Away from the milling crowd, this small village of West Sikkim provides a great atmosphere to spend some days in tranquility with its balmy weather and great sunset views.
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This place is paradise for adventure lovers. This is the highest point in West Bengal and you have to trek for around 12 hours from Maneybhanjan to reach this place. You can also hire a landrover from maneybhanjan. This is also a village and is a part of the Singalila National Park. As you reach on top of this [point, you will be welcomed with some of the most awesome views including the famous route from Bhutan till Mt. Everest. The view of the mighty River Teesta is also very attractive. This river is apt for river rafting due to the high speed in which the water flows. If you can put in physical effort for the love for nature, this is the right place to choose.
One of the most important attractions in West Bengal, this is around 12 kilometres from Darjeeling and is a point 2555 metres above sea level. The Tiger Hill is famous for the rare views at dawn. The only condition if you want to enjoy this enthralling experience is that you have to be awake and ready by 4AM in the morning. You go straight to the Tiger Hill before the sun comes out and take the last views of the snow capped Kanchenjunga Peak. As soon as the sun comes out, the color of the sbow turns absolutely red and a little later Orange and then turns to Golden which again cpmes back to white when the sun is completely up. This natural show of lights is extra ordinary and is a visual treat. Starting your day to something like this is complete bliss. You can come to this place at anytime of the year except for monsoons and deep winters as the climate is extremely uncomfortable at this time.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
The Darjeeling Zoo is also known as the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park to honor the ex- governor of West Bengal, Padmaja Naidu. This is a beautiful zoo where you can find some of the high altitutde animals as well as some endangered species of animals too. The zoo is in the Birch Hill area which is presently known as the Jawahar Parvat. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had dedicated the zoo in the honor of Padmaja Naidu who was also a poet and the daughter of the famous freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu. This is one of the best zoos in the world and is the first recipient of the International award of "The Earth Heroes 2014". This is an award given away by the Royal Bank of Scotland. The reason this zoo was chosen among more than 300 zoos all over the world is that it has successfully conserved and looked after Himalayan Animals and also those which are of the Alpine Region. You will find the endangered species such as Red Panda, Snow leopard and Tibetian Wolf here among many others. There are also a number of Siberian Togers and Yaks here. Very old herbs, shrubs, climbers, medicinal plants and orchids cover most of the zoo and you will also find trees such as birch and aldar here. There is a huge aviary too where very bautiful birds find home. The birds conserved here include Rose ringed Parakeets, Ring Necked Pheasants, Himalayan Mynahs, Blue- Gold Mackaws and others. There are steps on many sides inside the zoo and these are for the ones in search of extra adventures. Beyond these steps are the area which are home to H8imalayan bears, Sambhar deer, Blue Sheep. tahr, barking deer, goral and Musk Deer. They roam about openly ball around and thus a trained guide is a must when you opt for these places. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is also closeby.
This is a railway loop a few kilometers from the beautiful Darjeeling. The toy train goes round this loop and there is also a war memorial here. This war memorial was built after independence in memory of all the brave people of Darjeeling who laid their lives in various wars since the time of independence.
Singalila National Park
The total distance is 22 kms from Tonglu to Sandakphu through gravel road which will break your back. The only respite is the viesw as you tread forward.Sankakphu is in the Sangalilla National Park. After Tonglu, Sandakphu might look a bit congested. Tonglu has only two guest houses but in Sandakphu one has around 10 built badly on the hillock to block the view of the Kanchenjunga. This place officially lies in Nepal. The owner of the guest house we stayed was a Nepali and from her behavior it seemed she didn’t like Indians. Since she was the leader of the place and had all the lodges running under her, she knew we didn’t have much choice. Her attitude was “Take it or leave it”. The room that we got here was for 1800/night and the food she was serving was also very costly but since there isn’t much option we had to budge and anyways we didn’t want to spoil our journey for few hundred bucks. The only good thing was there was solar light installed and we had a private western toilet for ourselves. In the afternoon we took a 2 hours stroll on the ridge which leads to Phalut. Came back and had hot meal consisting of Dal, chawal and one sabji which tasted delicious in the Nomads land. We retreated to the bed early as there wasn’t much to do. Day 4 :- Sandakphu to Darjeeling
Built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso, this monastery in Darjeeling is mainly known for the beautiful statue of the Maitreye Buddha or the 'Future Coming Buddha'. This place is also blessed by the very famous Tomo Geshe Rimpoche of Tibet. The Monastery has conserved some very rare Buddhist Writeen Manuscripts. The monastery will fall on your way back from the famous Tiger Hill.
After the dropping of bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Buddhist saint Fuiji decided to spread the message of peace and harmony all around the world and this pagoda in Darjeeling is just one example of the movement. This is a Japanese Style pagoda built by the Buddhist Monk. The foundation stone was laid down in 1972 by Nichidatsu Fujii and the pagoda was completed by his biggest disciple Guruji Fuiji and opened in 1992. It is a white pagoda and white is the symbol of peace. The aim of this place was to entertain everyone irrespective of their caste and religion. You will find immense peace when you come here.
Yuksom Dzongri Trek is one the most mainstream short high elevation trekking destination in Sikkim. Dzongri trek is a shorter variant of the Goechala Trek. This specific trek begins from Yuksam and winds up at Yuksam in 5 days. Dzongri trek is extraordinarily suitable and intended for the trekkers who needed to investigate more in shorter duration of time. Indeed Dzongri and Dzongri La is the best spot for a mountains' perspective and its extents in the Sikkim Himalayas. Alongside Mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga 8585m - The third most noteworthy mountains on the planet, the absolute beauty seen amid this trek from Dzongri, View Points from here are Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kabur north, Mt. Kabur south, Mt. Kumbhakarna, Mt. Simvo and many more. The best time to visit Dzongri is from mid March-April, and afterward from September to mid October, in order to maintain a strategic distance from snowfall and storm downpours.
Shrikhola is a beautiful little place amidst the green hills. It basically hosts a Trekkers Hut and some private lodges with a few localites huts here and there. Your car will leave you at a point, around 2-3 kms from Rimbik. You have to walk around 1-1.5 km. to reach Shrikhola. You will cross a old hanging bridge, called Shrikhola Bridge and cross the Shrikhola river underneath and thereby the name of the place, Shrikhola. We had our room booked by our guide in Trekkers Hut. But what we did not know that Trekkers Hut does not have electricity but the private lodges do. We were actually became happy knowing that as it allows one enjoy nature to the fullest. The trekkers hut is just beside the river, and as you know the sun sets early in the mountains. Once it goes dark, there is no sound other than that of the river flowing down the sloppy terrain just beside the place. All the huts and lodges are basically on the left side of the river, while the right side hosts hills covered with dense trees. The valley is really narrow enough to provide an eerie feeling we were looking for. There is nothing to do in the evening, other than endless gossiping and chatting, and fortunately we had cards and we were 4 friends, so it was like dream for us playing cards under the light of candles in the gloomy wooden rooms of the trekkers hut with the only sound coming from outside from the Shrikhola river.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or more dearly known as the Toy Train. With its narrow gauge trains of two feet, things do not get more exciting than when one is on a ride on the toy train. The length that the train covers is about 80 kilometers. The starting point is New Jalpaiguri in the district of West Bengal and the train goes past Siliguri, then Kurseong and Ghum while chugging along many loops and reverses. After having been out of service for quite some time, the toy train is now back in action and promises one a ride of a lifetime.
How does the thought of a cable car ride between hills sound to you? Exhilarating is the word that describes the Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway. Open for the enjoyment by the public since the month of February in the year 2012, this ropeway is perhaps the best way to enjoy the hilltop view of all that Darjeeling has to offer. The ropeway is completely safe and spans across 298 metres making it the longest of its kind in India. The journey begins at North Point in Darjeeling and goes up till Singla.
Happy Valley Tea Estate
This is a tea estate in Darjeeling and rolling meadows of emerald green tea plantations. It is a bliss watching the women plucking carefully the tea leaves. There is also a factory where you can see the making of tea and fermentation processes. It is both an entertaining as well as educational trip
Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway
Darjeeling ropeway is also known as the Rangeet valley passenger cable car. It gives a mind blowing view of the valley below, the lush tea gardens, dense forests, mountain streams all over along with the breath taking waterfall and snow peak in the background. You can even get down at the lower station and enjoy the tea garden by walking through it. Its really difficult to experience so many things together at the same p lace.
Neora Valley National Park
Situated in the unexplored terrains of Kalimpong Hills, the untouched natural forests and dense bamboo groves of Neora Valley give shelter to several endangered species that are protected in this area. The national park is also connected to the Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary, another habitat of the Red Panda.To reach Neora Valley National Park, you have to reach Lava (34km from Kalimpong), which is the nearest village. From there take a jeep ride to the national park, which because of the bad roads, takes upto an hour. You can easily get the permit from the forest office in Lava.
Pelling is approximately 130 km far from Siliguri and 115 km from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, and is very well connected by transport and jeep services. The lovely little town of Pelling is popular for magnificient views of the snow-topped Kanchenjunga range, the third most elevated crest in the world.The Placid town pulls a large portion of the guests for its representative status in history, and nature of the state of Sikkim. Situated at a height of 6,800 ft, Pelling offers great perspective of the whole Kanchenjunga mountain reach including Koktang, Kumbhakaran , Rathong, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Siniolchu and many more. This is as close as you can get to the Kanchenjunga range without leaving the material solace of good lodgings. Because of its worthwhile area, numerous hotels and cabins have come up in and around Pelling taking into account shifted tastes and budgets. Also the climate in Pelling may change from bright and sunny to blurred and miserable in a matter of minutes.
Char Dham or Siddheshwar Dham is a popular vacation spot in Sikkim. It is a copy of all the 12 Jyotirlingas and Char Dhams in India. You'll discover here a 33 m tall Shiva statue raised on the Solophok peak. It's an enormous journey complex with Hindu sanctuaries all around. Generally, it's a decent place that gives you positive vibes. Char Dham is a journey destination arranged at Solophok Hill, which is at a separation of around 5 km from Namchi Town. Solophok Hill has a verifiable and religious significance, as it is trusted that meeting this spot washes away one's sins. The venture is visioned by CM of Sikkim. They have built the sanctuaries of all the 12 jyotirlinga, Char dham and other essential sanctuaries. The sight is awesome and you will love to see the climate there. Best time to visit Char Dham or Siddheshwar Dham is during summer or during winter.
Around 3 kms from Pelling and couple of minutes walk further down from Pemayangtse Monastery are the Rabdentse ruins the second capital of Sikkim, established in the year 1670. The spot has stunning perspectives inundated with history all around. All around secured remains with clear signs of the rooms and other areas. These remnants are accessed by a short wooden walk which is extremely wonderful. The stroll from the sanctuary to the remnants will simply make your day. But these remnants have a story to tell. Its a half kilometer stroll from the main street perhaps a little more. In any case, once there, your effort is justified. Everywhere in this place you will see what remains. Not a large territory to cover so it's manageable by walking and on the off chance that you stroll up here from Pelling, you may have a decent half day trip. This spot is genuine amazement, regardless of the possibility that somebody is not excited to watch historical ruins, he can still visit for stunning perspectives.
Rock Garden Road
The Rock garden is located between Capitol Complex and Sukhna Lake. It is filled with man-made interlinked waterfalls and numerous different models that have been made of waste and scraps and different sorts of squanders like glasses, bangles, jugs, tiles, clay pots, sinks, electrical waste, etc which are displayed on walled paths. The beautiful nursery is visited by more than 5,000 individuals every day, with more than 12 million guests since its inception. Nek Chand was offered a salary, a title Sub-Divisional Engineer, Rock Garden, and 50 workers so that he could focus full-time on his work. It showed up on an Indian stamp in 1983. The Rock Garden is still made out of reused materials. At the point when Chand left the nation on an lecture visit in 1996, the city pulled back its subsidizing, and vandals assaulted the recreation center. The Rock Garden Society took control over the organization and upkeep of this interesting visionary environment.
Near the giant Buddha Statue in the Thai Temple Complex is the Idosun Nippon Japanese Temple. This is a typical Japanese Temple which was made quite a few years ago but has recently opened up for the public. The temple posses very authentic, minimal designs like many other Japanes temples. There is a huge, 80 ft idol of Lord Buddha inside the temple and from outside it looks nothing but a nice, Japanese mansion and nothing more. There are a number of temples close to the Mahabodhi Tree and this is one of those. All of these are equally beautiful and has a unique charm. Make sure that you have enough time in your hands to explore all of these.
Known by most as Ghum, this place stand 7407 feet above sea level and at a distance of 6 kilometres away from the town of Darjeeling. This place happens to be the highest point where the toy train can reach. When here, the Batasia Loop should be the place to visit with its landscaped gardens and awesome views of the snow-capped Everest and the Kanchenjunga. From Ghoom, one can reach many other locations including Siliguri. The place is a quaint little town that offers one a peaceful and healthy stay. Around three kilometers away is the Senchal Lake that should be a priority to visit when one is in Ghum.
Also, the must visit place to this route is the Singshore Bridge. This is the Asia's 2nd highest suspension bridge built on the Rangit River and is surely an Engineering marvel. This 500m bridge connects two hills of the Himalayan Range and also leads to the no-mans-land of the Indo-Nepal border. There is a huge valley that runs right under the bridge at a depth of 600 ft. The scenic beauty cannot be explained in words.You will find kids and children are playing in the ground at upper pelling .
we are in Pemayangtse Monastery right now. Its chilling cold and super blue sky,this monastery is situated at the top of the pelling hills with Mt Kangchendzonga shining at the backdrop. Pelling was not in our tour plan, we were supposed to go to kalimpong and dello hill, but at the last moment we missed our bus and somehow managed to go to melli from where we could hire a private car to kalimpong. At about 9 am we reached melli, and we got to know that the road towards kalimpong is closed due to massive landslide and heavy rain!!!
The Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhist religious community in Pemayangtse, close to Pelling in the north eastern Indian state of Sikkim, situated 140 kilometers west of Gangtok. About 2kms from Pelling, you can visit the principal monastery belonging to the Ngingma group (one of the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism) which was implicit in the year 1705 AD. One of the first and couple of oldest monastery in Sikkim, it was fabricated by Gyalwa Lhatsun Namkha Jigme.The most important one amongst three monks, who blessed the first religious ruler of Sikkim at Yuksam in 1641 AD. These days, the child monks get a legitimate classroom and teachings by the educators in the correct monastic school called Laptha. Today numerous youngsters having a place with this religious community are in the enormous Buddhist learning centers in different states of India, such as Namdoling Monastery of H.H. Penor Rempoche (Mysore), Mindoling Monastery of Thichen Rempoche (Mousori) and inside Sikkim are Takche Dubda of Ven.
In the evening, spend the day at Mall area shopping or strolling down the Observatory Hill Road and watching the sunset.Day 4: Day long sightseeing. Places of interest includes :1. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) and Darjeeling Zoo.2. Darjeeling Ropeway (Rangeet Valley Passenger Cable Car).3. Japanese Temple & Peace Pagoda.4. Rock Garden.5. Observatory Hill and Mahakal Temple.6. Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center.7. Tea Gardens.Day 5: (Optional). One may stay an extra day to explore some lesser known places in Darjeeling. Visit the churches and monasteries in Darjeeling and may also explore the markets selling beautiful handicrafts. Hire a taxi and visit the Ramakrishna Mission in Darjeeling and enjoy the unhindered view of Mt Kanchenjunga and the lush hills below.Day 6: Darejeeling to NJP. One may take the conventional taxis to NJP railway station, or if time permits, book a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway all the way to Siliguri. Board a train to Kolkata.
Bengal Natural History Museum
It is a house of various birds, mammals and animals. The displays here are the specimen of real creatures that had been captured and preserved. It had been started with an effort to display butterfies and birds of Darjeeling but fortunately it now has collection of various animals.
Also known as the Druk Sangag Choli Monastery, this is another beautiful place where you can rejuvenate yourself amidst divine settings in Darjeeling. The monastery was built in the year 1971. This is basically a Tibetian Monastery and thus follows the styles of Buddhism meditation. The peacefulness and tranquility of this place serves as a therapy to the mind and soul and you feel more at peace when you leave this place.