An Insight :Darjeeling is a hill station in the state of West Bengal in North Eastern India. Also called the queen of hill-stations, at an altitude of 2134 m. or 7000 ft, it is a famous hill resort offering a breath taking sight of the numerous peaks of the majestic Himalayas. The clouds seem to whisper to one another here and from horizon to horizon stretches the Kanchanjunga, covered with snow from the head to foot all round the year.
Tiger Hill - Tiger hill is the highest point in the area which provides the most exotic view of the Kanchenjunga peaks. From this place the other peaks of the Eastern Himalayas can be seen. On a clear day the sight of Mt. Everest is just enthralling.
Dhoom Gompa - About 8 kms from Darjeeling is the Dhoom Gompa. Here a very beautiful statue of the Maitrayie Buddha ( prospective Buddha) is established. The Monastery has also preserved some of the rare handwritten Buddhist manuscripts.
|Batasia Loop - This railway loop is an
interesting example of engineering. At this loop the toy train takes a
very unique turn.
Happy ValleyTea Estate Very close to Darjeeling, this is a Tea Garden, where you can see tea leaves being grown, plucked and processed.
Kanchenjunga Views - From Darjeeling one can have the best, uninterrupted views of the worlds third highest peak
Observatory Hills - This point provides one of the breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga peaks. This place is also very sacred for the Hindus and the Buddhists as there are temples and the monasteries at this place.
Bhutia Busty Gompa - With the back drop of the Kanchenjunga range stands a monastery called the Bhutia Busty Gompa. This monastery was shifted from the observatory hills to the present place. The Gompa is a branch of the Nyingmapa sect's Phodang Monastery in Sikkim. The monastery is not far from the chowrasta and is very tastefully decorated. It also has a library which has a copy of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
Botanical Gardens -This place is worth a visit for its exotic and exclusive collection of a variety of Himalayan plants, flowers and orchids.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute - Established in the 1950s to encourage mountaineering as a sport, the Museum here is worth visiting, since it holds many momentos of Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgays first successful expedition to the Mt. Everest.
Himalayan Zoological Garden This is the largest high altitude Zoological garden in India, and what also makes it special, is that, it is successfully breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions, like the Snow leopard, the critically endangered Himalayan wolf and the Red panda
|Where is Darjeeling?
By Air The nearest airport is at Bagdogra, 90 km away from Darjeeling. Bagdogra is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati and Kolkatta.
By Rail - New Jalpaiguri, about 100 kms away, is the nearest mainline railhead for Darjeeling. From here, the toy train starts its picturesque journey to Darjeeling.
By Road - 90 kms from Bagdogra, and a little over a 100 kms each from Gangtok and Kalimpong, Darjeeling is well connected to the other Eastern Hill-stations.