Have you ever walked on the streets of Darjeeling, an unforgettable experience

Tripoto
24th Sep 2019
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When you are reading this, I am sure you are very much aware of the beauty and attractions of Darjeeling. Let's not get into that again.

Darjeeling has always been my favorite place since childhood for which I have already been there several times.

In this visit, I tried something new by walking on the streets of Darjeeling to get a detailed overview of the city.

Here, I share my experience with you all.

Waking up in the morning for sunrise has never been a problem for me when I am there. I never had to depend upon the alarm clock, as the fresh air gave the power to break every rule.

From my hotel, I walked towards Observatory Hill through the Mall. After reaching, I stood there, with my keen eyes searching for the light on Mt. Kanchenjunga within the dark sky. It was very cold. I have always experienced a clear sky during this season. As the sun rises, the first light on the peak of Mt. Kanchenjunga gave an understanding of actual realistic colors. The color gradually started to glow with changing position of the sun.

It is said that best view of the sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunga in Darjeeling is from Tiger Hill. I won't say it is bad, but since I have experienced the view several times from Tiger Hill, so this time, I thought of going around by foot and see the sunrise from Observatory Hill, behind Darjeeling Mall.

Tips: While watching the sunrise, you will be accompanied by many local walkers working out in the cold morning.

After viewing the sunrise, I walk down to the Mall for a fresh cup of tea in the stands. Leisure time sitting on the wooden plank made chairs, sipping tea and see local people around.

Tips: This Mall has seen the history of changes over the years. Don't miss to spend some time to experience the same.

Located on the Observatory Hill and encircled at its bottom by the Mall Road stands Mahakal Mandir. As you walk along the Mall road, you will see this steep hill rising. It takes about 15 minutes of an uphill walk to reach the top. Though the walk is tiring, in the end, the reward is awesome. The temple is great! If you are really out of breath, there are benches there where you can take some rest.

Tips: There are thousands of Buddhist prayer flags fluttering all over and hanging from the trees. Can't miss the view and experience.

Cemeteries are places which we generally don’t include in our to-visit list while traveling. But this time, after referring several travel sites, I came through about Darjeeling Old Cemetery which is also known as the English Cemetery, resting place of those early British settlers who created this beautiful gem of a hill town. It's an easy 3 km walk from Chowk Bazaar area along Lebong Road.

When you are walking on Lebong Cart Road, you cannot miss the view of the beautiful Happy Valley Tea Estate. I was standing there seeing the setting sun. The experience is awesome.

Photo of Happy Valley Tea Estate, Near, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Punpun
Photo of Happy Valley Tea Estate, Near, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Punpun
Photo of Happy Valley Tea Estate, Near, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Punpun
Photo of Happy Valley Tea Estate, Near, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Punpun
Photo of Happy Valley Tea Estate, Near, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Punpun
Photo of Happy Valley Tea Estate, Near, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Punpun
Photo of Happy Valley Tea Estate, Near, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Punpun
Photo of Happy Valley Tea Estate, Near, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Punpun
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