Darjeeling is the crown of Bengal. The land of infinite charm showing with magnificent views of mount Kanchenjunga lush greenery, tea gardens. The Toy train, a Unesco World Heritage, remains as the jewel in the Crown of Darjeeling. Well in your visit here do not mss to visit the tea gardens and make it a point take back mementos of champagne of the east, “Darjeeling Tea”. In search of spiritual calm, the Buddhist Monasteries generate tremendous interest for their architectural extravagance and the spiritual message embodied. The hills here are and abundance of resources ideal for adventure sports. Trekking in the Sinallila National Park and a visit to Sandhakpu & Phalut give you breathtaking views of the mountain ranges, not to forget Mount Everest.
Yet another attraction of the region is Mirik. A nest in the hills, it is a quiet hill station. It is a summer resort set amidst a fabulous alpine setting. A canopy of flowers and a glittering lake reflect the magnificence of the Eastern Himalayas. The Sumendu Lake at the bottom of Mirik Spur in the most dominating feature of the place.
About 30km south of Darjeeling the quaint small town of Kurseong is located on the road to Siliguri unfolding its magical nature fresh serenity that had inspired many great, minds. Rabindranath Tagore wrote some of his masterpieces, so did contemporary Atul Prasad Sen a famous literary figure of that golden era. Sister Nibedita,A great disciple of Swami Vivekananda made Kurseong her home.
Kurseong with its rich flora is too fascinating to indulge in. Aptly called as the "Botanist Paradise" goes irresistible after the showers in May. Ending the dry spell of winter the river beds glitter in the light of sun like silver lines, while the sunlight and the dappled shadows play hide and seek on the higher slope of the valley. Sometimes on the clear day, one can see the clouds pilling up in the plains and advancing slowly but relentlessly to cover the foothills.
History of Darjeeling
Darjeeling was relatively undiscovered before independence until two British soldiers passed by this scenic hillock. Darjeeling was the summer residence of the colonial Bengal since the headquarters in Kolkata often suffered from severe bouts of humidity during the peak summer season. The Indian & British elites built resorts, railway, and schools in Darjeeling, which is present to date and exhibit stellar examples of European architecture.
A war memorial erected to pay home to martyred Gurkha soldiers.
Indulge in panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and Everest during sunrise.
Bhutia Busty Gompa
Home to the Tibetan Book of the Dead and precious Buddhist relics.
Built by Japan as a token of peaceful prevalence of Buddhism in the world.
Padmaja Naidu Zoo
Shelters the famous yet elusive Red Panda, Snow Leopards and more.
Oldest religious site in Darjeeling where a temple and monastery stay side by side.
Good To Know
10.57 km2 (4.08 sq mi)
2,042.16 m (6,700.00 ft)
Nepali & Bengali
East India Company
Places to Visit
Eagle craig has a park from where you can get glorious views of Kanchenjunga on one side and the southern plains on the other. Dow hill has a forest museum and the Deer Park has a water reservoir, all set amidst moss- laden conifers Chimney has a serene, open meadow, Giddapahar Seti Mata Temple, Ambootia Temple and Bhagzang Salamander Lake, Rohini Tourist Complex are some other must visit tourist spot.
Mirik, nestled in the sylvan hills at an altitude of 1,767 m, above sea level is the famous tourist spot. It is located just 46km away from Kurseong. The most beautiful geographical feature of this area in the Sumendu Lake.
The scenic valleys of the Singalila Hills, the dense, green pine forest, the gushing mountain streams, the orchards of oranges and cardamom make Mirik the right place for a relaxing vacation. The monastery at Mirik is considered to be a very sacred place by the Buddhist of this region.
SANDAKPHU (Altitude 3636m), the highest point of the Singalila ridge, is the highest peak on the West Bengal Sikkim border. Located on the peak is the small village that has a number of hostels. The peak of Kanchen junga and Everest can be seen from Sandakphu. PHALUT (altitude 3600m), is the second highest peak of West Bengal. IT IS SITUATED AT THE EDGE OF THE Singalila National Park, which is near the West Bengal- Sikkim-Nepal border. A small bunkhouse of the Indian Army can be found on the peak. Singalila Pass is 17 km away. The indigenous tribes that live near Phalut are called Phalutians. They have worshipped the peak as a god for more than 300 years. They refer to the peak as “Omna Re Ay”.
Kalimpong is the small hill station between Siliguri and Gangtok. There road is one of the most scenic routes in the part of the nation. The swift flowing Teesta River runs by the side of the road adding to the beauty of the scenery. The name, Kalimpong, has three different origins. One, it means the place were the local tribesman gathered to organize field sports, second, it takes its name from the Bhutanese King’s minister’s strong hold and thirdly, it is named after Kaulim, a fibrous plant found in abundance in this region. Kalimpong have several monasteries and also a Kali Temple. The Tibetan Monastery and curio centre and Dr Graham’s homes are important tourist spot.
Situated in an altitude of 7200ft, Lava is famous for its proximity to the Neora Valley National Park and its beautiful view of the Jelep la and Rechi La Passes. Lava is about 32 km East of Kalimpong. Oak and Fir trees welcome the visitors at Lava.
The small town is located at a distance of 12 km from Lava at an altitude of 5500 ft. A spectacular view of the Himalayan snow will take you to a different world. Loley gaon offers a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga. The quiet and serene place is still not commercialized by the large number of tourist influx. Nearby hilltop Jhandi Dara offers beautiful views at sunrise.
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