After breakfast, we went to next destination, The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) which was inside the premises of Zoological Park. Entering the zoo, we saw different species of attractive flowers. Then different Himalayan animals like Sheep, Deer, etc. in which we were not so interested. On a long walk after crossing the zoo, we reached HMI and saw a nice statue of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who was first person to climb Mt. Everest on 29 th May, 1953. Sir Edmund Hillary was his companion. Then we entered a very brilliantly managed historical Museum of the teams who visited Mt. Everest and other lower peaks along with all the utensils and instruments used by them. There was a model showing entire Himalayan Range which was very nice to watch and understand. We then saw the St. Joseph's school which is maintained under the British Government situated at heavenly location. But entering inside the school premises was prohibited.
10:00 am - 11:00 am: If backpacking and climbing interest you, then the first place to begin your journey in Darjeeling must be this institute. The institute is 1km from the breakfast place. It has a museum with mountaineering artefacts, a boarding school, a food joint and a souvenir shop.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute(HMI)This place was dedicated to the mountaineers famous Tenzing Norgay, there was a museum in which clothes of famous mountaineers, their tools used to climb and all were present.It’s a really old institute to train mountaineers in India. Good place for people who have interest in mountaineering.
They say that "All things are difficult before they are easy" . And it was time to experience this at The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Darjeeling where I had gone to get the Basic Mountaineering Training.Imagine yourself climbing a Himalayan peak, all roped up, walking with a bagpack and an ice-axe with the crampons and snow boots training to climb rock-walls and snow slopes for a month. If this is what you want to experience then Basic Mountaineering Course offered by HMI should be your next destination.
It is famous for its mountain climbing training along with Museum in honour of Tenzing Norgay (first Tsherpa to climb Everest) and Edmund Hillary.Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park