Darjeeling, known as the queen of the Himalayas is situated in the Northern Part of the Indian state of West Bengal. The city is located in the Siwalik Range of the lesser Himalayas and is famous for its tea industry. The city is also famous for the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways which is one among the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are a large number of tourist destinations in Darjeeling making this place a wonderful holidaying experience. Tourist places in india.com offers you complete guidance on all that you want to know about Darjeeling.
To the east, a dull orange sun emerged painting the sky with brilliant strokes of magenta, gold, orange and fuchsia. The snow capped Everest, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Jannu and other peaks slowly emerge from slumber to start a new day. The sun worshippers gasp at the magnificent sight. As the fog lifts in the slowly penetrating sun, the town gradually comes alive. Amidst brewing of tea, the sing-song Gorkhali which is the local dialect, rises and falls like music.
Darjeeling got its first Superintendent in 1839 and Dr. Campbell who was transferred from Nepal for the job was soon in charge of political relations with Sikkim, besides running the civil, criminal and fiscal administration. It is said that whenever he found time, he also acted like Postmaster, Marriage Registrar and Administrator of the station funds. With his effort the population had risen up to 10,000 by 1849. A road from Pankhabari was laid through dense forest lived with staging bungalows. The first hotel was build in Kurseong and second was in Darjeeling. Small town in Darjeeling with 70 buildings, a hospital and jail was built. Cultivation of tea was introduced.
The compensation to the King of Sikkim was withdrawn and the area annexed. The new treaty paved way for trade while removing all restrictions and bringing an end to the sufferings to the residents of Darjeeling. However this peace treaty was interrupted by the incursions of Bhutanese. Once again, large force was sent during winter months of 1864 and the whole of Dooars was occupied with the addition of Kalimpong. In 1891 District Darjeeling was sub–divided to Kurseong and then to Kalimpong Sub–Division in 1907. Three British servants–Grant, Lloyd and Campbell achieved their full target. Grant and Lloyd secured cession while Campbell built the district and laid foundation for Tea Industries in 1841 in sprawling hectares of land which fetched million pounds. During that time many immigrants from Nepal poured in to work in tea gardens. The Cart Road – Hill Cart Road to Darjeeling was constructed from Siliguri.
Places of Interest in Darjeeling
Tibetan Refugee Self - Help Centre
It was founded under his Holiness Dalai Lama following the dramatic escape from Tibet following the Chinese intrusion. This centre is the exemplary steps taken by Tibetans in exile to help themselves through rehabilitation to overcome the hurdles relating to economic, social, psychological, cultural and spiritual. The centre is located at a hill side on Hermitage over looking Lebong Race Course Ground which the land was originally leased and later bought from St Joseph's College. Centre produces Tibetan carpets and other Handicraft items besides their self help activities.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
Adjacent to Himalayan Mountaineering Institute this Zoo in house the high altitude wildlife like, Siberian Tiger, Himalayan Black Bear, Pandas, Dear, Leopards, Birds, Monkeys, etc. Lloyd Botanical Gardens: Just below the town is this Garden in housing plants from Sikkim Himalaya, other sub – temperate and Himalayan zones. This garden also has in-house plants from Europe, China, Japan, America, Australia, and New Zealand etc. Started by Sir Ashley Eden on 1878 in the 40 acres land gifted by Mr. W Lloyd's the proprietor of the Bank by the name of Lloyd's Bank, in order to make one of the best gardens in Asia.
Barbotey Rock Garden
Situated below Dali on the adjacent way to Sidrabong Power Station at the distance of about 12 kilometres from Darjeeling town is this Garden which is a very attractive picnic spot with natural water falls and flower garden developed by DGHC.
While driving or hiking the steep road passing through forests of Ferns, Oaks, Pines, Magnolias etc, all dressed in green takes one to this famous Tiger Hill at an altitude of 8,482 feet which is about 14 kilometeres from Darjeeling town. From this spot one can see the breathtaking view of Mt. Khangchendzonga and all the other ranges. In the grandeur and beauty of towering snow capped mountains, one can occasionally spot. Mt Everest and other peaks as well while extending views to mountains in Tibet. This place is also famous for viewing the early morning sunrise, the actual beginning of the day where nature engulfs one to ecstasy..
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