we have visited darjeeling every year since 1979. Recent visit in october 2008, have made us to say that darjeeling, the queen of himalayas is under distress.Problem started from the foothills ,from new jalpaiguri station.no taxis, cabs were interested to travel to darjeeling. they preferred gangtok ,lava,kalimpong instead.after paying more for the trip we got one taxi after long search and paid more for the trip.
the journey was tedious. the roads were not properly maintained and from kurseong to darjeeling the road was terrible full of potholes. on the way we could see there are very few taxis plying on the road and the locals are desperately wanting to have a ride.
political disturbance by g.h.cl is taking the turn.flash strikes are common and there is a shortage of drinking water. roads are blocked and bandhs are common. local tour operators are only after money and their glum faces made our journeys less attractive. smoke and smog everywhere , litters are throwed everywhere.Most Hotels even dont have a proper tariff, their charges varies from tourist to tourist. The famous Mall is now a narrow bazzar with shops everywhere.The road starting from keventers to Mall is in very wretched condition. I think if this condition prevails Darjeeling will be extinct very soon as a queen of himalayas.