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Darjeeling is a beautiful hill station in the state of west bangal, located far north in the Mahabharata range of Himalayas. Darjeeling conjures visions of snow peaks, serenity of vibrant green hills steeped in splendor, a land of breathtaking beauty crowned by the majestic Himalayas, this heavenly retreat is bathed in hues of every shade. Flaming red rhododendrons, sparkling white magnolias, miles of undulating hillsides covered with emerald green tea bushes, the exotic forests of silver fir - all under the blanket of a brilliant azure sky with the crest of Kanchenjunga shining in the first dawn light. With the incredible views of the Kanchenjunga from the Tiger Hill, the quaint monasteries of Darjeeling and Ghoom, and that spiritual shopping experience you’ll enjoy at Tibetan Refugee Centre and the curio shops on the Mall, there’s way more to Darjeeling than one may think.
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Bagdogra Airport is the nearest air connection which is 96 kilometres away from Darjeeling with direct flights from Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata to Darjeeling.Once you reach at the airport, you can hire a taxi or share a cab to get to Darjeeling, which will take you around 3 hours.
By Train the nearest railway station to Darjeeling is at New Jalpaiguri which is 62 kilometres from Darjeeling and is connected with all major Indian cities by train. Form New Jalpaigudi the famous Darjeeling toy train called the DHR(Darjeeling Himalayan Railway) service starts and will get you to Darjeeling at a speed no faster than 30 miles per hour. It takes 7 hours and halts at Batasia Loop from where passengers can take photographic shots of Mt. Kanchenjunga.
The road network in Darjeeling is quite good and one can easily reach Darjeeling from nearby cities in one’s own vehicle or taxi. En route, you can also enjoy stunning mountain beauty as well as the green environs.
Darjeeling have lot of hotel options available for stay one can choose as per his purpose of visit and budget but do book one in advance during the peak season of summer.
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Places Of Interest in Darjeeling
Darjeeling Toy train Darjeeling
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the Darjeeling Toy Train, is a prominent crowd-puller in this beautiful hill station. It is an outstanding engineering marvel, noted for being the best example of a hill passenger railway. This narrow (2 feet) train, listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO, takes you on 83 km long rail journey from New Jalpaigudi to Darjeeling. This journey is an amazing way to ascent hilly terrains and to behold stunning views of the majestic Himalayas. En route, the train passes through many loops, the prominent one being the Batasia Loop, where the toy train makes a 360 degree turn. At this point, you will feel as if you have stepped into a fantasy world, where the bewitching panorama is simply out of the world. Despite being 7 to 8 hours expedition uphill, the ride in this train is a memorable experience. During peak season short journey from Darjeeling
Tiger Hill Darjeeling
While the views of the Kanchenjunga are absolutely stunning from Darjeeling on a clear sunny Day, the ones from Tiger Hill are clearly the best. Located at a height of 7,407 feet above sea level, the hilly trails through the mountains lead to the hill top. On a clear day, the entire Himalayan range can be seen. It is at a distance of 11 km from the main city of Darjeeling. Tourists generally visit tiger hill for a view of sunrise and reach early morning there are tea stall where you can enjoy famous Darjeeling tea while enjoying the beautiful sunrise
Batasia Loop and the War Memorial Darjeeling
The Batasia loop 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 Kanchanjunga 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.
Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park Darjeeling
Situated 10 km from town, Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park has now developed into a very attractive picnic spot with natural water falls. The park offers boating facilities and is endowed with great scenic beauty. Ample eateries are available for visitors to indulge in local delicacies and one can even buy souvenirs. No fees are charged for taking photographs. Visitors are however, required to make arrangements for transportation. A two way travel arrangement is advisable.
Happy Valley Tea Garden Darjeeling
Happy 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.
Darjeeling- Cable Car Darjeeling
Darjeeling-Rangit Valley Passenger Cable Car is popularly known as the Ropeway. It is about 3 km north of the town and situated at what is known as the North Point. The Ropeway is India's oldest passenger ropeway and connects Darjeeling with Singla Bazaar at the bottom of the valley. The present ropeway has been extensively modernized and visitors can now safely travel over the clouds to witness the aerial view of the lush green tea gardens below.
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