Darjeeling in one day

 

Darjeeling in one day

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Once Mark Twain said about Darjeeling “The one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once-by even a glimpse would not give that glimpse for the shows of the rest of the world”. Darjeeling is fondly called “Queen of the Hills”, and it provides a perfect gateway for those seeking to be in harmony with nature. This is the land of the flavoured Darjeeling tea which is in great demand across the globe. This is the land of the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway where the toy train chugs down the miniature tracks.

If you are planning to experience some of the lovely Tourist Places in and around Darjeeling, that too in a day then you will need to plan a tour, preferably a guided tour, because there are several options to go around Darjeeling. Mostly full day sightseeing that are known as 3-point, 5-point and 7-point tours covers present points or tourist places in and around the hill town. Second option is to self-organize the standard tours by hiring a taxi or a shared jeep from the stand.

Tiger hill

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The Tiger Hill is located about 11 km from Darjeeling, at an altitude of 2555 meters above the sea level. The dawn view of Kanchenjunga, the highest mount after Mount Everest and K2, and other eastern peaks of the Himalayas is excellent. On a clear day, Mount Everest, which is around 225 km from Tiger Hills, can also be seen; however, this is a rare sight. One must get up at 4 am to be able to be there to watch the sunrise. As the sun rises, the colour of the mountain changes, which is an amazing sight.

Dali Monastery

 

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This monastery is situated at Dali, about 4 kms away from Darjeeling town. This is one of the most famous monasteries belonging to the Kargyupa sect. When you look at the monastery from a little distance standing on the Hill Cart Road, it looks awesome. It’s one of the largest monasteries with white buildings built in typical Tibetan style and perched on a steep hill.

Batasia Loop

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The Batasia loop situated almost 5 km away from the town is a gigantic railway loop where the Toy Train makes a 360 Degree turn. It was basically built to make it possible for the Toy Train to cut the deep ascend. Strategically located the Batasia Loop offers a panoramic view of the Kanchanjunga Range. If you are taking a toy train ride in Darjeeling, you will pass by this magnificent loop anyway. Otherwise, take a cab from the Darjeeling town and visit the Batasia Loop. There is no better place to get a 360 degree view of Darjeeling’s landscape including the hill town and the snow covered peaks of the Eastern Himalayas with the majestic Kanchenjunga on one side. And all this from the middle of a lovely garden with flowers around which the toy train track is laid.

Batasia means airy space. the As you stand on one side of the garden and see the toy train making a complete loop while hooting its whistle along the way and trying to negotiate the spiral track with a double loop, it’s a fabulous experience. There are seating areas as well to enjoy the views.

A War Memorial constructed in the memory of the brave sons of the soil who laid down their lives in the different wars since the independence of the nation adds to its attraction. There is also a well furbished market where visitors can buy locally made purses, bags and other decorative items.

 

Chowrasta

 

 

Chowrasta, a wide promenade atop a ridge lined with shops and restaurants is taken to be the heart of the town. Here people gather to chat, spend time basking in the sun or just to snatch a moment of peace. The Brabourne Park is attached to the Chowrasta and now features a musical fountain. This place is an open place and free from vehicular movements from where one can watch the scenic beauty of the mountain range and take charm of walking at the Darjeeling Mall. Chowrasta is the central place of the Mall Road.

Peace Pagoda

 

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The Peace Pagoda here showcases four avatars of Buddha. This is the tallest free standing structure in Darjeeling. Its height is 28.5 meters and diameter is 23 meters. As you climb up the stairs in the Pagoda, you will see two concrete models of lions on two sides at a lower level. The avatars of Buddha are all large statues carved in the walls and polished in gold color.

 

Although one day is too less a time to enjoy the beauty of this place, but if you manage to visit all the above featured places then you can proudly say that you have seen the six T’s of Darjeeling for which it is famous for – Tea, Teak, Tourism, Toy Train, Tiger Hill and Trekker’s Paradise.

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