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Darjeeling_ Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Ayegi Tu!

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9th May 2015

Darjeeling stop!

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Steam Engine!

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Enfield Ride At Tiger Hill

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St. Andrews Church

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Mall Road Darjeeling!

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Chawrasta!

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Tiger Hill

Photo of Darjeeling_ Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Ayegi Tu! by Saurabh Shukla
Photo of Darjeeling_ Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Ayegi Tu! by Saurabh Shukla

Originally just a cluster of villages that was administered intermittently by Nepal and Sikkim, Darjeeling grew in prominence during the mid 19th century when, because of its climate, the British first established a hill station there after leasing it from the Chogyal of Sikkim and later discovered that the area was particularly well suited for tea plantations. In 1849, the British annexed the area and Darjeeling became a part of British India. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was opened in 1881 (it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the town became the de-facto summer capital of India during the days when the Raj was governed from Calcutta.

Because it was a popular hill station during the days of the Raj, a lovely Victorian town was built among the Himalayan foothills, the remnants of which are still visible around the Chowrasta and Darjeeling remains a popular summer and fall resort for the natives of Kolkata today. For foreign tourists, the main attractions are the cultural diversity (many Tibetan refugees moved here after Tibet was annexed by China and they co-exist with the descendants of the many Nepali and Bihari laborers brought to work in the tea plantations), the beautiful views (including the wonderful vista view of Kanchenjunga), a variety of trekking options, and the opportunity to cool down after a stint in the plains. The town is also a jumping off point for travelers heading to Sikkim.

There has been intermittent political action from Gorkha groups demanding an independent state (Gorkhaland). In June 2008 a strike paralyzed the area, with closed hotels, restaurants and shops, and the accompanying protests even turned violent a couple of times. Though inconvenient, tourists generally are not at risk, but recently they do check the status before going there.

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Oh I so love your caption which you have put for this article cum Darjeeling Travel Guide. You have fondly reminded of the movie which I had watched when I was really small because my father is a real Rajesh Khanna fan and I loved all that my dad loved.
Sun 01 10 16, 21:29 · Reply · Report
Talk about Tiger hill or Mirik or all the tea estates of Darjeeling, these have always been vital parts of my Darjeeling Travel Guide. Darjeeling for me is a place which welcomes me each time I go over there and then never feel like coming back.
Sun 01 10 16, 02:15 · Reply · Report
If you are tired of the noisy city life ad feel that stress and pollution has taken over the better part of your everyday life, Darjeeling awaits to heal you. I would love to add what this Darjeeling Travel Guide does not mention and it is the climate of the place which can relax your mind and body for a new start.
Sat 01 09 16, 21:39 · Reply · Report
Hey Saurabh! It was nice reading about such a familiar place about which you have written in such a nice manner. I remember when I was small, regular holidays necessarily meant Darjeeling and this Darjeeling Travel Guide simply reminds me of all those fond memories of my childhood.
Sat 01 09 16, 16:15 · Reply · Report
I am really very lucky that my maternal side is from Darjeeling and this Darjeeling Travel Guide simply makes me feel a lot more happier because I see one more person praising the beauty of this place. I can definitely relate to the feeling which you must have had over there and I can make that out from your photographs.
Sat 01 09 16, 10:41 · Reply · Report
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