Darjeeling Tour, India

August 24, 2009 at 5:47 am (Uncategorized)

“Divine nature has blessed all the places on this earth. Beauty should lie in your eyes to admire some place or the other.”

Planning for your honeymoon, or a relaxing family trip, or even a freak out vacation with friends – choose a north east India tour package, and visit Darjeeling. This fascinating place is best known for Buddhist monasteries, tea plantations, ride on the chairlift, shopping in the colourful markets and trekking to high altitude spots. Popular as one of the most magnificent hill resorts in the world, Darjeeling also has a unique feature of toy train, which takes you from Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling through scenic valleys.

Prominent Attractions

The word ‘Darjeeling’ is derived from Tibetian word ‘Dorje’ which means ‘a precious stone or ecclesiastical scepter’ (which is emblematic of the thunderbolt of Indra), and ‘ling’ means ‘a place’. Therefore, Darjeeling literally means the land of the thunderbolt.

War Memorial

Constructed in the memory of brave soldiers who died in wars, War Memorial is worth a visit. It also offers picturesque views of snowy peaks in the backdrop.

Lloyds Botanical Garden

Serving as a family picnic spot, this colourful garden is located below the Market Motor Stand. Various Himalayan plants, flowers, orchids etc. can be spotted here.

The Shrubbery

Located on the Jawahar Parbat behind Raj Bhawan, the Shrubbery is also a beautiful garden offering magnificent views of Kanchenjunga Range and Singla Valley.

Happy Valley Tea Estate

Darjeeling and the nearby areas comprise of about 70 tea gardens, out of which Happy Valley is the nearest (3 km). One can also see the processing of the world famous Darjeeling tea here.

Moreover, all the native people in Darjeeling are addicted to festivities. They celebrate Lepcha/Bhutia New Year’s Day (1st week of January), Losar Tibetan New Year’s Day (February) and Durga Puja/Dussehra with full vigor and enthusiasm.

If you are more inclined towards sightseeing, March to May and September to November is considered the best season to plan a trip to Darjeeling. Tourists also love to get photographed with the snow-clad peaks of Himalayas in backdrop while wearing local attires.

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