You can experience the way people travelled long time ago from NJP to darjeeling in the steam engine .The slow paced train snakes its way parellel to the roads ,stopping cars while it changes from left side to the right creating a " chuk chuk " sound,which has been described in so many nepali songs .
The short ride to Ghum is called the joy ride which is a two way ride from Darjeeling-Batasia-ghum-Darjeeling.The train stops at batasia then continues to ghum .At ghum one can visit the railway museum and then back to Darjeeling.I have clicked few pictures of them.
The tarrif is 240/- per pax.
Himalayan Mountaineering Insitute
This is in the grounds of the zoological park. It provides training for India's leading mountaineers. Within the complex there is the Everest museum which traces the history of the attempts on the worlds highest mountain. It makes you really think of what has been achieved with so little equipment.
Next door is the Mountaineering Musuem, with a model of the world's mountains. In the UK our highest mountain is Ben Nevis, it looks so small compared to the others! Darjeeling is higher than
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tea all the way
a visit to a tea garden is a must ..make sure to go to the one which is operating...so that you can see the process ...how tea is made.......
Also HMI darjeeling has a good museum......
Darjeeling, visit to the bazaar
In Darjeeling it is nice to stroll around in the bazaar and look what's going on.
Also the centre near the bazaar it's very lifely.
There are many shops where you can buy nearly everything.
Darjeeling Bazaar, local transport
It's very busy on the high street to the bazaar.
Sometimes there is a real traffic jam of local cars, bringing people to the bazaar.
On our from the bazaar to th botanical garden we saw this hospital.
The hospital has a nice architecture, but need badly some maintenance and restoration.
Darjeeling, Bhutia Bustee Monastery
The Bhutia Bustee Monastery is built more than a century ago by Karmapa Rinpoche, head of the Kargyudpa sect.
The monastery is decorated in yellow and gold.
Darjeeling, wedding ceremony
On our way to the Botanical Garden we paas at a narrow path a wedding ceremony.
The family was surprised to see us and very willing to explain us the ceremony.
Ghoom Monastery, the Matreya
In the empty prayerhall of the Ghoom Monastery with the fresh whitened walls, the Matreya, the future Buddha, was still there with a lot of katas, white silk scarves of offering.
Darjeeling, Aloobari Monastery
After a 4KM walk along the Tenzing Norgay Road we reached the Aloobari Monastery with typical colourfull decorations.
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St Andrews church...
The church is near gymkhana club...so if you stroll along the mall road you'll see it next to LOreto college.
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