The story nights with the oldest people of Hills of Darjeeling, Sikkim and Dooars (North Bengal)
“Stories build the world”, isn’t it so true? Even the greatest people of this world were inspired by some stories before they built their own. The bed-time stories recited by the elder members in the family always fascinated your aspirations. It inspired you, motivated you and overall helped you to nurture your dreams. So why not relive the thrilling dark hours with someone who has seen the world dramatically changing along with the changing stories?
If you are a story writer, you can never become one if you are not a story lover. So, this will be a journey of 10 days exploring the extreme remoteness of North Bengal and Bhutan. Writers from different countries will be your travelling companions. This will help you to share your writing experiences with different culture and tradition. Whether you are a spiritual writer, children’s story book writer, horror writer, humor or any other genre, this will be an opportunity to get inspired one way or the other by hearing stories along with enjoying the beauty of nature. We will escort you to the remote villages adjacent to foot hills of Himalaya and the dense natural forest of north Bengal that always have unveiled mysteries in forms of stories. The story tellers would be some of the oldest people of different villages who would be sharing their experiences of life in forms of stories. So please find the plan below:
No of days: 10 Days
Tentative dates: 9th Dec 2014 -19th Dec 2014
Destinations to cover:
The tour will cover 5 remote villages of Darjeeling and Dooars in North Bengal, and the legendary Silk Route villages of Sikkim. The name of the villages are given below:
This tribal village is the only kind in the whole world because there were only 1184 Totos left in the whole world in 2001 and all were only found in this village. So it's amazing to explore a tribe that has no other families in the whole world. Like them, their stories too would also be aloof from the whole world.
In addition to this, recent finding by the Indian Anthropological Survey says that the average lifespan of the Toto tribal people is 35 years. I will soon come up with more remote villages in Bhutan and north Bengal to create a 10 day plan.
This Dukhpa community village is located in the area demarked as Buxa Tiger Reserve. The village is isolated from all the road connections, electricity and share the border of Bhutan. Dukhpa tribe is a dominating tribe of Bhutan, but marking the territory this village fell on the Indian Territory. Though now an Indian tribe they still follow the Anarchy rule of Bhutan. The village is also called the heaven of Dooars because of its naturally blessed beauty.
Bara Mangwa Orange villa
Bara Mangwa orange villa is best known for its Mandarin Orange orchards in Darjeeling. The village is located in the valley of Teesta giving some of the best picturesque glimpses of Teesta River flowing through the mountains dividing the territory of Sikkim and West Bengal. It’s the best place for the writers to enjoy the solitude of nature and get inspired with the serenade of nature. The trees laden with oranges, the fish pond, and the meditation tree house are some of the natural amenities that will certainly rejuvenate your creativity.
Silk Route Villages:
A small town that speaks the legendary marks left by history when the renowned trade route of Asia, Silk-Route ran with its full life. The town still has the stories of traders traveling all the way from Tibet, China, Turkey and all such places on their pony, where their journey itself became the stories to fascinate the their family members. Some old people still have the glimpses set in their memories, where they share their experiences of the oldest trading route passing through the heart their present town.
Pedong is today a beautiful town in between Lava and Kalimpong in North Bengal. Though the place has seen a dramatic change of semi-urbanization, but the town still has an essence of culture and tradition that perhaps somehow reveals the marks of the Legendary Silk-Route.
Dzongu (North Sikkim)
Dzongu is a remote village in north Sikkim that is blessed with remarkable beauty of nature. Adjacent to the Kanchanjunga Biosphere reserve, this triangular place has two river on it North-east and South-East name Teesta and Tholung Chu. The town is officially reserved for Lepcha Community. The Lepchas are the indigenous tribe of Sikkim who have a close relation nature that is so well depicted in their culture. Apart from some of the unrevealed stories of Himalayas, the place will certainly mesmerize the writer’s soul in you.
The Itinerary and Group Membership Fee:
Pick up from NJP (The nearest Railway station) or Bagdogra Airport. It will be a 4 hours’ drive through the Forest and tea Gardens to Reach Totopara. The evening will be spent to share the warm welcome and for introduction between all the writers. The stay will be arranged in home stay near Totopara.
Day Visit to the Village of Totopara and other nearby places. At night the story time begins with the old Totos of the village.
Check out from Totopara and drive towards Buxa Tiger Reserve. There will be a short trek for about 2 hours through the abandoned Buxa Fort to reach the Lepchakha Village. The evening will again be spent visiting the village and sharing their culture.
The day-time can be spent by enjoying the old Stone –Bath therapy or trekking through the nearby dense forest. The evening time will be the story time with the oldest Dukhpas of Lepchakha Village.
Trek down to Buxa village to avail the vehicle that will take the group towards Orange Villa, Bara Mangwa Darjeeling. It will be 5 hours’ drive through the banks of River Teesta. After reaching the home stay, the writers can take rest or can visit walk around the orange garden.
Visit the area, the bat cave, and the places of Darjeeling Town and in the evening sit with some story tellers in the open orange garden with local cuisines like made out of garden fresh fruits and vegetables.
7th Day :
Drive towards Pedong through Kalimpong, one of the renowned tourist spot of West Bengal. The evening can be spent visiting the tourist spots, monasteries and flower gardens. The night will be spent with a story writer who will recite the legendary stories about Silk Route.
Start following the silk route and climb towards north Sikkim to explore the reserved village of Lepchas - Dzongu. Enjoy the glimpses of beautiful Himalayas for whole day and in the evening sit with the Lepchas to understand their ethnic culture.
Explore the beauty of Sikkim, the Himalayas and lakes for whole day. Visit the nearby lakes and Nathula, China Border. In the evening let all the writers enjoy a grand Campfire with sharing their stories of their countries or places to make it a more memorable trip.
10th day :
Check out to NJP ( New Jalpaiguri Railway station) or Bagdogra airport.
Rs. 49600 per person ( Including accommodation, food, Transportation,Guide, Permissions and inclusive of all taxes)