Top Sights of Darjeelingby Anika Dixit Blogger
Darjeeling is a popular hill station, lying in the northern tip of West Bengal. With an elevation of 2,042 meters above sea level, it offers some great panoramic views of snow-capped mountains and lush tea-covered hill slopes. Leading hotels and resorts in Darjeeling offer a direct view of the majestic Kanchenjunga. Darjeeling Tea is so popular worldwide, the tea gardens here also attract special attention for the tourists.
Darjeeling Tea is regarded as one of the finest brews of tea in the world by many tea connoisseurs. Tea tourism is a popular concept in the region, giving tourists a chance to experience a blissful stay at a tea estate. Guests can stay in guest bungalows amidst adjoining tea plantations and enjoy the quiet and solitude. They can enjoy mesmerizing views of the mountains, take a walk through the tea gardens, and enjoy complimentary tea tasting sessions. All the best hotels and resorts in Darjeeling boast of a grand view overlooking bright green tea gardens.
Here is a list of the main attractions in Darjeeling.
- Ghoom Monastery
The old Ghoom Monastery, officially known as the Yoga Choeling Monastery, is the oldest Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of Darjeeling. Belonging to the Yellow Hat sect of Buddhism, it was built in the year 1850. The 15 feet high statue of Maitreya Buddha is the main attraction in this monastery here. The statue is made entirely of clay brought from Tibet. There are also many rare Buddhist scriptures and manuscripts kept for preservation in the Ghoom Monastery.
- Tiger Hill
Tiger Hill is most known for the breathtaking sunrise views of the Kanchenjunga. Located about 11 km from the town, it takes around 30-40 minutes to reach the spot. As the sun rises from behind the mountains, you get a mesmerizing view of the snow-laden peaks of the Kanchenjunga Range and the Eastern Himalayas. If the sky is clear with no cloud cover, you can even get a glimpse of the mighty Mt. Everest. Most of the hotels and resorts in Darjeeling offer a car rental service for their guests, so they can reach Tiger Hill well before sunrise.
- Japanese Temple Peace Pagoda
Built during the period of 1885 – 1985, the Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling was established by the Japanese Buddhist monk Nichidatsu Fujii. It is among the 30 pagodas built around the world to promote World Peace and harmony. The Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda welcome visitors from all different religions. Built-in pristine white, the structure has a customary Japanese style of construction. The best time to visit is during early morning and evening time, when the place echoes with chants of prayers.
- Darjeeling Zoo
Officially known as the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, the Darjeeling Zoo is a must-visit for all wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts. Spread over an area of area of 67.56 acres with an average elevation of 7,000 feet, this is the largest high altitude zoo in India. The zoological park is home to several rare animals like Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf, Asiatic Black Bear, Himalayan Snow Leopard, Siberian Tiger, Mountain Goat, and many more.
With so many great attractions to visit, book any hotels and resorts in Darjeeling and start planning your trip soon.
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