The place was nice, quite congested. But the view of the valley from there was something to behold forever. I was specially excited as it was the first time that I was experiencing something like this. Apart from the War Memorial Site the major attraction was the Steam Engine driven Toy Train and the loop it takes through the garden. We were able to take some good pictures as well.
Crossing through treacherous and steep curves of hilly terrain the train arrived at Batasia loop where it stops for 10 minutes and take a loop around wonderful garden which has War Memorial in the centre with the statue of Gorkha soldier dedicated to their sacrifice.you can spend some time clicking pictures, pay visit to the memorial or with good luck on a clear day you get breathtaking views of whole city and never ending peaks of Kanchenjunga (my hard luck! it was drizzling all the day)
Then I continued to Batasia Loop and it will take almost 20/25 minutes to reach there. The entry fees was Rs. 20 per person and I stay there for quite a long. This is a famous tourist spot now and if you are lucky enough you can also see be able to see the Mt. Kanchenjunga from here. Also the famous Himalayan Toy train is one of the best attraction.
Darjeeling War MemorialAfter Tiger Hill, we went to the Darjeeling War Memorial. This memorial honors the Gorkha soldiers who have fought in wars post-independence. The Batasia Loop garden, where the memorial is located is beautiful. If you plan on taking the toy train, then there’s no need to visit this separately as the toy train stops here.
Batasia Loop is a spiral railway located at the Himalayan range in Darjeeling district. The track is in a spiral shape all over the hilltop thus making it one of the most scenic railway areas ever seen. You'll find this if you're traveling by the toy train or on the way back from Tiger Hills. The spirals go around the open air Gorkha war memorial that was in built to honour soldiers who lost their lives in the WWII. It offers a Panasonic view of the Kanchenjunga mountain range and is quite a photogenic place by itself.TIPS :- Carry light woolen clothes for the evening. Eg. Pullovers , Muffins , Sweater.- Preferably wear a comfortable pair of socks and shoes as you'll have to do a lot walking.- Do not miss the Toy Train Ride- Avoid river rafting during the monsoon- Foreign tourists must carry their passport while crossing the Teesta Bridge. - Shop for jewellery , footwear and wall paintings at the Teesta Bazaar.- The bazaar is open every day from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.- Winter is the best time to visit Darjeeling.- Carry a good lip balm and lotion as there are chances that your skin may dry up due to the weather.Follow #explorewithrach and @rach_1910 for my Travelouges.