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Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Darjeeling

Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a Himalayan city in the north eastern Indian state of West Bengal. It is the perfect retreat with pleasant climate for a great getaway whether you’re alone or with friends and family.

Below is the list of the top 5 places to visit in Darjeeling.

1) Tiger Hill

Judith, View of the Himalayas and the Kanchenjunga, from Tiger Hill, Darjeeling, CC BY 2.0
What better way to initiate your Darjeeling trip with the mystical sunrise on this high hill. It is the first of all places to visit in Darjeeling. Imbibe the warmth of the sun as it subtlety kisses the tip of Mount Kanchenjunga, and gradually bathes it aglow. Nothing can be more enchanting than the dance of light and shade. For nature lovers with a longing for serenity watching the sunrise from Tiger Hill is the best experience. Make sure you reach in time for the sunrise and get a good view because many tourists gather to do the same. You would have to wake up as early as 3 am but when your eyes meet the blissful golden colored horizon, the efforts you put in are totally worth it.

2) Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

Next you can explore the magnificent Himalayas  The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is one of the most famous places in Darjeeling. Started by the late Sherpa Tenzing Norgay who had climbed the Mount Everest, this institute displays the equipment’s used for his journey. Be amazed by the glory of the Himalayas, and be in awe of its might.

3) Japanese Peace Pagoda and Buddhist Monasteries

L Manju, Peace Pagoda, Ampara 1, CC BY-SA 4.0

Garry Knight, Battersea Park Peace Pagoda, CC BY-SA 2.0
Satiate your spiritual soul and become one with your inner being at this globally renowned Japanese Peace Pagoda apong with its myriad of rustic Buddhist monasteries. Take you time to assimilate its grandeur and peace exuding from its structures. Built by the Japanese Buddhist Nipponzan-Myohoji Order, the Ghoom and Dali Monastery and Peace Pagoda has not only beckoned people following the Buddhist faith but also those who see tranquility in life.

4) Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park

PP Yoonus, PNH Zoo & HMI, CC BY-SA 3.0

anirbanbiswas_c8 on flickr, Red Pandain Darjiling Zoo, CC BY-SA 2.0

Locally known as the Darjeeling Zoo, this park hosts innumerable various species of flora and fauna.It is home to the endangered and adorable species of Red Panda and exotic Snow Leopards. This zoological park should not be missed when in Darjeeling. It is named after late Padmaja Naidu who was the daughter of the nightingale of India Sarojini Naidu. She was also the governor of West Bengal. Popular for its breeding and conservation programmes of the Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolf and Himalayan Salamander, this zoo is a mandatory place that should not be skipped.

5) Batasia Loop and The War Memorial

Mrinmoy7, Batasia loop war memorial, CC BY-SA 4.0
As evident from its name, Batasia Loop is a giant railway loop where the toy train completes a 360-degree turn. Better you sit tight as this ride can make you a wee bit wobbly! Batasia Loop takes pride in sharing the War Memorial, constructed in memory of the Bravehearts who sacrificed their lives in honor of their country.

Darjeeling, because what can be better than being amidst picturesque greenery and inhaling pure pristine air. Kiss all your troubles goodbye when you visit this paradise of hills and bliss!

Virginia City’s C Street Mirrors History: The Howling Wonder of the Western World is Nevada Must-See

Virginia City’s C Street Mirrors History: The Howling Wonder of the Western World is Nevada Must-See

In the mid 1860s and ‘70s, Virginia City’s was known as the “Howling Wonder of the Western World.” Its silver ore helped finance the Union forces in the Civil War and made men millionaires overnight.

Before beginning a stroll down C Street, it’s a good idea to view the 16-minute video at “The Way it Was Museum” on the north end of the street. Exhibits at the museum include a collection of minerals found in the area, the scale model of Virginia City’s underground mines and a reproduction of a Comstock blacksmith shop ($3, adults)..

Frank Polk Slot Machine and Antique Pickle Casters among C Street Treasires


At the height of its silver mining glory, 72 saloons lined the city’s boardwalks. Today, the remaining saloons are all on C Street. And although through time they have been outfitted to some extent with modern conveniences, they retain their nineteenth century flavor. Most famous of the slot machines along the street is the one-armed bandit near the entrance of the Bonanza. It’s one of less than 100 wooden machines carved by Cowboy Artist of America Frank Polk. There’s also a valuable collection of Victorian pickle casters displayed on the back bar at the Bucket of Blood Saloon. (the view from the saloon’s back deck is panoramic).

Mark Twain, Comstock Firemen and International Hotel Part of History

Mark Twain’s desk is among the exhibits at the Mark Twain Museum, located in the former quarters of the Territorial Enterprise, Nevada’s oldest newspaper. Twain worked as a reporter for the paper during the mid-1860s. At the Liberty Engine company No. 1 Comstock Fireman’s Museum, most of the equipment is original A store called Grandma’s Fudge, though not in existence during silver mining days, occupies land on which part of the six-story International Hotel was located. The hotel, when built in 1877, had the only “Rising Room” (elevator) west of the Mississippi River. You can walk around it and be lost in it’s beauty.


Ponderosa Mine and Fourth Ward School Tours Reflect Peoples’ Lives

Ponderosa Saloon mining tours begin at the museum inside the saloon, with its more than 300 pieces of antique mining equipment. The rest of the experience goes underground to the former Best and Belcher mines, with their tunnels, stopes,, shafts and crosscuts. The Ponderosa building housed the Bank of California during silver rush days. Be sure to wear proper shoes as you will be on your feet for quite some time.

In 1876, the Fourth Ward School was built near the south end of C Street, with all of the latest architectural features incorporated in its design. Impeccably restored, it now houses a museum which chronicles Virginia City’s history. However, the schoolbooks, wooden desks with their inkwells and photographs of the students are what makes the attraction special.

Meandering Along the Boardwalks Brings Browsers Satisfaction

Many tourists find the best way to enjoy C Street is to savor it slowly. By wandering along, stepping through open doorways that look appealing, they find – in addition to the ubiquitous Virginia City souvenirs – hand-crafted jewelry and blown glass knickknacks, antique light fixtures and old cigar boxes. Prominently displayed in the Silver Queen Saloon is a 15-foot-tall Silver Queen, her dress made from 1,200 silver dollars. Inside the Delta Saloon is their famous “Suicide Table,” at which three different gamblers allegedly lost so heavily that they took their own lives. People who aren’t fond of honky-tonk probably won’t care much for C Street. Those who love it will.


Economical Tour to Uganda’s National Parks

Economical Tour to Uganda’s National Parks

At the north western coasts of Lake Victoria, Uganda provides excellent opportunities for the tourists to experience wildlife and natural safaris. It should be noted that opportunities for cultural activities are limited, however, parks and reserves are remote and rural towns are small agricultural communities, with little to offer the tourists. Most Americans visit Uganda as an extension to a Kenya or Tanzania safari for the purpose of doing gorilla trekking.

Internationally Renowned Places for Tourists:

  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Kibale National Park


Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwingi Impenetrable forest is situated on the south west of the country, almost 250 miles from Kampala on the border with Congo. The park covers an area of over 200 sq miles. As the name suggests – it’s a real African jungle, with dense undergrowth, vines and a wide variety of flowers and plants.

Most visitors come to the park to catch a sight of the Mountain Gorillas, but the park is home to over 120 species of mammals, including chimpanzees, black & white colobus, blue monkey, pigs, duikers, leopard, jackal and elephants in the south east of the park. There are also over 350 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies and over 200 species of trees found within the park.

Accommodation Facilities At Bwingi Forest

Camping facilities and a deluxe tended camp is available at Buhoma. If you have camping equipment, camping is permitted in designated areas in the park. There are accommodations available in Kabale at the Victoria Inn and Visitor’s Rest House. We recommend using Gorilla Forest Camp as this is the best of the camps and close to the park entrance. Other camp options are Volcano Bwindi camp and Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp.

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park is placed in south central Uganda. The park is home to the largest concentration of primates to be found in Africa, 14 different species including chimpanzee and colobus monkeys. Kibale has a well-established Chimpanzee tracking program with a high success rate. Other primates that may be found on these guided walks include Guereza Colobus, Olive Baboon, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’Hoest’s Gentle ( Blue) and Red-tailed Monkeys more likely to be found in open areas adjacent to the forest. You may find evidence of Elephant, Bush Pig and Bufallo along the trails, whilst Bushbuck, Blue, Harvey’s and Peter’s Duickers are other shy inhabitants of the forest interior. The guided night walks are also rewarding: Potto, Spectacled Demidoff’s and Thomas’s Galagos, Lord Derby’s Anomalure, African Civet and Common Genet are all possible.

Other interesting mammals from the list of over 60 species include Ichneumon, Banded and Marsh Mongooses, Alexander’s Cusimanse, Swamp Otter, Ratel, and African Palm Civet. Although Golden Cat, Serval, Lion, Leopard, Warthog, Giant Hog and Hippopotamus are recorded from the park, they are unlikely to be encountered in the Kanyanchu area. Sitatungas are known from Bigodi Swamp but are infrequently seen. The spectacular and beautiful Rhinoceros Viper is fairly common here but is, unfortunately, less often found alive than as a road-kill.

Accommodation Facilities for Tourist At Kibale National Park

The best place to spend the night is in Primate Lodge Kibale. The lodge is located in the middle of the forest, exactly where you start the chimp tracking from. A charming restaurant, bar and fire place will make sure you will spend the evenings pleasantly. Mantana Luxury Tented Camp located in the middle of the forest. Bush type accommodation are quite comfortable.

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