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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular tourist spots in and around Darjeeling?

Ashish Kumar Aug 01 2014
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Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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Darjeeling, the city cuddled in the arms of Mother nature and dwelled by people with spirits soaring high. The hill station is bestowed by many charming places that are well preserved by the people of the place and to visit these places travellers come from far and wide year in and year out. You won't be short of places to see and explore in Darjeeling, however, the following is a list of places that are the most popular in the valley:

  • Chowrasta and the Mall

    Chowrasta is a huge boardwalk above a ridge dotted with shops and restaurants situated in the heart of the town. People here assemble to chat, spend leisurely time basking in the sun or just stroll in tranquility. The Bradbourne Park in Chowrasta features a musical fountain, the sight of which is enjoyed by many. The place is free of vehicular movements and one can view the scenic beauty of the mountain range from here. Enjoy a serene stroll to the Darjeeling Mall from Chowrasta. It is the central place of the Mall Road. The place is uniquely connected to all the entire amplitude of Darjeeling and is easily accessible proximity from all the places.

  • Observatory Hill

    The Observatory Hill is one of the most ancient site in Darjeeling. It is locally known as "Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan". Legend has it that a Red Hat Buddhist Monastery named Dorje Ling, or 'place of the Thunderbolt' once stood at this very spot. The place was destroyed by the Nepalese back in 19th century.The Mahakal temple atop the hill is a highly revered place for the locals. One amazing thing that you can observe in this temple is a Hindu priest and a Buddhist monk sharing a common altar.
    It is at a vicinity from the Chowrasta and the Hill offers the best spectacular view of snowcapped peaks, including the majestic Kanchenjunga ranges in the far distance.

  • Peace Pagoda

    Named aptly as ‘Peace' Pagoda, the tranquility of the place can hardly be expressed in words. Built under the supervision of Nichidatsu Fujii, who was a Buddhist monk from Japan and the one who advocated the Nipponzan-Myo-ho-ji Buddhist Order.
    The pagoda stands as the symbol of spirituality and peace. Four iridescent gold polished statues of Buddha and eight sandstone carvings telling a story of the different stages of Gautama Buddha's life is adorned on its walls.
    Nestled near the pagoda, Buddhist temple and monastery built in traditional Japanese style is located. One can spend moments of peace here and listen to the low hum of the monks chanting the mystic peace mantra ‘
    nam myoho renge kyo'.

  • Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

    Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park was established on the 14th of August, 1958, in the fond memory of Padmaja Naidu, the former Governor of West Bengal.

    It is one of the best zoos in the country and is the only centre that breeds and gives sanctuary to the
    Tibetan Wolf. Breeding programmes for the endangered animals like red panda, snow leopard and the siberian tiger are also carried out here.

    The zoo is open on all days except on Thursdays and other national holidays.

  • Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

    Afterconquering the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest, by the local legend Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary on 28 May 1953, The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was set up. It is the oldest mountaineering institute in the country and it carries out a multitude of mountaineering courses every year.
    Other than Tenzing Norgay, other legendary mountaineers like
    Nawang Gombu who was the first man to climb Everest twice and Lattoo Dorjee Sherpa have helped build the reputation of this pioneering institute. The institute is presently under the purview of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India and its museum is worth a visit.
    It's a place that cannot be missed once you are in Darjeeling. There is a display of equipment used on the climb which is one of the highlights.

Some of the place nearby Darjeeling that one must explore are:

  • Tiger Hill

    At an altitude of 2590 meters (8482 ft.) and 13 kilometers away from the Darjeeling, Tiger Hills offers magnificent view of the mountains. The place has earned worldwide fame for the breathtaking view of the sunrise over the "Kanchenjunga" and the great eastern Himalayan Mountains. The world's highest peak, Mount Everest, can also be viewed from here.

  • Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park

    10 km away from Darjeeling, the Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park is thriving to be an attractive tourist spot. Cascading waterfalls amidst the natural splendor of the place makes it a sought after place among tourists. One can enjoy in boating here and indulge into the local delicacies. It is also a ideal place to pick up souvenirs.
    Photography is not chargeable here, so, go ahead and click as many as you want. It is however, suggested to make arrangements for transportation (a round trip would be better).

So, put on your traveler's hat and get ready for a joyride in Darjeeling.

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