The city of Darjeeling is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. It is one of the few cities in India with its diverse nature that attracts a lot of people. Millions of tourists visit the city every year for its Historical aspects, natural diversity and some of its famous landmarks. The popularity of the city (known as the Queen of the Rock City) dates back to the British colonial period. It then became their winter capital. Tea, nature, various beautiful places and other things including different universities in this region are the focus point of tourist attraction. In addition, the diversity of food of the people of Darjeeling city has brought uniqueness to the city.
Sights of Darjeeling
The city of Darjeeling’s supply features a lot in terms of hiking. Each place has its own characteristics, history and uniqueness.
1.Tiger Hill :-
This popular place is 11 km far away from Darjeeling and Tiger Hill is about 2590 meters high. The experience of watching the morning sunrise view from Tiger Hill is unforgettable. Because the sun rises, the peaks of Kanchenjunga become illuminated. Countless people flock to Tiger Hill to visualize the magnificent image of Kanchenjunga at sunrise.
2.Batasia Loop :-
There is often nothing better than enjoying this beautiful environment of Darjeeling. There’s a memorial within the middle of the garden at Batasia Loop which was built for the aim of Gorkha soldiers. Also from this Batasia Loop you’ll see the Kanchenjunga Peak and also the Eastern Himalayan Peak. From Darjeeling, you’ll take a taxi to Batasia Loop in a quarter-hour.
3.Darjeeling Himalayan Railway :-
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is known as Troy Train which may be a two-foot railroad track rail service running between New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. Darjeeling Toy Train is a tremendous view of amazing mountain scenery. Here you’ll enjoy the attractive ride of the Troy train. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway may be an excellent spot to go to, especially for kids. They will happily enjoy the Troy train ride here.
4.Happy Valley Tea Estate :-
One of the interesting things about Happy Valley Tea Estate is that if you visit from April to October, you’ll see local Nepali women picking chapatas. There are many tea bushes within the garden that are about 100 years old. You’ll also visit the tea factory and see the tea processing at different stages. Happy Valley is the second oldest tea garden within the world.
Ghum railway station may be a small part of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. This small station is found at an altitude of 2258 meters and is the tallest railroad station in India. This station is extremely on the brink of Darjeeling. It’s an attractive railroad station .
The ropeway was started in 1986 but was closed on October 4, 2003. The ropeway was reopened in 2012. While visiting the ropeway, you’ll enjoy the view of the waterfalls, hills and tea gardens.
7.Japanese Temple & Peace Pagoda :-
The Japanese temple of Darjeeling may be a mound of peace. Founded in 1962, the temple was inbuilt in the Japanese style where many of us come to wish to Lord Buddha. The Stupa was opened to the general public on All Saints’ Day, 1992. Next thereto is the Pagoda of Peace where you’ll see the four incarnations of Lord Buddha. From here you’ll see the snow peaks of Kanchenjunga.
8.Darjeeling Mall :-
It’s a gorgeous area where countless tourists flock within the evenings for shopping and eating. If the sky is obvious, you’ll see Kanchenjunga from here. Also the encompassing environment is wonderful.
9.Observatory Hill and Mahakal Temple :-
Observatory Hill just behind the mall is a perfect place with a 360 degree view of Darjeeling and therefore the view round the hills. The Mahakala Temple is found within the center of Darjeeling and on a hill. There won’t be a Buddhist monastery where the Mahakala temple is found.
10.Rock Garden :-
Rock Garden is a decorative fountain garden. The rockery may be a few miles from the town of Darjeeling. Rockery is about 10 km and Ganga Maya is 3 km from there. Ganga Maya is made by the flow of water from the fountains of the Rockery . Inside this garden you’ll see beautiful flowers and water fruits.
Apart from the above-mentioned major places, the names of other places are well known in Darjeeling. There are also about 9 places in Darjeeling for small and big walks.
a. Darjeeling Zoo, famous for its picturesque Batasia Loop extinct hill tiger snow lupard.
b. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.
c. Monument to Tenzing Rock, the first Everest conqueror.
d. Tibetan Self Help Center, a war-torn refugee center.
e. Darjeeling Gorkha Stadium is a beautiful sports venue located at an altitude of about 6,000 feet above sea level.
f. Darjeeling Museum bearing the signature of the Nepali nation.
g. Council House ‘Lal Kuthir’, the British government control center.
h. ‘Ava Art Gallery’ is famous for its extraordinary artistic patterns.
i. Century old temple ‘Dirdahar Temple’.
UNESCO recognized tourist attraction
One of the attractions of Darjeeling is the toy train or Darjeeling Himalayan railway which is recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. Booking can be done directly from Irctc’s website. You can cross from Siliguri at 9 am and reach Darjeeling by 3 pm. You can also return from Darjeeling to Ghum Station. Most of the current diesel engines, but some of the older trains also run, so that you can cross the cloud sheet in a traditional ride across the gorge.
The ideal time to visit Darjeeling
Darjeeling can be visited all year round. If you like cool weather then January to March will be the ideal time for you but if you don’t then you can go in April – May.
But the most ideal time to visit Darjeeling is from March to May and from October to November. Because at this time the sky remains clear and other peaks including Kanchenjunga can be seen clearly.
Food variety of the people of Darjeeling
The native people of Darjeeling like to eat rice with beef and lentils. There you will find other popular local dishes named by
#Mum (a cake-like dish with meat or vegetables),
#Thupka (a thick soup made with meat and noodles)
#Gandrak (roasted mustard leaves)
#Chang ( Local beer).
Some of the hotels to stay in Darjeeling are: –
Address: Robertson Road
Address: Dr. Zakir Hussein Road, below St. Paul’s School
Address: The Mall, opposite the Governor’s Building
Address: 18, Gandhi Road
Address: The Mall
Address: The Mall, opposite the Governor’s Building
7.Hotel Sinclairs Darjeeling
Address: 18/1, Gandhi Road
8.Hotel Sonar Bangla Darjeeling
Address: 1/1, Robertson Road
9.Darjeeling Gymkhana Resort
Address: The Mall Road, Crossroads
10.Hotel Seven Seventeen
Address: HD Lama Road
Some special tips for Darjeeling travel
##Try to take the hotel near the intersection or Mallroad.
##Make sure you have a geyser and room heater.
##The most important thing is whether you have to go up the stairs to the hotel from the main road, but you must know how many stairs you have to break.
##As the mountain roads are very prone to landslides during the rainy season, it is better not to go to the mountains during the rainy season.
##Keep with a water flux if possible.
##Keep an umbrella with you, of course.
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