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Exotic Destinationss Darjeeling
Exotic Destinationss Darjeeling
Exotic Destinationss Darjeeling
Exotic Destinationss Darjeeling
Exotic Destinationss Darjeeling
Exotic Destinationss Darjeeling
Exotic Destinationss Darjeeling

Darjeeling - The Queen of Hills

DRJEELING The Queen of Hills

Darjeeling - The name 'Darjeeling' came from the Tibetan words, 'dorje' meaning thunderbolt (originally the scepter of Indra) and 'ling' a place or land, hence ’The land of the thunderbolt'. It is also called as the ‘Queen of Hill Station’. The city lies in the foothills of the Himalayas and offers a wonderful scope for eco tourism. The town was originally a cluster of villages but today is one of the most visited hill stations in the country. Travelers can enjoy the fresh mountain air and lots of natural beauty during their stay in this lovely town. The Singalila National Park is an exciting destination to enjoy trekking. Around the town travelers can also have fun doing mountain biking. A ride in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is also called as the "Toy Train".is a must for all the visitors.

Darjeeling has many places that will interest all visitors. Its natural attractions crowned by the virtually ubiquitous Kanchenjunga Range with numerous Tea Gardens at its foothills. The best time to visit Darjeeling is between March-May or between September-November.

Places to visit

Tiger Hill Sunrise Point - Tiger Hill is one of the best tourist attractions of Darjeeling for viewing Sunrise. It is the highest hill in that area with an altitude of 8,500 ft (2,600 m). It is located in Darjeeling in Indian State of West Bengal, and is the summit of Ghoom, the highest railway station in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. tiger-hill-darjeeling-exotic-destinations

It is another small hill that stands at a higher altitude than Darjeeling. It has vast forest and green vegetation all over with trees such as pine, fir, teak, timber, etc. At the tip of this humongous Hill there lies the sunrise point from where you can actually see the majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga spreading its arms wide.

While at Tiger Hill, you can also visit Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary, which offers great picnic spots, and its two artificial lakes serve as a reservoir for supply of water to Darjeeling town.

exotic-destination-Mirik-Lake Mirik Lake & Pashupatinath Mandir The name Mirik comes from the Lepcha words Mir-Yok meaning "place burnt by fire". It is a picturesque tourist spot nestled in the serene hills of Darjeeling district. It has become a popular tourist destination for its climate, natural beauty and easy accessibility. The centre of all attraction is the Sumendu lake ( the heart of Mirik) is surrounded by a garden on one side and pine trees on the other and linked together by an arching footbridge called Indreni Pull (Rainbow Bridge). Pashupatinath-Temple-Exotic-Destinations Other attractions of the regions are the beautiful tea gardens, Orange orchard and the Cardamom plantations. The climate of Mirik is pleasant for most part of the year.

Pashupatinath Mandir, Pashupati market (In Nepal) is close to Mirik on the way to Darjeeling. Mirik and Pashupati market excursion is a single day outing from Darjeeling.

Batasia Loop The Batasia Loop is a spiral railway created to lower the gradient of ascent in Darjeeling. Batasia-loop-exotic-destinations At this point, the track spirals around over itself through a tunnel and over a hilltop. Take a toy train or a cab from Darjeeling town and visit the Batasia Loop. It's located on Hill Cart Road (i.e. National Highway 55) that goes all the way to Siliguri and takes 20 minutes to reach by car.

Ghum Monastery Yi Gha Choling Gompa is more popularly known as Ghum Monastery. Ghum (also spelt Ghoom) is a small hilly locality in Darjeeling. ghum-monestry-exoticdestinations Ghum railway station of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the highest railway station in India. It is situated at an altitude of 2,258 meters (7,407 ft). This monastery is situated just opposite to the Batasia Loop or the War Memorial. Nearly 8 kilometers from Darjeeling is the Ghoom Gompa. Here a very beautiful statue of the Maitriyia Buddha is established. The Monastery has also preserved some of the rare handwritten Buddhist manuscripts.

Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park and Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park and Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (also called the Darjeeling Zoo) It was formerly known as Himalayan Zoological Park and was Padmaja-Naidu-Himalayan-Zoological-Park-Darjeeling-Zoo-exotic-destinations established on August 14, 1958 in the Birch Hill neighborhood of Darjeeling under the Department of Education of the Government of West Bengal with a goal to study and preserve Himalayan fauna. It was named in Memory of Late Smt. Padmaja Naidu, ex-governor of West Bengal and daughter of Late Sarojini Naidu.

This is the only specialized Zoo in the country and is internationally recognized for its conservation breeding programmes of Red Panda, Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wolf and other highly endangered animal species of Eastern Himalaya.

Tenzing Rock Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park and Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (also called the Darjeeling Zoo) It was formerly known as Himalayan Zoological Park and was Padmaja-Naidu-Himalayan-Zoological-Park-Darjeeling-Zoo-exotic-destinations established on August 14, 1958 in the Birch Hill neighborhood of Darjeeling under the Department of Education of the Government of West Bengal with a goal to study and preserve Himalayan fauna. It was named in Memory of Late Smt. Padmaja Naidu, ex-governor of West Bengal and daughter of Late Sarojini Naidu.

This is the only specialized Zoo in the country and is internationally recognized for its conservation breeding programmes of Red Panda, Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wolf and other highly endangered animal species of Eastern Himalaya.

Tea Garden Tea Tourism is a relatively new concept in the world and Darjeeling is a taking a lead in this area. tea-estate-darjeeling-Exotic-destinations Darjeeling is after all the Mecca of tea and sprawling estates producing what we know as the "Champagne of Teas" to the delight of the world. There are 80 odd operational tea gardens in Darjeeling that span across thousands of acres of land area on open hill slopes. High on the hills with cool breeze and misty weather, planters and workers come together to form a wonderland where tea grows in the finest form like no where else in the world.

Tibetan Refugee Centre This complex was setup by the Tibetan refugees in Darjeeling on October 2, 1959 after they followed Dalai Lama and escaped from Tibet. This refugee centre comprises a home for the aged, a school, an orphanage, a clinic, a gompa (Tibetan Buddhist monastery) Tibetan-Refugee-Centre-Exotic-Destinations and craft workshops that produce carpets. They adopted the principle of self help so that they could become self-independent and completely rehabilitate themselves in a foreign country, which they did gracefully.

A committee with 10 members was formed that was responsible for the development and management of the center. Ms Gaylo Thondup was the first President of the center. One of the prominent members of the first committee was Tenzing Norgay. A small center that started with only 4 workers with the objective of self rehabilitation and helping the under-privileged Tibetan community in the area, has now grown to accommodate more than 650 Tibetan refugees.

Japanese Temple & Peace Pagoda A wonderful Japanese temple located at a 10 minutes driving distance from the Darjeeling town center, it is also known as the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple. The two storied white building was built in a traditional Japanese style in the year 1972. As you enter the temple, there is picture of the founder Fujii Guruji. Japanese-Temple-exoticdestinations There is also a model of Buddha suggesting that it's a Buddhist religious temple. Fujii Guruji was the founder and preceptor of 'Nipponzan Myohoji', a Buddhist order for world peace.

Peace Pagoda or Shanti Stupa in Darjeeling is one of the Peace Pagodas designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds to help unite them in their search for world peace. It started building up in the year 1972 and finished in the year of 1992. This Peace Stupa is situated just outside of the city of Darjeeling and the humming and the solemn chanting of prayers give to the place a spiritual air. According to the Lotus Sutra, the very appearance of the Peace Pagoda is an embodiment of Lord Buddha that radiates peace and non-violence. It purifies the land as well as the mind and soul of the people. Snowy peaks along with the mighty Khanchendzonga from this place are really breathtaking.

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