Places of Interest
Standing high in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2134m, `Dorje Ling' or place of the Thunderbolt, offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks, with the Kanchendzonga rising higher than all the others. Often referred to as the "Queen of the Hills', it remains just as alluring with its tiny waterfalls, little villages and a narrow gauge railway track. Surrounded by World Famous Tea Gardens and snow capped mountains, Darjeeling remains one of the most exotic destinations. Graeme Westlake in his book 'An introduction to hill stations on India' refers to Darjeeling as having "A view Scarcely Unrivalled on Earth".
The spectacular landscape unfolds as the 2-foot gauge Darjeeling Himalayan railway, opened in 1881, labours at about 10 mph criss-crossing the road. It has tiny 4-wheel locomotives (some over 100 years old) like living legends. One can experience the sound, smell and romance of a bygone era. DHR is a work of genius and technological achievement of 1881. It has social and cultural importance. It is beautiful and has outstanding universal appeal. Based on its unique features, it is considered to be of lasting significance to mankind. Special Joy-Ride "Toy Train" from Darjeeling Railway Station for the hon'ble members of consultative committee on railways on
|Date||Dep. Darjeeling Station|
|18th Jan. 2017||10:00 hrs|
|19th Jan. 2017||15:00 hrs|
|20th Jan. 2017||15:30 hrs|
|21' Jan. 2017||10:00 hrs|
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute/Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
The Himalayan Mountaineering Institutewas started in Darjeeling when Tenzing Norgay climbed Everest to give training to learn Mountaineering and other adventure sports related to mountaineering and in that Institute one can see equipment etc.used by Mr. Tenzing Norgay and Everest Museum having complete details on Everest attached to institute one can visit Himalayan Zoological Park where one can see Himalayan animals like Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Tibetan Yak, Himalayan Black Bear and several varieties of birds.
Constructed a few years back, the Japanese Peace Pagoda located up on the hill next to the Nipponzab Myohoji Bhuddist Temple. The all white structure is circular for circumambulation by devotees and has golden images of Buddha on four sides. The prayer hall at temple is upstairs and everyone is welcome to participate.
The ropeway was started in 1968 by the forest developmen department and comprised only a single car which ran one way. Later, it was upgraded to 16 cars and went to and fro. From an elevation of 2,134 m (7,001 ft) in Darjeeling's North Point (Singamari), this bicable ropeway descended to 244 m (801 ft) at Singla on the banks of the Ramman river, which with Little Rangeet, meets the Great Rangeet. Stopping at Tukver, Burnesbeg and Singla tea estates, it took 45 minutes to reach Singla Bazar, 8 km away. The ropeway passed over dense forests, mountain ridges, water falls, flowing rivers, green valleys and tea gardens4km from town/ 2 hours tour.
Tibetan Self- Helf Centre or Refugee Centre
This institute is run by Tibetan Refugees to preserve their handicrafts and one can see making of Tibetan Carpets, Leather work, Paintings and Wooden work etc.