Darjeeling Hill Station-Indiia
Need a break from the heat and the
dust of the plains? Enjoy the pristine air of the hill resort of
Darjeeling. Darjeeling in the eastern state of West Bengal offers
the cool height of the Himalayas. The nature is at its best. The
spectacular sunrise and sunsets are unforgettable sights at
Darjeeling India. The hill resort has attracted botanists,
ornithologists, trekkers, photographers and holidaymakers alike.
Darjeeling is famous for the magnificent mountains of
Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu.
Places to see
The hill resort of Darjeeling
is dotted with several places of tourist interest.
Ghoom is one of the major landmarks in Darjeeling. The renowned
Yiga Choeling Monastery dominates the hillock. While visiting the
monastery you must check out the images of Maitreya Buddha. Then
there are the ancient palm leaf and paper manuscripts in Tibetan
script too, of much interest to the historians.
The Museum of Natural History is another tourist attraction in
Darjeeling India. The museum boasts of a fine collection of
Himalayan animals, reptiles, birds and insects.
For the botanist, an animal and nature lover Darjeeling offers
several Tourist places of interest. At the Lloyd Botanical garden
all tourists may enjoy the captivating collection of alpine flora
and orchids. Darjeeling also has the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan
Zoological Park. The zoo happens to be the only center in India
for the breeding of the rare snow leopard. The Ussurian tigers
and the Himalayan black bear are also among its attractions.
Close to the zoo is another tourist attraction of the Himalayan
Mountaineering Institute. The institute was established in 1954
by the then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, in the wake of the
conquest of Everest. Tenzing Norgay was its first Director and
Advisor till his demise.
After visiting the zoo, you must ride the Darjeeling-Rangit
Valley ropeway. The longest ropeway ride in Asia offers several
spectacular sights. The numerable tea gardens in and around
Darjeeling are also worth visiting. The Mall acts as the heart of
Darjeeling town. It happens to be an important meeting point for
The Observatory hill, Dhirdam Temple, Aloobaari Monastery, Bhutia
Bustee Monastery and the Ava Art Gallery are the other sites
worth visiting in Darjeeling India.
How to reach :
For air transport to
Darjeeling the nearest airport is at Bagdogra. There are regular
flights that connect Bagdogra with Kolkata. For train transport
the railhead at Siliguri is the nearest to Darjeeling. You may
even enjoy the toy train that runs from New Jalpaiguri/Siliguri
to Darjeeling. The nearest bus station to Darjeeling is at