Darjeeling Places Interest

 

Kanchenjunga View

From Darjeeling one can have the best, uninterrupted view of the worlds third highest peak. Bhan Bhakta Sarani provides one of the enthralling views of these snow capped peaks. The Chowrasta also gives you a good sight to the Kanchenjunga peak.

 

Chowrasta and the Mall

Observatory Hill is a hill near Chowrasta square, or The Mall as it is popularly known, in Darjeeling, West Bengal, Magnificent views of snow-clad peaks, including Mount Kanchenjunga, are visible from the Observatory Hill. The Bhutia Busty monastery was originally located here. Now the hill has the temple of Mahakal. Two important arteries of the town, Nehru Road and Bhanubhakta Sarani, meet at Chowrasta.

 

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the "Toy Train", is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railway that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in West Bengal. Built between 1879 and 1881, the railway is about 86 kilometres (53 mi) long. Its elevation level varies from about 100 metres (328 ft) at New Jalpaiguri to about 2,200 metres (7,218 ft) at Darjeeling. Four modern diesel locomotives handle most of the scheduled services: however the daily Kurseong-Darjeeling return service and the daily tourist trains from Darjeeling to Ghum

 

Rock Garden

10 kilometres from town, the Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park offer attractive picnic spots with natural waterfalls and boating facilities. Small restaurants and shops abound, but visitors should be aware that return transportation is difficult to organize from the park

 

Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill is the highest point in the Darjeeling area .An early morning trip to witness the sunrise is a must . Watching the rising sun strike the colossal Kangchenjunga range of snow-capped peaks in a blaze of rapidly changing colours is truly spectacular . Tiger Hill is now part of a nature preserve, the meadows of which are suitable for picnics.

 

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

the world famous Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ( HMI ). Jawaharlal Nehru, the first PRIME minister of India, laid the institute’s foundation stone in November 1954, and the legendary Tenzing Norgay Sherpa was HMI’s first Director of Field Training. Tenzing Norgay’s grave is located on the hill’s summit, making a visit to the institute and its surroundings pilgrimage for all climbling enthusiasts .

 

Mahakal Temple

Rising abruptly from Chowrasta is the hilltop. Situated atop is the ancient temple of Mahakal, a form of Lord Shiva. There is a cave sacred to worshippers in the temple. In Sanskrit, the word "Durjay Ling", means "Shiva of invincible prowess, who rules the Himalayas." There is a suggestion that the name Darjeeling could have emanated from this name