We soon will begin an “Open Heart” tour and will arrive in Darjeeling, West Bengal on August 31, 2019.

We are fine tea lovers and will spend a month in an apartment (property listing — we paid $975/month) in the village of Darjeeling and drink our way through the surrounding tea plantations — and make jaunts into Sikkim and perhaps Nepal from there. We will use it as a low-cost base for our first-time exploration of this region of northeast India. Sure it will be epic.

We plan to continue to Assam and possibly some spots in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and perhaps Nagaland in the month following, stopping in Guwahati to secure the necessary Inner Line Permit to explore the greater region.

We expect to be in India for three months. We will also likely visit Kolkata, Varanasi, Jhansi, Orchha, Khajuraho, Jaipur, Udaipur and more.