Another story says that Tibetan monks built a monastery atop the Observatory Hill in 1763. The name of the chief monk of the monastery was Rinzing Dorji Legden La. The Tibetans named the place after him… Dorji-Ling meaning ‘Place of Dorji’, and hence the name Darjeeling.
When I as only two years old, my parents took me to the Himalayas. It was in the summer of one of the 80’s that both my Mom and Dad decided, that enough of the Kolkata summer heat, let’s take a break and head to the Himalayas.
An overnight Darjeeling Mail took us to the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station from where on a clear sunny morning one can see the mighty Kanchenjunga.
Darjeeling, was less polluted during those times and when I see the pictures today, I find it very heart breaking that the Queen of the Hills has lost its earlier glory.
Darjeeling was a famous shooting place for the Hindi movies during the 60s and the 70s. How one can forget the evergreen Rajesh Khanna chasing the toy train and singing “Mere sapno ke rani kab aaegi tu”. The beautiful Sharmila tagore was looking through her deep warm eyes and trying to absorb the mesmerizing beauty of Darjeeling as if she was in a trans.
A lot of people visit Darjeeling all throughout the year. Most of them book tour packages from tour operators who have their own monotonous way of making you sightseeing through booked cabs and see the place through their eyes.