Darjeeling is popular all across the globe for fascinating hill stations in India, enticing many to its fairy tale environs. The name Darjeeling said to be derived from "Dorjee Ling" (Thunder bolt place) in Sanskrit this name believed to be originate from the word ‘Durjay Ling’ means “Shiva of invincible prowess” who rules the Himalayas'. Darjeeling within the area of 1200 sq.miles, its southern region the base, comprises the Terai low-lying area at an average height of 300 ft above sea level; the apex is formed by the Phalut ridge (3658 Mtr) where Nepal meets India. This Queen of Hill station is complete holiday destination to fulfill the utmost desires of holiday makers in mind truly enough, Darjeeling has never failed to mesmerize its visitors even transcending their expectations more often than not. Previously British colonials develop Darjeeling into a much favored Hill Station and sanatorium. Set against a panoramic backdrop accentuated by a sparkling white snow crown of Himalayan peaks, Darjeeling is a phenomenal attraction that can truly claim to be its own
About 7 km away from Darjeeling Ghoom is famous as Highest toy train railway station in the world. It also has famous Yiga Choling Monastery of Gelupa sect which was built in 1875.
14 km away from HMI at 8500 ft. Tiger Hill offers one of the most magnificient view of Kanchanjunga massif in Darjeeling. One can also view Everest, Makalu & Lhotse in Nepal and Chomolheri in Bhutan on a clear day. Sunrise from Tiger Hill looks like a ball of fire emerging from the bosom of the earth transforming the snowy cold ranges into a fiery crimson. All HMI trainees get a chance to visit Tiger Hill during course.
5 km from Darjeeling towards Ghoom the narrow gauge rail line takes a figure of 8 loop with marveling engineering feat. A war memorial within the loop has 3 meter high bronze statue of a Gorkha soldier in the mourning reversed stance. It provides a scenic view of the western valley./p>
Between HMI and Chowrasta is a scenic shrubbery park with beautiful water falls emanating from Shiva temple. DGHC has developed it as best cultural spot where one can enjoy different Nepali dances in the evening.
Which are located on Brich Hill are the major attractions for the tourists. Some exotic breeds of high altitude fauna such as Siberian Tigers, Black Bear, Red Pandas, Snow Leopards and many colourful Himalayas Birds grace the location which is must in the itinerary of all tourists. In addition to the rich learning experience at HMI, the visit to Darjeeling provides life long memories to be taken home by students of HMI.
Is the new addition to places of interest in Darjeeling. The picture and picnic spots with waterfalls are build by DGHC.
Ropeway in Darjeeling
One of the best ways to experience the panoramic views that Darjeeling is so famous for, is by taking a ride on the ropeway. It's also called the Rangeet Valley Cable Car because of the spectacular view of the valley around the river Little Rangeet. You will need to board the cable car from Singamari which is some 3km (i.e. 1.8 miles) away from Darjeeling Chowk Bazaar. As you ride the cable car, in about 45 minutes you will travel from an altitude of about 7,000 ft. (or 2134m) down to 800 ft. (or 244m) where the last station Singla Bazar is located
Pashupati is a market town on the Nepal border, on the way from Darjeeling to Mirik. It is a great place to pick up a bargain from the wide selection of imported goods such as electronics and cameras, and many other items.
Ava Art Gallery
The AVA art gallery is about 2km from the town enroute to Ghoom. It houses the unique art and embroidery works of Mrs. Ava Devi.
Built on the ambitious lines of the great Pashupatinath Temple of Nepal, in 1939, the Dhirdham temple is situated below the railway station.
Lal Kothi was the summer palace of the Maharaja of Kuch Bihar. It is an interesting buliding with a panoramic view of the surrounding Himalayas.
A quiet Himalayan village at an altitude of 3636 Mts, the peak of the Singalila range - Sandakphu probably offers the best views of Mt. Kanchendzonga and Mt Everest - simultaneously. It is reached in two ways. 1. By a challenging but rewarding 31km trek from Maneybhanjan. We can transport you to Maneybhanjan and collect you a few days later. 2.We can transport you by car to Maneybhanjan then transfer you to a Landrover which will take you right up to Sandakphu. To get the most from your trip we suggest you take an overnight halt in one of Sandakphus many lodges returning to Maneybhanjan the next day for the journey back to Darjeeling. "Please Note this journey is along an untarmac-ed rough track and therefore would not be suitable for people with back problems or physical disabilities".
Lebong Race Course
Unpretentiously, the Lebong Race Course boasts of being the smallest and the highest racetrack in the world. The race course is currently closed although there are plans to reopen it.
The building of the Peace Pagoda was intiated by Fuji Guru, the founder of the Nipponzan Myhoji Buddhist Order and a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi, as a symbol for world peace. The sparkling white pagoda rises 28.5 metres from the ground level and has a diameter of 23mts. Embedded in the wall of the pagoda are four statues of Buddha in gold polish and eight carvings on sandstone depicting different stages of Gautam Buddha's life. The Buddhist temple is located near the peace pagoda and is designed in traditional Japanese style. Photography is allowed inside the temple but the Japanese monks will ask you not to enter during prayers.