Darjeeling Things to Do

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    take a walk around the town for nice road side tea

    by AKHTARSAYYAD Written Jan 30, 2009

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    U must have to take a big round around the city and take a sip of fresh and great taste tea on road side small hut shops ,the shops are run by the young girls .they welcome u with nice smile. U can see that small roadside shops are really catching the atractions of school going children.

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    Peace Pagoda

    by Donna_in_India Updated Jul 21, 2010

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    Peace Pagoda

    This Buddhist stupa (Peace Pagoda) was designed by Dr. M. Okha, who also designed the Japanese Temple nearby. Under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii founder of the Nipponzan-Myôhôji Buddhist Order, it took 3 years to construct. The Peace Pagoda is all white and is 94 feet high and 75 feet in diameter. There are sculptures all around the Pagoda that portray the four incarnations of the life of Buddha.

    There are 70 Peace Pagodas around the world - built with the intention of uniting people of all races and religions in their search for world peace.

    Both the Peace Pagoda and Japanese Temple are very calm places. Spend some time visiting both and enjoying the wonderful views.

    See my Darjeeling travelogues for additional photos of the Peace Pagoda.

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    Take a Ride on the Darjeeling Toy Train

    by Donna_in_India Updated Jul 22, 2010

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    Waiting to leave Batasia Loop

    The Darjeeling Toy Train, officially known as the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and even if you take a short trip, it's a must do in Darjeeling.

    The engines run on coal and the tiny tracks are only 2 feet wide. The full journey from Darjeeling to New Japaiguri takes about nine hours but you can take the shorter trip (only an hour) to Ghoom, which is what we did. At 7,410 feet Ghoom is one of the highest railway stations in the world.

    Our 2 car train chugged along spewing smoke and steam. It travels so slowly that you can jump on and off easily while it's moving (we did that too!). To give you an idea how slow - that 9 hour Darjeeling to New Japaiguri trip covers only 50 miles!

    The train makes a 10 minute stop at Batasia Loop where it makes a figure eight. At Batasia Loop you can get out and visit the war memorial and take some photos of of the surrounding garden and Mt. Kanchenjunga.

    Check the schedule because timings and frequencies change depending on the season. If it is high tourist season, it's a good idea to buy your tickets in advance as the train fills up quickly. Sit on the right side of the train up to Ghoom for the best views. Your ticket also covers entry into the railway museum at Ghoom.

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    Happy Valley Tea Estate

    by Donna_in_India Written Jul 21, 2010

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    Tea Plants

    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!

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    Memories of Druk Sangag Choeling Monastery

    by Donna_in_India Updated Jul 21, 2010

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    Druk Sangag Choeling Monastery

    This was one of my 2 favorite experiences in Darjeeling.

    This huge, colorful Buddhist monastery sits high on a hill about 4 kms. outside of Darjeeling. It was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama and is the seat of H.H. Gyalwan Druken Rinpoche, the supreme head of the Kargyupa sect.

    After taking a couple of photos outside, we removed our shoes and were welcomed inside. Unbelievably there was a service going on. There were hundreds of monks on benches in two sections facing each other. They were chanting to the rhythmic drums. We made our way to the back of one of the sections and sat down on the hard floor. I was absolutely entranced.

    Alongside me about 8-10 feet away was a small group of young boys (monks) fidgeting through the service. A short while into our stay one of the elder monks went and brought us 2 mats. At one point several monks came in carrying pots and started pouring hot tea for the monks on the benches. The chanting and drums continued. It was so easy to get lost in it. We stayed a little longer before (unfortunately) making our way back outside.

    This was such an amazing experience. If you are lucky enough to go at a similar time, remove your shoes, be respectful (and quiet) and no photos inside!

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    Darjeeling, walk along the Tenzing Norgay Road

    by sachara Updated Jul 6, 2003

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    Darjeeling, Tenzing Norgay Road

    From the Mall in the centre we descend a little to the Tenzing Norgay road along the south side of the ridge. The views are fantastic, if it is not too hazy.
    At the first part of the road are a lot of small budget hotels.
    The houses on this steep slope are built on stilts. During our walk we saw a lot of houses under construction and it was very informative to see the different stages of the building process under these difficult circumstances.
    Also the road was under construction, we saw a lot of people breaking stones with the hand.

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    Toy train from Darjeeling to Ghoom

    by sachara Written Jul 6, 2003

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    Toy train to Ghoom

    From Darjeeling you can take the toy-train for a short 7 KM ride to Ghoom. It takes one hour, costs 6 eurocent and brings a lot of fun. Spectacular on the track is the Bastasia Loop. The train makes here a whole circle for bridging the height. All passengers have to go out.

    The toy-train is like a mascot for Darjeeling, In 1882 was the 90 KM extension of the Northern Bengal State Railway to Darjeeling completed. This 90 KM track climbs 2000 M in 9 hours. So if you like, you can make the whole track.Nowadays most people choose the fast way and go by car.

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    Budget Hotels!!!

    by mamtap Updated Sep 3, 2011

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    Me with my Family @ The Mall!!!!Darjeeling...

    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.

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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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    Relive Your Childhood - Darjeeling Ropeway

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated May 22, 2012

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    After that sumptuous lunch and before you begin feeling soporific, try out the Darjeeling Ropeway. It earlier consisted of 16 cars and plied between 'North Point' and Singla on the banks of the Ramman River. The journey on the ropeway offered beautiful views of the hills and the valleys around Darjeeling.

    Started in 1968 it had to stop operations in Oct. 2003 after the cable snapped and two cars plummeted 100 feet down the hill killing 4 tourists. It was reopened on Feb. 2, 2012 with lesser number of cars and a truncated journey. From 7,100 ft (2,134 m) in Darjeeling’s North Point (Singamari), this bi-cable ropeway descends for about 15 minutes to Puttabong Tea Estate in Tukvar village. It passes over dense forests, green valleys and tea gardens offering unmatched scenic vistas.

    It is now operated as a joint venture by the West Bengal Forest Development Corporation and Conveyor & Ropeway Services Pvt. Ltd. (CRS). It operates between 10 am to 2 pm and the rates are Rs. 120/- per adult and Rs. 60/- per child (above 3 years to 8 years old). On the 14th of each month, the ropeway is closed for maintenance but if the day happens to be a Sunday, then the maintenance is done the next day. Each car carries 6 passengers only; try to grab the seat facing the downhill journey. The scene is far better this way. While returning also, grab the same seat for the best views.

    On your way back to the hotel, you could check up the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Tenzing Rock, the Zoo and the Nightingale Park. Kids will love to try out their mountaineering skills at the Tenzing rock.

    First Written: May 22, 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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    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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    Chowrasta-horse riding

    by mantru Written Aug 26, 2007

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    Chowrasta in nepali means four roads,this place is the heart of darjeeling where you can see lots of people whole day thru,its a lively place mostly you'll see youngesters hanging out,lots of eatries aroundyou can drop in for coffee and paneer pakora in Stardust and get a view of few villages on the right will be Manpari busty(village),Toong Soong(my village )and down below Pandam Busty where you can see the tea garden.On the left will be Bhutia busty and below that will be Lebong helipad and public ground.If you have enough time you can hike to lebong thru this way or you can take a cab from the bazar which will take another route thru north point.
    You can visit Fiesta which was earlier known as Golden Platter,this was the only place which served ice cream when we were young and candy floss.
    Amegoes is another fast food corner where you can fill in if you are hungry.Mostly people just sit on the sides and enjoy looking people passing by.You can also try horse riding ther are small ponies avaliable.Long time ther used to be a race course in Lebong but now its no longer there and most of the youngesters might not know people enjoyed this type of entertainment in Darjeeling.The buildings which houses most of these stores line National store,Oxford book house ect are there from the time of british Raj.
    The Bhanu Bhakta Statue is right there towards the mall,he was the great poet who is the founder of nepali language also known as Adhi Kavi Bhanu Bahkta,earlier it was Sanskrit which was taught to the priviledged high caste as the hindu scriptures were in Sanskrit,he gave this language to all the nepalies.

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    try the toy train.....

    by mantru Updated Aug 1, 2007

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    You can experience the toy train once in a lifetime experience coz you'll not get to take this joyride else where......as per darjnet.com

    "The journey to Darjeeling is regarded as among the most spectacular in the world. Travellers are awed by both the scenery as well as the railway line which is truly an engineering masterpiece and without doubt one of the wonders of the world. The history of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is equally fascinating."

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    Sunrise at tiger hill

    by mantru Updated Aug 1, 2007

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    I get to see the sunrise from my house daily.......however people flock to see the sunrise from atiger hill which is very famous in darjeeling.........it depends on your luck as all depends on the weather....sunny or cloudy..........
    The altitude of Senchel (water reservoir for the supply of water to Darjeeling town) and Tiger Hill are 8,163 and 8,515 feet respectively. The first rays of the sun shoot ahead and shed light upon the twin peaks of Kanchenjunga and gradually paint the whole of its snow body with a beautiful orange colour. From Tiger Hill, just the top of Mount Everest (29,002') is visible, peeping out through two other peaks standing by its side. The peak that looks highest is that of Makalu (27,799'). These three peaks are seen to the north-west a little left of Phalut. Everest looks smaller than any of its two sisters, although Everest is not only higher than either of them, but the highest peak in the world, the distance in straight line of Everest from Tiger Hill being 107 miles. This phenomenon arises from the fact that Everest is several miles beyond them.

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