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Ghoom Gompa, Darjeeling
About 8 kms from Darjeeling is the Dhoom Gompa.
Here a very beautiful statue of the Maitrayie
Buddha is established. The Monastery has also
preserved some of the rare handwritten Buddhist
The Mall is Darjeeling's popular commercial
street. It is lined with Tibetans selling
hand-knitted sweaters and souvenir shops
chock-full of Himalayan artifacts and both real
and imitation antiques. Photo shops carry
turn-of-the-century photos as well as
specialising in hand-painted black and white
prints with glowing oil colours. The Mall leads
to Chaurasta, a square, which doubles as a
bandstand, a pony riding arena for children and
a haven for lovers.
most preferable & memorable romantic journey
from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling is in narrow
gauged Darjeeling Himalayan Railway’s “Toy
Train”. It is also declared as one of the
prestigious heritage railway in India. The 08
hrs memorable journey in this Toy Train wheezes
& winds all the way from Siliguri to Darjeeling
town via Sukna – Tindharia – Rangtong –
Chunabhatti – Tung – Kurseong - Sonada – Ghoom –
The Chowrasta, meaning crossroad, is a hive of
commercial activity. The Mall Road originates
and culminates at the Chowrasta. This is the
heart of Victorian Darjeeling. Here hotels,
restaurants and shops brush against each other.
The shops and stalls are a veritable paradise
for souvenir collectors. The Bhutanese sellers
display their wares. Woollen garments, tribal
ornaments, Thankas, rosaries, brass statuettes
and Gorkha daggers are kept on display for sale.
Foreign goods are also available in some shops.
Local handicrafts are much in demand.
The oldest site in Darjeeling is Observatory
Hill, known locally as “Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan”.
According to legend, a Red Hat Buddhist
Monastery called Dorje Ling, or 'place of the
Thunderbolt', stood at this very spot. The
Nepalis destroyed it in the 19th century. The
Shivas and Buddhists share the temple that
stands there today.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
A spot not to be missed is the Himalayan
Mountaineering Institute created by the late
Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who conquered Mt
Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953.
A display of equipment used on the climb is one
of the highlights. A zoological garden nearby
has an assortment of wildlife such as yaks,
Siberian tigers and red pandas who call the
region their home.
Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway
At North Point about 3-km from the town, this is
the first passenger ropeway in India. For
reservation of ropeway seats please contact -
officer in-charge, Darjeeling Rangeet Valley
Ropeway Station, North Point, Darjeeling.
Regular share taxi service is available from
Market Motor and Taxi Stand is to the Ropeway
Tibetan Refuge Camp
The area in and around Darjeeling is a treasure
chest of interesting destinations. The Tibetan
Refugee self-help scheme produces traditional
artifacts, jeweler and carpets for tourist
Lloyd's Botanical Garden
Lloyd's Botanical Garden displays a fine
collection of Himalayan fauna for those with an
interest, and for punters there is horseracing
at Lebong, the smallest and highest racecourse
in the world.
Situated at an altitude of 2,590m (8,482 ft.)
and 13-km from the town, this spot has earned
international fame for the magnificent view of
the sunrise over "Kanchenjunga" and the great
Eastern Himalayan Mountains. Even Mount Everest,
the world's highest peak, is visible from here.
Phalut & Sandakphu
A week's smallest-trip of Phalut and Sandakphu
will get one within reach of the high peaks; for
the onlooker it affords a more spectacular
panorama than at Tiger Hill. Giant flowering
Rhododendron trees, a pointillism of reds pinks
and whites Dwarfs comprise of the en route
trail. On attaining heights of over 3,048m, one
is surrounded by skeletal trees devoid of leaves
and branches, which are especially eerie when
the clouds roll in and envelop the area.
Further afield, in Pashupati on the Nepal
border, one can purchase foreign goods at
reasonable prices, view wildlife such as the
endangered one-horned Rhino, Deer, Gaur, and
wild boar while seated atop an Elephant's back
at Jaldapara Game Park; learn of the Lepcha
legend at the confluence of the Teesta and
Ranjeet Rivers; relive Kalimpong's past glory as
a trading post by visiting the market filled
with traditional Tibetan medicine, spices, musk,
wool and silk; or for the truly adventurous-hire
some ponies and a crew and take to the hills.
Kurseong is mid-way between Siliguri and
Darjeeling. The way from Darjeeling to Kurseong
is generally open through out the year. So, the
toy train is not coming to Siliguri then one can
come up to Kurseong. This place is equally
beautiful and is full of natural splendour.
Mirik is 52-km from Siliguri and 55-km from the
nearest Airfield of Bagdogra. Mirik is being
developed as a new hill station in the
mountains. Tea estates, orange orchards and
cardamom plantations surround Mirik. It has all
the facilities to fulfill the needs of a
Kalimpong is within Darjeeling province and
is a subdivision of Darjeeling. It is a small
but bustling town in the Himalaya foothills of
West Bengal Kalimpong is at an altitude of 1250
meters. This bazaar town was originally a part
of Bhutan but later it was taken over by the
British and finally it settled down with West
Batasia Loop, Darjeeling
This railway loop is an interesting example of
engineering. At this loop the toy train takes a
very unique turn. This loop is just five
kilometer from the main town of Darjeeling. This
place also has a very good market where you can
buy the purses, bags and other decorative items
made by the local women at very reasonable
Happy Valley Estate, Darjeeling
We all start our day with tea but we seldom know
how the tea is processed. Here one can watch the
tea from the gardens being processed. One can
spent a few hours here. Entry is only allowed to
persons who have permission from any officer of
Natural History Museum, Darjeeling
A great place to be at, for all those who have
great interest in knowing about the history.The
museum has a collection of over 4300 specimen .
Established in 1903, this natural history museum
packs in its folds a rich collection of fauna
found in the Himalayas and in Bengal. Among the
attractions are included the estuarine
crocodiles. This unique museum also has a good
collection of butterflies. The mineral forms of
various stones are displayed in a very
attractive manner in the museum.
Kanchenjunga View, Darjeeling
From Darjeeling one can have the best,
uninterrupted view of the worlds third highest
peak. Bhan Bhakta Sarani provides one of the
enthralling views of these snow capped peaks.
The Chowrasta also gives you a good sight to the
Darjeeling Zoological Gardens
The zoo is situated two kms form the main town.
This zoological garden of Darjeeling houses some
of the rare species of animals and birds. This
is the only zoo in India having the Siberian
Tigers. Apart from these the rare Red Panda is
also there. The Snow Leopards, Great Grey Birds,
Snow Yaks are some the animals which are
attracting tourist in great numbers.
This place is worth a visit for its exotic and
exclusive collection of a variety of Himalayan
plants, flowers and orchids. This place is near
the Darjeeling taxi stand. The gardens also has
a green house.
Monasteries in Darjeeling
Monasteries in around Darjeeling generate
tremendous interest among visitors, be it in the
form of architectural extravagance or the
spiritual message embodied in them.
Bhutia Busty Monasteries
Founded in 1879, this monastery follows the
Vajrayana school of both Kargyud and Nijingmapa
order, known as red hat.
Samten Choling Monasteries
This Monasteries belongs to the Gelukpa sect of
Vajrayana Buddhism, also known as the yellow
hat. This is the seat of ven. Dromo Geshe
rinpoche, the second. A 26 ft. tall stupa has
been built recently in memory of Lama Anagarika
Govinda, a great scholar from Germany well known
for his book on Buddhism.
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