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Darjeeling Places Of Interest

Mahankal Temple

Rising abruptly from Chowrasta is the hilltop. Situated atop is the ancient temple of Mahakal, a form of Lord Shiva. There is a cave sacred to worshippers in the temple. In Sanskrit, the word "Durjay Ling", means "Shiva of invincible prowess, who rules the Himalayas." There is a suggestion that the name Darjeeling could have emanated from this name

   

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

the world famous Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ( HMI ). Jawaharlal Nehru, the first PRIME minister of India, laid the institute’s foundation stone in November 1954, and the legendary Tenzing Norgay Sherpa was HMI’s first Director of Field Training. Tenzing Norgay’s grave is located on the hill’s summit, making a visit to the institute and its surroundings pilgrimage for all climbling enthusiasts .

   

Zoological Parks

(also called the Darjeeling Zoo) is a 67.56-acre (27.3 ha) zoo in the town of Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. The zoo was opened in 1958, and an average elevation of 7,000 feet (2,134 m), is the largest high altitude zoo in India. It specializes in breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions, and has successful captive breeding programs for the Snow leopard, the critically endangered Himalayan wolf and the Red panda. The zoo attracts about 300,000 visitors every year..

   

Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill is the highest point in the Darjeeling area .An early morning trip to witness the sunrise is a must . Watching the rising sun strike the colossal Kangchenjunga range of snow-capped peaks in a blaze of rapidly changing colours is truly spectacular . Tiger Hill is now part of a nature preserve, the meadows of which are suitable for picnics.

   

Dhirdham Temple

It was designed by the Gorkhali architect Beg Raj Sakya to replicate the Pashupatinath temple complex of Kathmandu, Nepal. A Statute of Lord Shiva stands outside the mani temple, representing his five different facil expressions with the universal Third Eye . Visitors can take photographs outside the temple, but cameras are not allowed inside the sanctum .

   

Rock Garden

10 kilometres from town, the Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park offer attractive picnic spots with natural waterfalls and boating facilities. Small restaurants and shops abound, but visitors should be aware that return transportation is difficult to organize from the park

   

Ghum

Ghum is the meeting point of several roads. The Hill Cart Road from Siliguri to Darjeeling runs through the town. It is 6 km from Darjeeling. It is 24 km from Kurseong via Sonada.Kalimpong is about 45 km away via Lopchu. Another road leads to Mongpu and then on to the Kalimpong-Siliguri road. There is a road to Kurseong via Dow Hill. Sukhiapokhri, almost on the India-Nepal border, is 11 km on the road to Mirik

   

Bhutia Busty Monastery

this monastery was founded in 1879, and has links to both the Kagyu and and Nyingma orders of Tibetan Buddhism . The monastery was ravaged by the 1934 earthquake that struck the whole region, but was rebuilt under the patronage of the Late Chogyal (Dharmraja) of Sikkim . Built in a traditional Tibetan Style with a notable Sikkimese Influence, the monastery is a prime example of Darjeeling’s vibrant Buddhist tradition

   

Tea Gardens

Darjeeling tea is a tea from the Darjeeling district in West Bengal India. It is available as black, white or oolong. When properly brewed, it yields a thin-bodied, light-colored infusion with a floral aroma. The flavor can include a tinge of astringent tannic characteristics, and a musky spiciness sometimes described as " (grape and wine)">muscatel Although Darjeeling teas are marketed commercially as "black teas", almost all of them have incomplete oxidation (<90%), so they are technically more oolong than black.

   

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the "Toy Train", is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railway that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in West Bengal. Built between 1879 and 1881, the railway is about 86 kilometres (53 mi) long. Its elevation level varies from about 100 metres (328 ft) at New Jalpaiguri to about 2,200 metres (7,218 ft) at Darjeeling. Four modern diesel locomotives handle most of the scheduled services: however the daily Kurseong-Darjeeling return service and the daily tourist trains from Darjeeling to Ghum

   

Chowrasta and the Mall

Observatory Hill is a hill near Chowrasta square, or The Mall as it is popularly known, in Darjeeling, West Bengal, Magnificent views of snow-clad peaks, including Mount Kanchenjunga, are visible from the Observatory Hill. The Bhutia Busty monastery was originally located here. Now the hill has the temple of Mahakal. Two important arteries of the town, Nehru Road and Bhanubhakta Sarani, meet at Chowrasta

   

Batasia loop

The Batasia Loop is a spiral railway created to lower the gradient of ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India.

At this point, the track spirals around over itself through a tunnel and over a hilltop. It was commissioned in 1919.

   

Senchal Lake

A scenic place near the tiger hills. This place has popularly come up as a picnic spot among the tourists. The lake supplies drinking water to the town of Darjeeling.

   

Passenger Ropeway

Another tourist attraction in Darjeeling has been the ropeway. This was the first ropeway in India. It connects the North point (7000 ft) to the Singla Bazaar (800 ft). The rope covers a distance of 8 kms in 45 minutes. The seats in the rope way is limited and it is better to get the tickets in advance. The ropeway is exciting and unique for any one visiting Darjeeling.

   

Kanchenjunga View

From Darjeeling one can have the best, uninterrupted view of the worlds third highest peak. Bhan Bhakta Sarani provides one of the enthralling views of these snow capped peaks. The Chowrasta also gives you a good sight to the Kanchenjunga peak.

   

In and around darjeeling :

 

Mirik :

Mirik is 52 kms from Siliguri and 55 kms from the nearest Airfield of Bagdogra. Mirik is being developed as a new hill station in the mountains. Mirik is surrounded by tea estates, orange orchards and cardamom plantations. It has all the facilities to fulfill the needs of a tourist.

 

About Mirik :

 

Altitude - 1495 m (4904 feet).

Population - About 20,000

Languages spoken - English, Nepali and Hindi.

Climate - The average temperature of kalimpong in summer max. 25°C and in winter max. 13°C

Clothing - Light woollens and tropicals in summer (umbrellas and raincoats are useful) and heavy woollen in winter.

Best season to visit - Mid- April to June & Mid - Sept to December

 

Places of Interest -

 

Sumendu Lake : This man made lake is 1.25 km. long and a 3.5 km road surrounding it is the main attraction of this place. At the backdrop of the lake, you will get an idyllic view of Mt. Khangchendzonga and the green luster of Oak, Chestnut and Maple. The Sumendu Lake is ideal for activities like boating, fishing & picnicing but not for swimming.

 

Devi Sthan : Nearby on the west bank of the lake is the temple of Singha Devi or the Devi Sthan. You must visit the temple that attracts several tourists. If you move to the other side of the lake you may pray to Hanuman, Shiva and Kalimata in the temples dedicated to them. Bokar Gompa is other spot worth visiting.

 

Deosi Dara : This is a vintage point in Mirik that must be visited to catch some vistas of the plains, hills and peaks in and around Mirik.

 

Rameetay Dara : It is ideal for watching the spectacular sunset and the sunrise besides the mountains and plains of Mirik. You may even check out Kawlay Dara for some more breathtakingly beautiful views of Mirik.

 

Rai Dhap : While in Mirik you may even picnic at the spot of Rai Dhap. Rai Dhap has a small lake that is the source of potable water in Mirik.

 

Thurbo Tea Garden & Factory : A conducted tour of the tea factory is an interesting option at Mirik for it is surrounded by some of the best tea estates.

 

Kurseong :

Kurseong is a hill station (and sub-divisional town) situated in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. Located at an altitude of 1458 metres (4864 ft), Kurseong is just 30 km from Darjeeling. It has a pleasant climate throughout the year and the winters are not as severe as Darjeeling.

 

The local name of Kurseong is called "Kharsang" which in the Lepcha language means "Land of the White Orchids". Kurseong is 47 km from Siliguri and is connected to the city by road and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra.The nearest major railway station is New Jalpaiguri [NJP], which is about 53 kilometers from Kurseong. The town is based mainly on schools and tourism. The best times to visit Kurseong are between March end and May and between the end of August and October.

 

Tourist Destination :

 

Kurseong is developing as a quiet hill station. Tea gardens include Castleton, Makaibarie, Ambotia and Goomtee. These tea gardens also offer 'bed and breakfast' type accommodation in workers quarters, etc. Kurseong was a rest town and medical town during the British days, with a TB Sanatorium and various villas and bungalows.

 

Religious sites :

The Ambhotia Shiva Temple.

Giddapahar Durga Mata Mandir.

Jagdish Mandir :on Bank Road (on way to the Eagle's Craig). This temple has very old idols (almost 300 years old) of Lord Jagannath.

St. Paulseak Church on Hill Cart Road, Near St. Joshephs School.

Buddhist Gompa in Montieviot.

Buddhist Gompa in Dowhill Road.

Juma Mosque in Hat Bazaar.

 

Natural sites :

Deer Park - Now known as DowHill Park, on the DowHill Road.

The Kholas (Water Falls - Springs) like Whistle Khola (named by the Britishers, as there is a bend and the toy train whistles when passing through it.)

 

Museums : Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Museum and N S C Bose Institute of Asiatic Studies, hosted in the house of his elder brother, Sarat Chandra Bose, are situated at the Giddhapahar Area. Netaji was interned in this house by the British Govt. in the late thirties. The house now displays photocopies of the exchange of letters between Netaji and his would be wife, Ms. Emilie, many rare photographs of his Indian National Army (INA), other memorabilia of the Indian Freedom Movement and a few personal belongings of Netaji and the Bose Family.