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Darjeeling - The Queen Of Hills

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The major attractions:

Toy Train: The miniature train of Darjeeling is given heritage status by UNESCO in recent past. A visit to Darjeeling is incomplete without a ride in the toy-train. Its run by Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. It runs between New Jalpaiguri station and Darjeeling.

Tiger Hill: Tour of Darjeeling is incomplete with out seeing sunrise from from Tiger Hill (2590m). The exotic beauty of the hill is indescribable till seen. The brightening Kanchenjangha and the rising Sun from behind the hills are farmable picturesque.

Darjeeling Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) & Museum : Adjacent to the Darjeeling Zoo, is the Mountaineering Institute and Museums (Everest museum & Natural History Museum). Entrance is brightened with a statue of the grate sherpa Tenjing Norgay in his climbing mode. HMI runs courses on mountaineering. It has a mountaineering museum with every mountaineering gears. It has a grate collection of the specimens of Himalayan flora & fauna. The Everest Museum at Darjeeling HMI exhibits the history of attempts on the great peak. The museum also exhibits equipments used by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary on their way to Mt. Everest. A letter written by George Mallory, the British climber who was lost while climbing Mt. Everest and whose body was found just a few years back also exhibited.

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park: The Zoo and HMI is in the same complex. The zoo houses a wide collection of high-altitude birds and animals, India's only collection of Siberian tigers and some rare species of red panda, snow leopard and many other animal and bird species. The Darjeeling zoo is famous for its success in the snow leopard breeding program.

Lloyd Botanical Garden: The botanical garden, located below the Darjeeling bus stand, is worth visiting. Unique collection of himalayan plants, flowers and orchids will charm everybody. The hilly garden environment and landscape with silence of nature will surely pull back the feet of tourist to go out.

Ghoom Monastery: Known as Yiga-choling, the ghoom monastery is famous for image of Maitrey Buddha (the coming Buddha). On the way to tiger hill the same can be seen.

The other places of interest in the city are:

Thupten Sangag Choling(Dali),

Batasia Loop, a unique railway engineering works to lift the train route in loop way.

Chowrasta (The Mall), a wide promenade atop a ridge lined with shops and restaurants; Mall Road, starting and finishing at Chowrasta, for a leisurely stroll amidst peaceful surroundings and splendid views.

Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center, a major center for the production of Tibetan carpets, woodwork and leather goods.
 

Dhirdham, a pagoda style Hindu temple


The Victoria falls

Mirror image palaces (The Governors house & The Burdwan Kings palace, which are situated in the opposite ends of Darjeeling

Japaneese Gompha

Lalkhuthi
 

Mahakal Temple, a heritage temple at a climbing distance from the Mall.

 

Gangamaya Park, a beautiful reflection of humen art on nature. One can't avoid seeing it.

 

Rock Garden, a special attraction of Darjeeling tour, must be seen.

 

 

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