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Darjeeling is the dreamland of the east
and boasts of extraordinary natural splendor.
At an altitude of 8,586 meters, the Darjeeling
hills are the highest mountains in India. This
beautiful hill station is largely under forest
cover and surrounded by tea plantations. Buddhist
monasteries dot the land.
dense alpine trees, beautiful orchids,
panoramic lakes etc. provide the perfect
setting for long hikes in Darjeeling.
The panoramic glimpse of Mt. Everest
and breathtaking view of the sunrise over
Kanchenjunga are exhilarating. Darjeeling
is a fascinating tourism place rich in natural
beauty and surrounded by the Buddhist monasteries.
Its beauty surpasses any other hill station
of India. The tourist flow to Darjeeling city
has been increasing day by day.
Darjeeling has some of the lovely tea
plantations (estates) in the country. One can
travel these plantations and watch tea being
processed. Darjeeling is a place where
one feels as if being in the lap of mother nature.
Due to the vast and abundance of natural splendor
Darjeeling is called queens of hill stations.
Darjeeling is also a trekkers paradise and
the Gorkha hill council has provided
ample trekking facilities for the adventure
The Darjeeling toy train coming from
Siliguri is some thing which is liked by the
elders and the children equally. The real fun
in coming to Darjeeling is by the toy train.
The toy train takes six to seven hours to cover
a distance of 82 kms and the slow speed gives
you enough time to watch and appreciate the
beauty which nature has provided it. This toy
train passes through the Forests, waterfalls,
over deep valleys and through the mountains
spots of Darjeeling
Monasteries in Darjeeling: Monasteries in around Darjeeling generate
tremendous interest among visitors, be it in
the form of architectural extravagance or the
spiritual message embodied in them.
Bhutia Busty Monasteries, Darjeeling:
Founded in 1879, this monastery follows
the Vajrayana school of both Kargyud and Nijingmapa
order, known as red hat.
Samten Choling Monasteries, Darjeeling:
This Monasteries belongs to the Gelukpa
sect of Vajrayana Buddhism, also known
as the yellow hat. This is the seat of ven.
Dromo Geshe rinpoche, the second. A 26
ft. tall stupa has been built recently in memory
of Lama Anagarika Govinda, a great scholar from
Germany well known for his book on Buddhism.
Dhoom Gompa, Darjeeling:
About 8 kms from Darjeeling is the Dhoom Gompa.
Here a very beautiful statue of the Maitrayie
Buddha is established. The Monastery
has also preserved some of the rare handwritten
Batasia Loop, Darjeeling:
This railway loop is an interesting example
of engineering. At this loop the toy train takes
a very unique turn. This loop is just five kilometer
from the main town of Darjeeling. This
place also has a very good market where you
can buy the purses, bags and other decorative
items made by the local women at very reasonable
Happy Valley Estate, Darjeeling:
We all start our day with tea but we seldom
know how the tea is processed. Here one can
watch the tea from the gardens being processed.
One can spent a few hours here. Entry is only
allowed to persons who have permission from
any officer of the estate.
Natural History Museum, Darjeeling:
A great place to be at, for all those who have
great interest in knowing about the history.The
museum has a collection of over 4300 specimen
. Established in 1903, this natural history
museum packs in its folds a rich collection
of fauna found in the Himalayas and in Bengal.
Among the attractions are included the estuarine
crocodiles. This unique museum also has a good
collection of butterflies. The mineral forms
of various stones are displayed in a very attractive
manner in the museum.
Kanchenjunga View, Darjeeling:
From Darjeeling one can have the best, uninterrupted
view of the worlds third highest peak.
Bhan Bhakta Sarani provides one of the enthralling
views of these snow capped peaks. The Chowrasta
also gives you a good sight to the Kanchenjunga
Darjeeling Zoological Gardens:
The zoo is situated two kms form the main town.
This zoological garden of Darjeeling
houses some of the rare species of animals and
birds. This is the only zoo in India having
the Siberian Tigers. Apart from these
the rare Red Panda is also there. The Snow Leopards,
Great Grey Birds, Snow Yaks are some the animals
which are attracting tourist in great numbers.
Observatory Hills, Darjeeling:
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 monasteries
at this place. The Kali temple is decorated
with the colorful flags. Be aware of the monkey
groups as some them are very aggressive.
Botanical Gardens, Darjeeling:
This place is worth a visit for its exotic and
exclusive collection of a variety of Himalayan
plants, flowers and orchids. This place is near
the Darjeeling taxi stand. The gardens
also has a green house.
How to land in Darjeeling
The nearest airport to Darjeeling is the
airport. Bagdogra is 10 kms from Siliguri
and is an important military installation. From
Bagdogra one can take a bus or taxi to Darjeeling.
Darjeeling has a railway station but only the
toy train from Jalpaiguri and New Jalpaiguri
comes here. The major trains connecting the
place with all the major places in India come
to Jalpaiguri or New Jalpaiguri. From here again
you have to take the toy train or a bus or taxi
to Darjeeling. The place is well connected by
roads. The state transports run buses from Calcutta
and other nearby places. The private operators
also have their buses and the fair does
not vary much in the state or in the private