Darjeeling and Gangtok are a wonderful hill station. They are the wonderful combination of verdant hills, panoramic views and above all the mesmerizing beauty of Kanchanjunga. Both the hill stations, Darjeeling as well as Gangtok are famous for beautiful serene monasteries, tea plantation and orchard.
Darjeeling is said to be the queen of all hill stations. This hill station is famous for its natural beauty, clean fresh air, year round pleasant weather and above all, the ever smiling and welcoming local people. Darjeeling is widely known as visitor’s paradise because it offers its visitors something new to everyone and every day. Darjeeling is a place to know Himalayan Tribal life, Tibetan culture, and to see the Tibetan Monasteries, Pine Trees, Tea garden etc very closely.
Toy train is one of the main attractions of Darjeeling. It was built in late 19th century, the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan railway is a technological marvel. In just about 70 km, its tracks rise from sea level to an altitude of over 7500 ft. Batasia Loop is very famous as here the train does a complete figure of eight. It covers about 83 km in six or seven hours, so while travelling in the toy train you can enjoy the mountains and the fresh air.
Darjeeling is derived from the Tibetan word ‘Dorje’ which means a precious stone or the thunderbolt and ‘ling’ means place. So it is the land of thunderbolt.
Some of its important places to visit are Batasia Loop, Bhutia Busty Gompa, Botanical Gardens, Chowrasta, Dhoom Gompa, Happy Valley Estate, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Museums, Kanchenjunga View, Kurseong, Natural History Museum, Observatory Hills, Passenger Ropeway, Rungli Rungliot, Senchal Lake, Siliguri etc.
We can reach Darjeeling by air, rail and by road also. The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra. It is about 100 km from Darjeeling. The nearest and main railway station to Darjeeling is Shilliguri and from there Toy Trains are available.
Gangtok is the capital of the state of Sikkim. The beautiful Enchey Monastery and Rumtek monastery are very popular among tourists spot. In Gangtok, a journey by the ropeway or cable car should be made mandatory in your itinerary. It is a journey of 20 minutes and it will enable us to view the spectacular valley of Gangtok.
There is an abundant growth of flowers with more than 500 varieties of orchid makes this place exotic. This hill station offers numerous interesting treks for tourists. For tourists it is an ideal place to buy shawls, blankets, carpets, handmade paper, painted masks etc.