Hill town on a New Year high

Kalimpong, Dec. 29: New Year eve is approaching and the hills are ready to rock.

For 225 lucky people this year’s New Year bash will be a memorable incident. Deolo Tourist Lodge has lined up several attractions for the party that will be the only one of its kind in the hill town. So between the pegs and the lovely food the guests can jive to some foot-tapping live music, courtesy Thopden and his band, as they welcome 2007 from the lofty heights of the lodge.

“We want to welcome the New Year in style, which is why we trying to organise a classy evening for our guests. We have deliberately printed 100 tickets for couples and only 25 for stags so as to avoid any unpleasant situation,” said Sanjay Das, the manager of the lodge. The tickets of the lodge, which is located at an altitude of 1,704 m (5,590 ft) — the highest point in Kalimpong — are priced at Rs 700 for couples and Rs 350 for stags. The tickets include food and two pegs of any drink barring scotch.

The menu on offer is varied so as to suit the palate of one and all. Guests can take their pick from tandoori, continental and Chinese. “Here too we have decided to be very flexible in that a guest can have a fill of any item of his choice. Suppose a guest wants to have only 20 bowls of soup, he will be provided that,” said Das.

The party, though, is not only about drink and food. The guests can dance away their year-old blues at a specially-constructed dance floor on the lawns of the picturesque lodge that overlooks the town. All the couples will be provided with a table for themselves.

The party will start at 6 pm and will continue up to 12.30. And when the clock strikes 12, each guest will get to cut a slice of a special six-pound cake with 2007 written on it, Das said. The idea, he added, is to ensure a trouble-free evening, truly enjoyable one for all the guests.

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