En­hanc­ing pas­sen­gers’ de­light

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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

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