Sitting at a spectacular altitude of nearly 2200m with a backdrop consisting of mighty snow-clad Himalayan peaks and surrounded by verdant tea plantations, the scenic hill-station of Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal offers pleasant respite from India’s oppressive summer heat. Indeed, Darjeeling has been a popular hill station since the British established it as an R & R centre for their troops in the mid 19th century.
Draw cards include a number of Buddhist monasteries including Ghoom, tea plantations, faded relics from the Raj, colourful markets and trekking possibilities in the surrounding area. The beautiful and endangered snow leopard is indigenous to the entire Indian Himalaya region and Darjeeling supports a snow leopard breeding program.
A popular way of getting to Darjeeling is by toy train from Siliguri/New Jalpaiguri.
A notable attraction is the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, a training school for mountain climbers. Its museum features memorabilia from the first ascent of Everest.
Owing to Darjeeling’s proximity to Tibet, the town also has a Tibetan Refugee Centre comprising care for the young and old and craft workshops that produce carpets and Tibetan curios.
Just beyond Darjeeling is Tiger Hill where it is possible to view the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga - the world’s third highest mountain.
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