Darjeeling is a municipal area or town under the West Bengal district of Darjeeling. The world knows it as the ‘queen of hills’ and no wonder it is one of the most visited hill stations of India. Not only that, the best flavoured tea of the world is cultivated in this Himalayan area. Tranquil beauty of nature and mind-blowing fragrance of refreshing liquor – a perfect blend to haunt the tourists, isn’t it?
You can come across more than one legend about the naming of Darjeeling. Some believe that it derived from the combination of ‘durjaya’ and ‘linga’, two Sanskrit words referring to the almighty Hindu God, Lord Shiva. Another legend says the combination of two Tibetan words, ‘dorjee’ and ‘ling’, is where the name derived from.
The rivers, valleys, villages, towns, hills etc create proper destination for tourists in Darjeeling which provide chance to watch the snowy peak of mighty Himalayan peaks like Mt Kanchenjunga. Kurseong, Kalimpong, Siliguri, Mirik, Lava, Loleygaon and such awesome places are perfect to research on Himalayan flora and fauna. Besides, the tea-gardens offer eye-soothing scenery and a chance to observe the tea plantation and tea making process.
Watching the sun, rising from behind the hills and the Kanchenjunga, turning orange or reddish with the colour of the sun is a tremendous scenario to watch from the Tiger Hill. Even in cloudless days, Mt Everest is seen too with Mt Makalu.
Also known as the Mirik Lake, this water body of Darjeeling is an artificial lake. The surrounding place is so quiet and peaceful that people love it to come and spend some time. Horse-riding and boating is arranged here for tourists.
Riding the steam-engine train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is an excellent experience. When the toy-train passes the spiral track, called Batasia Loop, around the War Memorial, the surrounding view of Darjeeling amaze you with green forests and high hills.
Although a part of Darjeeling’s Botanical Garden is known as Sir Anderson Rock Garden, the popular rock garden is around Chunnu Summer Falls. The garden, with various species of several flowers, scattering around the waterfalls which streams down the rock slopes, is perfect for a day’s outing or picnic.
The surrounding of this lake is one of those places which are pleasant as a picnic spot. Senchal Lake is approximately 10 km away from the Darjeeling town. There is a club-house with 9 golf-courses is near to the lake. Tiger hill is not so far from here.
Situating in the Jawahar Parvat area Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is pioneering to establish mountaineering as a respected sport. Tenzing Norgay was the first director of this institute in the field training. Inside the institute there is Everest Museum that preserves all the photos, mountaineering equipments and memories of brave mountaineers.
Along with providing the opportunity to watch the surrounding valleys, Observatory Hill holds a religious importance. Mahakal Temple, Bhutiya Busty Monastery and some gomphas are capable of dragging thousands of tourists every year.
Spreading at around 68 acres of land, this zoo is actually famous for its breeding programmes, especially the breeding of snow-leopard along with red panda, mountain goats, salamander, Himalayan wolf and some other endangered animals and birds.
The Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling was built in guidance of a Japanese monk with a vision of world peace. It is called so because the mission of this pagoda is to bring unity among all the races and tribes under the shelter of inner peace.
Happy Valley Tea Garden is a popular tourist attraction of Darjeeling. Spreading over 437 acres of area, the garden provides wide beautiful scenario of tea-cultivation in the slopes of mountain and the production procedure of tea.
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