Places of Interest in Darjeeling!
Favorite thing: Observatory Hills/Mahakal Dara - This point provides one of the breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga peaks.One usually strolls around the Mall at Chowrasta and the Mahakal Dara is a 10 minutes climb from the Chowrasta Mall.
The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute -This institute was established in 1954 at Birch Hill. It has an excellent museum displaying mountaineering equipments used by various expeditions along with photographs.This institute remains closed on Thursdays.Near the institute is Shrubbery Park which gives a very good view of the Singla Valley and the Kanchenjunga range.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park - This zoological park is located close to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.The zoo is situated two kilometers from the main town.
Tibetan Self-help Centre - The Tibetan Self-help Centre close to Chowrastra was established to help Tibetan refugees earn an income by engaging in various handicraft producing activities, such as exotic wood-carving, colorful Tibetan Carpets, hand knitted woolen garments etc .Here visitors can actually watch the artisans in action.
Lloyd’s Botanical Garden - This Botanical Garden occupying forty acres of land was founded by a British Banker of Darjeeling some hundred years ago. This garden houses almost all types of flora found in the Himalayan region such as, the birch, magnolia, ash, chestnut, maples etc.
Tiger Hill - The Tiger Hill at an altitude of 8500 feet and a distance of 11 kilometers from Darjeeling is internationally famous for the sublime view of the sunrise over the Himalayas. It also offers panoramic view of the mighty Himalayan Range with mountains like Kanchanjanga, Talung, Kabru, Pandim and Siniolchu located within Sikkim and view of the tip of Mount Everest and Mount Makalu and the plains of Siliguri.
Yiga Choling Monastery - The Yiga Choling Monastery close to Tiger Hill was built in 1875 at Ghoom. This monastery belongs to the Gelukpa lineage. It houses a five meter high blue-eyed statue of the Buddha Maitreya or the Buddha of the future. The monastery has a large collection of Buddhist sacred texts.
Batasia Railway Loop & War Memorial - Here you can see the loop wherein the train either climbs or descends 1000 feet by negotiating this 5 km long loop. The War Memorial is also close to the loop.
Chowrasta Mall - This is one of the important shopping places in Darjeeling.The Mall is usually crowed with not only foreign tourists but also locals who sit on the benches and enjoy a gossip in the evenings. You can also enjoy a pony ride from this point.
Natural History Museum -Established in 1903, this natural history museum packs in its folds a rich collection of fauna found in the Himalayas and in Bengal. Among the attractions are included the estuarine crocodiles. This unique museum also has a good collection of butterflies.
Nipponzan Myohoji Pagoda or the “ Japanese peace pagoda” was inaugurated in 1992 which has four golden statues of Buddha embedded on the walls with eight sandstone carving depicting eight stages of Buddha’s life.
Happy Valley Tea Estate is one of the finest tea garden in Darjeeling. Here you can see different stages of tea production. By paying a nominal fee you can work for sometime side by side with the tea estate workers.
Fondest memory: My personal Favorite is Ganga Maiya Park. One can also go to the Rock Garden which is quite striking as it in the valley between pine trees. You will obtain very pleasing environment. There are regular taxis that will take you there. You should go to the bottom of the hills so that you can enjoy a nice drive with tea gardens on the hill slopes.
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Changing MOOD of da weather :)
Favorite thing: Well..as we all know tht darjeelin is famous for it's cold weather..i mahself also tried to get some experience about tht..well wht i felt is tht it's worth goin to darjeelin...if u wanna see how da weathers changes it's mood....cool weather..quiet places n da Mall is a nice place to sit and relax for hours..but nitelife is ZERO...u'll hv to keep away frm DARJEELIN if u r a nite creature..but hey common..we can rest in the nite wid our heart full of peacefulness...afterall we all love nature in it's fullest..isn't it?
Fondest memory: Spendin "WOW" time wid my family ! The precious thing I miss most.
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Green and only green tea gardens & young people.
Favorite thing: I really like the attitude of the young boys and girls to accomodate u with them and chat with u and make u happy and make u feel that u r the part of their life.
Fondest memory: I made nice people my friends old woman and a man 3 girls and 3 to 4 boys are my friends now .
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