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Darjeeling

Enjoy a fairy tale ride in the toy train to Darjeeling and you will be greeted by the most exotic views that nature ever bestowed on mankind. Darjeeling, perhaps the most popular hill station in India, is located in West Bengal and is bedecked with many monuments of colonial heritage. Known as the Queen among all the hill stations, the hill station sits perched up on Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Look around and you will see tea gardens and variety of flora and fauna scattered around everywhere. The town has not much to offer but unlimited natural attractions. Challenging treks and white water rafting lure every adventurer to Darjeeling.

When To Go

Darjeeling has a moderate climate with all five distinct seasons in a year. The best season to visit the place is from September to June, take woolen clothes in winters.
  • Winters (December to January) have a cool climate within the average range of 5 °C to 7 °C. Minimum temperature this season can be freezing –2 °C. Snowfalls are not common during winters. It is an ideal time for honeymoon in Darjeeling.
  • Spring (February to March) season is charming with moderate climate. This season is best with scenic beauties.
  • Summers (April to June) are mild with maximum temperature never crossing 25 °C. the pleasant climate attracts lots of tourists during this season. The time is favorable for all tourist activities.
  • Monsoons (July to August) are accompanied with intense torrential rain causing roadblocks.
  • Autumn (September to November) is accompanied with intermittent showers and Darjeeling looks marvelous during this period.
September to November is ideal for exploring Darjeeling tourism places and outings. December to January is perfect for those who like chilly climate and is best period for honeymooners. February to June is ideal for all tourist activities in Darjeeling.

Travel within city

Darjeeling is a popular tourist place and it has a few inter- city transport options. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra near Silguri which is around 96 km from the city. Siliguri is the closest town which has railway station and there are many options to reach Darjeeling from Siliguri. Shared taxi and shared jeeps are the main mode of transport from Siliguri to Darjeeling. They usually cost around Rs 120 and can take up to 10 people. Tourist can also reach Darjeeling by bus. There are regular bus services from Silguri. The best options for local travel in Darjeeling are either on foot or by shared jeep.

Shared Jeep


Shared jeeps are available extensively through Darjeeling. These are the cheapest and easiest way to travel around the city. They are available in the main areas and cost between Rs 10 to 20.

Taxi


Taxis are also available from the taxi stand near the mall. This is also a good option as they are comfortable and are useful for day trips. They charge around Rs 750 for day trips to nearby places.

On Foot


The best option to visit the various sites in Darjeeling is on foot. The steep roads and rocky terrain are best accessed on foot.
Attractions

Darjeeling Toy Train

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Darjeeling Toy Train is UNESCO accredited world heritage icon, which began its first service in the year 1881. The toy train provides the tourists with a unique ride from Darjeeling to New Jalpaiguri. The scenic ride reveals some of the best of natural panorama and allows tourists to capture beautiful memories. The toy train which has a seating capacity of 30 people takes about eight hours to reach its destination and charge Rs 200 per person.

Kanchenjunga

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The third highest mountain peak in the world, Kanchenjunga, can be panoramically sighted from Darjeeling. Go to the Observatory Hill and enjoy the snow covered peaks. Reaching the mountain is another interesting challenge. Since there are no direct routes tourist have to indulge in trekking and camping for many days before the reaching the mountain.

Tiger Hill

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Tiger Hill in Darjeeling is famous for offering panoramic views of Mount Kanchenjunga. The hill is situated at a height of 2555 meters and on a clear day, views of Mount Everest can also be enjoyed from here. Tourists are advised to reach this spot at 4 in the morning, at the time of sunrise, when the sky is lit with multi hued colours.

Aloobari Gompa

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Aloobari Gompa is a popular Buddhist pilgrim center in Darjeeling. A grand monastery built in red and white, the main attraction here is shopping for the traditional handicrafts and accessories. At just 3 kms from the main city, the monastery is also known as Mak Dronga Gomba and one can reach it by taking the Tenzing Norgay Road.

Badamtam Tea Estate

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Badamtan Tea Garden in Darjeeling is an important tourist point. A very successful tea estate, the main attraction here is the 14 foot tall statue of Lord Buddha with his eyes opened, which happens to be a rare posture. Tourists are also advised to indulge in shopping for the aromatic tea. Hiking from Darjeeling to Glenburn is an interesting adventure activity.

Batasia Loop

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Batasia Loop, a massive railway loop around 5 km from Darjeeling is a great place to enjoy a 360 degree view of the beautiful landscapes of Darjeeling and the majestic Kanchenjunga range. It was built with the aim of lowering the gradient of ascent of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Commissioned in the year 1919, Batasia Loop commands wonderful view of the serene surroundings with snowcapped mountains of the Eastern Himalayas.

The place also has an Eco Garden providing information on organic farming and plantation in Darjeeling. A War Memorial set at the center of the Batasia Loop is dedicated to those Gorkha soldiers who sacrificed their lives in several wars after Indian Independence in 1947.

Bhutia Busty Gompa

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Bhutui busty Gompa, a sub branch of Nygpama Sect’s Photag Monastery in Sikkim, is a popular pilgrim spot famous for its library that is loaded with ancient text on Buddhism. Located on the C.R. Dar Road, the monastery was transferred from its mother branch in the year 1879 and invites pilgrims from all over the world.

Ganga Maya Park

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Just 3 km from the Rock Garden is the Ganga Maya Park, a newly added tourist attraction in Darjeeling. The charming bridges constructed over the stream give you the serene view of the lush green surrounding. Enjoy the transparent stream flowing over the rocky bed. Set within the park is a beautiful fountain. There is also a small lake with paddle boating facilities. Besides, during tourist season, the park host Gorkha folk dances to entertain the tourists.
Charges: Boating cost: Rs 20 for 15 mins (per head).  

Ghoom Monastery

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Ghoom monastery in Darjeeling is one of the holy Buddhist pilgrims and has the 4.57 meters high image of Lord Buddha is the main attraction here. Also known as the Sakya monastery, it is located as a distance of 7 kms from the city of Darjeeling and offers great views of the surrounding, the Gompa was built in the early 20th century.

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

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Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Zoo in Darjeeling comprises a grand collection of historical mountaineering equipments and fossil speciments of varieties of flora and fauna. Managed by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, tourists can enter the Everest Museum and Mountaineering Museum from here. Entrance fee is Rs 6 and timing is from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m

Japanese Peace Pagoda

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Set on the slopes of Jalapahar hill in Darjeeling, Japanese Peace Pagoda is a symbol of peace and spiritually. It is one of the creations of Nichidatsu Fuji, a Japanese Buddhist monk, who also founded Nipponzan-Myo-ho-ji Buddhist Order. Designed by M. Ohka, the Peace Pagoda claimed to be the tallest free structure in the town with a height of 28.5 m and a diameter of 23 m. It houses four avatars of the Buddha. Located close to the Pagoda are a Buddhist Temple and a traditional Japanese style monastery, which tourists can also visit.

Japanese Temple

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Japanese Temple, also called as Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple, just few minutes drive from Darjeeling town is a well-known tourist attraction. This architectural beauty of Japan was built in 1972, and is located close to Peace Pagoda. Inspired by the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi, Fuji Guru founded this Buddhist temple, with the vision to preach peace after the world witnessed the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Set amidst serene and peaceful environment, it is an ideal place for meditation.

Observatory Hill

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Observatory hill in Darjeeling is famous for the Mahakal Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Bhutia Butsy Gompa. The hill is a pilgrim spot that attracts devotees from both the Hindus as well as Buddhists. The Observatory hill starts from the Mall Road and conclude at the Chowrashtra.

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is claimed to be the only zoo in the world to breed Tibetan wolf in captivity. It is also the first South Asian zoo to breed Snow Leopard and Siberian Tiger. Rare red pandas are also seen here.

The park is situated at an altitude of 2133.5 meters, with scenic and mighty Kanchenjunga forming the backdrop. The zoo was established in 1958, with the aim of conserving the Himalayan fauna. In 1975, the park was dedicated to the memory of Padmaji Naidu, former governor of West Bengal, by Indira Gandhi, the then prime minister of India.
Timings: 8:30 am to 4 pm, Except Thursdays and National Holidays  Charges: Indian: Rs 30 Foreigner: Rs 100 Camera: Rs 10  

Passenger Ropeway

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Passenger Ropeway in Darjeeling is a very popular tourist attraction wherein tourists can enjoy a 5 kms ride on a cable car. Starting from the North Point, 3 kms from the main city, this ropeway connects Darjeeling with Singla Bazar and further till Ranjit River lying at the bottom of the valley. While on the cable car, tourists can enjoy scenic views of the tea estates and hilly terrains. The fare for the ride is Rs 25 per head.

Rock Garden

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Rock Garden, also referred to as Barbotey Rock Garden is located at a distance of around 10 km from Darjeeling. It was established by the Gorkha Hill Council Tourism Department and was inaugurated by Subhash Ghising, the ex-chairman of the Council. Created by cutting rocks at different levels with terraced seating arrangements at several points, the garden is a perfect blend of natural and artificial creation. The garden is dotted with a breathtaking waterfall, fountains, rocks, flower garden, bridges and sitting spaces at different levels. A small lake also adds to the serene beauty of garden.

Sandakphu

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Sandakphu is a peak in Darjeeling, and gets its name from the poisonous plants tah one can find on reaching this peak. Trekking is the best and the only way to reach this peak and one can enjoy spectacular views of Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga from here. Can be visited at any time of the year, the peak is shrouded with beautiful flowers and varieties of orchards bloom here.

Snow Leopard Breeding Centre

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The Snow Leopard breeding Center was started with the aim to breed Snow Leopards in the year 1986. The main attractions here are the snow leopards that are kept in large enclosures and are taken care of. The entrance fee for the centre is Rs 10 per hear and it is open for public view on all days except Thursday.

Tenzing & Gombu Rock

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Located on Lebong Cart Road, Tenzing and Gombu Rocks stands facing opposite to each other and is just 20 minutes drive from Darjeeling. The massive Tenzing Rock is named after Tenzing Norgay, the man who climbed the Everest first time along with Edmund Hillary in 1953. Gombu Rock is named after Nawang Gombu, Tenzing’s nephew who climbed the Everest twice for the first time in the history, in 1963 and in 1965.

These gigantic rocks serve as a training place for rock climbing for the students of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute of Darjeeling. An annual rock climbing competition is organized by the Indian Army at the Tenzing Rock. It is said that an army climber climbed the Tenzing Rock in just 35 seconds in 2010.

Trekking

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The scenic town of Darjeeling offers various adventure options, but trekking through the remote locations is the best adventure of all. Some of the most popular routes include Singalila track route, Kalimpong-Relli route and Kurseong-Mirik trek and Kurseong-Namsu trek. The best time for trekking is during the months of April to May and October to November. By indulging in trekking, tourists can enjoy the best of the natural beauty that lies hidden in the rough terrains and undulated paths.

Bengal Natural History Museum

  
The Bengal Natural History Museum is near Chowrashtra, the heart of Darjeeling. The museum contains a representative and comprehensive, but dusty, collection of Himalayan and Bengali fauna. The museum houses more than 4300 specimens. Bird species, reptiles, and other animals of the Eastern Himalayas are displayed at true to life altitudes.

The butterfly and beetle section merits special mention. Specimens of estuarine crocodile, which is responsible for the greatest loss of human life in Asia, are also seen here. Mineral forms of various stones are attractively displayed.

The museum is open on all days except Thursdays, and is open between 10 am and 4 pm.

Birch Hill Park

  
Birch Hill Park, also known as Jawahar Parbat is an off-shoot from the Mall and houses the Raj Bhavan. Some of the popular tourist attractions located here are Mountaineering Museum, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Observatory Hill.

Dhirdham Temple

  
The Dhirdham temple is located below the railway station. The temple resembles the famous Pasupathinath Temple of Kathmandu. It was built in 1939. A statue of Lord Shiva is present outside of the temple depicting "Pancha Bakram Tri Netram"—five different facial expressions in different moods and the Third Eye of Lord Shiva are depicted. The temple’s roof is influenced by Tibetan architectural style.

Aarthis are held at 8 am and 6 pm.

Everest Museum

  
Everest Museum and Mountaineering Museum are entered through the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Zoo. The zoo and the two museums are run by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, which trains mountaineers.

The mountaineering museum has a grand collection of historical mountaineering equipment, specimens of Himalayan flora and fauna, and a relief model of the Himalayas.

The Everest museum is situated next door. This museum traces the history of attempts to climb the Everest. Sherpa Denzing Norbay, who conquered Mount Everest along with Edmund Hillary, was the director of the institute. He died in 1896. His statue is standing near his cremation spot.

Glenburn Tea Estate

  
With the increasing popularity of tea tourism, tea plantations now have embraced the idea to open small estate or hotel, which will give visitors a chance to witness the tea production process as well as “get away from it all”. Among one of such estate or hotel is the Glenburn Tea Estate located in Darjeeling, West Bengal. The plantation estate covers an area of 1,600 acre, also offering breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga Mountains.

The estate is just one or half an hour drive from Darjeeling. One can explore the estate in four-wheel drive vehicle. The Glenburn campsite is ideal for picnicking. Besides, a week in Glenburn would be amazing or action-packed with adventure.

Kali Temple

  

Karmi Farm

  
Karmi Farm is a family-run farm that offers comfortable accommodation in Darjeeling. This farmhouse is floored using traditional wood and decorated with hand-woven rugs that are locally made. The farmhouse used local workers to produce organic food in Nepalese and Sikkimese traditional way. Sometimes food is brought from outside. The farmhouse has fabulous terraces that overlook the valleys.

Cosy log fires make the cooler evenings lovably warmer. There are three ways to reach Karmi Farm: you can get dropped at the foot of the hill and walk around 15 minutes; a 90-minute jeep ride through tea gardens, followed by a 3-hour ride through countryside; or 8 hours’ walk.

Lloyd Botanical Garden

  
Lloyd Botanical Garden stands in the memory of a resident of Darjeeling, Mr. William. In 1878, he made over a beautiful piece of land to facilitate the creation of a botanical garden. Initiated as a branch of the Royal Botanical Garden, Kolkata, the garden is situated at an altitude of 1800 meters.

The garden represents the characteristic flora of the Eastern Himalayas. Sir John Anderson Rock Garden of this garden is where many alpine and sub-alpine plants grow under conditions akin to their natural habitats. More than 60 orchids representing various terrestrial and epiphytic species are found in the Orchid House, a spacious glass house.

A herbarium, which is a stone building built in Elizabethan style, is also present here. Living fossil plants are another attraction.

Mountaineering Museum

  
Everest Museum and Mountaineering Museum are entered through the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Zoo. The zoo and the two museums are run by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, which trains mountaineers.

The mountaineering museum has a grand collection of historical mountaineering equipment, specimens of Himalayan flora and fauna, and a relief model of the Himalayas.

The Everest museum is situated next door. This museum traces the history of attempts to climb the Everest. Sherpa Denzing Norbay, who conquered Mount Everest along with Edmund Hillary, was the director of the institute. He died in 1896. His statue is standing near his cremation spot.

Senchal Lake

  
Senchal Lake is located at an altitude of 8515 feet above the sea level. This lake serves as the water reservoir for the supply of water for Darjeeling. It is approximately 11 km from the town and is close to Tiger Hills. It is especially appreciated for its scenic splendor—a picnic spot, which is very popular among the tourists, both Indian and others. The area has a 9-hole golf course with a clubhouse.

Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre

  
Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre, located at a distance of about 6 km from Darjeeling is a rehabilitation centre for the Tibetan refugees. It was established in 1959 by the Govt. of India with the aim to provide shelter to the Tibetans who fled to India with Dalai Lama during Chinese invasion of Tibet.

The main activity of the Centre is the production of Tibetan handicrafts. In fact, it is one among best places in Darjeeling to shop for Tibetan items such as artifacts, woolen garments, carpets and decorative items. The monastery set within the Centre serves as a worship place for those residing at the Centre. Started with just four workers, the Centre is now home to more than 650 Tibetan refugees.
Timings: Open on all days except Sundays.  

Excursions

Siliguri
Siliguri is located ideally in Siliguri Corridor (Chicken’s neck), which is a thin strip of land connecting the Mainland of India with the north east of India. Siliguri is a prominent town in the Darjeeling district of the state of West Bengal in India. This has been famed as the commercial centre of North Bengal. This is the transit location to the neighboring countries like Bangaladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Mynamar.

Siliguri, located in the Himalayan plains, is gateway to the main hill stations in the Himalayan ranges. Gangtok, Mirik, Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Kurseong are the hills stations which can be approached only through Siliguri. Hence Siliguri is a significant halting place for the tourists and pilgrims.

Siliguri, one of the fastest growing cities in the north east, is famous for tea plantations. The cooler climate is ideal for the proper growth of Tea plants. Many tea brands with export quality are cultivated in Siliguri. The Mahananda River and Balasan River are flowing through the plains in Siliguri make the land fertile.

Siliguri is famed for military bases of Indian forces. The Indian armies, the Shashatra Seema Bal, the Assam Rifles, the Central Reserve Police Force and the Border Security Force have its bases at this place.

The populaces in Siliguri consists of local people of Indian Origin and many foreign nationals from neighboring countries. Soccer football is a great part of the life of the local people. Kanchenjunga Stadium is an attractive sports complex and outdoor stadium in Siliguri.

Tea, Tourism, Transport and Timber are four main commercial activities in Siliguri. Siliguri is renowned as an ideal place to shop for cheap Chinese goods. This is a place where one can get low cost imported items, handicrafts and local artifacts.

A huge inflow of tourists are found in this scenic town. A spectacular view of the majestic Kanchenjunga peak is visible from this place. Many imposing attractions like Madhuban Nature Park, Shorea-forest recreation center and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary make this place a favorite tourist destination in North East map of India.

Surya Sen Park

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The Surya Sen Park, a favorite picnic spot among the local people, is located at Mahakal Pally near to Siliguri. This is an eco-friendly place for fun, entertainment and increasing awareness about alternative energy sources. An exhibition in the park offers fundamental knowledge about the alternative energy sources.

A grandeur bust of the renowned freedom fighter Sury Sen is installed in the midst of the Park. The Park contains all kinds of facilities for children’s enjoyment. The Park is established in picturesque surroundings and beautifully decorated with imposing landscapes, lush green lawns and attractive fountains. The view of the park in the evenings and night is eye catching with colored lights lit all around the Park.

Salugara Monastery

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Salugara Monastery, a sacred Buddhist destination near to Siliguri, was established by Tibetal Buddhist Monks, the followers of the Tibetan religious leader Dalai Lama. The attractive feature of this monastery is the 100 feet stupa founded by the Tibetan Lama, Kalu Rinpoche. The stupa brings out five kinds of relics and is really worth to be revered.

The Monastery is an ideal tranquil location for meditation. The shrine is nestled among the lush green forests and hilly terrains. The surroundings offer a great sense of spiritual peace and the monastery is a perfect spot for staying away from hustle and bustle of city life. This place offers rejuvenating effects on mind and body.

Mahananda Weir Wildlife Sanctuary

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Mahananda Weir Wildlife Sanctuary, situated between Mahananda and Teesta Rivers, is a vast expanse of forest lands enthralled with lusting green undulated hilly regions in the foot hills of Himalayan ranges. It is placed near to Siliguri in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal.

Mahananda Weir Wildlife Sanctuary is a natural habitat of many varieties of wildlife fauna and flora. The foliage includes thick woody trees and dense bushes. The animals include rare mountain goat, Chetal, barking dear, fishing cat, sambar, tiger, elephant and Indian bison. This is a halting destination for many migratory birds during the winter season.

This is a nice trekking destination. This park offers mild to medium trekking challenges to the enthusiastic trekkers. Deorali, Latpancher and Golaghat – Mana trekking tracks are favorite among the adventurous trekkers.

Kali Mandir

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Sevokeshwari Kali Mandir is an ancient temple located very close to Coronation Bridge in Siliguri and located in Binnaguri nearby to the shore of River Teesta. The temple enshrines Goddess Durga in her Kali form. Adorning majestic jewels and arms equipped with sword and armory, the image of Goddess has a unique appearance in this temple.

The temple is set in the backdrop of picturesque surroundings. The abundance of foliage, lush green environments and cool pleasant breeze from the Teesta River make the temple a great tourist and religious spot. One can view the majesty of the Kanchenjunga peak from the premises of the temple.

This temple attracts thousands of pilgrims every year and the period of Durga Pooja and Navarathri showcase many attractive processions and shows.

ISKCON Temple

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An august reflection of serenity and sublime beauty, ISCKON temple in Siliguri attracts thousands of people into its lap. International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also known as Hare Krishna Movement, manages the temple with dedication and reverence.

The temple enshrines Radha Madhav idol, an image of Lord Krishna with his romantic wife Radha. The temple houses many beautiful idols of Advaita Acharya, Lord Narasimha, Lord Chaitanya and many more.

The temple is fully constructed in modern architectural style without surrendering the ancient Indian customs of ‘Vashtuhaara’. The marble floors and the beautiful glossy walls are real eye catching views.

Savin Kingdom

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Savin Kingdom near to Siliguri is a scenic location which attracts many tourists. The place is nestled among spacious and serene tea farms. The place is credited with an amusement park. The park offers many facilities for the enjoyment of the visitors. This is a perfect entertainment park for all people irrespective of ages.

The vast area of the amusement park offers special play grounds for kids. Many rides, especially designed for the children are the major attractions here. The Park is well maintained with imposing landscapes. The park contains an avenue for relaxation and rest. This is ideal for fun and entertainment.

Coronation Bridge

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Coronation Bridge, also known as Sevoke Coronation Bridge, is built in 1930 over the renowned Teesta River at the confluence of Rangeet River and Teesta River in West Bengal to mark the Coronation of the King George V. This bridge, located close to Sevokeswari Kali Mandir in Siliguri, is a very important bridge in the north east region of India and connects Darjeeling with Jaipalguri.

The Coronation bridge is constructed with a marvelous design and architectural style of British. It is a real specimen of the excellence in craftsmanship. The plenty of foliage and lusting greenery, the serene atmosphere and crystal clear waters at the Teesta River make this place a favorite and refreshing picnic spot.
Kalimpong
Kalimpong, a pristine hill station in West Bengal, is located about 50 km east of the famous tourist destination Darjeeling. This hill town, overlooking the beautiful Teesta valley, is at an altitude of 1250 m above the sea level and is vibrant with bustling activities. Kalimpong is located at the foothills of majestic Shiwalik ranges in Lower Himalayas. It is believed that until the 19th century the area was ruled by Bhutanese kings and was a forward post of the Bhutanese Army.

Enshrined with ancient Buddhist monasteries, centuries old churches and exquisite revered temples, Kalimpong was earlier a part of Bhutan until it was wrested by British rulers and joined to Indian territory. The populaces in Kalimpong are mostly of Nepalis origin. These people are all migrated to this area in search of job opportunities. Enriched with lush green forests and dense plantations of tea, Kalimpong is really marvelous and awe inspiring.

Kalimpong is renowned for many high quality educational Institutions. Students throng to this town from the entire North Eastern region of India and also from neighboring countries like Bangladesh, Burma and Bhutan to have their higher studies.

This town is bustling with flower markets, a major source of orchid flowers in the north east. One can enjoy the view of attractive flowers placed on the sideways of the street and the fragrances of the flowers make you to think about an eternal destination.

Kalimpong is a breathtaking picnic spot and one can view the panoramic picture of the down valley known as Teesta Ranjit Valley from the spot known as 7th Mile View Point. This town is a best place for shopping, one can get items like Tibetan Jewelries, artifacts, copperwares, handicraft items and many varieties of dress materials.

Jang Dong Palriffo Brang (Monastery)

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Dalai Lama consecrated Jang Dong Palriffo Brang Gompa, also known as Durpin Monastery, in 1976 after six years of establishing it. The importance of this monastery lies with the sacred Kunguyar kept here. It contains all 108 volumes carried by Dalai Lama in his exile.

This Gompa is a specimen of Buddhist architectural style with spectacular painting on the walls. This Gompa encloses a main prayer hall and an exceptional upstairs appear in a three dimensional view. Fascinating views of surrounding landscapes and the distant Himalyan ranges make here as an enchanting picnic spot. The fragrance of peace and tranquility flows through the ambience of this Gompa all though the days.

Thongsa Gompa (Bhutanese Monastery)

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Thongsa Gompa, also renowned as Bhutanese Monastery, was established in 1692 and is the oldest monastery situated in the region of Kalimpong. The presently seen Gompa is the renovated one, after the demolition of the original Gompa by the ravage of Gurkhas in Sikkim. The original Gompa was built under the Bhutanese rule and it is believed that this was built under the direct guidance of Bhutan King.

Buddhists monks offer everyday prayer here and this place is a perfect place for mediation. Many activities aiming towards the uplift of spirituality are undertaken in this Gompa. Tourists are allowed to visit every part of the Gompa.

Nature Interpretation Centre

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Nature Interpretation Centre in Kalimpong, a great idea on work, provides the great information on effect of human activities in the Earth’s environment. This centre is established and managed by forest department. This centre carries out information collecting and research on flora and fauna in the hilly forests of Kalimpong and also watches the human interaction with these natural gifts. It highlights the need for soil conservation, dwindling of forest wealth and also extinct animals and birds.

The museum in this centre is praise worthy. It encloses information, pictures, photographs and books on ecology and environment.
Timings: 10.30 am to 4 pm daily except Thursdays  

Durpin Dara Hill

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Durpin Dara hill, located at a height of 1402 m, is a vantage point that gives birds-eye-view of the spectacular serene mountains, plains and rivers. Durpin, meaning “binoculars” in Nepali is a great spot that offers a clear view of the majestic mountains, Kanchenjunga.

It is the highest point in Kalimpong, offering visitors to enjoy the views of elegant rivers – Teesta & Rageet, tea estates, Tiger hill, Peshoke, Western Sikkim, magnificent mountains and the plains of Terai. One should not miss to include this attraction in their itinerary when travelling to Kalimpong.

Flower Nurseries

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Kalimpong is a place with lots of flower nurseries, which specializes in cultivation of exotic beautiful flowers. The largest number of commercial flower nurseries are found in Kalimpong. These flower nurseries exports beautiful exotic flowers to different parts of the country. You can always visit some of the nurseries across the town and look for your collection of flowers, orchids and cacti, which are available in abundance here.

Well known for great flower growing hub, Kalimpong exports a variety of flower like Amaryllis, Lilies, Anthuriums, Roses, Gerbera, dahlias, gladiolas, Orchids and Cacti in large scale. Some of the famous flower nurseries in Kalimpong include Universal Nursery, Ganesh Moni Pradhan Nursery, U.C Pradhan Orchid Nursery, Vrindavan Gardens and Midland Nursery.

Galingka

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Galingka is a bungalow built during the British regime located at the majestic backdrop of the Kanchenjunga peak, the second largest peak in Himalayan ranges. Like Crockety, this bungalow was also built by British wool traders for their use during their trade travel. The exquisite architectural style and the picturesque surroundings make this bungalow a picnic spot for the tourists. This is built after this area is renowned as a summer hill resort.

A marvelous garden enriched with many beautiful flowering plants and shade trees add the attraction of this place. This is a serene place which is suitable for secluded relax and enjoyable holiday vacations.

Hiking

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Kalimpong is a nice spot for hiking. The hiking here offers mild to medium challenges as the altitude is only about 1500 m. Sightseeing and rafting are two important which can be associated with hiking. The hiking can be start at the down valley and many experienced guides can offer the tourists effective tips for hiking.

The undulated hilly terrains and the dense lush green forests add the charming enjoyment during the hiking. One can spend the gorgeous nights in mountain hamlets among the hospitable local populaces. Well defined hiking routes can be covered by four to five days.

Catholic Church

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The Catholic Church, the largest church in the Kalimpong area, is a revered religious attraction. The church, built during the British rule in 1890, is constructed under the supervision of the British architect Hardy from Edinburgh. This church was open to public for offering prayers in November 1891 after a religious consecration. The architectural style of the church is the one following the western style.

This church benefits the local Roman Catholic populace and has strong influence in the social and cultural activities of the region. The church attracts thousands of devotees all through the year.

Lava

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Lava, the imposing gateway to the Neora National park, is located at an altitude of 6500 ft from sea level in Kalimpong. This place is surrounded by thick green dense forests consisting of fir and oak trees. This pristine location attracts thousands of tourists every year to its lap. It is an ideal spot for bird watching and nature viewing. It is the starting point for trekking to Neora National Park.

This is a marvelous picnic spot in Kalimpong with enchanting views of Rechila and Jalipa passes in the great Himalayan ranges. The Panoramic view of charming Himalayan mountain ranges is an added attraction here. The shopping enthusiasts can get many versatile ethnic products such as carpets, studded masks and knitted garments with beautiful embroideries.

Lolegaon

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Lolegaon, also known as Kapher, is a fantastic view point for natural beauty in Kalimpong. This place encloses a heritage forest and also enriched with lovely woody terrains. One can view amazing beauty of snow capped Singalila ranges from this location.

An ideal spot to view the marvel of sunrise, this place can be reached from the heart of the Kalimpong through a lovely travel through the hilly forest regions. The breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga peak and the other Himalayan mounts and the pleasant cool atmosphere add the attraction of the place. The natural picnic spot is the home of many wild animals and variety of birds.

Morgan House

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Morgan house, presently a tourist lodge run by the department of tourism of Government of India, is an erstwhile bungalow built in the British Period. This was the favorite home of a wealthy Jute merchant from England. This is one of the many British Bungalows in Kalimpong. The western architectural style dominates in the appearance of the building.

There was a picturesque garden with many rare blossomed plants add the beauty of the grandeur location of the house. One can view the marvelous sight of the lush green hills at the distant horizon from the house. The surrounding forest is a hamlet for birds and wild animals. Bird watching is an experience from the house.

Dr. Graham’s Homes

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Established in 1900 by Dr. John Anderson Graham, this educational institution situated on the lower slopes of Deolo Hill, is often visited by many tourists travelling to Kalimpong. Spread over an area of 500 acres, the school’s scenic setting is sure to enthral any nature lover. The institution houses a small museum, dedicated to the founder and his wife Katherine. Hanuman Mandir, which is another tourist attraction, is a short walk from this school.
Timings: 9 am to 3.30 pm (Monday to Friday)  

Neora National Park

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Neora National Park, spread over an expanse of about 88 square km, is located at a woody forest area near Lava in the majestic foothills of the Himalayan Ranges in Kalimpong. It is established in 1986 and is maintained by the forest department. Bhutan and the lush green forests of Sikkim border this National Park.

The vegetation in Neora Park is rich in flora and fauna. The park is enriched with natural forests containing many varieties of dense woody trees. Dense bamboo groves and abundant species of orchids are special feature of this Park. The species of wild animals freely moving in this park include red panda, Himalayan black bear, tiger, wild dog and goral. This is a haven for birds and reptiles. Bird fauna includes Himalayan griffon, redstart and golden-headed black finch and the reptiles include green pit viper, King cobra and blind snakes.

This is a renowned nature friendly region of rich biodiversity and eco-balanced environment. Neora valley is a beautiful picnic spot for nature lovers and tourists seeking for a serene and secluded environment. Rechela Danda, the highest peak in the Park placed at an altitude of about 10600 ft, is a breathtaking attraction and is a ideal location for hiking and trekking.

Rafting

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River water rafting in the famous Teesta River is a major attraction in Kalimpong. The popular rafting activities in the Kalimpong are a major attraction for adventurous tourists. Teesta River with its alpine surrounding is an ideal choice for rafting trips.

The rafting trips is Teesta river starts mostly at Melli Bridge and culminate at Geilkhola in Kalimpong. There are many agencies, private as well as government, arranging breathtaking adventurous rafting trips. These agencies are based in Chitray and Melli, the famous rafting bases in Kalimpong. Travelers looking for real worth lifetime experience of rafting can enjoy the same in Teesta River, which is rough sometimes with turbulent and quick rising waves.

Samco Ropeway

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Samco Ropeway, with a length of about 1.5 km, is the ropeway located over the famous rivers Teesta and Relli. Christian missionaries, to facilitate Lepcha population to come over to Samthar Suruk, area built the ropeway. This provides a good access to imposing Samthar valley and the hamlets of ethnic tribes.

One can enjoy the thrill of riding over the gorgeous rivers in the ropeway, which is placed at about 120 km above the water level. One can view spectacular view of the river under the ropeway and also the lusting greeneries surrounding the ropeway. This is really an unforgettable view for any kind of travelers.

Samthar Plateau

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Scenic, secluded and remote plateau in Kalimpong, Samthar Plateau is a gateway to ethnic villages of local tribes in Kalimpong. The plateau is naturally placed at an elevation of 1,400 m and is a best spot for viewing the eye catching sceneries of panoramic landscapes and the snow capped ranges in Himalayan Mountains, including the majestic Gymochen in the eastern direction and Kanchenjunga in the western direction.

This plateau is a much sought tourist location in Kalimpong. Tourists are attracted towards this plateau due to its pristine beauty, enchanting streams, imposing and cool thatched huts, exotic sceneries and panoramic landscapes. The Samthar plateau is renowned for mountain biking, nature hiking and nature explorations.

Saramsa Garden

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Saramsa Garden is a popular tourist spot in Kalimpong. It was constituted in year 1922 by the forest department of India. It is the home to numerous species of exotic orchids and other uncommon tropical plants of Sikkim. The garden also comprises many orchids and fruit trees. The garden has been established and sustained by the department of forests. It is a splendid recreational and picnic spot.

The garden covers an area of six acres. The garden would be an alfresco gallery and a watching deck in what respect the same the visitants can catch a glance of Rani khola and the worthy floriculture centre situated on its opposite side.

St Theresa Church

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St Theresa's Church, an ancient centuries old church, is believed to be built by local craftsmen. This church resembles monasteries and a rare view of the Tibetan architectural design can be seen on the structure of this church. The church walls are enriched with the paintings and inscriptions of Biblical themes. The scenes displayed on the walls carried biblical characters resembling the Buddhist monks.

The church is located at a place from where one can get the scenic view of the distant Himalayan ranges. The spiritual ambience surrounding this old church is inviting for many devotees and one can see a constant flow of believers to this church

Teesta Bazaar

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Teesta Bazaar, also known as tenth mile among local people, is the main bazaar area in Kalimpong and is named after the lifeline Teesta River of Kalimpong. The market places thrive with many handicraft items and artifacts. One can shop for all kinds of commodities in this splendid market. The worthy and costly crafted items are the main attractions in this bazaar.

One can shop for variety of wares from China, Tibet and Bhutan. The local items like thankas, daggers, tea cups, footwear and lanterns are abundantly available here. Copper and Silver ware, Jewelry items, fruits, vegetables and cloths can also be shopped in moderate rates from this bazaar.
Contact: 03552-62261  

Tharpa Choeling Gompa (Monastery)

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Tharpa Choeling Gompa is a renowned Monastery established in 1937 by Buddhist sect Gelukpa, also known as yellow-hat. This is one of the first three monasteries built in Kalimpong and is placed on the mount of Tirpai Hills. The Gompa is surrounded by picturesque and lush green dense forests. One can view the scenic Himalayan ranges from the Gompa premises.

The monasteries attracts many Buddhist monks and devotees and is an ideal location for meditation. The tranquil ambience, cool and pleasant climate, unspoiled and unpolluted nature and the perfect religious atmosphere make the monastery a unique place for a stay in seclusion.

Crockety

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Crockety is a bungalow built by the British wool traders in 18th century and is one of the many bungalows in the region constructed during the British Regime. The uniqueness of this bungalow is the exquisite architectural design and the breathtaking surroundings. This old fashioned and charming house stands in Kalimpong as a reminiscent of British period

Presently this is open to public and attracts many tourists due to its imposing appearance and beauty. The house, from which the great Indian poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore broadcasted his great work “Janmadin? on his birthday in All India Radio, is placed behind this Crockety Bungalow.

Trekking

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Trekking in the Kalimpong region can be the most pleasurable and memorable holiday experience in one’s life. Kalimpong offers some of the most remarkable treks along the wonderfully beautiful hills that surround it. The magnetism, grandeur, enigma and journey of the enormous hills slowly reveal as one trek through the quiet villages, dense plantation and lush green fields. Unlike treks in the Darjeeling region or West Sikkim, which are more suited for the more hard-core trekking buffs, the treks in Kalimpong are more suited for the occasional or first time trekkers. The treks vary from easy meanders in the country side to mild ones, at the altitude of around 2,500m to 3,000m.

A trek to Lava, a small village that lies 34 km away from Kalimpong on the old trade route to Bhutan would be an experience to cherish forever. The place has a beautiful monastery and a Nature Interpretation Centre. Ideal for bird watching, Lava serves as a starting point for treks into the Neora National Park, which abounds with flora and fauna wealth.

One should not miss the breathtaking views of the exotic sunrise and sunset, lush plantations and beautiful snow mountains from the Samthar Plateau which is 80 km away from Kalimpong. Known for hiking, angling and mountain biking, Samthar is an awesome place to be.

A small trek to Neora National Park is helpful to refresh the adventure seekers by its amazing flora and gushing waterfalls on the way.
Mirik
The town of Mirik is located in the Indian state of West Bengal. Mirik is known primarily for its many scenic locations, and it is an important tourist destination. It is a hill station that is not as prominently known as Darjeeling, and this place can be ideal for people who are looking for a place to relax after their strenuous work life. Mirik is located at an altitude of 1767 meters, and there are many pine and cardamom forests here that you can see. There are many orchards and plantations in Mirik too, and nature lovers and admirers of greenery will be left speechless in this destination.

During your trip to Mirik, you can take a walk down the many gardens located in the hill town. Buddhist pilgrims flock to the monastery in Mirik, and this is an important tourist destination that you should not miss. Another major attraction in Mirik is the Sumendu Lake, which sports a bridge across its length too, spanning 80 meters. Fishing is a popular activity that tourists here indulge in, and boating in the calm waters of the lake can be a very relaxing experience too. You can indulge in these activities while in Mirik.

Mirik Lake

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Mirik Lake, also referred to as Samendu Lake is the most picturesque spot in Mirik. Located in the heart of Mirik, the lake is 1.25 km in length and the depth of the water varies from a minimum of 3 ft to a maximum of 26 ft. With serene surroundings, a walk around the lake would be a fascinating one. Besides, visitors can also enjoy boating and horse riding here.

Pashupati Nagar

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Bordered with Nepal, Pashupati nagar is a great place for shopping in Mirik. In fact, a commercial centre for trade, this market has all the items ranging from clothes, electronic and household goods.
Kurseong
Kurseong is a hill town that is situated in the state of West Bengal in the Darjeeling district. The quiet town is an up and coming tourist destination and this is an ideal place to relax and unwind from the hectic pace of urban life. The town is home to many temples and some of them are Gidapahar Durga Mata Mandir, Ambhotia Shiva Temple and Jadgish Mandir. The Jagdish Temple is a 300 year old building and it has been dedicated to Lord Jaganath. There are a few Buddhist Temples that can be around the town as well and these are worth visiting. The Buddhist Gompas at Downhill Road and at Montieviot are the main ones. The St Paul’s Church is also a good place to check out, if you are in the region.

You can also visit one of the various waterfalls that are located around the town. The Kholas Waterfall is a popular place and this is a good picnic spot. Other places of interest include a Deer Park and Eagles Craig. The museum that has been dedicated to freedom fighter Netaji Subash Chandra Bose contains some old memorabilia such as photographs and letters and this place is also worth the visit.

Ambotia Shiva Mandir

  

Castleton Tea Estate

  

Chimney Village

  
Located around 8 km from Kurseong is the Chimney village. The place got its name from a 23-foot high chimney which was probably built by British during World War I. Aside from its scenic beauty the village is at a close vicinity of many places of interest including Dow Hill & Victoria Schools and forest museum. Tourists can also go for a trek to the nearby forests.

Deer Park

  

Dow Hill

  

Eagle's Crag

  

Forest Museum

  

Gidhapahar Mandir

  

Kettle Valley

  

St.Mary's Hill

  

Tea Plantations

  
Bagdogra
Bagdogra is a small town that is located in the state of West Bengal in the Darjeeling district. The town is part of the tea growing region and many plantations can be seen in the area. The place also has an outstanding view of the eastern Himalayan Mountains. Many heritage tours are arranged among the tea plantations and these are a worthwhile experience. The Teesta River flows nearby and this is the base for activities such as white water rafting. Many adventure buffs travel to the region to experience rafting in the rapids.

Activities such as angling and fishing are possible in the numerous water bodies that dot the region. The town is also the base for travelling to places such as Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Darjeeling can be visited as a day trip from the town and there are several tourist activities that you can engage in here. Kalimpong is situated 80 kilometers away and the place is well known for its numerous Buddhist monasteries. The town of Siliguri is also located close by and this might be worth visiting as well. The hill station of Pelling is good place to visit and there are numerous lakes and forests in the area.

Angling in Teesta River

  

River Rafting in Teesta River

  

Tea Garden Visit

  

Trekking

  
New Jalpaiguri
Distances
Darjeeling 1 km
Chalsa 98 km 2h, 10m
Kolkata 614 km 11h, 20m
Kurseong 30 km 30m
Kalimpong 48 km 1h, 30m
Mirik 58 km 1h, 40m
Siliguri 64 km 1h, 10m
Bagdogra 65 km 2h, 20m
New Jalpaiguri 1578 km 25h, 40m
 

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