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DARJEELING (INDIA)

STATE :- West Bengal

 

DISTANCE

 

CONNECTION
  • AIR : The nearest airport Bagdogra is 90 km (54 miles) from Darjeeling. Journey time - about 3 hours by road. There are a number of flights from Delhi, Calcutta and Guwahati.
  • RAIL :The two closest railway stations are Siliguri 77 km (42 miles) and New Jalpaiguri 88 km (50 miles ) from Darjeeling. These railway stations have direct railway connections with Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati and other major cities of India.
  • ROAD : Darjeeling is connected by Road with Gangtok, Siliguri and from there to practically all the major cities of India.

 

ABOUT DARJEELING

Darjeeling conjures visions of serenity, of vibrant green hills steeped in splendour. A land of breathtaking beauty crowned by the majestic Himalayas. Darjeeling is one of the most magnificent hill resorts in the world. This heavenly retreat is bathed in hues of every shade. The flaming red rhododendrons, the sparkling white magnolias, the miles of undulating hillsides covered with emerald green tea bushes, the exotic forests of silver fir-all under the blanket of a brilliant azure sky dappled with specks of clouds, compellingly confounds Darjeeling as THE QUEEN OF HILL STATIONS.

The name is derived from the Tibetan word 'Dorje' which means the precious stone or ecclesiastical sceptre, which is emblematic of the thunderbolt of Indra, and 'ling' - a place, hence the land of the thunderbolt. The sceptre of Indra is believed to have fallen at a place where now stands the Observatory Hill. DARJEELING beckons thousands today for a respite from the bustle of the madding crowd. The traveller- whether a tourist or a trekker, an ornithologist or a photographer, a botanist or an artist- will find in Darjeeling an experience which will remain etched in ones memory- forever.

 

  • PLACES OF INTERESTS IN DARJEELING
  • Tiger Hill
  • Mahakal Baba Ka Sthan
  • Mall Road
  • The Shrubbery
  • Batasia Loop And War Memorial
  • Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
  • Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway
  • Bhutia Busty Monastery
  • Peace Pagora
  • Lalkothi
  • Lloyds Botanical Garden
  • Darjeeling Toy Train

 

RELIGIOUS PLACES
  • Mahakal Baba Ka Sthan
  • Yiga- Choling Buddhist Monastery Ghoom
  • Drukpa Kargyud Monastery
  • Dhirdham Temple
  • WHEN TO GO DARJEELING

 

Darjeeling has a moderate climate with all five distinct seasons, summers (April to June), monsoons (July, August), autumn (September to November), winters (December, January) and spring (February, March).

In the month of July Buddha Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, is celebrated at various Buddhist monasteries in Darjeeling.

Perfect season to visit this place is from September to June, take woolen clothes in winters and may avoid chilly days in January.

 

WEATHER
  • Summer Mean Max 14.89 C Mean Min 8.59 C
  • Winter Mean Max 6.11 C Mean Min 1.5 C
  • Rainfall 320 cms(annually)

The Darjeeling district presents a great variation of climate. As the district consists of two distinct tracts, the ridges and deep valley of lower Himalayas and the altitude varies between 300 m - 3,600 m. In the Tista valley, the climate is subtropical while in the hills, it is temperate. The bulk of the forest areas witness temperate climate although considerable local changes in the configuration and aspects influence climatic condition which often varies through a wider range. The winter in Darjeeling is extremely cold and extends from December to March. The summer spreads from April to mid June and during this period Darjeeling is delightfully cool. The rainy months are June to September when most of the rainfall occurs with appreciable amounts in May and October as well.

 

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
  • Maghe Sankrati
  • Chakrasambhara (Mandala) Prayer
  • Losar
  • Shri Panchami
  • Cho Nga Chopa
  • Holi
  • Chaita Dasai
  • Chotrul Duechen
  • Sansari Puja
  • Saga Dawa
  • Ashar Ko Pandra

 

FOODS
  • Momos
  • Thupka
  • Wai Wai
  • Churpee
  • Sael Roti
  • Tongba
  • Chhaang

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