Darjeeling: The Himalyan Heaven

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A Himalayan city in the state of West Bengal, Darjeeling is the perfect retreat for those with a penchant for a pleasantly nippy weather. What can be better than walking amidst the plush greenery and unspoiled air unbeknown to the rest of the world? Kiss all your troubles a fond goodbye as long as you walk the rolling plains and hills of Darjeeling.

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute:

What better way to initiate your Darjeeling trip than exploring the magnificent Himalayas? The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is one of the most sought after places in Darjeeling. Founded by the late Sherpa Tenzing Norgay who climbed the Mount Everest, the institute still showcases all the equipment's used for that climb. Feast your eyes on the glory that is the Himalayas, and be sobered by its might.

Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park:

Also known as the Darjeeling Zoo, this park abounds in varied species of flora and fauna. Home to the adorable Red Panda and Snow Leopards, this zoological park is named after late Padmaja Naidu, the governor of West Bengal and daughter of the nightingale of India, Sarojini Naidu. Famous for its conservation breeding programmes of the Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Salamander and Tibetan Wolf, this zoo is a place you wouldn't want to miss.

Tiger Hill:

Bask in the first, flickering light of the sun as it chastely kisses the tip of Mount Kanchenjunga, and slowly but surely, bathes it aglow. Nothing can be more mesmerizing than the play of light and shade, and for a person with a poet's heart, watching the sunrise from Tiger Hill is a necessary experience. Of course, to reach in time for the sunrise and get a good viewing perch amongst other teeming tourists, you would have to wake up at 3am; but when your eyes skim across the golden hued horizon, the efforts are totally worth it.

Japanese Peace Pagoda and Buddhist Monasteries:

Take a little time out to satisfy your spiritual side and visit the world-renowned Japanese Peace Pagoda and the myriad other dainty Buddhist monasteries. Explore the region and take in the grandeur and tranquillity of these structures. Constructed by the Japanese Buddhist Nipponzan-Myohoji Order, the Peace Pagoda has always enthralled and beckoned to people following the Buddhist faith. The various monasteries, like the Ghoom and Dali Monastery, will humble you with their simplicity, which at the same time embody quiet glory and opulence, unspoilt by the ravages of tim

Batashiya Loop and The War Memorial:

Just as the name suggests, Batashiya Loop is a gigantic railway loop where the toy train makes a complete 360 degree turn. So sit tight as this turn could just make you a wee bit wobbly! A scenic little area with innumerable photo-ops, Batashiya Loop shares pride of place with the War Memorial, built in memory of all the brave men who sacrificed their lives for the country. Soak in the historic and all-natural aura of Batashiya Loop and be sure to splurge a little bit on all the hand-made goodies, like purses, bags and other decorative items.

How to Reach?

You can plan your trip to Darjeeling from cities like Siliguri, Bhagalpur, and Kolkata.

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