Darjeeling Things to Do

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    Tea Garden Tours!

    by mamtap Written Aug 8, 2015

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    Tea Tourism is a relatively new concept in the world and Darjeeling is a taking a lead in this area. Wandering through tea gardens settled on the gentle hill slopes of Darjeeling is the perfect way to start your day at one of the Tea Estate.

    Tea was first introduced to this Himalayan city in West Bengal in the mid-19th century by the British, and these sprawling tea estates are still reminiscent of that culture. A trip to these vast stretches of tea plantations is all about misty mornings, tea leaves blooming under the sun, endless walks discovering various types of tea and of course, sipping your favourite brew.

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    Heart of Darjeeling town!

    by mamtap Updated Aug 8, 2015

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    The Chowrasta is the most occurring place in Darjeeling. Situated at the center of the hilly city, the lively Chowrasta with its central statue of a Nepalese poet, Bhanu Bhakta is the primary purchasing place and a primary center of professional actions. Enclosed by curbside meals booths, curio shops, publication shops and plenty of providers promoting artifacts, woollens and various collectible items along the road, Chowrasta is a haven for shopaholics. You'll find the most majestic and rare handicrafts, varying from statues of brass, local handmade jewellery, tribal pieces, woolen clothes and sweaters, and even traditional, ancient weaponry, preserved pristinely over the centuries!

    You simply can't leave the Chowrasta without a few fabulous purchases that you are guaranteed to treasure for years to come, reminding you of the colourful atmosphere of Darjeeling’s culture.

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    Himalayan Mountaineering Institute!

    by mamtap Updated Aug 8, 2015

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    Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was built as a tribute to Tenzing so that he could impart his skills to all those who pursued climbing activities in the Himalayas. Tenzing was the first Director of field training in HMI. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is one of the top mountaineering institutes and is one of the oldest mountaineering institutes in India and plays a vital role in mountaineers training. There is also a giant telescope Adolf Hitler presented to the king of Nepal. The institute was long directed by none other than Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, who accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary up Mt. Everest in 1953. Norgay's samadhi, or grave, is a few minutes from the Institute in a quiet spot. The Institute runs a variety of courses and has rock climbing enclosure for beginners at another location near the Tibetan refugee center.

    Great museum to visit regarding the mountaineering and no entry fee. Nice ambience and quite peaceful. Visit this place if you are interested in trekking and mountaineering.

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    Mirik!

    by mamtap Updated Aug 7, 2015

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    Mirik is a picturesque tourist spot located in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. It is popular for its climate, natural beauty and easy accessibility. It is popular for the Sumendu lake with a 3.5-km-long road that encircling the lake which is used for walks with the view of Kangchenjunga on the far horizon. Boating on the shikaras and pony riding are also available here.

    It takes about INR 15,000 to 18,000 to reach Mirik from Kolkata by cab. You can pay about INR 2000-2500 extra if you need a bigger, six seater car. There are direct buses from Darjeeling, Kurseong or Siliguri to Mirik and it takes about two and half hours by car to reach Mirik from Darjeeling. So if you want to visit Mirik while staying in Darjeeling, you can just start early from Darj, spend the whole day in Mirik and come back to your hotel in evening. Just the way I did it :D

    Shared jeeps are available from Darjeeling (Chowk Bazaar area) between 8am and 11am. In case you are visiting Mirik for day trip, you will get return shared jeeps from Mirik Bazaar area between 11am to 2pm. One way shared jeep fare: Rs. 80-100/- per person. There is a mini bus service between Darjeeling and Mirik. The bus leaves Chowk Bazaar area at 8am and starts from Mirik at 2pm for Darjeeling. Fare: Rs. 60/- per person (one way). One way fare to Mirik by a small reserved car is Rs. 2,000/-.

    Reserved car/taxi fare for a day round trip to Mirik from Darjeeling is Rs. 2600/- for a small car. Usual day trip time is 9am to 4pm. The trip also covers Jorpokhri (a nice forested place with a lake), a stop at Simana (a border village & viewpoint) and Pashupatinath Market at the India Nepal Border where you can buy foreign goods & clothes. Only Indians and Nepalese are allowed to cross over the border area. Other foreign nationals are not allowed to access the border. You are required to carry a Photo ID card in case you want to cross over the border and visit the shops.

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    Rock Garden & Ganga Maya Park!

    by mamtap Updated Aug 7, 2015

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    Visit 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. The Chunnu summer falls, locally known as the Rock garden and Ganga Maya park are situated about 8 km from Darjeeling. The road drops down steeply to the park and garden, which is a popular picnic spot with tourists. There is a small waterfall and stream running through the park, and a small lake with boating facilities.

    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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    Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park!

    by mamtap Written Aug 2, 2015

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    Darjeeling zoo is internationally famous for its conservation breeding of red pandas and snow leopards, and is the only one of its kind in India. You can also see many other types of animals including Siberian Tigers, bears and wolves and Himalayan birds.

    Its well worth a visit for its scenic location and peaceful atmosphere, as well as the rare species of animals.

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    Batasia loop!

    by mamtap Written Aug 2, 2015

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    Batasia loop is 5 Kms from Darjeeling. It was built to enable the train to descend the 1000 ft drop in altitude between Darjeeling and Ghum, and is a real feat of engineering. The place offers a spectacular view of Darjeeling town with the Kanchenjunga and other snowy mountains in the back-drop. In the middle of the loop is a war memorial to Gorkha soldiers.

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    Sunrise from Tiger Hill!

    by mamtap Written Jul 31, 2015

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    About 11 Kms (6.8 miles) from Darjeeling town, Tiger hill is the highest hill with an altitude of 8,500 ft (2,600 m) for viewing sunrise. Of course all depends upon the weather and our luck. Generally sky remain clear in March, April, October and first week of November. It is better to start early by 3:30 am so that you reach the sun point by 4:15 am. Just before the sun comes up the peaks slowly begin to appear.

    Don't give up even if you are not lucky enough to view the Sunrise (sometimes clouds block the view). Stay for sometime and you can capture the magnificent memories of Kanchenjungha in you mind and your cams. Watching the rising Sun with changing colors of mount Kanchenjunga from this point is a life time experience.

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    St. Andrews Church!

    by mamtap Written Jul 31, 2015

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    Brilliant work reflecting the ages of British, this church portrays design of pure Anglican type. Every bricks and walls speaks the volume of amazing design and its wide area which is neighboured by sprawling garden allows visitor to rest some time there.

    Today this church is open for visitors to allure an amazing work of British because after an earthquake of 1873 very little renovation has been done. Located at a site of chowrasta and observatory hall, this church stands as a guiding light and through its way you are going to see other wonders of Darjeeling.

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    The Chaurastha

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated Jan 19, 2014

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    The correct spot to start your perambulations in Darjeeling is the Chaurasta, the main junction of five roads, one coming up from the market, one going towards the pony stand, one running downhill past ‘Step Aside’, one returning from the Mahakal Temple on Observatory Hill, one going past Windermere Hotel and St. Andrew’s Church towards the Governor’s Summer residence.

    You’ll find tourists as well as locals lolling around, exchanging gossip, sipping endless cups of tea, ponies with tourists ambling along, children chasing flocks of pigeons, Romeos and Juliets strutting around. A life-size statue of the famous Nepali National poet, Bhanu Bhakta Acharya stands against the wall while behind the statue the beautification work by the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, goes on to give the entire promenade a complete overhaul.

    You park yourself there for a while, see and be seen, click a few photos, sip tea if you like and then start your leisurely walk.

    First Written: May 17, 2012

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    Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

    by davidjo Written Jul 11, 2012

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    You will find this within the grounds of the zoo but it's worth a visit as the Everest Museum is interesting as it goes into detail about the 1922 and 1924 climbs that started from Darjiling. There is also a statue of Tenzing Norgay nearby the place where he was cremated.

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    Yiga Choeling Monastery At Ghoom

    by anilpradhanshillong Written May 23, 2012

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    The road to the famous Yiga Choeling Monastery is adjacent to the Ghoom Railway Station and is only a 10-minutes walk. It is a walk through rows of small shops on both sides of the road till a sharp turning unveils the venerable monastery before you. You may find the monastery locked but there will be monks around who will oblige you if you request them to open it. Established in 1850, this monastery of the Yellow sect Buddhism, worships the 15-foot high Maitreya Buddha (Future Buddha). It was built by Lama Sherab Gyatso and houses some very rare Buddhist texts. It also houses Chenrezi and Chongapa, Buddha’s disciples.

    Take the trouble of going round the monastery first, turning the prayer wheels in a clock-wise direction with your right hand. Once you enter the verandah, you will find a huge prayer wheel on the left hand side. Once inside the monastery, a huge statue of the future Buddha greets you. To your left are the rare manuscripts of the ancient Buddhist religion. All four walls have riveting frescoes. You may either take a ‘khada’ (cream-coloured light-weight scarf) and offer it to the statue or you may buy it from the monk who opened the monastery doors for you. You are allowed to take photographs. Once you return to face the huge statue again, you may make a donation in the box provided for this purpose.

    First Written: May 23, 2012

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    Journey's End - The Ghoom Railway Station

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated May 23, 2012

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    The Ghoom Railway Station is where your joyride ends. It comes all too soon, barely an hour after flag off. You have hardly had time to acknowledge your co-passengers, so engrossed you have been in your own enjoyment. As you shuffle reluctantly towards the door, you realise how short-lived your happiness has been till you look at your camera or video recorder and remember that your memory, aided by these external devices, will constantly re-live the magical moments of this joyous joyride.

    First Written: May 23, 2012

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    The Ghoom Railway Museum

    by anilpradhanshillong Written May 23, 2012

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    The Ghoom Railway Museum, a UNESCO heritage site, is worth a visit where you may see the origins of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR). You will learn that the DHR started functioning in 1881; that until 1878, the route from Calcutta to Darjeeling was tortuous in the extreme and that it took 5/6 days; that the engineers invented the Loops and Z-Reverses for the train to gain height; and, that it went under the Coronation Bridge to reach Siliguri. Rare black-and-white photos adorn the walls.

    First Written: May 23, 2012

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    In Memorium - The Batasia Loop

    by anilpradhanshillong Written May 23, 2012

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    On your final day in Darjeeling, you can afford to take it easy as your Toy Train ride will only start at 10.40 am. The preparations of the train engine as well as the two carriages are a treat to watch.

    It takes three uniformed engine drivers to get the Beauty Queen primed. There’s a lot of hooting (book only for the steam engine and NOT for the diesel engine) and shuttling of the carriages. The lady ticket examiner in uniform looks equally fetching while the Train Master himself struts up and down the platform. Each seat in the carriage is draped with a white cloth and the car sure looks squeaky clean. It hardly matters if you’re in the first row or the middle or the last – the scenery is the same for everyone. With some more last-minute hooting, the Guard blows the whistle and the Toy Train is off.

    All too soon you’ll be performing a loop at the Batasia Loop, a tourist sight. Here, the train tops for 10 minutes for you to take in the scenery of the picturesque town, the plains below as well as pay homage to the brave soldiers from Darjeeling who have laid down their lives since 1947 in the service of the motherland. A fitting monument is at the centre of the park. Another hoot and you are off towards Ghoom Railway Station.

    First Written: May 23, 2012

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