Darjeeling

Located south of sikkim in north Bengal is the famous hill resort of Darjeeling at an altitude of 2150m (6,800 ft). its borders with west: Average temperature during summers is around 20c and 10c during winters. Darjeeling experiences heavy monsoon between June to August when visitors are advised to bring waterproofs/umbrellas as long with winter clothing. Darjeeling is famous for its tea garden which produce premium Darjeeling tea also known as the Champagne of the East. Darjeeling is also famous for good educational institutes, prominent of which are loreto college and School for Girls, st.Paul’s school, Mt. Hermon and St. Joseph College & Schools at north Point.

Draped over a steep mountain ridge, surrounded by tea plantations and backed by a splendid Himalayan panorama, the archetypal hill station of Darjeeling is rightly West Bengal’s premier drawcard. When you aren’t gazing at Khangchendzonga (8598m), you can explore colonial mansions and churches, Buddhist and Hindu temples, botanical gardens and a zoo for Himalayan fauna. The steep narrow streets are crowded with colorful souvenir and handicraft shops, and a good steaming brew and excellent Indian and Tibetan fare are never far away. For the adventurous there are superb treks which trace ancient trade routes and provide magnificent viewpoints.

The name ‘Darjeeling’ came from the Tibetan words, ‘dorje’ meaning thunderbolt (originally the scepter of Indra) and ‘ling’ a place or land, hence ‘the land of the thunderbolt’. A land-mark year in the History of Darjeeling was 1835, but it would be appropriate to trace its History before that. Prior to its acquisition by the East India Co. in 1835, Darjeeling formed a part of Sikkim and for a brief period of Nepal. However neither the history of Sikkim, nor the history of Nepal furnish any account of its early history.

The Places of interest in and around Darjeeling are:

GHOOM:
About 7 km away from Darjeeling Ghoom is famous as Highest toy train railway station in the world. It also has famous Yiga Choling Monastery of Gelupa sect which was built in 1875.

ROCK GARDEN & GANGAMAYA:
Is the new addition to places of interest in Darjeeling. The picture and picnic spots with waterfalls are build by DGHC.

BATASIA LOOP AND WAR MEMORIAL : 
5 km from Darjeeling towards Ghoom the narrow gauge rail line takes a figure of 8 loop with marveling engineering feat. A war memorial within the loop has 3 meter high bronze statue of a Gorkha soldier in the mourning reversed stance. It provides a scenic view of the western valley.

NIGHTINGALE (SHRUBBERY) PARK:
Between HMI and Chowrasta is a scenic shrubbery park with beautiful water falls emanating from Shiva temple. DGHC has developed it as best cultural spot where one can enjoy different Nepali dances in the evening.

TIGER HILL:
14 km away from HMI at 8500 ft. Tiger Hill offers one of the most magnificient view of Kanchanjunga massif in sikkim. One can also view Everest, Makalu & Lhotse in Nepal and Chomolheri in Bhutan on a clear day. Sunrise from Tiger Hill looks like a ball of fire emerging from the bosom of the earth transforming the snowy cold ranges into a fiery crimson. All HMI trainees get a chance to visit Tiger Hill during course.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM:
Near Chowrasta, this museum has a wide range of collection of preserved reptiles, birds, butterflies and other insects.

TIBETAN SELF HELP CENTRE:
ON Lebong road gives an sight to the making of different handicrafts.

DARJEELING PEACE PAGODA:
Rises 28.5 meters with a diameter of 23m with four statues of Buddha in Gold polish is major attraction to tourists.

RANGIT VALLEY ROPEWAY:
From north point to Tukvar Valley tea Estate floating high above lush green valley and tea garden provide a scenic View.

AVA ART GALLERY
Display fine art work of Mrs Ava Devi.

HMI AND ZOO
Which are located on Brich Hill are the major attractions for the tourists. Some exotic breeds of high altitude fauna such as Siberian Tigers, Black Bear, Red Pandas, Snow Leopards and many colourful Himalayas Birds grace the location which is must in the itinerary of all tourists.
In addition to the rich learning experience at HMI, the visit to Darjeeling provides life long memories to be taken home by students of HMI.

CLIMATE

Summers – Summer The summer months are the best time for visiting Darjeeling when the climate remains in a pleasant mood. Summers arrive in the month of April and lasts till June with a maximum temperature of 25°C.

Winters – The winter months creep in during December and is over by February. temperatures drop to 1°C along with heavy mist and rains toward end of December. The month of December is ocassionally accompanied by heavy snow fall.

Best Seasons:

( May – June ) & ( September – November).

Clothing

In summer: Light woolens and In winter: Heavy woolens.

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