The Queen of Hills - Darjeeling
The hill station is often considered to be the queen of the Himalayas and is situated in upper part of West Bengal. The hill station falls in the lesser Himalayas and has a strong colonial presence through various colonial structures that are still evident here. The British liked Darjeeling due to its excellent climate and perfect placement.
The tea remains to be one of its greatest treasures and you would come across various tea gardens on your way to Darjeeling. While you are being driven uphill, do not be surprised if it’s your first trip to Darjeeling and the car stops to give way to the Toy train that runs in its tracks that overlay the roads.
While in Darjeeling make sure you walk uphill till Chowrasta that seems to be the local epicenter that brings people from around the town, for no specific reason. The digitalization has allowed booking tours for any destination from any location. Samridhi Tour and Travel Agency in Jaigaon is one of the most trusted travel planners who also specialize in car rental in Jaigaon, Darjeeling and other popular towns.
Places to Visit
Tiger Hill offers one of the most magnificient view of Kanchanjunga massif in Darjeeling. One can also view Everest, Makalu & Lhotse in Nepal and Chomolheri in Bhutan on a clear day. Sunrise from Tiger Hill looks like a ball of fire emerging from the bosom of the earth transforming the snowy cold ranges into a fiery crimson.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the "Toy Train", is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railway that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in West Bengal. Built between 1879 and 1881, the railway is about 86 kilometres (53 mi) long. Its elevation level varies from about 100 metres (328 ft) at New Jalpaiguri to about 2,200 metres (7,218 ft) at Darjeeling. Four modern diesel locomotives handle most of the scheduled services: however the daily Kurseong-Darjeeling returns service and the daily tourist trains from Darjeeling to Ghum.
It is 5 km from Darjeeling towards Ghoom the narrow gauge rail line takes a figure of 8 loop with marveling engineering feat. A war memorial within the loop has 3 meter high bronze statue of a Gorkha soldier in the mourning reversed stance. It provides a scenic view of the western valley.
Darjeeling Zoo are located on Brich Hill are the major attractions for the tourists. Some exotic breeds of high altitude fauna such as Siberian Tigers, Black Bear, Red Pandas, Snow Leopards and many colourful Himalayas Birds grace the location which is must in the itinerary of all tourists.
Ropeway in Darjeeling
It is One of the best ways to experience the panoramic views that Darjeeling is so famous for, is by taking a ride on the ropeway. It's also called the Rangeet Valley Cable Car because of the spectacular view of the valley around the river Little Rangeet.
The Rock Garden (also known as Barbotey Rock Garden) at Chunnu Summer Falls and Ganga Maya Park, near it, are recently added tourist attractions in the hilly town of Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal, India. It is a show piece meant to lure tourists back to Darjeeling after political agitations disrupted the visit by tourists in the 1980s.
A botanical garden is a garden dedicated to the collection, cultivation and display of a wide range of plants labelled with their botanical names. It may contain specialist plant collections such as cacti and succulent plants, herb gardens, plants from particular parts of the world, and so on; there may be greenhouses, shade houses, again with special collections such as tropical plants, alpine plants, or other exotic plants.
Peace Pagoda reflects four avatars of Lord Buddha and is located adjacent to Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple. It attracts people from all religion and offer spiritual serenity and love to all. Spend half an hour meditating here and you are in for a trance nothing else can guarantee.
The township to lovely tea gardens along the mountain slopes, forests with many different flora & fauna, quaint villages and so on. And expectedly, there are many view points, tea estates, temples & churches, museums, as well as famous historic schools that were setup during the British colonial days.
Mirik is a small hill station with a beautiful lake. Boating in the Mirik lake is perfect way of relaxation. One can easily add Mirik lake to his onward journey between Siliguri & Darjeeling. The other attractions are the apple orchards, the tea gardens & Pine forest.