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Tiger Hill Phalut & Sandakphu Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri Zoological Gardens Dhirdham temple Ghoom Monastery Himalayan Mountainering Inst.
 
Chowrasta Botanical Garden Natural History Museum Happy Valley Estate The Mall Bhutia Busty Monasteries Japanese Peace Pagoda & temple
 
 
 

Tiger Hill

 
tigSituated at an altitude of 2,590m (8,482 ft.) and 13-km from the town, this spot has earned international fame for the magnificent view of the sunrise over "Kanchenjunga" and the great Eastern Himalayan Mountains. Even Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, is visible from here.

The main peaks visible are Mount Khangchendzonga (8, 598 m), Makalu (8475 m), Janu (7,710 m). Mount Everest (8, 848 m) is also visible, though from a distance, on clear days. But to savor this phenomenal scene one has to leave very early in the morning from Darjeeling.

Chowrasta

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chow The Chowrasta, meaning crossroad, is a hive of commercial activity. The Mall Road originates and culminates at the Chowrasta. This is the heart of Victorian Darjeeling. Here hotels, restaurants and shops brush against each other. The shops and stalls are a veritable paradise for souvenir collectors. The Bhutanese sellers display their wares. Woollen garments, tribal ornaments, Thankas, rosaries, brass statuettes and Gorkha daggers are kept on display for sale. Foreign goods are also available in some shops. Local handicrafts are much in demand.

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

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him Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) was established in Darjeeling, as a step to organize the growing craze in the filed of mountaineering, after the ascent of Tenzing Norgay on Mt. Everest. This institute was founded in 1954, at the personal initiative of Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. The institute was initially located at Roy Villa, on Lebong Cart Road. It was shifted to current location, on the western spur of Jawahar Parbat, in 1958 and today, it stands perched at an altitude of 6,800 ft. The first principal of this institute was Late Major N.D. Jayal and its first Director for Field Training was the legendary mountaineer, Tenzing Norgay.

The Mall

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mall The Mall is Darjeeling's popular commercial street. It is lined with Tibetans selling hand-knitted sweaters and souvenir shops chock-full of Himalayan artifacts and both real and imitation antiques. Photo shops carry turn-of-the-century photos as well as specialising in hand-painted black and white prints with glowing oil colours. The Mall leads to Chaurasta, a square, which doubles as a bandstand, a pony riding arena for children and a haven for lovers.

Phalut & Sandakphu

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pha A week's smallest-trip of Phalut and Sandakphu will get one within reach of the high peaks. for the onlooker it affords a more spectacular panorama than at Tiger Hill. Giant flowering Rhododendron trees, a pointillism of reds pinks and whites Dwarfs comprise of the en route trail. On attaining heights of over 3,048m, one is surrounded by skeletal trees devoid of leaves and branches, which are especially eerie when the clouds roll in and envelop the area.

Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri

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sili The twin Cities of Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri are the departure point to Darjeeling, Sikkim and the North Eastern States. Being the nodal point this place has become very busy and crowded. Siliguri also acts as a transit point for Nepal. Tourists come to Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri mainly to change bus or catch trains.

Siliguri is situated at the base of the Himalaya mountains in the plains. It is the largest city in the area (North Bengal) and second largest city in West Bengal and connects the hill station towns of Gangtok, Rangpo, Kalimpong, Kurseong, Mirik and Darjeeling with the rest of India.

Natural History Museum

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hist_museum A great place to be at, for all those who have great interest in knowing about the history.The museum has a collection of over 4300 specimen . Established in 1903, this natural history museum packs in its folds a rich collection of fauna found in the Himalayas and in Bengal. Among the attractions are included the estuarine crocodiles. This unique museum also has a good collection of butterflies. The mineral forms of various stones are displayed in a very attractive manner in the museum.

Darjeeling Zoological Gardens

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zoologicalThe zoo is situated two kms form the main town. This zoological garden of Darjeeling houses some of the rare species of animals and birds. This is the only zoo in India having the Siberian Tigers. Apart from these the rare Red Panda is also there. The Snow Leopards, Great Grey Birds, Snow Yaks are some the animals which are attracting tourist in great numbers.
The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park at Darjeeling houses a number of endangered species named Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf, the Siberian Tiger and Snow Leopard. Captive breeding programs are undertaken in order to preserve the Red Panda. The Himalayan Black bear is an old resident of the zoo. The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling is a well-known center for captive breeding, with great care taken by the authorities during the entire breeding and raising process.

Happy Valley Estate, Darjeeling

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valley Happy Valley Tea Estate is a tea cultivation ground in Darjeeling district, West Bengal. The estate was established in the year 1854 by David Wilson, an Englishman, who had named the garden Wilson Tea Estate and by 1860 had started cultivation of tea. In 1903, Happy Valley Tea Estate was taken over by an Indian, Tarapada Banerjee, an aristocrat from Hooghly. In 1929, Tarapada Banerjee bought the Windsor tea estate and merged another nearby estate and gave the name Happy Valley tea estate.

Botanical Gardens, Darjeeling

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bot The botanical garden of Darjeeling was laid out by Mr. W. Lloyd in 1878 and hence is named after him. Come here to feast your eyes on a vast collection of rare Himalayan plants, flowers, orchids, living fossil plants and much more. The floral varieties are mostly native to Darjeeling Himalayan region, Sikkim and other neighboring areas. A herbarium, which is a stone building built in Elizabethan style, is also present here.

This place is worth a visit for its exotic and exclusive collection of a variety of Himalayan plants, flowers and orchids. This place is near the Darjeeling taxi stand. The gardens also has a green house.

Bhutia Busty Monasteries

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bhutia Bhutia Busty Monastery (Karma Dorjee Choling Monastery) is an important monastery that belongs to the Red Sect (Kagyu) of Buddhist Lamas. It is just 15 minutes walk from the Mall. Mount Khangchendzonga forms the scenic backdrop of it. This colorful monastery was originally built in 1879 on the Observatory Hill. It was damaged in an earthquake in 1934, and was rebuilt with the assistance of the Chogyal (king) of Sikkim. The monastery still belongs to the government of Sikkim and receives a maintenance grant from it. It houses the original copy of The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

Ghoom(Samten Choling Monasteries)

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samten This Monasteries belongs to the Gelukpa sect of Vajrayana Buddhism, also known as the yellow hat. This is the seat of ven. Dromo Geshe rinpoche, the second. A 26 ft. tall stupa has been built recently in memory of Lama Anagarika Govinda, a great scholar from Germany well known for his book on Buddhism.

The monastery has a rich collection of rare books on Buddhism. Situated at an altitude of 8,000 ft, the Ghoom monastery (also known as Samten Choling monastery), is one of the better known monasteries of Darjeeling. Said to have been built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso, it is famous for its 15 ft tall statue of Maitreya Buddha (future Buddha). The monastery also has a laudable collection of Buddhist text.

Japanese Peace Pagoda and the temple

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jap The Japanese peace pagoda and the temple nearby are of recent origin. The pagoda stands as a symbol of peace. It flaunts four statues of Lord Buddha that are polished in gold color. The other eight figures of him carved out in sandstone adorning the walls there depict various phases of his life. It was built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order.

The Japanese Temple is also known as the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple. It is built in a pure Japanese architectural style. The place commands excellent view of Mount Kanchenjunga and the Darjeeling city.

Dhirdham temple

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dhi It is the most famous temple of Darjeeling, especially popular because it is a replica of the famous Pashupatinath temple of Kathmandu, Nepal. The idol of Lord Shiva represents him in five different moods or facial expressions.