I went on this trip to – Darjeeling – to explore the incredible north-east and would love to share my experience with you all!
Darjeeling is a town in West Bengal and is famous for three things- its Tea Gardens, Kangchenjunga mountain view and; monastries and temples. Apart from being an amazing hill station, it also offers being the centre-place to view all the other higher peaks of Mount Everest and Himalayas.I started my trip by boarding a flight from Delhi to Bagdogra in West Bengal as it is the only airport nearest to Darjeeling. On reaching Bagdogra, you can hire a car to reach Darjeeling as it is only about 2-3 hours away by road. Here I’m sharing with you all what I explored in this incredible city! This post will help you to know about the famous places to visit in Darjeeling.
Sunrise at Tiger Hill
It was the Christmas morning which greeted me with the rising sun in the lap of Tiger Hill! I have saved this day in my memory and will never be able to forget it. I didn’t know this trip is going to give me such an unforgettable experience.
I began my day with the view of the rising sun at Tiger Hill, Darjeeling. It must be around 4:30 in the morning and the temperature was as low as -2 degrees accompanied by chilly winds.The sky was like a painter’s plate with colours from shades of blue, purple, black to deep orange and pinks. It was damn cold. After a point of time I wasn’t able to feel my hands and my feet. And I was standing there in the hope to catch the glimpse of the rising sun as Tiger Hill is famous for its beautiful view of sunrise. And that makes it the most famous tourist place! People reach there as early as 4 am in the morning, to occupy the best place for the view. At 6:15, I saw a red ball of fire emerging from the layers of the sky. It was stunning, amazing, startling, fantabulous, just out of this world… actually words seem to fall short for it. As it continued to grow bigger in size and brighter, it brought a smile on everyone’s face.
It tops my list of places to visit in Darjeeling!
Aswesay: You just can’t afford to miss this place when in Darjeeling!
Also, catch the sight of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga together from Tiger hill.
This is the Samten Choling Monastery, generally referred to as Ghoom monastry but the one is the Yiga Choeling monastry which is about 1km away from the latter. While coming back from Tiger Hill in the morning, this monastry comes in the way. So, its convenient to visit it after Tiger Hill.
Samten Choling Gompa has the largest Buddha statue in West Bengal, a memorial dedicated to German mystic Lama Govinda.
Batasia Loop is nearby to the Samten choling monastery. This is a small point made by the local people, from where you can catch the sight of the famous “Three Sisters peak”.
Tea Gardens in Darjeeling
Along with admiring the beauty of the tea gardens, you can also enjoy an exotic cup of tea there. You can find small markets around who sell different types of tea – green tea, white tea, black tea and other types of specialties.Tea market is one of the biggest source of income for the locals.
Japanese Temple in Darjeeling
There is a traditional Japanese Temple in Darjeeling also named as Nipponzan Myohoji Budhist temple. All the rituals are performed in the Japanese way so you can experience different religious customs altogether.
Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling
Peace Pagoda, a Buddhist stupa, was basically built to inspire, encourage and bring all the people belonging to different castes and creed to unite them in the search of world peace. It stands as a sacred symbol of peace and harmony.
Peace pagodas were built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, who was a Japanese Buddhist monk. He was also a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. The tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings left him in great despair and following this setback he pledged to teach the world about the importance of peace, good-will and harmony in life. There are around 80 peace pagodas all over the world in Europe, Asia and United States.
The Japanese peace pagoda in Darjeeling has statues depicting various activities of Buddha.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
It is the highest railway station in India and also famously known by the name of Toy Train. Being situated at about 7000 feet, it also listed as the Mountain railways of India in the World Heritage Site. It operates on a narrow track and takes you through the mountains which makes for a simply breathtaking view! This toy train ride will cover some amazing slopes and curves which seems almost impossible to be travelled through train. It has specific timings and a decent fare which you can check for when you go there.
Darjeeling is also known as the Queen of Hills. Its usually suggested to visit Darjeeling during the months of April-June. But I went during December and even in the month of December, each day was sunny, warm and very comfortable. But the nights are damn cold. So, you must keep heavy woolens and jackets for a winter visit. The mountain peaks were covered with snow and in evening you can take a walk down the road with cool breeze. The temperatures can be very low during winter season but experiencing the chilly winters has its own charm. So, if you plan a trip to Darjeeling then do include the places mentioned in your list so that you don’t miss out on anything. And I hope you will also have an awesome experience as I had!
Good luck 🙂
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