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Darjeeling Known the world over as the "Queen of the Hills", Darjeeling is as unique as it is diverse. For travelers arriving from the Indian plains, the cool climes of Darjeeling provide welcome relief and delightful experience around every corner. Situated at an average height of 7000 feet (2130 meters) above sea level, this beautiful town with its colonial charm and contemporary culture shelters in the shadow of Khangchendzonga`s snow-covered peaks.

Places To Visit :

Tiger Hill : Tiger Hill is the highest point in the Darjeeling area. An morning trip to witness the sunrise is a must. Watching the rising sun strike the colossal Khangchendzonga range of snow-capped peaks in a blaze of rapidly changing colours is truly spectacular. Tiger Hill is now part of a nature preserve, the meadows of which are suitable for picnic.


Batasia Loop : Built to help the steam train negotiate the steep terrain, Batasia Loop is strategically located to offer a panoramic view of the mountains beyond.


Rock Garden / Ganga Maya Park : Rock Garden /Ganga Maya Park offer attractive picnic spots with natural waterfalls and boating facilities.


Tea Gardens : Darjeeling is of course famous for its tea garden, the larger of which are known as estates, encircling the town on all sides. During your sojourn in Darjeeling, you really must visit a tea garden and a factory where the leaves are processed.


Ghoom Monastery : Yiga Choling (Ghoom Monastery) is the largest of Darjeelings three monasteries. Built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso. It contains images of Buddhist deities and lamas. The monastery also contains a huge 15-foot image of Jampeyang (Maitreya), the Buddha of the future. A large collection of liturgical includes the 108-voulme Kangyur, the Tibetan Buddhist canon


A new tourist destination, Mirik came I the tourist map of Darjeeling District only in the 1970s. Mirik has all that it takes to attract tourists; it is surrounded by forests, flowers and is a very peaceful place.Lake Somendu in Mirik is about 1.25 km. long and a 3.5 km road surrounds the lake. The lake is the main attraction of Mirik. Swimming in the lake is not advisable since the wastewater from Mirik falls in this lake. At the backdrop of the lake, you will get an idyllic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the green luster of Oak, Chestnut and Maple. Boating n this lake placid is a must to soothe the soul of a weary traveler. A stroll around the lake is highly recommended. You can also go for a horse ride around the lake.

Places To Visit :

Kawlay Dara View point : One can get a sweeping view of the plains as well as the snow capped mountains from this viewpoint. The sunrise and sunset from here is a visual delight. The viewpoint is about 30 minutes walk from the tourist hub.


Helipad & Swiss Cottage : The hilltop helipad offers a panoramic view of Mirik and the Samendu Lake.


Devi-Sthan : The small temple, situated under dense foliage of the 'dhupi' forest, is considered very holy by the local.


Kalimpong, is the largest of the four sub-divisions of the District of Darjeeling, lies between the plains of the Doors and the hills of Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalayas.

The road is one of the most scenic routes in this part of the nation. The swift flowing Teesta river runs by the side of the road adding to the beauty of the scenery.

The town is 1250 m above sea level and offers excellent views of the Mt Kanchenjunga and the other Himalayan peaks. The popular view points are Durpin Dara and Deoro Hill.

Kalimpong has several monasteries and also a Kali temple. The Tibetan Monastery and curio center and Dr Graham's home are important tour stops.

Places To Visit :

ZANG DHOK PALRI PHODANG : This is the largest and most beautiful monastery in Kalimpong. Consecrated by His Holiness, The Dalai Lama in 1976 who also presented The Kangyur, in 108 volumes to it. Being situated at a height of 1372 metres on the peak of the Durpin Hill, the monastery commands a majestic view of the surrounding areas as well as of the town of Kalimpong. On a clear day, a panoramic view of the Khangchendzonga and the adjacent peaks can be had from this ground.


JEEPLA VIEW POINT : This view point just below the Zang Dhok Palri Phodang, has an excellent view of the snow ranges, Teesta and Relli River, the valley below and of the sun set, Jelepla view point has been so named because the Jelepla Pass, the Black Rock and Chola can be seen directly from here on a clear day.


MORGAN HOUSE : The Morgan House or the Singhamari is one of the oldest Colonial bungalows that was built after the British opened up Kalimpong as a Hill resort.


DURPIN DARA VIEW POINT : Provides a heart stopping view of the Teesta river and teesta valley. The sound of the river flowing below and the beautiful forest all around makes this view point a great place for an excursion or a picnic.


DEOLO LAKE/DEOLO VIEW POINT : Situated at a height of 5500 ft., Deolo is the highest point in the Kalimpong town. The two water reservoirs at the Deolo hill supply drinking water to the town. The view from Deolo hill is a fantastic one. One can see the entire Kalimpong town, the surrounding village and Relli valley on one side and on the other side the entire Teesta River, Teesta Valley, Surrounding villages of South Sikkim and the massive mountains of West Sikkim.


LEPCHA MUSEUM : Situated about a kms from the town, this museum has various articles of interest for those who want to know about the Lepcha culture and region. Various articles of worship. Original Lepcha musical instruments and many other articles can be found here. It is surrounded by a Lepcha dominated.


THARPA CHOLING MONASTERY : This small monastery is situated about 2 kms. From the town on the way to Dr. Grahams Homes School. It belongs to the Yellow Hat Sect of Buddhism or the Gelupa Sect to which the present Dalai Lama belongs. It was built in the year 1926.


Lava is 32 km from Kalimpong and situated at an altitude of 7200 ft. commands panoramic view of Jelep La and Rechi La passes. Short drives through dense forests from Kalimpong are tourist spots with unspoiled idyllic surroundings. Lava is the gateway to the Neora Valley National Park.

Common tourist places around Lava include Ratnarishi Gumpha, Neora Lake, Silviculture Research Centre, and Chhangey falls. Treks to the Neora valley starts from Lava. Apart from long treks across the valley, small treks are also possible in the region. Common treks include trek to Tiffin Dara, Aluabari etc.

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