Darjeeling Destination

Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a town in India's West Bengal state, in the Himalayan foothills. Once a summer resort for the British Raj elite, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or “Toy Train,” completed in 1881. It's famed for the distinctive black tea grown on plantations that dot its surrounding slopes. Its backdrop is Mt. Kanchenjunga, among the world’s highest peaks. The name Darjeeling comes from the Tibetan word dorje, meaning the thunderbolt sceptre of the Hindu deity Indra, and ling, a place or land.It has a temperate climate with wet summers caused by monsoon rains. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connects the town with the plains and has some of the few steam locomotives still in service in India. It is noted for its tea industry, the spectacular views of Kangchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Darjeeling is the headquarters of Darjeeling district which has a partially autonomous status within the state of West Bengal. It is also a popular tourist destination in India. Dense evergreen forests of sal and oak lie around the town, where a wide variety of rare orchids are found. The Lloyd's Botanical Garden preserves common and rare species of plants, while the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park specialises in conserving and breeding endangered Himalayan species.

Places to visit

Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill is located in Darjeeling, in the Indian State of West Bengal, and is the summit of Ghoom.At sunrise, the peaks of Kangchenjunga are illuminated before the sun is seen at lower elevations.From Tiger Hill, Mount Everest is just visible. Makalu looks higher than Mt. Everest.

Batasia Loop

The Batasia Loop is a spiral railway created to lower the gradient of ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. At this point, the track spirals around over itself through a tunnel and over a hilltop.

Himalayan Zoological Park

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is a 67.56-acre zoo in the town of Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. The zoo was opened in 1958, and an average elevation of 7,000 feet, is the largest high altitude zoo in India.

Peace Pagoda

Peace Pagoda,is one of the Peace Pagodas designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds to help unite them in their search for world peace. Like most of the other Peace Pagodas, it was built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885–1985)

The Mirik Lake

The most prominent place in Mirik, The Sumendu Lake is beautiful, calm and yet invigorating. The lake also has an 80 foot bridge running over it for people who don't wish to walk around it.

Rameetay Dhara

Like every hill station, Mirik too has a beautiful viewpoint for you to spend at dawn or dusk. The stunning view with Kanchenjunga on the backdrop and the valley at the bottom, will take you aback.

Tea Garden

Going to a place in Darjeeling and not seeing a tea estate will leave you trip incomplete. Mirik is full of valley covered in tea bushes. Almost throughout the year, you can see workers picking ripe leaves or watering the bushes.

Pashupati Nagar

A very interesting market, about 15 km away from Mirik is the Pashupati Nagar Market. The market is at the Indo Nepalese border and half of it lies in the neighboring country.

Delo

Delo or Deolo is located at an altitude of 5556 ft on the edge of a reef connecting Delo Hills and Durpin Hills. This beautiful nature park offers one of the best views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and River Teesta.

Durpin Dara

Durpin Dara is one of the two hills connected by a ridge on which the town of Kalimpong stands.The hill commands a panoramic view overlooking the town of Kalimpong, the snow clad Himalayan ranges of West Sikkim, the Teesta River. A golf course is also present just off the summit.

Mangal Dham

The temple located in a serine place with beautiful view of the city.The view of the clouds moving from one end to other lazily and sometimes covering the temple. A quiet place to spend some time.

Pedong

20 kms from Kalimpong. The small picturesque hamlet situated on a ridge and surrounded by pine forests, it commands some magnificent views of the surrounding hills. The village is spread North to South on a ridge and is the starting point of some interesting small hikes.

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