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Darjeeling: Darling in the world of mist

darjeeling_klassikerbildHave you ever seen your ‘love’ disappearing suddenly and getting visible the next moment, just like magic? Have you ever thought of getting lost in a kingdom of mist and fog? If you haven’t and want to experience this magic, then get ready to respond to the call of Darjeeling, a hill station on top of West Bengal, which has been a darling to every person who has visited the place. Serpentine narrow road on the hill slopes with frightening gorge full of pine and oak forest on one side and a narrow railway track on the other will take you to Darjeeling, a dreamland where you are absolutely in care of Mother Nature and weather. This moment it might be bright and sunny with the Kanchenjunga offering its crystal clear view and the next moment it might cover itself with a blanket of cloud. Just imagine, your ‘love’ walking towards you piercing through the wall of mist! Can there be anything more romantic than these?

To add to your romance, there is the Mall, a flat plaza at the end of a steep road. Once you reach there, Darjeeling will embrace you completely with its stunning scenic beauty. There are chairs in front of a wall on the edge of the mall where you can sit and meet the thirst of your eyes and soul staring at the scenic surroundings of Darjeeling. On a clear day, you can get a grand view of the Kanchenjunga. You can simply sit here or go for a gentle stroll on the road that leads to a view point behind the Mall. As you start approaching towards Mall from the jeep stand a signboard hanging from a building on the left side of the road will surely attract you. It’s the Keventers, without which Darjeeling is incomplete. Don’t miss the charm of having hot chocolate and snacks on its open terrace from where Kanchenjunga looks like a crystal crown on the head of beautiful green valley. After completing the coffee session, you can start walking towards Mall again though shops full of exciting items, especially woolens and electronic goods will surely lengthen your journey. You may opt for a gentle horse ride at the Mall and give yourself and your ‘love’ a royal moment.

Darjeeling is often referred to as Queen of Hills and every person who has been to this stunning hill station has admitted it as a fact. You will get added to this unending list once your car starts approaching towards the town passing Ghoom station. Darjeeling is so beautiful that you can spend days here without any activity. The whistle and sound of toy train’s engine is the heartbeat of Darjeeling and hence you should enjoy a ride on the small train. Operated by Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the toy train service is a World Heritage Site.

Location:Darjeeling is the main town of sadar subdivision and also the headquarters of the district.

Place from To Distance (KM) Approx Road Journey Time (In Hrs)
NJP Darjeeling 88 3 hrs
Bagdogra(IXB) Darjeeling 93 3 .5hrs
Kalimpong Darjeeling 56 2 hrs
Gangtok Darjeeling 98 4hrs

 

By Air: Nearest Airport is Bagdogra(IXB). By car It will take 3hrs to reach Darjeeling from Bagdogra.

By Rail: Nearest railway is New Jalpaiguri railway station(NJP). It will take 3hrs to reach Darjeeling by car from NJP. One can also take the heritage Toy train to reach Darjeeling.

By Road: Darjeeling can be reached from Siliguri by various hired vehicle in roughly 3 to 4 hrs.

Accomodation: NatureWings offers their guests 3-star/4-star accommodation in Darjeeling.

Around Darjeeling:

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASunrise from Tiger Hill: Situated at the top point of Ghum at a distance of 11 kilometers from Darjeeling, Tiger Hill is famous as a sunrise view point. If weather is clear you can enjoy an indescribable view of the sun rising on the horizon with small jumps like a fresh orange.

Ghoom Railway Station and Railway Museum: Just 6 kilometers away from Darjeeling, Ghum is a beautiful railway station which also houses a railway history museum. You may also walk down the hilly roads to reach the Ghum Monastery, one of the largest in West Bengal.

 

toytrainBatasia Loop: Just 5 kilometers away from Darjeeling, the Batasia Loop is another jewel in its crown. Decorated marvelously with trees full of colorful flowers and a war memorial, Batasia Loop lies at the

Mountaineering Institute: This is a place of academic interest. You can get to know about the peaks visible from Darjeeling from models displayed here and also learn a lot about mountaineering and trekking.

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park: A specialized zoo where you can get to see various species of birds and animals like Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf and Snow Leopard.

Climate: Summer around 18-19°C,winter around 8-10°C

Altitude: 6,710 ft

Clothing & Luggage: Travel as light as possible with least minimum clothes, toiletries and other essential commodities & as these areas is cold in winter it is advisable to carry warm woolen clothes, woolen mittens, gloves, cap etc. During the month of Dec to Feb , Darjeeling is very cold and often experiences heavy snowfall. Please carry heavy woolen garments during winter.

Food And Drink: Drink only bottled water.It is always advisable to carry dry foods like biscuits, chips, dry fruits, fruits etc.

Health Facility & Health Precautions:There are Govt. and private Health facility available in Darjeeling.

Card Payment & ATM: ATM s are available in Darjeeling.Merchant establishment will accept any credit card/debit card.

Telephone / Mobile phones: All operators mobile signals are available in Darjeeling.

 

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