Off - Beat Destinations Tour Package in Darjeeling :
Darjeeling : 02 Nights - Lepchajagat : 01 Night - Sittong : 01 Night & Chatakpur : 01 Night ⇒ 05 Nights / 06 Days
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Places to visit during Off Beat destinations in Darjeeling
► Darjeeling :
The unchallenged queen of the Himalayas , Darjeeling always attracts people from all over the world. Darjeeling located in eastern-himalaya is 80 kms from Siliguri town and takes approx 3 hrs to reach. The omnipresence of mighty Kanchenjunga Peak ( 3rd highest peak in the world) is felt everywhere in this hill station. Some parts of Darjeeling can be visited by walking and for the rests to be by vehicles. If anyone doesn’t want to go anywhere then just roam around the city to enjoy the local traditional and modern culture or simply sit in the Darjeeling Mall ( Chowrasta) to relax. Because of the picture perfect beauty, trekking trails and awesome mountain views of Darjeeling , people flock in Darjeeling to escape the heat and humidity of the plains and beat the stress of city life.
• Places to visit in Darjeeling or Sightseeing in Darjeeling :
► Tiger Hill :
Tiger Hill – one of the most desired place to visit while touring in Darjeeling. Tiger Hill situated 11 kms away from Darjeeling at an altitude of 8500 ft. above the sea level on the top of Senchal Hill offers the magnificent sun rise over the Eastern Himalayas . The first rays of the sun shoot ahead and shed light upon the twin peaks of Kanchenjunga painting it pink, and then bathing it in a beautiful orange colour; this sight is a true evidence of mountain beauty.
On a clear day the summit of Tiger Hill commands the view of Kurseong Town to its south-west along with plains of North Bengal and number of major rivers like Teesta, Mahanadi, Balasun & Mechi meanders down to the south.
► Batasia Loop & War Memorial :
Batasia Loop is 5 kms before of Darjeeling city and located in between Ghoom ( The highest point in the world where Locomotive Engines operate) and Darjeeling cities. Batasia Loop attracts people for spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga & other snow capped Himalayan Peaks and watch the remarkable engineering marvel of Darjeeling Himalayan Railways where almost imperceptibly the railway line negotiates a circle and descends 1000 ft. in altitude.
At the centre of Batasia Loop a War Memorial stands. This memorial was constructed by the District Sainik Board, Darjeeling in commemoration of the brave Gorkha Soldiers, who sacrificed their life to protect the sovereignty of the Nation since independence. This memorial was sanctified on 22nd March, 1995. Local people throng here to seel handicrafts and woolen items for tourists.
► Ghoom Monastery :
Ghoom Monastery or Yiga-Choling Monastery is the oldest Monastery in Darjeeling region. This famous monastery was established by a Tibetian Astrologer Lama Sherab Gyantso in 1875 . The monastery has preserved some of the rare handwritten Buddhist Manuscripts.
► Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ( HMI) :
India’s first Prime Minister late Pandit Jawaharlal Neheru and then the Chief Minister of West Bengal late Dr. B.C.Roy personally got involved to establish the first Mountaineering Institute of India ( Himalayan Mountaineering Institute) in Darjeeling on 4th November, 1954. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute has a museum for visitors which is enriched by extensive collection of rare photographs, maps, mountaineering equipments and exclusive samples of flora & fauna of the Himalayas.
This institute has become the landmark in Darjeeling, the queen of the himalaya and an important centre for major tourist attraction. The majestic view of Kanchenjunga massif from HMI is mesmerizing.
► Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ( Darjeeling Zoo) :
This Zoo is one of the most famous and highest Zoological Parks in the world for its natural beauty and captive breeding. This is the only Zoo in the world which breeds Tibetan Wolf in captivity and the first South Asian Zoo to breed snow leopard and Siberian Tiger. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park was formed on 14th August in 1958. This Himalayan Park is a residence of some of the most rarest & endangered animals in the world, ie. Red Panda, Siberian Tiger, Tibetan Wolf and Snow Leopard etc.
► Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre :
Darjeeling Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre was formed in 1959 by a 10 member committee to provide the shelter and Econimic, Social, Psycological, Cultural and Spiritual sovereignty to those Tibetan refugee who fled in to India after dramatic escape of “ His Holiness the Dalai Lama” ( Tibetan Spiritual Leader). Darjeeling Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre’s main activity remains to produce handicrafts and handsome amount of money earns through national sales and export to various number of countries. Apart from these the Centre has undertaken the task helping Orphans, the aged and the needy people among the refugee.
► Japanese Temple & Peace Pagoda :
Peace Pagoda or Shanti Stupa in Darjeeling started building up in the year 1972 and finished in the year of 1992. Darjeeling Peace Pagoda or Darjeeling Shanti Stupa is the only one in East - Himalayas. This beautiful Stupa designed and built for the purpose of to provide a focus of peace to the people of all races and creeds in the world.
Darjeeling shanti Stupa is situated just outside of the city of Darjeeling and the humming and the solemn chanting of prayers give to the place a spiritual air. Breath taking view of snowy peaks along with the mighty Khanchendzonga from this place is really breathtaking.
► Tenzing & Gombu Roack :
Tenzing and Gombu Rocks are situated at Lebong Cart Road commonly known as “Monkey Rock”, which was named after late Tenzing Norgey & Nawang Gombu. Himalayan Mounatineering Institute conducts preliminary course on Rock climbing on these rocks. These rocks offer challenging oddity for the climbers.
► Happy Valley Tea Garden :
Apart from its unmatched natural beauty Darjeeling is famous for Tea, which is hailed one of the best flavored tea in the world. Happy Valley Tea Garden, which is one of the oldest and renowned tea gardens in Darjeeling is located on the Lebong Cart Road and just 3 kms away from the heart of Darjeeling town. Visitors can take a stroll to the entire distance to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the hills and to reach the garden.
► Mall or Chowrasta :
Chowrasta means where four roads meet in local language is located at the heart of the city. It is the place where every visitor comes to take a stroll or to relax. Darjeeling Chowrasta or Darjeeling Mall , a huge flat platform surrounded by benches for people to sit is full of shops, restaurants, curio dealers and hawkers. Ponies are available for a nominal charge to take a ride. Mt. Kanchenjunga is standing with its full might is felt from everywhere. Taking a sip in a hot tea or coffee cup, sitting or walking leisurely and watching the unparallel view of some of the world’s most beautiful snow clad peaks is a rare experience.
► Lepchajagat :
Lepchajagat – literally means the place of Lepcha people or Lepcha community. Lepcha people are originally from Sikkim. But now spread over in Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal, Darjeeling hills. Lepchajagat is a very small village in wilderness with an altitude of around 7000 ft above the sea level. The village is covered by wild forests of rhododendron, pine and oak with bounty of natural beauty. Mount Kanchenjunga with its surrounding peaks stands with its full might on the north-eastern side of Lepchajagat. This is an ideal place for nature lovers to stay in an offbeat place with a blend of nature and peace. The only sound here is chirping of numerous birds during day time and the sound of cricket after the evening.
► Sittong :
Sittong is spread over a in vast area and combined by cluster of villages also called “ Sittong Khas Mohol” located in Kurseong division. Sittong has become an Orange Pot of Darjeeling Districts because of its numerous Orange Orchards. During winter it seems that Sittong hills are painted with Orange colour.
Apart from Orange Orchards, Sittong is blessed with natural bounty. Covered with dense forests, it has also become a Bird Watchers’ paradise. Located on around 4500 ft above the sea level, Sitong also offers some short treks in and around. Mungpo, which is famous for Cinchona Farm land also blessed by Rabindranath Tagore because he stayed a long time here.
► Chatakpur :
Chatakpur - a sleepy hamlet in Darjeeling district above Sonada town is located at an altitude of almost 7900 ft above the sea level offers a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and its surrounding peaks. It’s a sparsely populated village . Chatakpur comes in the periphery of Senchel Reserve Forest and showered with an abundant Flora & Fauna. A short walk from the village to Chatakpur Watch Tower is worth viewing the excellent view of Sandakphu, the trekkers’ paradise along with a vast range of Eastern Himalaya. A short trek from Chatakpur to Tiger Hill is enthralling with viewing the Kanchenjunga massif and other neighbouring peaks. On a very clear day, lucky ones can also get glimpses of Mount Everest.
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