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    Whose Body Was Cremated?

    by anilpradhanshillong Written May 17, 2012

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    ‘Step Aside’ was the bungalow where Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das, the freedom fighter died on June 16, 1925. It is now a repository of the last days of the freedom fighter. There is also an apocryphal story associated with the second Kumar (Prince), Ramendra Narayan Roy, the prince of Bhawal Estate of the sensational Bhawal Sanyasi case which tells of a dead body being discovered in this bungalow by a sanyasi (holy man). The body was thought to belong to Kumar till 12 years later, the supposedly actual Kumar re-surfaced in Dacca. The question asked then and even now is, “Whose body was cremated?” If the gate is unlocked, take the trouble to check out the house. You may yet unravel the mystery.

    First Written: May 17, 2012

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    Lose Altitude from Chaurastha

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated May 17, 2012

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    Once you return to the life-size statue, you are ready for some serious drop in altitude. Ask anyone for the road leading to ‘Step Aside’ and go down. You’ll come across a huge Buddhist prayer wheel beside a row of smaller ones on your left against the hill. Take the trouble of turning these wheels with your right hand clock-wise. The prayers contained inside these brightly-painted drums will spread as far as the winds will take them, perhaps endlessly.

    First Written: May 17, 2012

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    A Walk Round The Observatory Hill

    by anilpradhanshillong Written May 17, 2012

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    Take the left road towards St. Andrew’s Church, admiring the location of the Gymkhana Club and of the newly-rebuilt auditorium. Walk till you come to the gate of the Governor’s Summer Residence. If you continue beyond, you’ll soon enter the Botanical Gardens but for the moment, follow the right turning and continue till you come to a few benches placed strategically to view the Kanchenjunga. From there, you follow the road till you hear the unmistakable clanging of a temple bell. If you are so inclined, take the left, steep incline to see the Mahakal Temple on Observatory Hill. Yes, there are ponies around which may make your journey to the summit a lot less strenuous. Earlier, a monastery belonging to the Red Sect of Buddhist stood at this spot and the origin of the name Darjeeling was linked to this monastery. In Tibetan language, 'dorje' means thunderbolt while 'ling' means resting place; thus, Dorje Ling or Darjeeling (resting place of the thunderbolt). However, in the 19th. century, the Nepalese populace destroyed the monastery and in its place, built the present temple. The monastery now stands in Bhutia Busty. This entire round should not take you more than an hour.

    First Written: May 17, 2012

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    TIBETAN REFUGEE SELF HELP CENTRE

    by davidjo Written Mar 26, 2012

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    Visit the Tibetan Refugee Centre which is 5 kms out of town and worth hiking down the hill to get there. The centre started 50 years ago after the Tibetans fled from the Chinese invasion. They arrived in their thousands at Dharamsala and Darjiling, with nothing except what they could carry on their back. The centre was started in the 60's and is responsible for producing handicrafts, training artists and craftsmen. The sick and orphaned are also looked after here. The Tibetans weave carpets, metalwork, leatherwork, wooden items and traditional cloths that are exported worldwide. The master craftsmen are responsible for teaching apprentices their craft. They also have an offset printing press to print text books, calenders and other items. It is a great place for photography (polite to ask first) and the people are very friendly, easy to spend a whole day here if you manage to strike up a conversation and get one of the teenagers to show you around.

    OFFSET PRINTING MONKS BUSY STUDYING COTTON FOR QUILTS PREPARING THE WOOL FOR WEAVING
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    Tiger Hill - sunrise point, and hike back

    by Liatris1 Updated Sep 24, 2011

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    The place to be at sunrise...

    We went by Jeep from Gandhi Rd./La Laden Rd., early in the morning, before sunrise. And walked back to Darjeeling (approx 12 km) an hour after sunrise, with a stop in Ghoom. From Tiger Hill to Ghoom we walked on a path, and from Ghoom to Darjeeling we walked on one of the roads along the ridge.

    Beautiful views of the mountain peaks, Darjeeling and the valleys.

    Darjeeling, on the way down from Tiger Hill Faded prayer flag, with Ghoom in the background
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    Gorkha Memorial or War Memorial at Ghoom

    by goutammitra Written Sep 17, 2011

    The war memorial is situated at Ghoom - Batasia loop. It's visible when you enter or depart from Darjeeling. The toy train from Darjeeling stops here at the loop for nearly half an hour. You can also visit by road. Here you will find the Gorkha Dresses for your personalised photo session.

    The War Memorial stands as a reminiscence of the Gurkha martyrs of Darjeeling, who sacrificed their lives for their country in the wars and operations that have taken place since independence. In 1976, Manish Gupta, the then Deputy Commissioner of Darjeeling, took the initiative to construct a War Memorial, to pay homage to the 76 brave sons of Darjeeling who gave the supreme sacrifice of their life, for the cause of their nation.

    At the Memorial Rakhi and Munu at The Memorial Munu in Gorkha dress During Photo Session! Munu as Tea  plucking girl !
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    View of the white mountains from Darjeeling

    by Liatris1 Updated Sep 4, 2011

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    We where lucky and had beautiful views of the white mountain peaks from Darjeeling. We walked from Chowrasta and around the hill. Unfortunatley there was always a cloud around the peak of Mt. Kangchendzonga...

    Kangchendzonga from Darjeeling
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    Budget Hotels!!!

    by mamtap Updated Sep 3, 2011

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    Next time when you would be travelling to Darjeeling, you can try the less expensive hotels in Dr. Zakir Hussain Rd. or Gandhi Rd. These hotels are cheap but clean. As vehicles are prohibited on The Mall Road (Chowrasta), you have to take a different route to reach there. There are star hotels too. If you stay in these places, a small hike can easily take you to The Mall in no time. You can check other options too, if you have a tight budget. C.R. Das Rd., Tenzing Norgey Rd. and Tungsung Road also have budget hotels and The Mall is not so far from this places.

    Me with my Family @ The Mall!!!!Darjeeling...
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    Ringeet Vally Ropeway of Darjeeling

    by goutammitra Written Aug 10, 2011

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    The rope way was started in 1968 by the forest development department and comprised only a single car which ran one way. Later, it was upgraded to 16 cars and went to and fro. From an elevation of 2,134 m (7,001 ft) in Darjeeling’s North Point (Singamari), this bicable ropeway descended to 244 m (801 ft) at Singla on the banks of the Ramman river, which with Little Rangeet river, meets the Great Rangeet. Stopping at Tukver, Burnesbeg and Singla tea estates, it took 45 minutes to reach Singla Bazar, 8 km away. The rope way passed over dense forests, mountain ridges, water falls, flowing rivers, green valleys and tea gardens.

    The Great Rangeet flows from the glacial elevation of Kabru, in the lower regions of the Kanchenjunga, meeting first the Ramman and then the Little Rangeet further down. Singla offers is a fascinating view of the lovely valleys of these two streams. The Little Rangeet flows across the lush green Bijanbari valley. While the Little Rangeet is overflowing with trout, the valley has wildlife, flowers and butterflies.

    The passenger rope way was operated as a joint venture of the West Bengal Forest Development Corporation and the Conveyor and Rope way Services Private Ltd. It had been revamped in 1988.

    Munu at Ropeway The Cable car Munu & Rakhi inside the cable car Happy Valley Tea  Estate from Ropeway Views from Ropeway.
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    Darjeeling Zoo.

    by goutammitra Written Aug 10, 2011

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    A zoo was established on August 14, 1958 in the Birch Hill neighbourhood of Darjeeling under the Department of Education of the Government of West Bengal with a goal to study and preserve Himalayan fauna. Its first Director and founder was Dilip Kumar Dey. Mr. Dey, who belonged to the Indian Forest Service was on deputation to the Department of Education for the express purpose of establishing a high-altitude zoological Park specializing mainly in Himalayan flora and fauna. The Park's prized possessions were a pair of Siberian (Ussuri) tigers presented to the Government of India by Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev in 1960. Over the years famous names in the world of Conservation have been attracted to and have visited the HZP. The zoo now contains endangered animals like snow leopards, red pandas, gorals (mountain goat), Siberian tigers and a variety of endangered birds. However, there has been concern regarding the fact that the Himalayan animals may face a threat due to rising temperatures in the hilly area.
    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.

    Munu with The Mountain Goat in 2000 The Bison The Snow Lepard.
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    The Mahakal Temple

    by goutammitra Written Aug 8, 2011

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    Just up the Mall the temple of Mahakal ( Lord Shiva) is very sacred place for the locals and tourists as well. This place is visited by many throughout the day! We sat here on the New Year's Eve of 2001 ( 1st January). We also offered our prayers to Lord Shiva.

    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 worshipers 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. The place where the Mahakal Temple stands was once occupied by the Buddhist monastery. It is still a place of great sanctity for the Bhutias. Bells ring in the midst of fluttering flags, which are used to pray in the shrine. Monkeys are seen in plenty at the Observatory Hill.

    The Mahakal Temple. Munu & Rakhi at Mahakal Temple We at Mahakal Temple We at Mahakal Temple Walking up to the temple.
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    The Observatory Hill or The Mall

    by goutammitra Updated Aug 8, 2011

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    Observatory Hill is a hill near Chowrasta square, or The Mall as it is popularly known, in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. 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.

    Chowrasta and The Mall around Observatory Hill are the main centres of tourist attraction in Darjeeling. They spread on hill slopes at an altitude of 2,134 metres (7,000 feet). In clear weather, one can see Mount Kanchenjungha and twelve other peaks, all above 20,000 feet.The view is clear during October to November. At other times of the year, it is a matter of luck, with clouds engulfing the entire area and some portions of the view available at opportune moments.

    In spite of the high tourist flow, The Mall is the cleanest area in Darjeeling. Apart from the mountain views, tourists flock to the Chowrasta for pony rides (mostly by children) and collecting souvenirs. There are benches for tourists to sit and enjoy the "show". Vehicles are not allowed in The Mall, except for a small stretch near Raj Bhavan and Windamere Hotel.

    The place if full of locals and tourists as well throughout the day. There are several family owned shops here since British days selling Tea, Souvenir, paintings or handicrafts. You may buy Darjeeling souvenirs from mone of these shops.

    View from observatory hill or the Mall.
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    Darjeeling Gymkhana Club.

    by goutammitra Written Aug 8, 2011

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    Darjeeling Gymkhana Club Ltd. was established in the year 1909 and occupies an important place in the tourism map of Darjeeling,”Queen of Hills.” One of the most well equipped Clubs of the region with facilities of Indoor and Outdoor games, it is prominently located above the Mall Road next to Raj Bhawan. At present, it has a membership strength of around 400 permanent members and 49 special members (mainly 1st Class Gazetted Officers).

    The club also offers temporary membership to the tourists.

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    St.Andrew's Church, Darjeeling.

    by goutammitra Written Aug 8, 2011

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    This is an English Church and a burial ground for the small community of Darjeeling Christians. It was started in 1840 by then British East India company as the final resting home for their officers and soldiers.
    One of the most famous graves here ,belongs to an extraordinary Hungarian, Alexander Csoma de Koros, a philologist who mastered the Tibetan language, compiled a dictionary of it and went on to serve as the librarian of Calcutta's Asiatic Society. In 1842, he died in Darjeeling en route to Lhasa.
    Every year a high ranking Hungarian official travels to Darjeeling to lay wreathe on his grave along with Indian Government.

    One tier up, a white pillar marks the final resting place of George William Aylmer Lloyd, who died in Darjeeling in 1865 at the age of 76. It too is well kept although if anyone has come to pay their respects recently, they've left behind no indication of it.

    This place is must visit for nostalgic tourists!

    St.Andrew's Church.
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    Breathtaking Beauty of Darjeeling

    by goutammitra Updated Aug 8, 2011

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    If you are in Darjeeling by any chance, please treat this queen of hills with great respect. Please try to visit all the corners of the city, you shall find all the corners of the city not only beautiful but extraordinarily breathtakingly beautiful! Please give a full day just to appreciate the beauty of the nature and to love the nature!

    Darjeeling from Ringeet valley Rope way Darjeeling from Ghoom side. Darjeeling from Darjeeling The misty mountains of Darjeeling from Happy Valle
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