Park Lane Hotel

N.C.Goenka Road, Darjeeling, West Bengal, 734101, India
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hotel meghma

by acsamy

please send me contact phone number of hotel Meghma to book accomadation from 20-05-10 to 24-05-10.

Re: hotel meghma

by b_paro


I feel this mail is too late now, nevertheless, i feel this hotel doesn't have any web site of its own. So to book you need to go through for the online booking. I guess no other option.

Enjoy your trip to Darjeeling


Travel Tips for Darjeeling

Dasai in detail

by mantru

October Hindus specially Nepali Hindus celebrate the most important festival of dasai or dashara or Durga puja.Goddess durgs is the presiding diety. Dashain is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese of all caste and creed throughout the country .The fifteen days of celebration occurs during the bright lunar fortnight ending on the day of the full moon.This festaval is the one where you find all nepalies from all nooks and corner flying back home to be with their family.Its a kind of family get together where we go to meet all our relatives and obtain blessings fron elders.when we were kids this festivel was the best coz you get a new set of clothing and good food on Dashami or 10 th day,people dress in the finest ,dasara also starts the cleaning of houses, repainting houses ,limewashing so this time is the most hectic .In darjeeling schools and colleges are closed for the 9-10 days of festivities.

Dashain commemorates a great victory of the gods over the wicked demons. One of the victory stories told is the Ramayan, where the lord Ram after a big struggle slaughtered Ravana, the fiendish king of demons. It is said that lord Ram was successful in the battle only when goddess Durga was evoked. The main celebration glorifies the triumph of good over evil and is symbolized by goddess Durga slaying the terrible demon Mahisasur, who terrorised the earth in the guise of a brutal water buffalo.The first nine days signify the nine days of ferrous battle between goddess Durga and the demon Mahisasur. The tenth day is the day when Mahisasur was slain and the last five days symbolise the celebration of the victory with the blessing of the goddess.

Happy Valley Tea Estate

by Donna_in_India

World-famous tea is Darjeeling's most famous export. Over 40,000 people work at the 100+ tea plantations ("gardens") in the area. Although this area produces 1/4 of India's tea (and that's alot of tea), still 80% is exported. Darjeeling tea is considered "mild" but tea from some of the estates is very high quality tea, with one estate getting paid $220 per kg. It is said that another estate, Margaret's Hope, supplies tea to Buckingham Palace. Darjeeling's black tea in considered one of the world's most prized varieties.

Happy Valley Tea Estate is the most convenient to Darjeeling. Between April to November, plucking and processing is in progress and the factory is open for tours. It is by no means a "high tech" place, it's actually quite dilapidated.

While we were there, the factory was closed because the season was over but our driver managed to find someone with a set of keys to give us a personal tour. It was interesting to see the place and learn about the working environment – how the leaves are separated and dried, etc.

That particular place employed a couple of hundred people most working in the fields picking tea. They were required to pick 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds) of tea per day for Rupees 45 (about $1). If they picked less they were paid less. Over 1,000 kgs. were processed daily. The tea plants look like “bushes” and you have to pick only the “bottom” leaves. Mostly what was left on the plants at the time we visited were the unusable top leaves.

If you go during the season, you can visit between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. An employee will give you a tour. There's no charge, but a tip is expected.

On the drive to/from the estate, there are stands selling cups of different varieties of tea. Be sure to stop and try some!

Ghoom, Yiga Cholling Monastery

by sachara

The Yiga Cholling Monastery of Choom Monastery was built in 1850 by Lama Sharap Gyatso, a monk from Mongolia. he was also a famous astrologist of the Gelupga sect.

In the guide we read: The interior has the typical style of an Gelupga prayerhall. There is a great statue of the Matreya and the frescoes are blackened by the soot of burning butter lamps. A monk in leather jacket opened the door for us... and what a surprise, the walls were white and the hall was full scaffoldings to start new painitngs.

Explore Darjeeling

by kashmirhotravel


Darjeeling is the legendary British hill station perched in the foothills of the Himalayas. For rail enthusiasts, however, Darjeeling is better known for its "Toy Train.” This famous narrow gauge steam railway plies its way from Siliguri in the plains below up to Ghoom and Darjeeling in the hills. Located in the northern extreme of the Indian state of West Bengal, Darjeeling is just east of Nepal, just south of Sikkim, and a bit west and south of Bhutan. It is most famous for its once magnificent tea estates. Blessed with a cool and bracing climate, and a panoramic view of the Himalayas, the world renowned hill resort of Darjeeling is a welcome respite during the hot summer months.

"Places to visit in and around Darjeeling"

Darjeeling Toy Train or Himalayan Train:
A visit to Darjeeling is incomplete without a ride in the toy-train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The Toy Train is considered an engineering marvel and some prefer to call it one of the wonders of the world, to be preserved forever.

Tea Gardens:
While in Darjeeling a visit to any nearby Tea Garden to watch the actual process of the manufacturing of Darjeeling Tea is worth it. Some of the Tea Gardens also sell their packet teas. There are about 70 tea gardens in this hill region and the most accessible one is the Happy Valley Tea Estate, which is about 3 km from the town or within a walking distance of about 40 minutes.

Tiger Hill:
Standing at a height of 2590 m (8482 ft.), Tiger Hill is 11 km from Darjeeling. An early morning trip to the Tiger Hill promises a unique experience. A view of the sunrise amidst the Himalayan range has earned it an international fame. From here you can get a glimpse of Mount Everest, the highest mountain and Khangchendzonga range.

Buddhist Monasteries:
In and around Darjeeling there are important and interesting Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries. The oldest one is called the Yiga Cholling Monastery which is situated about 8 km from the town at Ghoom and enshrines an image of 'the Coming Buddha' or the Maitriya Buddha

Dhirdham Temple:
Situated just below the Railway station the temple is a structural replica of the famous 'Pashupatinath'' temple of Kathmandu, Nepal.


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