S-203, D.A.V Complex,Local Commercial-
Centre, Mayur Vihar Ph. 1, New Delhi
Darjeeling possess ultimate grandeur due to its natural beauty, its clean
fresh mountain air and above all, its smiling resilient people. Known for
its natural splendor, Darjeeling's best gift to its' visitors is the dawn of
a new day. The mountains awaken first with a tentative peeking of the sun.
The mighty Kanchenjunga peak overlooks the town from where one can get a
clear view of the peak on a sunny day.
Darjeeling is situated in the northern part of the state of West Bengal in
India about 600 km north of Calcutta. Darjeeling is famous for its tea which
still commands very high prices all over the world. It is also a popular
hill station, 7000 feet high in the majestic grandeur of the Himalayas with
fabulous views of Mount Everest and Kanchenjungha.
Darjeeling is also a trekkers paradise and the Gorkha hill council has
provided ample trekking facilities for the adventure loving tourists. Rock
climbing is also regularly conducted at the prestigious Himalayan
Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling. Rock climbing is regularly conducted
at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Darjeeling in India is from March-May or
September-November. The rains which start by May end are heavy downpours
making living conditions cold and dreary. In winter there is a drastic fall
in temperature from the summer's 15 to 25 degrees centigrade to 2 to 10
degrees in winter.
Places of Interest
The Mall is Darjeeling's popular commercial street. It is lined with
Tibetans selling hand-knitted sweaters and souvenir shops chock-full of
Himalayan artifacts and both real and imitation antiques. Photo shops carry
turn-of-the-century photos as well as specializing in hand-painted black and
white prints with glowing oil colors. The Mall leads to Chaurasta, a square,
which doubles as a bandstand, a pony riding arena for children and a haven
The Chowrasta, meaning crossroad, is a hive of commercial activity. The
Mall Road originates and culminates at the Chowrasta. This is the heart of
Victorian Darjeeling. Here hotels, restaurants and shops brush against each
other. The shops and stalls are a veritable paradise for souvenir
collectors. The Bhutanese sellers display their wares. Woolen garments,
tribal ornaments, Thankas, rosaries, brass statuettes and Gorkha daggers are
kept on display for sale. Foreign goods are also available in some shops.
Local handicrafts are much in demand.
The oldest site in Darjeeling is Observatory Hill, known locally as "Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan".
According to legend, a Red Hat Buddhist Monastery called Dorje Ling, or
'place of the Thunderbolt', stood at this very spot. The Nepalis destroyed
it in the 19th century. The Shivas and Buddhists share the temple that
stands there today.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
A spot not to be missed is the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute created
by the late Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who conquered Mt Everest with Sir
Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953. A display of equipment used on the climb is
one of the highlights. A zoological garden nearby has an assortment of
wildlife such as yaks, Siberian tigers and red pandas who call the region
Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway
At North Point about 3-km from the town, this is the first passenger
ropeway in India. For reservation of ropeway seats please contact - Officer
in-charge, Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Ropeway Station, North Point,
Darjeeling. Regular share taxi service is available from Market Motor and
Taxi Stand is to the Ropeway Station.
Lloyd's Botanical Garden
Lloyd's Botanical Garden displays a fine collection of Himalayan fauna for
those with an interest, and for punters there is horse racing at Lebong, the
smallest and highest racecourse in the world.
Situated at an altitude of 2,590m (8,482 ft.) and 13-km from the town, this
spot has earned international fame for the magnificent view of the sunrise
over "Kanchenjunga" and the great Eastern Himalayan Mountains.
Even Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, is visible from here.
Phalut & Sandakphu
A week's smallest-trip of Phalut and Sandakphu will get one within reach of
the high peaks; for the onlooker it affords a more spectacular panorama than
at Tiger Hill. Giant flowering Rhododendron trees, a pointillism of reds
pinks and whites Dwarfs comprise of the en route trail.
Kurseong is mid-way between Siliguri and Darjeeling. The way from
Darjeeling to Kurseong is generally open through out the year. So, the toy
train is not coming to Siliguri then one can come up to Kurseong. This place
is equally beautiful and is full of natural splendor.
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