On the way, we stopped for a brief period near the picturesque St. Joseph's School North Point - which has often been rated as one of India's best boarding schools. The architecture of the school was a splendid one. A bollywood film called 'Yaariyan' (2014) used this school as one of its filming locations.
[Note - St. Paul's School in Darjeeling is more popular among bollywood cine-lovers; it being the filming location for films like 'Main Hoon Naa' (2004) , 'Barfi' (2012).]
Again, on the way we stopped to visit the Tenzing and Gombu Rocks. Named after the legendary Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and his nephew Nawang Gombu (also a daredevil Sherpa) - these are two huge natural rocks standing opposite to each other. Of these two, the Tenzing Rock rises almost vertically - far below from the road - that side, being used by professional climbers usually. Both the rocks are maintained and used by Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling for rock climbing training purposes.
We reached the Tibetan Refugee Self-Help centre - located at the Hill Side, Lebong Cart Road, few minutes later. It was built by the Tibetan refugees who came to India following the Dalai Lama, during his escape from Tibet. Here, you will find Tibetan men and women busy weaving textiles or creating beautiful handicrafts - in different sections of the centre. There is also a photo gallery in the complex depicting the history of the Tibetans in India. We witnessed how, as a close-knit community, they evolved over time to become self-sustaining - that too without any state-of-the-art facilities. Their success, to me is a great paradigm of sheer hard work and persistence.