Popularly known as the queen of hills, Darjeeling is a charming hill station situated in the Shivalik hills of Himalayas in the state of West Bengal. Blessed with beautiful landscape and pleasant climate, this serene holiday spot is nestled amidst rolling mountains. It is internationally famous for its tea industry and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (nicknamed Toy Train), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Offering picturesque grandeur, Darjeeling turns into an ideal spot for trekkers. Cuddled into the lap of nature, this place offers an ultimate getaway for those looking for a rendezvous with nature. The pleasant climate and serene atmosphere of Darjeeling are few reasons that make tourists fall in love with this place. The place boasts of a mesmerizing location and boundless beauty that is surrounded by charming snowcapped peaks on all the sides and delivers harmony amidst the abundance of nature. Apart from natural grandeur, Darjeeling is full of tourist attractions. Here is the information about the sightseeing places that you can visit in Darjeeling.
Bengal Natural History Museum
It is an ideal place to visit in Darjeeling that enjoys panoramic view of the fauna native to various altitudes of the Eastern Himalayas. The museum has different sections for birds, beetles and butterflies, mammals and reptiles.
Darjeeling is full of Buddhist monasteries as Buddhism is one of the broadly practiced religions here. Standing as the witness of its rendezvous with Buddhism, these monasteries loudly speaks about the faith of the locales in the religion. Some of the popular monasteries are Bhutia Busty Monastery, Dali Monastery, Makdhog Monastery, Sakya Monastery (Ghoom) and Yiga-Choling Buddhist Monastery.
A rough replica of Pasupatinath Temple of Kathmandu, Dhirdham Temple in Darjeeling is an appeal for the visitors of the city. The main deity of this temple is ‘Lord Shiva’. The architecture of the temple has the influence of Tibetan architectural style. Built by Rai Saheb Purna Bahadur Pradhan in 1939, the temple is situated close to the Darjeeling Railway Station.
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Built in the supervision of a Japanese Buddhist monk, ‘Nichidatsu Fujii’, Japanese Peace Pagoda is one among the famous Peace Pagodas in the world. Constructed with a purpose to provide enlightenment, the place focuses over the people from different origins allowing them to come together and work for peace.
It is one of the most well-known vantage points in Darjeeling. This is the place from where you can view the world’s third highest peak, ‘Kanchenjunga’ very easily. From this peak, there is also chance to see the highest peak of the world ‘Mount Everest’. Visitors can enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains and valley.
It is a memorial built in the memory of those brave Gorkha soldiers who sacrificed their life for the country. It is a must visit place when in Darjeeling as it pays an honor to those brave-hearts.
Darjeeling has about 70 tea gardens producing the finest quality of teas in the world. During your trip to Darjeeling, visit a tea garden to get information about the entire manufacturing process of the tea.
Visiting these attractions of Darjeeling will be an amazing experience. What are you waiting for? Book cheapest domestic flight tickets for the nearest airport of the city and indulge into a memorable experience.
This is a guest post written by Amrita Barnwal, an ardent travel blogger with EaseMyTrip.com (an online travel company). She is passionate about writing on different aspects of travel & tourism. Amrita invites innovative holiday ideas from various travel writers and shares them through her blogEaseMyTripTravelBlog.com.