Badamtan Tea Estate
Ganga Maya Park
Kurseong Hill Station
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park(Darjeeling Zoo)
Shrubbery Nightingale Park
Darjeeling War Memorial
Welcome to Darjeeling Hill Station,
Darjeeling is a district in the Indian state of West Bengal, is internationally famous for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a Hill Station, situated at an average elevation of 6,710 ft (2,050 m). Extensive tea plantations were established in the region, and tea growers developed distinctive hybrids of black tea and created new fermenting techniques. The resultant distinctive Darjeeling tea is internationally recognised and ranks among the most popular of the black teas.
It has been crowned with the honour of being the queen of all hill stations in the nation. The plethora of fresh air, scenic beauty and pleasing weather of this district attract thousands of tourists round the year. Numerous tourists and nature lovers` have made the Darjeeling district their second home. Warmth of the local people also makes their stay more exciting and memorable.
Aloobari Gomba, which is situated three kilometers away from the center of Darjeeling, is a monastery where you can find Tibetan and Sikkimese monks. These monks sell religious accessories and other handicrafts. If you are interested in shopping as well as sightseeing, then Aloobari Gomba is a place of choice to visit.
The grand monastery, in bright red and white, is a feast to the eyes. Aloobari Gomba is known as Mak Drong Gomba and is along Tenzing Norgay Road. Thupten Sangachoeling Gompa and Sonada Gomba are other monasteries also seen nearby, in between Aloobari Gomba and Darjeeling.
Badamtan Tea Estate was originally owned by the more than 150-years-old Lebong Tea Company. The tea estate was one of the tea company owned and managed by the British. It is located across the Rangit River. A walk to this tea estate will take a refreshing half a day.
Badamtan Tea Estate is also a place en route in a hiking from Darjeeling and Glenburn. You can purchase first flush tea, which fills the estate with sweet flavor and fine aroma. One should not miss the Buddha of Badamtan, a 14-foot-high statue of Lord Buddha. Unlike the usual closed-eye position, this statue has Buddha's eyes wide open as if looking up to gods above, having attained enlightenment.
The world famous heritage toy train (DHR) winds its way through one out of the three loops en route to Siliguri from Darjeeling at Batasia, which is very near to Ghoom railway station. Ghoom railway station is the highest railway station to be reached by a steam locomotive. This loop is perfect masterpiece of railway engineering. At the center of the loop a war memorial stands which reminds us of the Gorkha martyrs, who laid their lives protecting the sovereignty of our motherland.
Situated 5 kms from Darjeeling, below Ghum, Batasia Loop is also a memorial to the Gorkha soldiers who gave their lives after the Indian Independence in 1947. From the Batasia Loop, the tourists enjoy a panoramic view of Darjeeling town with the Kanchenjunga and other snow capped mountains in the backdrop. This spot is also the photographer`s paradise. The War Memorial, constructed in memory of the brave sons of Darjeeling who died for the country since Independence in 1947, is worth visiting tourist attraction near Batasia Loop.
Bengal Natural History Museum, Darjeeling enchants visitors with a fascinating presentation of the diverse nature, full of flora and fauna. The Bengal Natural History Museum, Darjeeling , is not only important from the archaeological point of view, but focuses on the natural process of evolution. The Bengal Natural History Museum in Darjeeling came into existence in the year 1903. A profusion of Himalayan fauna is the hallmark of the Bengal Natural History Museum in Darjeeling . There are 4,300 examples of Himalayan fauna , available at the Bengal Natural History Museum in Darjeeling . Moreover, numerous faunas, originally belonging to Bengal and Darjeeling, team up with the Himalayan specimens. Even faunas from Bengal Natural History Museum, DarjeelingJalpaiguri, Sikkim, Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal, crowd here. The catchy exhibits of the museum are namely, fish , insects, birds, bird-eggs, reptiles, butterflies and plenty of herbarium.
There exist a rare type of crocodile, the estuarine crocodile, in the Bengal Natural History Museum, at Darjeeling . It is undoubtedly a marvel to watch at. The resplendent medley colors , demonstrated by the radiant and mind-blowing butterflies at the Bengal Natural History Museum, in Darjeeling. The Bengal Natural History Museum, Darjeeling, provides the keen visitors with precious knowledge on the natural world and resources, significant enough to generate the commoner`s awareness about his natural environs. Equally fabulous are the great variety of stones, noticeable in their mineral moulds . The Bengal Natural History Museum at Darjeeling remains open the entire week, except Thursday. The Bengal Natural History Museum of Darjeeling, welcomes visitors from 10.00 Am. to 4.00 PM .
Bhutia Busty Monastery is one of the popular religious shrines of Buddhism in Darjeeling. Alike others, this monastery also is home to many monks and religious scriptures. Bhutia Busty Monastery was shifted from its origins place at Observatory Hill, after a devastating destroyed it earthquake in 1934.Some people have also opined that the Nepalese army destroyed this monastery during the19th century. Lama DorjiLingpa built the original monastery at Observatory Hill.
The name Darjeeling was derived from the name of this Lama. With the benevolence of the Chogyal of Sikkim, Bhutia Busty Monastery was rebuilt in the present location. Bhutia Busty Monastery get some grant from the Ecclesiastical Department of Government of Sikkim for maintenance, rest is taken care by the Darjeeling municipality.
Birch Hill or Jawahar Parbat, an off-shoot from The Mall, is an exclusive residential section where the Raj Bhavan is situated. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is located on the western spur of Birch Hill Park, about a kilometer and half from Observatory Hill.
This is a mountaineering museums, an ensemble of Mountaineering Museums it has a great collection of mountaineering equipment, specimens of flora and fauna, traditional attire of Himalayan tribes, souvenirs from mountaineering clubs from all over the world and a relief model of the main peaks of the Himalayas.
Darjeeling Himalayan Hill Region is situated on the North-Western side of the state of West Bengal in India. This region belongs to the Eastern Himalaya range. The whole of the Darjeeling district except the Siliguri division constitutes the region. It starts abruptly up from the Terai region. The region slopes up from a south to north direction. The river Teesta divides the region in two parts. The region to the east of Teesta and The region to the west of Teesta.
Darjeeling Ropeway was a ropeway in the town of Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. The ropeway used to be a popular tourist destination in the town. It consisted of sixteen cars and plied between the "North Point" in the town of Darjeeling 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. The ropeway 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 from. 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, meets the Great Rangeet. Stopping at Tukver, Burnesbeg and Singla tea estates, it took 45 minutes to reach Singla Bazar, eight km away. The ropeway passed over dense forests, mountain ridges, water falls, flowing rivers, green valleys and tea gardens.
At Singla Bazar is a fascinating beautiful view of the lovely valleys of these two streams. The Little Rangeet flows across lush Bijanbari valley, brimming with agriculture and dairy products. While the Little Rangeet is overflowing with trout, the valley has wild life, flowers and butterflies.
Darjeeling Tea, from the Darjeeling region in West Bengal, India, has traditionally been prized above all other black teas, especially in the United Kingdom and the countries comprising the former British Empire. When properly brewed it yields a thin-bodied, light-colored liquor with a floral aroma. The flavor also displays a tinge of astringent tannic characteristics, and a musky spiciness often referred to by tea connoisseurs as "muscatel." Although Darjeeling black teas are marketed commercially as "black tea", almost all of them have incomplete oxidation (less than 90%), so they are technically more Oolong than black.
Unlike most Indian tea, Darjeeling is normally made from the small-leaved Chinese variety of Camellia sinensis var. sinensis, rather than the large-leaved Assam plant (C. sinensis var. assamica). Traditionally Darjeeling tea is made as black tea; however, Darjeeling oolong and green teas are becoming more commonly produced and easier to find, and a growing number of estates are also producing white teas.
The Darjeeling Toy Train made its first journey in September 1881. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has acquired UNESCO's endorsement as a World Heritage icon in 1999. The journey starts from Siliguri and at Chunamandi the train comes to its z-crossing, starting the zig-zagging or reversing in order to attain higher elevation. Sensation corners, which are nothing but loops, are excellent viewing points.
A journey in the toy train crisscrosses the motor road and passes through bazaars, leaving a long-lasting memory to the visitor. The journey takes approximately eight hours to Darjeeling from New Jalpaiguri.
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.
After Gupta's initiative, a committee was formed and Batasia was selected as the site of the War Memorial. On 22nd March 1995, the War Memorial of West Bengal was inaugurated and opened for public. The memorial comprises of a holy elevated oval platform, 37' x 24', with a 9-feet high bronze statue and a 30 feet high triangular cenotaph, made of granite. The Roll of Honor has been engraved on an octagonal stand, of about 3 feet.
Deolo Hill is one of the two hills that the town of Kalimpong stands between. Kalimpong is situated on a ridge connecting the hills of Durpin and Deolo. The hill is 1,704 metres (5,590 feet) above msl and is the highest point of Kalimpong town. The hill is located north east of the town. Three water reservoirs, two of which serve as the primary drinking water source to the town are present atop this hill. The town of Kalimpong, the surrounding villages of Relli valley, Teesta River and its valleys all can be viewed from this point.
The snow-clad mountains of West Sikkim are also visible on a clear day from this hill. At the summit of this hill, a park built for recreation purposes which feature exotic flowers. The park is a popular picnic spot for locals as well as tourists. Near the park a Hindu temple is also a visited spot.
Durpin Hill is one of the two hills (the other being Deolo Hill) connected by a ridge on which the town of Kalimpong stands. The hill is 1,372 metres (4,501 feet) above mean sea level and is located south west of the town. The hill commands a panoramic view overlooking the town of Kalimpong, the snow clad Himalayan ranges of West Sikkim, the Teesta River and its valleys and the Jelepla Pass in the distance. A golf course is also present just off the summit.
Atop the hill sits the Zang Dhok Palri Monastery which was consecrated by the Dalai Lama in 1976. The monastery holds in its reliquary 108 volumes of the Kangyur.
Everest Museum and Mountaineering Museum are entered through the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Zoo. The Everest museum is situated next door. This museum traces the history of attempts to climb the Everest. Sherpa Denzing Norbay, who conquered Mount Everest along with Edmund Hillary, was the director of the institute. He died in 1896. His statue is standing near his cremation spot.
Ganga Maya Park is further down the road, about 3 kilometers (2 mi) from the Rock Garden. Named after an innocent victim of police firing during the GNLF agitation, it meanders down the course of a chortling mountain stream, past gazebos, clumps of flowering shrubs and trees, over humped backed bridges under which koi-carp coruscate, and into a circular lake with paddle boats and a waterfall. It has a small lake where boating facilities are available Gorkha folk dances are performed to entertain the tourists.
Ghum (also spelt Ghoom) is a small hilly locality in the Darjeeling Himalayan hill region of West Bengal, India. Ghum railway station of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the highest rail-station in India. It is situated at an altitude of 2,225.7 metres (7,407 ft). The place is the home of the Ghum Monastery and the Batasia Loop, a bend of the Darjeeling Himalayan railway. Tiger Hill is 5 km from Ghum and is located 1,100 feet (340 m) higher than Ghum. On a clear day, the entire Darjeeling area offers a grand view of Kanchanjunga, the third highest peak in the world, but Tiger Hill additionally offers a view of top of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. Thousands of tourists wake up early in the morning and rush to Tiger Hill for a glimpse of the famed sunrise.
Ghoom monastery, also spelt as Ghum is the popular name of the Sampten Choling Monastery or Yiga Choeling Monastery located at Ghum at an approximate elevation of 8,000 feet, 8 km from Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal, India. The monastery follows the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism and the 15-feet high statue of "Coming Buddha" (Maitreya Buddha), resplendent in gold polish and embedded with precious stones in the monastery is a must watch sight for the tourists. The monastery also contains images of Buddha`s disciples, namely Chenrezi and Chongapa. Ghoom monastery is considered to be one of the holiest monasteries as the renowned Tomo Geshe Rimpoche of Tibet personally blessed this place. Ghoom monastery was built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso and is largest of the three monasteries in Ghum.
Happy Valley Tea Estate is a tea estate in Darjeeling district in the Indian state of West Bengal. The estate was established in 1854. David Wilson, an Englishman, had named the garden Wilson Tea Estate and by 1860 had started cultivation of tea. In 1903 the estate was taken over by an Indian, Tarapada Banerjee, an aristocrat from Hooghly. In 1929, Banerjee bought the Windsor tea estate nearby, and merged the two estates under the name of Happy Valley tea estate.
The bushes in the garden are very old, the minimum age is 80 years, and some are 150 years old. Very few re-plantations having been done in the recent past. This tea estate is the closest estate to Darjeeling town, and tourists often visit the garden.
Everest Museum and Mountaineering Museum are entered through the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Zoo. The zoo and the two museums are run by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, which trains mountaineers.
The mountaineering museum has a grand collection of historical mountaineering equipment, specimens of Himalayan flora and fauna, and a relief model of the Himalayas.
Jalapahar is a ridge as well as a locality in the hilly town of Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. There was a British military camp in this locality in the Raj days. This ridge meet Katapahar ridge at Observatory Hill. St. Paul's School, one the oldest public schools, is located here. Jalapahar gives a breath-taking view of Darjeeling town nestling under the majestic peak of Kanchenjanga.
A famous structure in Jalapahar is Bryanstone built in 1848. It was the residence of two great Indologists, J.D.Hooker and Brian Hodgson. St. Paul's School was transferred to Darjeeling in 1864. It occupies, among other buildings, the old manor Bryanstone.
The Japanese Temple in Darjeeling is also known as the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple in Darjeeling . The temple is located near the Peace pagoda. The Japanese Temple in Darjeeling is built in a pure Japanese architectural form. The peace rocks were built by the Fuji Guru in India. The Guru was very much inspired by the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi and felt the urge to build these stupas after being inspired by Gandhi's teachings.
The Japanese Temple of Darjeeling was built in order to promote peace after he saw the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing in 1945. The Japanese Temple at Darjeeling was built in the year 1972. The temple stands on the philosophy of peace and spirituality. The designer of the temple was Dr. M. Okha. The spectacular view of Mount Kanchenjunga along with entire Darjeeling city line is best viewed from this place. If you want to experience the tranquility and serenity of life then it is a must to visit this place.
Jore Pokhri Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Darjeeling District, West Bengal. It includes high altitude animals like Himalayan Newt or Salamander. The forest is artificially decorated and offers some breathtaking views.
An ancient Kali temple dedicated to Goddess Kali is located on the banks of the river. The architectural marvel and being the only Kali temple in the vicinity attracts hundreds of locals and tourists each year. During Dussehra, the temple is decorated and the whole 9 days are celebrated with pomp and show.
Kalimpong is a hill station in the Mahabharat Range (or Lesser Himalaya) in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located at an average elevation of 1,250 metres (4,101 ft). The town is the headquarters of the Kalimpong subdivision, a part of the district of Darjeeling. The Indian Army's 27 Mountain Division is located on the outskirts of the town. Kalimpong is known for its educational institutions many of which were established during the British colonial period. It used to be a gateway in the trade between Tibet and India.
Kalimpong, located on a ridge overlooking River Teesta, is a tourist destination owing to its temperate climate and proximity to popular tourist locations in the region. Horticulture is also important to Kalimpong: it has a flower market notable for its wide array of orchids; nurseries, which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers and rhizomes, contribute to the economy of Kalimpong.
Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world (the first two being Mount Everest and K2), standing at an altitude of 8586 m. There are five peaks in Kanchenjunga. If you watch Kanchenjunga from the Observatory Hills, you might be deceived that the mount is a calm and serene upheaval of ice and snow.
In reality, rock and ice avalanches more often thunder this ostensibly serene mount. There are not any direct routes to the mount. One has to try various indirect routes, probably starting by ascending any one of the five peaks, then finding any possible place for camping, and attempting the summit. As hardship it may give, a visit to Kanchenjunga is memorable.
Karmi Farm is a family-run farm that offers comfortable accommodation in Darjeeling. This farmhouse is floored using traditional wood and decorated with hand-woven rugs that are locally made. The farmhouse used local workers to produce organic food in Nepalese and Sikkimese traditional way. Sometimes food is brought from outside. The farmhouse has fabulous terraces that overlook the valleys.
Cosy log fires make the cooler evenings lovably warmer. There are three ways to reach Karmi Farm: you can get dropped at the foot of the hill and walk around 15 minutes; a 90-minute jeep ride through tea gardens, followed by a 3-hour ride through countryside; or 8 hours' walk.
Kurseong is a hill station situated in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. Located at an altitude of 1458 metres (4864 ft), Kurseong is just 30 km from Darjeeling. It has a pleasant climate throughout the year and the winters are not as severe as Darjeeling. The local name of Kurseong is called "Kharsang" which in the Lepcha language means "Land of the White Orchids".
Kurseong is developing as a quiet hill station. The gardens include Castleton, Makaibarie, Ambotia and Goomtee.
Religious sites : Ambhotia Shiva Temple, Giddapahar Durga Mata Mandir, Jagdish Mandir on Bank Road (on way to the Eagle's Craige). This is a very old temple (almost 300 years old) of Lord Jagannath, St. Pauls Church on Hill Cart Road, Buddhist Gompa in Montieviot, Buddhist Gompa in Dowhill Road.
Natural sites : Eagle's Craig, Deer Park - Now known as DowHill Park on the DowHill Road, The Kholas (Water Falls - Springs)
Lava is a small hamlet situated 34 kilometres (21 mi) east of the town of Kalimpong via Algarah in the state of West Bengal, India. Lava is situated at an altitude of 7,016 feet (2,138 m). It is one of the few places in West Bengal to receive snow in winter. The route to Lava is scenic with the change in vegetation from tropical deciduous to the wet alpine trees of fir, pine and birch. Due to coldness,Tongba(Dhungro) is famous here for the precaution of cold. The idyllic verdant forests are an ideal spot for picnicking, trekking and bird watching and other peripatetic activities. The road is untouched by modern life and one is treated to rustic hamlets whose inhabitants are still living as they have for centuries.
The region is still virgin and wild animals such as the Himalayan Black Bear, barking deer are found in profusion in these parts. A Buddhist monastery is present on one of the hills of Lava.
Lloyd's Botanical Garden, or Darjeeling Botanical Garden, is a botanical garden in Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. Thie Lloyd's Botanical Garden was established in 1878 when 40 acres (160,000 m2) of land were acquired at Darjeeling to form a botanic garden as a distant annexe of the Calcutta Botanical Garden.
The Darjeeling Botanical Garden preserves several species of bamboo, oak, magnolia, arisaema, cotoneaster, wild geranium, and rhododendron - forest native plants of the Darjeeling Himalayan hill region, Sikkim region, and other neighbouring regions. Also several exotic plants are preserved, and the Cacti and Succulent collection of 150 species is displayed in the Conservatory. The collection of native Orchids from Singalila Ridge in present day Singalila National Park is rare and notable. The Indian Botanical Garden Network's Garden code ascribed for this garden is WB-DBG.
This road has always been hidden from the eyes of the tourists and is one of the most beautiful roads especially meant for the lovers. Why do lovers go to Love Road to spend some time? Well, it's very simple, the view from this particular road is just mind-blowing and there is less amount of houses, just nature. It's worth a visit. To reach this Love Road, one can descend from Mall Road or reach via Singamari.
Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary is situated in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. It comes under Darjeeling Wild Life division. The sanctuary sprawls over 159 km2 of reserve forest and was started as a game sanctuary in 1955. In 1959 it got the status of a sanctuary mainly to protect the Indian bison and Royal Bengal Tiger, which were facing the threat of extinction. Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the foothills of Himalayas, between the Teesta and Mahananda rivers. Animal species found here are elephant, Indian bison, tiger, barking deer, Rhesus monkey, leopard, fishing cat, jungle cat, sambar (Cervus unicolor), and cheetal. The rare mountain goat (Serow) can be sighted here.
Mirik is under the development scheme as a hill resort. The place is famous for its tranquil surroundings, magnificent views, soothing climate and recreational activities. The town is centered around the Sumendu Lake, which is the prime attraction in Mirik. The dense forest of pine, cardamom and the orange captures the heart of any tourist, venturing this divine land of beauty. Mirik is located 55 kms from Siliguri and is 1767 m above sea level. Being promoted as a New Hill Station, Mirik happens to be a small valley in Sing-lila hills region, about 50 Km from both Siliguri and Darjeeling.
The Sumendu Lake is the major attraction of Mirik. The arch bridge across the lake is 80 ft. long. Boating and fishing are two of the most popular pastimes in the lake. Rameetay Dara is a viewpoint from where one can get a sweeping view of the plains and the mountains. Sunrise and sunset seen from this point remain to be unforgettable views in a lifetime. Deosi Dara is another high altitude observation point offering a panoramic view of the plains, the hills and the peaks. Rai Dhap is an ideal picnic spot in Mirik and also the source of drinking water for the whole of Mirik. Debi Sthan is the revered Hindu temple; the Singha Devi Mandir lies on the western bank of the lake. Helipad and Swiss Cottage is the hilltop helipad offering a panoramic view of Mirik and the Samendu Lake.
Neora Valley National Park is situated in the Kalimpong subdivision under Darjeeling District, West Bengal spread over an area of 88 km2 established in 1986 is one of the richest biological zones in the entire Northeast. The land of elegant Red Panda in the pristine undisturbed natural habitat with rugged inaccessible hilly terrain and rich diverse flora and fauna together make the park an important wilderness zone.
Virgin natural forests, dense bamboo groves, colourful canopy of Rhododendron trees, lush green valley, meandering rivers and streams with snowcapped mountains in the backdrop form a picturesque landscape. The park reaches up to an elevation of 10600 ft at Rechela Danda, the highest point of Neora Valley National park, which borders Sikkim and Bhutan. The Neora River, the major water source of Kalimpong town. The fauna consist of such endangered species as the clouded leopard, red panda, and musk deer. Other species are leopard, five species of civet, black bear, sloth bear, golden cat, wild boar, leopard cat, goral, serow, barking deer, sambar, Himalayan flying squirrel and Thar.
King cobra, common cobra krait, green pit viper, blind snake and lizards are also found. Many colourful insects such as butterflies, moths, beetles, bees, wasps, bugs cicadas are added attraction of the valley.
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 Observatory Hill. The Bhutia Busty monastery was originally located here. Now the hill has the temple of Mahakala. Two important arteries of the town, Nehru Road and Bhanubhakta Sarani, meet at Chowrasta. The Bhutiya Busty, the oldest monastery in Darjeeling, was first located on Observatory Hill. It was built in 1765 by Lama Dorje-rinzing.
There are several important places around Observatory Hill. Birch Hill, or Jawahar Parbat, an off-shoot from The Mall, is an exclusive residential section where the Raj Bhavan is situated. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is located on the western spur of Jawahar Parbat, about a kilometre and half from Observatory Hill. The Windamere Hotel and West Bengal Government's Tourist Lodge stand above The Mall.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (also called the Darjeeling Zoo) is a 67.56-acre (27.3 ha) zoo in the town of Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. The zoo was opened in 1958, and an average elevation of 7,000 feet (2,134 m), is the largest high altitude zoo in India. 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. The zoo attracts about 300,000 visitors every year.
The park is named after Padmaja Naidu (1900-1975), the governor of West Bengal (1956-1967) and the daughter of Sarojini Naidu, the nationalist leader, poet, and orator who was sometimes called the 'Nightingale of India'. The zoo serves as the central hub for Central Zoo Authority of India's red panda program.
Pattabong Tea Garden is a census town in Darjeeling district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Pattabong Tea Garden or Puttabong Tea Garden is a tea-estate within the urban agglomeration of Darjeeling. The area under tea plantation is 4.37 km2 (2 sq mi) while the gross area is 8.92 km2 (3 sq mi).
Phalut or Falut (3600 m) is the second highest peak of West Bengal, India. Part of the Singalila Ridge in the Himalayas, it is located at the border of the Indian states of West Bengal and Sikkim and the country of Nepal. It is located inside the Singalila National Park. A small bunkhouse is near the top of the peak and is administered by the Indian army.singalila pass is 17 km apart from phalut.this root entered into sikkim,and divide into two part,first go towards the djongri top,and second one towards the utterey.
The indigenous tribes surrounding the mountain peak are known as Falutians by outsiders. Falutians have a 300 year history of worshipping the mountain peak, and believe that Falut is an omniscient god. They refer to the mountain peak as "Omna Re Ay".
The Rock Garden (also known as Barbotey Rock Garden) at Chunnu Summer Falls and Ganga Maya Park, near it, are recently added tourist attractions in the hilly town of Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal, India. It is situated about 10 kilometers (6 mi) from Darjeeling. While proceeding from the town along Hill Cart Road, one has to turn right, well before reaching Ghum. The road descends rapidly into the valley. With sharp bends all the way, there are breathtaking views at many points. Tea gardens dot the hill slopes. Constructed by The Gorkha Hill Council Tourism Department.
Sandakfu or Sandakphu (3636 m-11929 ft) is the highest peak in the state of West Bengal, India. It is situated at the edge of the Singalila National Park on the West Bengal - Sikkim border, and is the highest point of the Singalila Ridge. Sandakphu has a small village on the peak with a number of hostels. The peaks of Kanchendzonga and Everest can be seen from its summit. From Sandakphu the best view of the mountain Kanchenjangha is possible, which is known as the sleeping Buddha or the sleeping shiva..
Sangchhen Thong, Delling Gompa, is one of the oldest monasteries in Darjeeling, established in1818. The exterior appearance and date of preserving the manuscripts justifies Sangchhen Thong, Delling Gompa to be the oldest monastery in Darjeeling.
According to the Ecclesiastical Department of Sikkim, the original name of this monastery was Ging monastery that belonged to the Lamas of Pemayangtse monastery in West Sikkim. The original monastery covered an area of 19 acres and bounded by the North-east , the eastern Lebong road, North and west, western Lebong road and south leading from Darjeeling to Rangeet, South and South West Government Ging road from Western Lebong to Darjeeling road.
Senchal Lake is located at an altitude of 8515 feet above the sea level. This lake serves as the water reservoir for the supply of water for Darjeeling. It is approximately 11 km from the town and is close to Tiger Hills. It is especially appreciated for its scenic splendor a picnic spot, which is very popular among the tourists, both Indian and others. The area has a 9-hole golf course with a clubhouse.
Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary was set up in 1915 in the Darjeeling District of West Bengal, India. Here, high altitude animals such as barking deer, wild pigs, himalayan black bear, leopards, jungle cats, common rhesus monkeys, Assam macaque, Himalayan flying squirrels, etc. are found in their natural habitats. The sanctuary is also rich in bird life.
Shopping in Darjeeling is one of the favourite recreational activities for the tourists. Curios like thangkas, woven fabrics, brass statues, woodcarvings, jewellery, carpets and the famous Darjeeling tea are the prime items for sale in the Darjeeling district. The tourists find a vast array of handicrafts and curios, ideal gifts to take as souvenirs from Darjeeling.
The typically Himalayan items found in Darjeeling are highly esteemed amongst all. They are usually manufactured in local areas; sometimes they are also imported from countries like Nepal, Bhutan etc. The beautiful town-brass statues, religious objects, jewellery, wooden carvings, woven fabrics and carpets are bought by many tourists and whole sellers who sell these at higher prices in the plains. Handloom is also one of the best buys in Darjeeling.
Shrubbery Nightingale Park, a lovely garden and entertainment space in Darjeeling, lies about 2-5 kms from Darjeeling Railway Station, at a walk able distance from the Chowrasta. Shrubbery Nightingale Park is a beautiful park, offering a package of cultural programmes that are performed daily during the tourist season. The park opens at 4.00 p.m. and closes at 8.00 p.m. The park has been extensively renovated, and comprises of a giant Statue of Lord Shiva, a temple, and provisions for live-interactive entertainment shows. The best time to visit the park is during the evenings. Entrance fee is charged and nominal charges for photography are also required from the visitor.
Shrubbery Nightingale Park is a scenic park with beautiful water falls falling from the altitude of the Shiva temple. Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council has developed Shrubbery Nightingale Park as best cultural spot where one can enjoy different forms of Nepali dances in the evening.
Singalila National Park is a national park of India located on the Singalila Ridge at an altitude of more than 7000 feet above sea level, in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. It is well known for the trekking route to Sandakphu that runs through it. The park was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1986, and was made an Indian National Park in 1992. The region had long been used as the trekking route from Manebhanjang to Sandakphu (the highest peak of West Bengal), and Phalut.
Thick bamboo, oak, magnolia and rhododendron forest between 2000 and 3600 m cover the Singalila Ridge. he park has a number of small mammals including the Red Panda, Leopard Cat, Barking Deer, Yellow-throated Marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin and the Pika. Larger mammals include the Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Serow and the Takin. The park is a birder's delight with over 120 species recorded including many rare and exotic species like the Scarlet Minivet, Kalij Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Brown and Fulvous Parrotbills, Rufous-vented Tit, and Old World babblers like the Fire-tailed Myzornis and the Golden-breasted Fulvetta. The park is also on the flyway of many migratory birds.
The Singalila Ridge is a North - South running mountain ridge in Northwestern West Bengal, India.The district of Ilam (Nepal) falls on the western part of this ridge and the northern ridge ends up in Sikkim(India) Part of the Himalayas, it separates other mountain ranges of West Bengal from other Himalayan ranges to its west. The two highest peaks of West bengal, Sandakphu (3636 m) and Phalut (3600 m) are located on the ridge, and the Singalila National Park encompasses the ridge. It is famous for its views of Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest, and the trek from Manebhanjan to Sandakphu and Phalut is a popular one.
The Sivalik Hills or Range -- also spelled Shiwalik, Shivalik or Siwalik and sometimes called Churia or Chure Hills or Outer Himalaya -- are the southernmost and geologically youngest east-west mountain chain of the Himalayan System. The Sivaliks crest at 600 to 1,200 meters and have many sub-ranges. They extend 1,600 km from the Teesta River in Sikkim, westward through Nepal and Uttarakhand, continuing into Kashmir and Northern Pakistan. They are cut through at wide intervals by large rivers flowing south from the Himalaya. Smaller rivers without sources in the high Himalaya are more likely to detour around sub-ranges. Southern slopes have networks of small rills and channels, giving rise to ephemeral streams during the monsoon and into the post-monsoon season until groundwater supplies are depleted.
The Snow Leopard Breeding Center is devoted to the snow leopard breeding program. Snow leopards are one of the endangered species. Efforts are on worldwide to make endangered species breed under captivity, and Snow Leopard Breeding Center is one such effort. Snow leopards are not known to breed under captivity; Kiran Maktan, however, made it possible. These snow leopards are kept in large enclosures, and visitors are allowed to watch them. Complete silence is a must while inside the Center.
Tenzing and Gombu rock also commonly known as " monkey rock" was named after late Tenzing Sherpa and Nawang Gombu respectively. It is a challenging masterpiece of nature's oddity for the rock climbers. It is where Tenzing Sherpa climbed the Tenzing rock in the presence of Late Prime minister Jawaharlal Nerhu without a belay.
Tiger Hill is the summit of Ghoom, the highest railway station on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for spectacular sunrise show over the Himalaya. Leveling out at 8,500 ft (2,600 m), Tiger Hill is the highest hill in the immediate surroundings. It is 11 km from town of Darjeeling.
On a clear day, Mount Everest, which is around 225 km from Tiger Hills, can also be seen; however, this is a rare sight. One must get up at 4 am to be able to be there to watch the sunrise. As the sun rises, the color of the mountain changes, which is an amazing sight.
Tukver Tea Estate is a Tea estate near Darjeeling in India. It was one of the first commercial tea gardens to be established in the region famous for Darjeeling tea. This estate started operating in 1850s and used seeds raised in government nurseries. Following the experimemtal stage, commercial production started in 1856 and the estate grew rapidly.
- Towns in Darjeeling : Bairatisal, Sukhiapokhri, Algarah, Matigara, Naxalbari, Pedong, Melli, Mirik, Mane Bhanjang, Cart Road, Gorubathan, Katapahar, Jalapahar, Lolaegaon / Lolegaon etc.