Hill Station - Darjeeling
Darjeeling is popularly called the queen of the
hills not for nothing. The picturesque beauty of the landscape is
such that it is a visitor's paradise. The clean fresh air and the
pleasant weather is a great relief from the heat and the dust of
The beauty of Darjeeling lies in its morning mist,
the glory of a snowy sunset and of course the Himalayan toy train.
The beauty of the tea garden along the slopes and the flavor of
finely brewed tea is something that you will not find anywhere else. Tibetan culture, monasteries and Himalayan
tribal culture are some of the most interesting things that you
will ever have a chance to see in your life.
of the most important tourist attractions of the place is the Batasia
Loop. Here, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway performs a 360°
turn and moves uphill towards Darjeeling. This circular area has
a beautiful garden and from this garden tourists can see Tiger Hill
glimmering in the horizon. The Botanical Garden is worth a visit
for its exotic and exclusive collection of a variety of Himalayan
plants, flowers and orchids. The gardens also has a green house.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute & Museums runs courses for
training mountaineers. It also has very good collection of
mountaineering equipments which have been used in various mountaineering
expeditions. Specimens of Himalayan flora and fauna
are also kept here.
From Darjeeling you can enjoy uninterrupted
view of the world's third highest peak, Kanchenjunga. Nowadays
zoologists and environmental scientists are trying to protect
the endangered plant and animal variety by breeding them in captivity. For example you will find snow leopards
bred in captivity here.
Although Darjeeling is at a very high altitude,
yet it is very easily accessible. The nearest airport is Bagdogra
Airport and it is only 100 km by road from the airport. If you wish
to travel by train, the nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri
from where you can either travel by Darjeeling Himalayan Toy Train
or by road on a jeep. This is a wonderful place and a must see tourist