Darjeeling is a town of West Bengal. The hill station is also known as the “Queen of hill stations”. The place is famous for its tea production and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways also known as ‘Toy train’, which has been recognized as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The scenic beauty and pleasant climate makes it one of the most visited tourist destinations in India.
The main tourist spots in Darjeeling are:
Tiger Hill: This tourist spot is about 13 kms from the town. The magnificent view of the sunrise over the "Kanchanjunga" and the great eastern Himalayan Mountains here are internationally known. The world's highest peak, Mount Everest, is also visible from here.
Batasia Loop and the War Memorial: This is a huge railway loop where the Toy Train makes a 360 Degree turn. The loop is situated about 5 kms from the town. The Loop offers a wonderful view of the Kanchanjunga Range. A War Memorial is also there constructed in memory of the brave soldiers who laid down their lives in different wars since the independence of the nation. There is a market also. From here you can buy locally made purses, bags and other decorative items.
Ava Art Gallery: This art gallery is located about 4 kms from the Market Square. A collection of 60 pieces of art work in water, oil and thread paintings are displayed here.
Chowrasta and Mall: Chowrasta is a wide walkway atop a ridge lined with shops and restaurants in the heart of the town. This is the central place of the Mall Road. In the Brabourne Park near Chowrasta there is a musical fountain. From here you can very well enjoy the scenic beauty of the mountain range and take charm of walking at the Darjeeling Mall.
Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park: Situated 10 km from town, Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park has now developed into a very attractive picnic spot with natural water falls. The park offers boating facilities and is endowed with great scenic beauty. Ample eateries are available for visitors to indulge in local delicacies and one can even buy souvenirs. No fees are charged for taking photographs. Visitors are however, required to make arrangements for transportation. A two way travel arrangement is advisable.
Peace Pagoda: This is a Japanese Buddhist Peace Pagoda established by Nipponzan Myohoji. The pagoda is situated on the slopes of the Jalapahar Hill. The four avatars of the Buddha can be seen here.
Botanical Garden: This oldest Botanical Garden also known as Lloyd Botanical Garden is famous for two living fossils. The garden covers an area of about 40 acres.
Nightingale Park/Srubbery Park: This is a beautiful park with a package of cultural programmes performed daily during the tourist season. The opening time is 4.00 p.m. and closing time is 8.00 p.m. There is a giant Statue of Lord Shiva, a temple, and provisions for live-interactive entertainment in the park.
Senchal Lake: This is a picturesque spot near Tiger Hill. This lake supplies drinking water to Darjeeling Town.
Observatory Hill & Mahakal Temple: The observatory hill is also known as the "Holy Hill" among the locals. On the top of the hill is the Mahakal temple where you can find a Hindu priest and a Buddhist monk sharing a common shrine.
Dhirdham Temple: Near to the Darjeeling Railway Station is the Dhirdham temple. This temple is a replica of the famous Pashupatinath temple of Kathmandu.
Happy Valley Tea Garden: Just a kilometer away from the main town is the Happy Valley tea garden.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park: The Zoo was established in 1958 and was dedicated to the memory of Padmaja Naidu, former Governor of West. This is the only Zoo in the country that breeds the tibetan wolf in captivity. The Government has also started breeding programmes for the endangered red panda, snow leopard and the Siberian tiger.
Darjeeling-Rangit Valley Passenger Cable Car: This is popularly known as the Ropeway. About 3 kms north to the town is the ropeway also known as the North Point. This is India's oldest passenger ropeway and connects Darjeeling with Singla Bazaar at the bottom of the valley.
The main monasteries in Darjeeling are Druk Thupten Sangag Choling Monastery(Dali Monastery), Ghoom Monastery, Tashi Dargyalingh Monastery or the Tamang Ghumba, and the Mag-Dhog Yolmowa Buddhist Monastery(Aloobari Monastery).
The best time to visit Darjeeling is between April to June and September to December. The nearest railway station to Darjeeling is New Jalpaiguri and the nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra.
There are a number of restaurants in Darjeeling serving delicious local dishes and other interesting cuisines. You can also find many budget as well as luxury holiday rental properties providing all essential amenities for the comfortable stay of tourists in Darjeeling.
The tea hub of India has fascinated even the most discerning tourists who prefer the most comfortable and spacious accommodation while on a holiday. Therefore, there is no dearth of diverse accommodations here. However, the recent inclination is towards the holiday homes in Darjeeling, which are known for their spaciousness, unmatchable comfort level, and unparalleled hospitality. Above all, they are unique with their homely ambiance, as they are the properties of the local residents. This means you can expect everything at holiday home, which you can while you are in your own home. The holiday homes here are truly matchless in terms of comfort and service.
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