Darjeeling Travel Guide
Darjeeling Travel Guide: This hill station is a nature’s delight- where her bounty never ends. Perched high -as an escape from the sweat and grime of the plains-it presents nature in her multifarious splendor. The flaming red rhododendrons, the sparkling white magnolias, the miles of undulating hillsides covered with emerald green tea bushes, the exotic forests of silver fir – all under the blanket of a brilliant azure sky dappled with specks of clouds- the sights remain unequalled. Trekking is a natural delight and the monasteries and temples add a touch of sublime.
Places to visit in Darjeeling
At an altitude of 2590 meters (8482 ft.), it is the ideal this spot to watch the sunrise over “Kanchenjunga” and the great Eastern Himalayan Mountains. Millions of tourists do so. Even the lofty peak of Mount Everest can be glimpsed from here.
This fantastic Railway Loop is a magnificent feat of engineering. It becomes apparent as you watch the toy train winding its way round the loop. It also affords a wondrous view of snowy peak and town.
Apart from the stupendous view the observatory Hill is held in great reverence by both Hindus and Buddhists .Thousands come here to worship it.
HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINEERING INSTITUTE & PADMAJA NAIDU HIMALAYAN ZOOLOGICAL PARK
Situated on Jawahar Parbat, apart from training mountaineers, it contains an arresting collection of mountaineering equipment. Adjacent lays a high altitude wild life where the Siberian Tiger, Himalayan Black Bear, Deer, Red Panda, Snow Leopard and Birds live.
Natural History Museum
A comprehensive collection of the fauna of the region is displayed in this museum.
Lloyds Botanical Garden
The verdant garden is a riot of colors containing a representative collection of Himalayan plants, flowers, orchids etc. Don’t miss the green houses.
Chunnu Summer Falls (Rock Garden) & Gangamya Par
The natural wonder of hill rocks decorated with fountains and flower gardens is magnificent. You can also go boating.
This beautiful garden affords a magnificent view of Kanchenjunga Range and Singla Valley.
At one of the major landmarks, the renowned Yiga Choeling Monastery dominates. Check out the images of Maitreya Buddha and the ancient palm leaf and paper manuscripts in Tibetan script.
Darjeeling-Rangit Valley ropeway
Ride the longest ropeway ride in Asia and see some wondrous sights.
Darjeeling – Adventure Sports
The breathtaking panoramic views of Everest and Kanchenjunga are a great attraction for trekking Treks in this region are organized through both high and low altitude areas.
Pick up variety of woolens and other warm clothing. Shop for Tibetan crafts like carpets, wood and leather work as gift items and souvenirs from the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center. While at it, you can even get yourself photographed with the snow-clad peaks of Himalayas as the backdrop.
How to Reach there
The nearest airport is at Bagdogra and there are regular flights to Kolkata. The railhead is at Siliguri but there is the toy train that runs from New Jalpaiguri/Siliguri to Darjeeling. The nearest bus station to Darjeeling is at Siliguri.