Enhancing passengers’ delight
for its distinct flavour. The Moutat Tea Stall in the airport is a remarkable initiative that aims to preserve this very heritage. Offering a ‘Welcome Drink’ to all travellers, this café provides its customers with the finesse of Darjeeling’s most elegant herb, brought in from the factories of Makaibari and Castleton. Bringing the tea gardens to the airport, this initiative has been welcomed by all passengers and even the localites of Siliguri, who in their everyday hustle miss out on the unique flavours of their own region.
The airport also hosts counters that introduce travellers to the world of homestays in the hills of Darjeeling. They provide an experience that would be remembered for long—nestling in traditional homes, enjoying life amid community activities and basking in the serene mountains of the Eastern Himalaya range. A counter dedicated to Sikkim–darjeeling handicrafts provides travellers with an exciting opportunity to dress up in the local costume, Bakku, to replicate the local women of the mountains. Along with an array of artefacts and curio items, this stall attracts several enthusiastic travellers who experience the mountains even before setting foot there. Also remarkable is the counter of personal sketch artist Bhaskar Chakraborty, whose pencil sketches a perfect portrait of passengers in the backdrop of the luscious hill landscape.
Momos are quite popular across India today. Their roots though can be aptly traced to the hills of North Bengal and Sikkim. As a tribute to this delicacy that has made inroads across urban India, a Darjeeling Momo stall attracts several passengers in the airport, who flock here for a quick bite of the dumplings that instantly warm the taste buds.
Aside from cultural preservation, Bagdogra Airport has also emphasised on social sensitisation. A program titled ‘Awareness cum
Moutat Tea Stall
Sketch by Bhaskar Chakraborty