Standing high in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2134 meter above sea level, Darjeeling - the name is a Tibetan origin, has come from the monastery name 'Darje-Ling (the monastery of Lamaist Buddhist) 'Darje' (Thunder) and 'Ling'(place) - full meaning is the Thunderbolt, offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks, with the Kanchenjunga 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 called Toy Train and people from all over world comes to enjoy the Joy Ride.
Surrounded by world famous tea gardens and snow capped mountains, Darjeeling remains one of the most exotic destinations for Nature Lovers and Honeymooners. Tiger Hill situated at an altitude of 2590 meters / 8482 feet and 13 kilometers from Darjeeling town, this spot in international fame for the magnificent view of the sunrise over 'Kanchanjunga' and the great eastern Himalayan Mountains. Even Mount Everest, the world's highest peak is viable from Tiger hill. Graeme Westlake in his book ‘An introduction to hill stations on India’ refers to Darjeeling as having "A view Scarcely Unrivalled on Earth". In the year 1849 Darjeeling was declared as summer capital of British Government and the entire city created by British - East India Company.
Tiger Hill is a lookout point 11km from Darjeeling. Each day tourist-laden jeeps convoy heads up there before dawn to catch the sunrise and the spectacular ridge of Himalayan massifs, including nearby Khangchendzonga, the world's 3rd highest peak. In Tiger Hill of Darjeeling, the best experience one can have in their whole life - "The Sunrise" which you can never ever experience in any other part of the world with the mountains changing colors with the raise of the rising sun is a scene you would never miss.
Darjeeling Tea has been one of the finest brands in tea industry throughout the world. There are more than 80 tea estates in Darjeeling and the turn over of the tea industry is more than the various forms of tourism industry put together. The finest tea is said to be ones that are made out of the youngest shoots. In local language it is called ‘tdui pat ek suiro’.
Mirik Lake, also known as Samendu Lake is the most picturesque spot in Mirik. Located in the heart of Mirik, the lake is 1.25 km in length and the depth of the water varies from a minimum of 3 ft to a maximum of 26 ft. With serene surroundings, a walk around the lake would be a fascinating one. Besides, visitors can also enjoy boating and horse riding here.
Aloobari Gompa, which is situated three kilometers away from the center of Darjeeling, is a monastery where you can find Tibetan and Sikkimese monks. Aloobari Gompa is known as Mak Drong Gomba and is along Tenzing Norgay Road. Thupten Sangachoeling Gompa and Sonada Gompa are other monasteries also seen nearby, in between Aloobari Gompa and Darjeeling. Aloobari Gompa is a place of choice to visit.
Set on the slopes of Jalapahar hill in Darjeeling, Japanese Peace Pagoda is a symbol of peace and spiritually. It is one of the creations of Nichidatsu Fuji, a Japanese Buddhist Monk, who also founded Nipponzan-Myo-ho-ji Buddhist Order. Designed by M. Ohka, the Peace Pagoda claimed to be the tallest free structure in the town with a height of 28.5 m and a diameter of 23 m. It houses four avatars of the Buddha. Located close to the Pagoda are a Buddhist Temple and a traditional Japanese style monastery, which tourists can also visit.
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