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
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!