Darjeeling is an enchanting hill station situated in the state of West Bengal. Located at 6982 ft above the sea level, this Queen of Hill Stations impresses visitors with its colourful culture, dances, Toy Train and the Darjeeling-Rangit Valley Ropeway. On a Darjeeling tour, travellers can also enjoy excursions to the famous nearby areas like Kurseong, Kalimpong, Pedong, Mirik, Sandakphu, Jorapokhri and Lepchajagat. The picturesque lush green forests, acres of tea gardens, scenic villages and snow-capped peaks here mesmerise the visitors in the very first sight. Besides, its diverse topography offers ideal conditions to enjoy a range of exciting activities like mountaineering, trekking, white water rafting, mountain biking and birding to name a few.
The place also offers a unique shopping experience for tourists. One can buy the famous trinkets, handloom, bamboo fretwork, woollen knitted garments, woven fabrics and blankets for their loved ones back home. The shops are also flooded with non-Indian items like Bhutan paintings, Bhutia chaddars and Nepali khukuris. Tourists can also look for the beautiful curios on copper plates that are engravings of different deity replicas on the stone-studded copper plates. Here, they can find wonderful Tankas that have paintings to depict the life of Lord Buddha.
Popular Attractions in the hill resort
Darjeeling has plenty of attractions like Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Peace Pagoda, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Ghoom Monastery and Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre to keep the visitors engaged.
For those looking to enjoy panoramic sunrise view over Kanchenjunga or an unforgettable sight of Mount Everest, then visiting Tiger Hill can fulfil their dreams. Tourist can head to Batasia Loop to see the famous Toy Train, winding its way around this railway loop. The place also houses a war memorial that was built to commemorate the death of those soldiers who laid down their lives for the motherland. During their tour, travellers can see the Japanese Peace Pagoda built by Nichidatsu Fujii, a famous Buddhist monk from Japan. This 94 ft tall pagoda is situated on the Jalapahar Hill and it showcases four different incarnations of Buddha. There are other Peace Pagodas built by the Japanese. Another famous one in India is at Ladakh.
The place also houses the well-known Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the oldest mountaineering institute of India offering various courses in this discipline. This institution is currently under the supervision of the Defence Ministry and it also houses a museum. Adjacent to the institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is home to a rich and diverse wildlife, inhabiting Snow Leopards, Siberian Tigers, Red Pandas and Himalayan Black Bears. The Ropeway or the Darjeeling-Rangit Valley Passenger Cable Car connects Darjeeling to Singla Bazaar. Then there is Ghoom Monastery, popular for preserving the rarest manuscripts of Buddhism and the place also has an idol of Maithreya Buddha installed. With plenty of things to see and do, Darjeeling Honeymoon Package can be an unforgettable experience for newly weds.