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Darjeeling is a popular hill station, surrounded by tea plantations on all sides. The views over the mountains to the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga and down to the swollen rivers in the valley are magnificent. Buddhist monasteries; tea plantations; colourful markets and handicrafts shops; trekking are some of the major attractions, not to mention the famous 'toy train' which is part of the fun in getting there. Excursions include Kalimpong on the foothills and deep valleys of the Himalayas; Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, overflowing with ancient temples, palaces, monasteries and colourful bazaars. Darjeeling tea is one of the finest teas in the world and the snowcapped mountains form a picturesque background to the many tea plantations in the region.
Tiger Hill : About 11 kms from Darjeeling is the Tiger Hill, the highest spot in the area at 2520 metres. Tiger hill is famous for it magnificent view of Kanchenjunga and other eastern Himalayan peaks. Visit pre dawn to enjoy the spectacular sunrise amongst the mountain peaks and on a clear day the peak of Mt. Everest visible.
Ghoom Monastery : On the way back to Darjeeling see the Ghoom monastery, belonging to the yellow sect it houses famous Buddhist scriptures.
HOW TO GET THERE :
By Air : Regular flights From Kolkata (Calcutta) & Delhi to Bagdogra. From Bagdogra to Darjeeling (90 km), by road.
By Rail : From Calcutta by Darjeeling Mail, Kamrup or Kanchenjunga Express to New Jalpaiguri.
By Road : From Calcutta : Siliguri (606 km), Darjeeling (686 km).
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