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Darjeeling Tourism – Explore the Wonderments

Darjeeling is one such hill station that has always captivated my interest. We, a group of four friends, planned a trip to this one of its kind destination. Located in West Bengal, this beautiful hill station is blessed by the natural greenery, lush green meadows, enchanting landscapes and captivating sightseeing spots. The cool climatic conditions added charm to our trip and made it more exciting.

Darjeeling Tiger Hill
Darjeeling Tiger Hill

This beautiful hill station is located at an elevation of 6, 710 feet and is covered by snow-capped mountains. While staying in a beautiful hotel, we enjoyed the famous cuisines like momos and potatoes curry with sprinkled of snacks.

The attractions which became a part of our exploration during the tour are enlisted below.

Tiger Hill
Located at an elevation of 2590 m above the sea level, it is situated just 11 km from the main city of Darjeeling. The place offers breathtaking view of the sunrise over the Kanchenjunga hills. We enjoyed the gorgeous sights of sunrise. The other tourist attractions, which we could enjoyed in the adjoined areas were Senchal Lake and the famous Bird Sanctuary.

Tea Gardens
Darjeeling is a place known for its world-organized tea gardens. The entire hill town is blessed with beautiful tea gardens, offering varieties of tea. The tea from the gardens is known for its distinct taste, aroma and color. As we did not want to miss the opportunity to capture the images of beautiful tea gardens so we moved ahead to pick some black tea and green tea. They are among the top most varieties of tea in this hill town.

Passenger Ropeway
It is known as one of the most sought after tourist attractions of Darjeeling. The passenger ropeway starts at North Point, which is around 3 km from town. This ropeway is around 5 kilometers long and links Darjeeling with Singla Bazaar. It passes over Ranjit River at the bottom of the valley, offering an enchanting view of serene beauty of nature.

The Lloyd’s Botanical Gardens
This wonderful botanical garden sprawled over a large area of 40 acres.
It was established in 1878 by Mr. W. Lloyd with an aim to preserve the native floral species. To our surprise, we could see around 150 species of cacti and succulent, which are the major attractions of this place. As we visited during the flowering season, we could treat our eyes by seeing a variety of Orchid.

Darjeeling Toy Train
How could we miss this most famous attraction of the place? Yes.. I am talking about Darjeeling Toy Train. As we started our ride on this train, we were so excited to visit the most enchanting destinations of the place. This 2 feet narrow gauge train is an ideal UNESCO World Heritage. The serpentine railway track of the train took us to the hilly slope waterfalls, Himalayan forests and fascinating tea plantations. During the joyride we could closely encounter the breathtaking views of lofty mountains and beautiful landscapes. We enjoyed the most at its two stoppages which were Batasia Loop and Ghoom.

Darjeeling Toy Train
Darjeeling Toy Train

I am a great shopaholic, who always looks for unique shopping items. Finally, my search ended with beautiful Himalayan artifacts, religious objects and jewellery, which are the popular items to shop for.

The trip, we made in the month of June proved fruitful for us as we could enjoy the natural beauty at its best in Darjeeling.

 

Come and Discover the Joyous Side of Nature during Darjeeling Tour

Darjeeling Tour
Darjeeling Tour

After a hectic week of official Kolkata tour, I got a chance to break the monotony on last weekend. Without giving a second thought, I travel to Darjeeling on Friday night through a Darjeeling Mail. I boarded this train on Friday evening and reached Darjeeling on Saturday morning. There were several reasons behind this decision among all the foremost one is Darjeeling Toy Train ride. Though I visited this place during my childhood days yet its scenic memory is still lingering in my mind even after 15 years.

Darjeeling is the land of immense scenic beauty, which designated it with the title of the Queen of Hill Station. It is famous for its snow-clad Himalayan mountain ranges, widespread tea gardens and diversity in floral and fauna collections. Tourists in a large number flock to this place to enjoy the splendid beauty of Himalayas with the slow moving toy train, Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries, flower gardens and zoo for Himalayan fauna. It is the land of nature’s scenic potpourri, which makes it one of the most sought after hill resorts of India.

The moment when I reached Jalpaiguri my heart was throbbing like anything because of my desperation to board 2 feet (610 mm) narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway alias Toy Train. It was declared as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

The toy train has only 2 coaches First Class coach with capacity of 12-17 passengers and the second class coach with capacity of 30 seats. I had a ticket of first-class and boarded the train to begin the journey of 86 kilometers. It is advisable to book your ticket in advance because less availability of seats, which are always on high demand.  The train begins from an elevation of 100 meters from Siliguri and reaches up to an altitude of 2,200 meters in Darjeeling. Throughout the journey, I was mesmerized by the ambiances of passing by destinations.

Through the glass window, I was watching passing by destinations, which delighted my visual feast. The visual extravaganza of Mahanandi valley, tea garden landscapes, monasteries and forests of pine and oak trees stimulated my soul whose experience is still lingering in my thoughts.

I was totally lost in the slow puffing train and passing by destinations. While I was enjoying the mesmerizing blend of nature the train reaches Batasia Loop. It is an interesting track-loop between Ghoom and Darjeeling where train corkscrews through a tunnel. This is the most interesting and most awaited turn of the toy train because it gives spectacular views of Darjeeling town with the Kanchenjunga and other snowy mountains in the backdrop.

Finally, after 8 hours ride amidst serene and scenic nature’s ambiances, I reached Darjeeling around 04:30 pm. The toy train ride was so ecstatic that I haven’t felt excursion on my Darjeeling arrival. Based on my experience I would recommend this toy train ride is must for every visitor during their Darjeeling Tour. It is the best way to feel the charm of nature’s exotica.