Darjeeling Places to Visit

TIGER HILL SUNRISE POINT
tigerhills_sunrise_2_2476It is the summit of Ghoom, the highest railway station on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for the panoramic views it offers of Mount Everest along with Kangchenjunga. The first rays of the sun shoot ahead and shed light upon the twin peaks of Kangchenjunga painting it pink and then bathing it in a beautiful orange color. From Tiger Hill, Mount Everest (8848m) is just visible, peeping out through two other peaks standing by its side.
BATASIA LOOP AND WAR MEMORIAL
9398609904_9fe708a049_bIt is situated almost 5 km away from the town is a gigantic railway loop where the Toy Train makes a 360 Degree turn. It was basically built to make it possible for the Toy Train to cut the deep ascend. Strategically located the Batasia Loop offers a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga Range. A War Memorial constructed in the memory of the brave sons of the soil who laid down their lives in the different wars since the independence of the nation adds to its attraction. There is also a well furbished market where visitors can buy locally made purses, bags and other decorative items.
 GHOOM MONASTRY
711x400xghIt was built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso, this ancient monastery is said to have been blessed by the renowned Tomo Geshe Rimpoche of Tibet. The specialty of this monastery is that it contains the statue of the ‘Future Coming Buddha’ known as Maitreye Buddha. The Monastery has also preserved some of the rare handwritten Buddhist manuscripts. You could visit the monastery on your return journey to Darjeeling from Tiger Hill
DARJEELING ZOO
red-panda-darjeelingzooSituated 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.
HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINEERING INSTITUTE (HMI)
himalayan-mountaineeringHMI was established in Darjeeling, India on November 4, 1954 to encourage mountaineering as an organized sport in India. The first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary sparked a keen interest in establishing mountaineering as a well respected Endeavour for people in the region. With the impetus provided by the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, HMI was established in Darjeeling. Tenzing Norgay was the first director of field training for HMI.
TEA GARDEN
happy-valley-tea-estate-darjeelingHappy Valley Tea Garden is located just a kilometer away from the main town and is situated along 18 Lebong Cart Road (very near to the District Magistrate’s Office) and offers tourist a refreshing ambience far from the otherwise noisy town. One can soak in the ambience of the tea garden and take a walk through the carpeted garden. You can take a pony from the Chowrasta or merely walk down the hill to reach the factory. The garden is presently closed but the residents are running it through a cooperative.
AVA ART GALLERY
ava-art-gallery-darjeeling_zps624dcd7cSituated about 4 km from the Market Square and on the National Highway, Ava.Art Gallery was established in 1965 by the Late. Bhopal Rao Sett and Ava Devi. It is the only Art Gallery of its kind in the Hills. A collection of 60 pieces of art work in water, oil and thread paintings are displayed in the Gallery. Visitors can travel on foot to get to the Gallery or simply hire a taxi. Entrance fees are not charged.
TIBETAN REFUGEE SELF HELP CENTRE
tibetan-refugee-self-help-centreEstablished in 1959, it comprises a home for the aged, school, orphanage, clinic, gompa and craft workshops that produce carpets, woodcarvings, leatherwork and woolen items. There’s also an interesting photographic exhibition portraying the establishment and workings of the centre.
JAPANESE PEACE PAGODA
japanese_peace_pagodaIt was established by followers of the Nipponzan Myohoji, a japanese Buddhist order. The pagoda is the highest free-standing structure in town, and showcases the four avatars of the Buddha. Situated on the slopes of jalapahar Hill, the pagoda can be reached on foot or by vehicle. Near the pagoda is the Nipponzan Myohoji Temple, which is built in a traditional japanese style and offers visitors a place for peace and introspection. Visitors may meditate and interact with the resident Japanese monks, and photography is pinioned inside the Temple
DARJEELING ROPEWAY
90748614Popularly known as ‘the Ropeway, the Darjeeling-Rangit Valley Passenger Cable Car is located about 3 kilometers north of town at North Point. It is India’s oldest passenger ropeway and connects Darjeeling with Tukvar at the bottom of the valley. Another great engineering achievement, the ropeway was the only means of transport from North Point to the Rangit Valley during the British era. The Ropeway has now been totally modernized, and visitors can safely enjoy an aerial view of the lush green tea gardens below. There is no time limit set for travellers on the Ropeway, so you may choose to break your journey to visit tea factories, shop for souvenirs or simply trek through the tea estates.
ROCK GARDEN AND GANGA MAYA PARK
rock-gardenIt is situated at 10 kilometers from town, and offers attractive picnic spots with natural waterfalls and boating facilities. Small restaurant and shops abound, but visitors should be aware that return transpol1ation is difficult to organize from the park