and breathes from the walls and designs of the monuments. Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, City Palace, Jal Mahal, etc. are the places of interest. And you can also get some shopping done!

Darjeeling
Darjeeling
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The finest quality of Darjeeling Tea is still consumed at the Buckingham Palace. This place Darjeeling in West Bengal is the seat of that world famous leaf tea. The best part is that you would find the world famous tea at a cheap price. Enjoy your stay at this quaint hill station gazing into the mountains and sipping tea. The hotel rates are really cheap and thus get your bookings done because you should not die without watching the heavenly sunrise from the Tiger Hills! When the first ray of the Sun gazes at the Kanchenjunga and the peaks blush in golden aura – you would feel how beauty and love reside in the simplest of things in life.

So, are you tempted to leave your normal life for a while and enjoy the breath-taking India?

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