Darjeeling"Take A Trip to The Tribal Beauty"

  • Sightseeing

     

    Tiger Hill - Tiger Hill is the best point in Darjeeling for watching sunrise. Located at a height of 7,407 feet above sea level, the hilly trails through the mountains lead to the hill top. On a clear day, the entire Himalayan range can be seen. It is at a distance of 11 km from the main city of Darjeeling. Sunrise tours to Tiger Hill are arranged by hotels. Normally, the pickup time from the hotel is around 4 am. It is better to reach a little early in order to secure a place. There are tea stalls selling flavoured Darjeeling tea along with snacks. There are also shops from where one can pick up souvenirs like hand crafted items or picture post cards of Kanchenjunga and Darjeeling.

     

    Toy Train - The official name of the Darjeeling Toy Train is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the few hill railways which are still operational in the country. Diesel trains run to and from New Jalpaiguri and steam engines run to and from Kurseong. During peak seasons one can take a ride to Ghoom and back on a steam engine driven toy train. Tickets are available at the station at Hill Cart Road in Darjeeling.

     

    Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park - Located adjacent to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoo is a unique Zoo. It is situated at an altitude of 2133.5 meters against the glorious background of the majestic Kanchenjunga. The zoo specializes in breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions, and has successfully bred the Snow leopard, the critically endangered Himalayan wolf and Red Panda while in captivity. Spread over an area of 44 hectares, the zoo attracts over 3 lakh visitors every year. The high altitude wild life park is home to the Siberian Tiger, Himalayan Black Bear, gorals (mountain goat), deer, panther, llama and a variety of endangered birds. If you are an animal lover who has always fancied adopting a fluffy panda or a Himalayan cat, this is your chance. The Zoo has embarked upon a mission to involve the community in animal welfare. You canm adopt one of the zoo's animals and pay for its upkeep. A really novel idea and a great way to go Green!

     

    Himalayan Mountaineering Institute - The mighty Himalayas are every mountaineer’s ultimate dream. If you have the courage, the stamina and you want to try something different, you must check out the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) at Darjeeling. The HMI is one of the oldest mountaineering institutes of the country and has played a pivotal role in training mountaineers across the country. The institute is situated on the western spur of Birch Hill and has a commanding view of Darjeeling’s tea gardens as well as the snow clad peaks of the mighty Kanchenjunga. To give impetus to mountaineering as an organized sport in India and commemorate Norgay and Hillary’s historic conquest of the Everest, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) was founded in Darjeeling with the personal initiative of Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.

     

    The Mall and Chowrasta - The Chowrasta is the most happening place in Darjeeling. Located at the heart of the hilly town, this is the main shopping area and a main centre of commercial activities. Surrounded by roadside food stalls, curio shops, book stores and countless vendors selling artefacts, woollens and various collectibles along the street, Chowrasta is a paradise for shopaholics. The street along which all these shops are lined up is more popularly known as the Mall. Besides shopping one can also go for a pony ride here. The temple of Mahakal is located on the hill top right at the centre of the Mall and Chowrasta. This region gives a feel of the Victorian era in Darjeeling. There are benches all along the Chowrasta for people to sit and enjoy the views over a cup of Darjeeling tea. There is also a small open space auditorium here, where local rock bands often host performances.

     

    Ghoom Monastery - Ghoom Monastery is also known as Yogachoeling Gompa. It is located in a place called Ghoom in Darjeeling, hence the name Ghoom Gompa. It was in the year 1875 that a Mongolian astrologer cum monk established the Ghoom Gompa. At the entry of the monastery, there is a huge giant size image of seated 'Maitreya Buddha' (prospective Buddha) inside. There are bells, ornate thanka scrolls and drums inside the monastery. Like many other monasteries in and around Darjeeling, this gompa is also a storehouse of some rare Buddhist manuscripts. Located at a distance of about 8 km south from the main town of Darjeeling, this gompa has become a destination for people seeking peace and serenity. The gompa is located nearby Ghoom station. One can also reach the gompa from Hill Cart Road as it is situated just below the road.

     

    Peace Pagoda - The tranquility at the Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling should be experienced to be believed! It was built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885 to 1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myo-ho-ji Buddhist Order. The pagoda stands as the symbol of spirituality and peace. Four statues of Buddha glistening with gold polish and eight sandstone carvings depicting the different stages of Buddha s life adorn the walls of the Pagoda. A Buddhist temple and monastery designed in traditional Japanese style is located close to the pagoda. Spend a few quiet moments here as you listen to the low hum of the monks chanting the mystic peace mantra myoho renge kyo.

     

    Happy Valley Tea Gardens - One of the nicest things to do while in Darjeeling is to pull over at one of the tiny tea shacks that dot the hillside and wrap your chill hands around a hot cup of tea as you survey the spectacular rolling hills with its beautiful tea gardens. Connoisseurs consider Darjeeling Tea to be one of the finest in the world especially in terms of aroma and delicacy of taste. Once drunk by the tribals of the hills, tea is today India’s most popular beverage and is fast catching on as a popular refresher the world over. If you are fond of your morning ’cuppa chah’, you would love a tour of the Happy Valley tea garden. Of the tea gardens in the region, the 435 acre Tea Estate is the most accessible to the tourist from Darjeeling town and is a part of most sightseeing tours. A tour of the garden promises to be highly instructive as you will get to see the actual process of Tea manufacturing from tea picking to manufacturing.

     

    Rangit Valley Passenger Cable Car - Popularly known as the Ropeway, the Darjeeling-Rangit Valley Passenger Cable Car is India's oldest passenger ropeway and connects Darjeeling with Singla Bazaar at the bottom of the valley. The renovated cable car terminal station is about 3 km north of the town and is situated at what is known as the North Point, near the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Floating high above the lush green valley, the cable car that is supported on a monocable covers a distance of about 2 km and takes about half an hour to reach the Takavar tea estate.It is an absolutely exhilarating experience to travel through the misty clouds and get a birds eye view of the lush green tea plantations beneath. A ride definitely not recommended for the faint hearted.

     

    Kanchunjunga - If you are an avid mountaineering expert or love to trek and hike, then scaling the heights of Kanchunjunga is a tempting offer. The third highest mountain in the world at an altitude of 8586 meters, there are actually 5 peaks of the mountain range. From the Observatory, you can have some of the most beautiful views. Though it looks serene and calm, Kanchunjunga is known for constant avalanches and thunderstorms. However, there are numerous camping and hiking tours available.

     

    Darjeeling Himalayan Railway - A steam locomotive chugging on one of the world’s oldest and highest train route with magnanimous yet serene snow-capped mountains in the backdrop, snaking through numerous stations and tunnels, and offering breath-taking views of the gigantic Himalayas is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a marquee railway line which stands out exclusively in a country that boasts of one of the world’s largest rail networks. It plies between New Jalpaiguri (station) and Darjeeling in West Bengal. Inaugurated in 1880 and running up to a height of over 7,000 feet make the Darjeeling Railway one of the oldest and highest railway lines in the world. The “Toy train” begins its journey from Siliguri of West Bengal and reaches Darjeeling after covering a distance of 78 km and crossing 13 stations on its way, including Ghum, the highest station in India.

     

    Mahakal Temple - The Mahakal temple atop the Observatory Hill is a most revered place for the locals and you will be surprised to find a Hindu priest sharing a common altar with a Buddhist monk. The oldest site in Darjeeling is said to be the Observatory Hill, where a Buddhist Monastery called Dorje Ling, or 'place of the Thunderbolt' once stood. Darjeeling derives its name from this spot. In 1782, three siva-lingas representing Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar are said to have manifested themselves here. From then on, the Mahakala temple dedicated to Lord Shiva came into being and is today greatly venerated as devotees from all sections of the community go up for worship.

     

    Mirik - Mirik is a quaint little town nearly halfway between Siliguri and Darjeeling.  The place is a mere 49 km to Darjeeling and is a good idea to break your long journey to Darjeeling. As it lies at an altitude of about 5000 ft, much lower than Darjeeling, it enjoys a much milder climate, never getting too cold and windy. The biggest attraction in Mirik is the beautiful lake which is over a kilometre long and has a beautiful walkway of over 3 kilometres all around. The lake is surrounded by trees on one side and a huge garden on the other. If the weather is clear, you can catch sight of the snow-covered Kanchenjunga and its surrounding peaks from particular viewpoints. Float along this tranquil lake with the boat rides on offer here and fill your lungs with the much-needed clean air.

     

    Batashiya Loop - Batasia Loop is a large circular track that was created by the British to overcome an engineering glitch of the famous Darjeeling Toy Train. From Ghoom, which is the highest railway station, there’s a (nearly) 140-foot drop as the train turns back towards Darjeeling, which is an incredibly steep descent for a tiny train. So a gradual slope was created around a beautiful garden with lawns and flowers and this is Batasia Loop.  Right at the centre of the garden, a War Memorial was created in honour of the Gorkha soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the many wars post Indian Independence. It is built on a raised platform with a 30 foot high cenotaph at the base of which lies the Roll of Honour etched in stone.

     

    Kali temple - An ancient Kali temple dedicated to Goddess Kali is located on the banks of the river. The architectural marvel and being the only Kali temple in the vicinity attracts hundreds of locals and tourists each year. During Dussehra, the temple is decorated and the whole 9 days are celebrated with pomp and show.

     

    Rock Garden And Ganga Maya Park -The Barbotey Rock Garden, popularly known as the Rock Garden at the Chunnu Summer Falls is located about 10 kilometres from Darjeeling. This and the Ganga Maya Park are the favourites in Darjeeling when it comes to spending lazy Saturdays. The Rock Garden was constructed by the Gorkha Hill Council Tourism Department and was inaugurated by the GNLF supremo, Mr Subhash Ghising. The picturesque view from the hills provides you with just the thing you were looking for when you planned your trip to Darjeeling. The tea gardens all over the hills, beautiful flower gardens and beautiful waterfalls make the place a heavenly location. There’s a peaceful lake on top of the garden where, tired after long walks, visitors can spend a few Calm moments.

     

    Sandakphu - To be closer to the Gods in heaven is what most people aspire for and a trip to Sandakphu almost grants this wish. A peak at 11,941 feet in the Singalila Ridge, it is on the border of the National Park nestling between West Bengal and Nepal. One can get a view of some of the world’s highest peaks from this summit – the Mount Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, and Kanchenjunga, which is also known as the sleeping Buddha or Shiva. This picturesque snow-capped land is a trekker’s paradise where flora and fauna take one's breath away with their ethereal beauty. To remove one’s self from the beauty of nature and walk on is not easy and there is an inner longing to stand still and relish paradise on earth.

     

    Tenzing Rock - Tenzing Rock, a popular tourist hotspot, is one of the only natural rock climbing sites in Darjeeling. This gigantic rock is named after the mountaineer Tenzing Norgay who climbed the Mount Everest with Edmund Hillary in 1953. If you are a trekking and adventure enthusiast, this place will delight you. You will find a board on the top of the rock that reads “HMI Rock Climbing Training Area”. There are two sides of Tenzing Rock that are used for trekking. The left side is used by the professional rock climbers or those who are training to be professionals. The view from here is incredible; it overlooks roads that are far below the rock. Regular tourists, however, can try the right side which is easier to climb. With the help of guides at the tourist location, you will be able to find the right side to climb this exotic rock. This Tenzing Rock is used by the Indian Army for annual rock climbing competitions. In 2010, a candidate broke the record for having climbed the gigantic rock in just 35 seconds.

     

    Tibetan Buddhist Monastery - The Tibetan Buddhist Temple is a popular Buddhist pilgrimage centre situated in Subhash Nagar.  Constructed by the Tibetan community of Dehradun in 1965, the Tibetan Buddhist Temple is a five-storeyed building. Each floor has highly decorated statues and paintings of the various Bodhisatvas. The garden surrounding the temple is well maintained and has 220-ft high Japanese styled stupa and a 100-ft high Buddha statue.  A residential complex housing around 500 Lamas and a Tibetan book shop is found next to the temple. Visitors are allowed into the garden and the adjacent book shop throughout the week, though one can only visit the temple on Sundays. Though the weather in Dehradun is quite pleasant throughout the year, the perfect time to visit the monastery would be during special occasions like Tibetan New Year.

     

    Everest Museum - Everest Museum is situated in Darjeeling. Situated within the complex of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and adjacent to the Mountaineering Museum, Everest Museum traces the history of attempts on the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.  A chronological history of attempts on Mt. Everest has been displayed starting from 1852 when Mount Everest, then known as peak XV, was measured by an Indian surveyor, Radhanath Sikdhar, and later named as the world's highest peak after Sir George Everest, the then survey general of India. The museum has an array of displays that include a collection of photographs of various expeditions, manuscripts, autographs, and books belonging to a few famous mountaineers. A letter written by George Mallory, a British climber, who died while trying to scale Mt. Everest is also displayed.

     

    Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre - Dating back to 1915 the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre was set up to give refuge to the Tibetans who fled to India during the Tibet China war. Following the historic event of Dalai Lama’s escape, he was followed by hundreds of Tibetans. This centre was mainly set up for their rehabilitation by the Indian Government. Employment and educational institutes were created for the refugees within the centre. The Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre is one of the top places in Darjeeling to pick up souvenirs and gift items. The store inside the campus has on display a wide array of handcrafted items from artifacts to woolen garments, and show pieces.

     

    Lloyd Botanical Garden - Lloyd Botanical Gardens is also known as Darjeeling Botanical Garden. This garden was planned and established in 1878. The person behind this huge garden is Mr William Lloyd, after whom the botanical garden is named. The garden is spread across an area of almost 40 acres. It was built in reference to the Calcutta Botanical Garden and is told to be a branch of the same. Located at an altitude of almost 1800 meters, the Lloyd Botanical Gardens houses many rare species of flora. The collection of flora gives a clear picture of the vegetation that is dominant in the Himalayan region, especially Sikkim and other neighbouring places.

     

    Observatory Hill - The oldest site in Darjeeling is the Observatory Hill, locally called as Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan. The Hill has a fascinating story to it. According to legend, Lord Indra's scepter (Dorje), emblematic of his thunderbolt, is believed to have fallen at the place (ling) where the Observatory Hill now stands. Darjeeling thus derives its name from the Tibetan words 'Dorje' and 'ling'. If you are in the vicinity of the Chowrasta square, just called The Mall locally, you should visit the Observatory Hill. A Red Hat Buddhist Monastery called Dorje Ling, or 'place of the Thunderbolt' once stood at this very spot. A temple of Mahakala now stands here and the hill is thus popular with both Buddhist as well as Hindu worshippers.

     

    Dali Monastery - Drukpa Kargyud Monastery, more popularly referred as the Dali Monastery or Dali Gomba, is located at a distance of 5 km from the main town of Darjeeling. Built in 1971 by Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche, the monastery is known for preserving the age old culture and tradition of the Tibetan monks. It is home to around 210 monks who came down from the Himalayan region to make Darjeeling their home. In the year 1993, Dalai Lama had paid a three day visit to the Dali Monastery to spread the words and teachings of Buddha and the Tibetan culture. Every morning religious prayers take place in the main hall of the monastery.

     

    Coronation Bridge - The Coronation Bridge is one of the glorious designs left behind by the Colonial era in its British architectural style. Its design belongs to the British era in India, and it is artisanship is par excellence. It was named as Coronation Bridge to commemorate the coronation of King George VI in 1937. It is also called as Sevoke Bridge and was built for linking the North Eastern territory to West Bengal in the year 1930. Coronation Bridge is also called Baghpool and Lohapul by locals. For the nature lovers there is plenty of foliage and lusting greenery to relish, the non-polluted atmosphere and clear waters at the Teesta River is an added attraction at this refreshing picnic spot. One can enjoy the beauty of the lush nature at Darjeeling as well from here.

     

    Chattakpur -Chattakpur village is a place for eco, rural, community and adventurous tourism. This remote and unexplored hill village is rich in biodiversity and indigenous cultures. Chattakpur, a village with 18 houses and a population of about 90, is situated 20 km from Darjeeling at an altitude of 7887 ft. above the sea level. The locals maintain their ethnicity with their original Nepalese culture. This village is located near the famous Tiger Hill from where one can enjoy the beautiful view of the Kanchenjunga range. The tourists can get a view of the beautiful sunset and sunrise from this village. The village is famous for its rich flora and fauna. Bird watching and butterfly viewing are popular here. Among the animals found in and around the village are Himalayan black bear, leopard, porcupine and barking deer. The forests are also known for numerous medicinal and herbal plants.

     

    Dow Hill - Dow Hill is 4 km away from Kurseong town, the famous hill station near Darjeeling. The main attractions of Dow Hill are a deer park, a forest museum and a mini amusement park on top. Forest museum is maintained by forest department and gives an insight to the fauna and flora that is present and that existed in the area. The mini amusement park on top provides amusement to the children and families. Tourists get magnificent views of snowcapped Himalayan ranges, green valleys and a number of landscaped tea estates. They can also visit the nearby Castleton tea estate, which produces the costliest tea in the world. These tea gardens provide one night's bed/breakfast stay for the visitors. Nearby attractions of Dow Hill are chimney village, tiger hills and toy train station at Kurseong. For trekking enthusiasts a trek to chimney village will be quite satisfying.

     

    Bengal Natural History Museum - The Bengal Natural History Museum houses a wide collection of Himalayan fauna. There is a collection of almost 4300 types of species in the museum. The Bengal Natural History Museum was established in 1903 to display the large varieties of flora and fauna that are seen in the Himalayan region, especially in Darjeeling and the nearby areas like Sikkim. There are large collections of butterflies, birds, insects, reptiles, fish, herbarium and many more in the Bengal Natural History Museum. A rare species of crocodile known as estuarine crocodile is also found in the museum. Apart from animals and birds, the Bengal Natural History Museum is a storehouse of many colourful stones, which are in their mineral form.

     

    Birch Hill Park - Jawahar Parbat or Birch Hill Park is close to the Mall and the Raj Bhawan is located here. About two km from Observatory Hill, on the western side of Birch Hill is the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. The museum showcases an array of mountaineering equipment, flora and fauna specimens, clothes of the native tribes and numerous souvenirs sent by Mountaineering clubs of the world.

     

    Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary - Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is a forest reserve located on the banks of River Murti near Chalsa. It is one of the most important tourist destinations of the northeast.  A nature lovers treat, it is home to the royal Bengal tiger, Indian bison or Gaur, Asian elephants and many other rare species of animals, reptiles and birds. A wide variety of trees and plants are also found in abundance here. This place is a dreamland for bird watchers as well. There is a watch tower from where animals can be spotted from a distance. Chapramari Wilderness Camp at Panjhora is also worth a visit.

     

    Badamtam Tea Estate - In early days, Badamtam Tea Estate was owned by Lebong Tea Co. under the British. The 150 year old garden is known for its exquisite teas, panoramic location and some of the best views of the valley. Close to it is the beautiful 14 feet statue of Buddha of Badamtam which is known for the distinctive facial expressions.

     

    Neora National Park - Neora National Park is located across the hills of Kalimpong. One of the richest zones of biodiversity, Neora National Park is a haven for naturalists, nature lovers and trekkers. Spread over an area of 88 sq km, Neora National Park is the natural habitat of Red Panda and many rare orchid species. Neora National Park is the best place for adventurous activities like trekking, bird watching and nature walks. A must visit destination for the whole family, Neora National Park is also known for the various picnic spots and trekking trails like the Rache La trek. As most of the national park lies undisturbed, one gets to encounter a vast variety of flora and fauna.

     

    Bindu Dam - Bindu Dam is situated on the Indo-Bhutan border and constructed across the Jaldhaka River. One of the oldest dams in Darjeeling, Bindu Dam is located in Bindu, a small village located on the banks of Jaldhaka River. Situated at an elevation of 2000 ft and surrounded by dense forests and mountains, Bindu is also considered to be a favourite picnic spot. The dam controls the water to the first hydroelectric project in India, Jaldhaka Hydel Project situated at Jhalong. One can walk over the dam to the adjacent forest area which is a popular destination for trekking and hiking. The dam is also used as a foot bridge to reach Bhutan from where one can get a magnificent view of the Himalayan ranges there.

     

    Bhutia Busty Gompa - Bhutia Busty Gompa in Darjeeling is one of the most visited places in the hill city of West Bengal. The monastery is an integral part and a branch of the Nygpama sect’s Phontag Monastery in Sikkim. It was brought to Darjeeling in the year 1879. The gompa is situated against the backdrop of the mighty Kanchenjunga. The prime location of the Bhutia Busty Gompa has made it easily accessible. From the Chowrasta, the monastery is about a distance of 1.5 km. The monastery was initially located on Observatory Hill but was destroyed in an earthquake in 1934, after which it was restored and reconstructed by the King of Sikkim. 

     

    Yiga Choling Gompa -Yiga Choling Gompa is a popular Buddhist monastery situated in Ghoom. Locally known as the Ghoom monastery, this pilgrimage centre is not only known for its 15-ft high Maitreya Buddha statue, the biggest and oldest statue in the whole of Darjeeling, but also for the extensive collection of Tibetan scripture texts and beautiful Tibetan paintings and murals. Built in 1850 by Sherab Gyatso, the monastery is open to all, irrespective of religion and beliefs, and commands a panoramic view of the whole of Darjeeling as it is located at an altitude of 8000 feet above the sea level.

     

    Snow Leopard Breeding Center - One of the most endangered species snow leopards have been actually bred in captivity at the Snow Leopard Breeding Center under the agile guidance of Kiran Matkan. There is a worldwide effort and conservation movement to breed Snow leopards due to their dwindling numbers but it is rare to actually breed them under captivity. The Snow Leopards are kept in huge cages for allowing visitors to see them but absolute silence has to be maintained.

     

    Suntalekhola - Suntalekhola is a beautiful village and a tourist destination in Darjeeling. Suntalekhola gets the name from a small stream, 'Suntale Khola', which in Nepali means orange stream.  Suntalekhola is popular for the luxurious cover of tea gardens, hills and forests that make this place a desirable destination. Suntalekhola is also admired for its trekking trails. A popular trekking trail takes you to the Tree Fern Point from where you can set up your camping site. From here the mighty Himalayan range and the undulating mountains of the Dooars interspersed with tea gardens can be seen. One can even see the Bhutan hills from this point.

     

    Jhandi Dara Sunrise Point - Jhandi Dara is a beautiful lookout point located in Lolegaon, near Kalimpong and Lava. As it is famous for its majestic Sunrise view, Jhandi Dara is the ideal location to spend a couple of days with family. Tourists can also enjoy the views of dense green Sal and Pine Trees spread all over the hilltop with the Kanchenjunga as a majestic backdrop. Elderly people might find walking up to the lookout point a bit tiring. However, it is wonderful place to polish your bird watching skills. Nature lovers, bird watchers, trekkers and other categories of travellers will find that the place has something of interest in store for them.

     

    Dhirdham temple - Dhirdham Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. Situated below the Toy Train Railway Station in Darjeeling, this temple was built by Purna Bahadur Pradhan, the king of Nepal, in 1939. Designed by the Gorkha architect Beg Raj Sakya, Dhirdham temple appears as a multi-layered pagoda from outside and resembles the Pashupatinath Temple of Katmandu in architecture. The roof of the temple is influenced by Tibetan monasteries. It has a white coloured statue of Lord Shiva facing the temple near its entrance. This statue depicts Pancha Bakram Tri Netram and represents five different facial expressions in different moods with the universal third eye.  While visiting Dhirdham Temple, one can also stopover at the Peace Pagoda, Barbotey Rock Garden, and Sandakphu.

     

    Samsing - Samsing is a small hill station situated at a distance of 18 km from Neora Valley National Park. Situated at an elevation of 3000 ft, the journey to Samsing itself is an unforgettable experience. Covered with forests and lush green tea gardens, Samsing is home to a variety of plant and animal species. A bird watchers haven, Samsing is a treasure trove of many bird species as well. The adjacent forest area is a popular destination for adventurous activities like trekking and hiking. River Murti that flows from the Neora Valley National Park passes through Samsing, making it one of the popular picnic spots in this region. Being away from the city, Samsing can also be the right choice for a quiet getaway for couples. The perfect time to visit Samsing would be during special occasions like Tibetan New Year, Maghe and Nepali New Year when traditional dances like the Tibetan chamm, chutkay, jhaure and maruni are performed by the local artists.

     

    Druk Thupten Sangag Choling Monastery - Druk Thupten Sangag Choling Monastery is a popular monastery located in Darjeeling. Locally known as Dali Monastery or Dali Gomba, this monastery is the headquarters of Drukpa Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.Built across many floors, this monastery is known for its architecture and has a beautiful facade. The monastery has a collection of colorful bas reliefs, depicting various animals, and murals, representing guardian kings and Guru Rinpoches, that adorn the inner and outer walls.  The sole aim of this monastery is to preserve the Tibetan culture and its traditions.  The monastery was inaugurated by HH Dalai Lama in 1993. Regardless of the religion the monastery is open to all.

     

    Tashiding - Tashiding Monastery is one of the landmark monuments located near Rathong chu and the Rangeet River.  It is a Buddhist monastery belonging to the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Tashiding Monastery is considered as the most sacred and holiest of all monasteries in Sikkim. The importance of Tashiding Monastery to the Buddhist is very high. It is a part of the pilgrim circuit constituting of Dubdi Monastery, Norbugang Chorten, Pemayangtse Monastery, the Rabdentse ruins, the Sanga Choeling Monastery and the Khecheopalri Lake. So, Buddhist believers visit the place as a part of their pilgrimage.

     

    Kawlay Dara View Point - Kawlay Dara View Point is one of the prime tourist attractions at Mirik hill station and is just a 30 minutes' walk from the resort centre.This stunning place is famous for misty mountains, vast areas of tea estates, orange orchards and cardamom plantations and edged by a variety of green trees and shrubs. You can enjoy a breathtaking view of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains along with an extensive spread of lush greenery filled with rich flora and fauna from this peak. It is also a pleasure to gaze at the sunrise and sunset from this view point. Tourists coming here can enjoy taking photographs or trekking over the little hills, mountain climbing, bird watching or just leisurely walking down the nature's path. Sumendu Lake, Deosi Dara, Rai Dhap, Devi Sthan, Singha Devi Temple and the helipad are other interesting places at the hill station.

     

    Devi-Sthan Temple - Devi-Sthan Temple is located by the Mirik town. It is a popular tourist spot at the eastern hills, 54 km from Siliguri. Being the second largest commercial city after Kolkata tourists often travel to Mirik.  Dhupi forest, a dense forest region at Mirik is where Devi-Sthan temple is located. Lying at the banks of the Mirik Lake the main deity here is Goddess Singha Devi. There many other small temples that worship Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali located at the banks of the lake. Many people visit these temples every day. Mirik is a favorite spot of the local tourists who come here for picnicking. The pleasant locales and the presence of a vast surreal lake are a huge draw for tourists, nature lovers and photographers as well.

     

    Tamang Buddhist Monastery - Tamang Buddhist Monastery in Darjeeling is an important centre of worship for the followers of Nyingmapa Buddhism. This oldest monastery of the Tamang tribe stands a few km from Sumendu Lake, near the main bus stand of Mirik town. Mirik is a newly developed hill station famous for tea gardens, orange orchards and plant nurseries. Tamang Monastery is located in Mirik, equidistant from Siliguri and Darjeeling. The Tamang Monastery at Mirik is visited by man Tamangs (a part of Gorkha tribe) who have a sizable concentration in Darjeeling district. The intricate art works on the inside and the outside walls of the monastery are eye catching. Hence, Tamang Monastery is a hotspot for spiritual seekers, students of Buddhism and travellers.

     

    Tharpa Choeling Gompa - Located at a hilltop in Kalimpong, Gaden Tharpa Choeling Gompa was founded by Domo Geshe Rinpoche Ngawang Kalsang in 1912. Back in 1906 when he came to India on a pilgrimage, and to collect medicinal plants, Rinpoche instituted this monastery at the request of Tibetan merchants and some Bhutanese people living in the area. Today, there are 55 resident monks of Tibetan, Monpa, Sherpa, Tamang and Gurung origin here. Among the other shrines in the monastery campus are Ge-Sar Lhagang or the Chinese temple, Lha-Ten, Lu-Khang (temple of Naga), Mani Lhagang and shrine for Shangmo Dorji, Bhuit.The Gaden Tharpa Choeling Gompa is a must visit destination for the followers of Buddhism.

     

    St Theresa Church - St Theresa Church is located 3 km north-east of Kalimpong town in Darjeeling district. The unique feature of this ancient church is that it looks like a Tibetan Monastery from outside. Built by the local and Tibetan craftsmen the construction is a fusion of Tibetan and Gothic architectural styles. Spiritual ambience added with scenic beauty makes this church a prime attraction of Kalimpong. Snow capped Himalayan ranges give a magnificent treat to the eyes from the church courtyard. St. Theresa Church is a must see destination for not only the believers, but also for tourists and nature lovers, due to the settings that it in. Best time to visit this destination is summer months (March to June).

     

    Garg World Amusement Park -The beautiful hill station of Darjeeling has several delights to keep the tourist enchanted. One of them is the Garg World Amusement Park. Located on the Ghum-Sukhiapokri road, at an altitude of 7,900 feet, the Park offers a magnificent view of the Balsan Valley and the hills beyond. The variety of attractions here is sure to catch a kids fancy.

     

    Galingka - Galingka is an old house built in the upper section of the town of Kalimpong. Kalimpong was a centre of wool trade in olden days and British people had built this house for trade purposes. The colonial architectural style is quite evident in the building. Kanchenjunga peak, the second largest peak in Himalayan ranges provides a striking background to this house. A beautiful garden is maintained at the front of the house which includes a lot of orchids, cacti, mountain plants and trees. The majestic look of the bungalow still evokes reminiscences of the royal times.  This place is suitable for a secluded holiday and is the perfect destination for honeymoon couples. People who want to relax and holiday away from the crowded cities also find this place very pleasing. One can just laze around in the lap of Mother Nature watching animals and birds.

     

    Samco Ropeway - Samco Ropeway is built across the rivers Relli and Teesta, at a distance of 20 km from Kalimpong on the Siliguri road. The Samco Ropeway was built by Christian missionaries in the 1940s to connect the main highway of NH31A to a few Lepcha villages located in Suruk-Samthar and Yang-Mahakum. Though the ropeway was damaged in the 1990s, it was reinstalled again as a chair lift with Swedish aid.Spanning the rivers over a kilometer and a half, the ropeway dangerously dangles at a height of more than 30 m above the churning waters below. If it is the adrenalin rush that excites you, then a ride on the ropeway is a must do for the whole family. It also gives you an opportunity to view the Teesta valley.

     

    Mahananda Weir Wildlife Sanctuary -Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of 18 km from Silguri in Darjeeling between the rivers Mahananda and Teesta. This vast expanse of forest and grass lands is the home for Bengal tigers, elephants, Indian bisons, languor, mountain goats, barking deer, Himalayan black bear, chital, gaurs and leopards among others. The winged species include rosy minivets, pea fowls, Kaleen pheasants, hill partridges, king vultures, swallows, swifts and ibis bills. During winter many migratory birds can also be seen. If you are an adventure seeker, there are some mild to medium trekking tracks inside the sanctuary for you to explore. Nature lovers, photographers, ornithologists and tourists will also find a visit to Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary highly interesting.

     

    Aloobari Gompha - The Aloobari Gompha is a beautiful monastery known for its splendid architecture. It is home to monks from Tibet and

     

    Tharpa Choling Monastery -Tharpa Choling Monastery is a prominent Buddhist monastery located on Tirpai hills in Kalimpong. This monastery belongs to the yellow hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism and was founded by Domo Geshe Rinpoche Ngawang Kalsang in 1912. Tharpa Choling Monastery contains statues of the past, present and future Buddha's, as well as the statue of Dorje Shugden, the Dharma protector. A library houses ancient Tibetan scriptures and manuscripts. The monastery is open to all and one can make a visit during the evening prayer time when Buddhist hymns are sung rhythmically by the monks along with musical instruments.  As it is situated on a hill, the monastery commands a panoramic view of the whole of Kalimpong and the surrounding mountains making it a preferred picnic spot for the whole family.

     

    The Science City, Siliguri - Science City, located at Matigara, 5 km north of Siliguri city alongside National Highway 31, is a highly accomplished institution. The Science City, also known as North Bengal Science Centre, exhibits many scientific equipment and experiments. The complex also encloses a planetarium which plays interesting astronomical shows and a Nature Interpretation Centre. The gadgets at the centre explain the basic scientific principles in a simple way and make learning science fun. The experiments relate to the everyday life science. The centre also shows the biological diversity of the region. The exhibits include many kinds of flora and fauna existing in the Siliguri ranges.

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    DarjeelingSilver Oaks A Sterling Holidays Resort, Darjeeling

    Monastery Road

    A 3 star property, Khush Alaya - A Sterling Holidays Resort is tucked away along a hillside road. The resort provides modern facilities like multi-cuisine restaurant and holiday activities centre which is a perfect setti

    5,450.00 Avg/night

    Broadway Hotel, Darjeeling

    Cooch Behar Road

    Hotel Broadway is located on Cooch Behar Road, Darjeeling. The Peace Pagoda (Approx. 1km) and The Pandam Church (Approx. 10km) are two revered places that must be visited. Places which can also be explored are Yiga Choli

    1,410.00 Avg/night

    Sonar Bangla Hotel, Darjeeling

    Robertson Road

    Hotel Sonar Bangla, 280 m from Darjeeling Railway Station and 6.5 km Jorebungalow Taxi Stand, features a lounge, restaurant and travel desk. Hotel Sonar Bangla is a 3 star property that is located in proximity to the Mal

    3,370.00 Avg/night

    Darjeeling Tourist Lodge, Darjeeling

    Bhanu Sarani

    Darjeeling Tourist Lodge, Darjeeling offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions.It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This

    1,600.00 Avg/night

    Mayfair Hill ResortHotel, Darjeeling

    Opposite Governor House

    fitness centre, library, business centre and Wi-Fi access. Mayfair is a luxury property in Darjeeling, situated close to the Mahakal Mandir.Guests can relax at the on-site spa, which offers massage and beauty services. A

    13,440.00 Avg/night

    Seven Seventeen Hotel, Darjeeling

    H.D. Lama Road

    Boutique Hotel with an inviting Tibetan-themed place with exceptionally friendly service and clean.Nestled in the midst of evergreen trees Darjeeling offers a perfect retreat to enjoy a relaxing vacation hustle-bustle of

    1,540.00 Avg/night

    Central Heritage, Darjeeling

    Robertson Road

    Central Heritage, Darjeeling offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions.It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This property

    3,600.00 Avg/night

    Central Nirvana, Darjeeling

    C.R. Das Road

    On The Mall Road and Just walk in distance from Chowrasta, Central Nirvana offers a restaurant, Wi-Fi internet, library, massage facility, travel desk and childrens park. Situated amidst beautiful hills and magnificent m

    4,430.00 Avg/night

    Marvel International Hotel, Darjeeling

    H.D.Lama Road

    Hotel Marvel International is located at H.D. Lama road. Places of interest like Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (approx. 3km) and Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre (approx. 7km) lie in the vicinity of the hotel. The H

    2,570.00 Avg/night

    Sinclairs Darjeeling Hotel, Darjeeling

    Gandhi Road

    Sinclairs Darjeeling is situated on Gandhi road. Ghoom Monastery (Approx. 7km) and Pandam Church (Approx. 10km) are two interesting religious and peaceful places that must be visited. The beautiful monastery was blessed

    5,500.00 Avg/night

    Spandan Hotel, Darjeeling

    H. D. Lama Road

    The hotel is located on H. D. Lama Road proximate to the railway station. Mahakal Mandir (Approx. 0.5km) and The Rock Garden (Approx. 6km) are some of the interesting destinations close to the hotel. The Rock Garden is a

    1,450.00 Avg/night

    The Bellevue Hotel, Darjeeling

    The Mall

    A 5-minute drive from railway station, Main Olde Bellevue Heritage offers bicycle rent and travel desk. It lies 6.1 km from Ghoom Monastery. Situated on The Mall in Darjeeling, Main Olde Bellevue Heritage is a budget acc

    2,200.00 Avg/night

    Pineridge Hotel, Darjeeling

    Nehru Road

    Located at Nehru road, The Mall, Hotel Pineridge is surrounded by Ghoom Monastery (Approx. 7km) and Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (Approx. 2km). Ghoom Monastery is marked by the huge statue of Lord Buddha, bell

    1,650.00 Avg/night

    Krishna Residency, Darjeeling

    LEBONG CART ROAD

    Krishna Residency Darjeeling is located at Lebong Cart Road, Darjeeling. It lies close to the bus stand and the railway station. The city s ancient temples have a fusion of Indian craftsmanship. The Mahakal Mandir (Appro

    3,590.00 Avg/night

    Anand Palace Hotel, Darjeeling

    S.M.Das Road

    Hotel Anand Palace is well facilitated and offers a confortable stay. Located in the heart of the town, Hotel Anand Palace enjoys proximity to all places of tourist interest in and around Darjeeling. Hotel Facilities Hot

    2,200.00 Avg/night

    Golden Heights Enclave, Darjeeling

    Gandhi Road

    Hotel Golden Heights Enclave is located on the Gandhi Road, Darjeeling. The Union Church (Approx. 1km) lies at a walk able distance from the hotel whereas, the Dali Monastery (Approx. 3km) one of the famous monasteries b

    2,330.00 Avg/night

    Sailung Hotel, Darjeeling

    B B Sarani Oakdene

    Located near to the historic Raj Bhawan, this budget property is maintained with 13 super deluxe rooms for accommodation. The dining hall serves a multi-cuisine fare, which can be relished any time between 6.30 a.m to 10

    1,800.00 Avg/night

    The Darjeeling Planters Club, Darjeeling

    Nehru Road

    The property stands tall on Chowrasta Road and connects favorably with many tourist attractions like Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (3km), Bengal Natural History Museum (1km), Modern art museum (300m), Chittaran

    2,000.00 Avg/night

    North Star Hotel, Darjeeling

    H. D. Lama Road

    Hotel North Star is located at HD Lama Road, Darjeeling. The famous Mall road lies at a walk-able distance from the hotel. Shoppers can enjoy shopping at the famous Kotwali Bazar (Approx. 6km) which is fairly close to th

    2,140.00 Avg/night

    Valentino Hotel, Darjeeling

    Near Mall Road

    Located on Rock Ville Road, the hotel lies in nearest connectivity to places like Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (6km), Bengal Natural History Museum (9km), Modern art museum (10km), Chittaranjan Das Memorial (S

    4,540.00 Avg/night

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    Tiger Hill - Tiger Hill is the best point in Darjeeling for watching sunrise. Located at a height of 7,407 feet above sea level, the hilly trails through the mountains lead to the hill top. On a clear day, the entire Himalayan range can be seen. It is at a distance of 11 km from the main city of Darjeeling. Sunrise tours to Tiger Hill are arranged by hotels. Normally, the pickup time from the hotel is around 4 am. It is better to reach a little early in order to secure a place. There are tea stalls selling flavoured Darjeeling tea along with snacks. There are also shops from where one can pick up souvenirs like hand crafted items or picture post cards of Kanchenjunga and Darjeeling.

     

    Toy Train - The official name of the Darjeeling Toy Train is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the few hill railways which are still operational in the country. Diesel trains run to and from New Jalpaiguri and steam engines run to and from Kurseong. During peak seasons one can take a ride to Ghoom and back on a steam engine driven toy train. Tickets are available at the station at Hill Cart Road in Darjeeling.

     

    Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park - Located adjacent to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoo is a unique Zoo. It is situated at an altitude of 2133.5 meters against the glorious background of the majestic Kanchenjunga. The zoo specializes in breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions, and has successfully bred the Snow leopard, the critically endangered Himalayan wolf and Red Panda while in captivity. Spread over an area of 44 hectares, the zoo attracts over 3 lakh visitors every year. The high altitude wild life park is home to the Siberian Tiger, Himalayan Black Bear, gorals (mountain goat), deer, panther, llama and a variety of endangered birds. If you are an animal lover who has always fancied adopting a fluffy panda or a Himalayan cat, this is your chance. The Zoo has embarked upon a mission to involve the community in animal welfare. You canm adopt one of the zoo's animals and pay for its upkeep. A really novel idea and a great way to go Green!

     

    Himalayan Mountaineering Institute - The mighty Himalayas are every mountaineer’s ultimate dream. If you have the courage, the stamina and you want to try something different, you must check out the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) at Darjeeling. The HMI is one of the oldest mountaineering institutes of the country and has played a pivotal role in training mountaineers across the country. The institute is situated on the western spur of Birch Hill and has a commanding view of Darjeeling’s tea gardens as well as the snow clad peaks of the mighty Kanchenjunga. To give impetus to mountaineering as an organized sport in India and commemorate Norgay and Hillary’s historic conquest of the Everest, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) was founded in Darjeeling with the personal initiative of Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.

     

    The Mall and Chowrasta - The Chowrasta is the most happening place in Darjeeling. Located at the heart of the hilly town, this is the main shopping area and a main centre of commercial activities. Surrounded by roadside food stalls, curio shops, book stores and countless vendors selling artefacts, woollens and various collectibles along the street, Chowrasta is a paradise for shopaholics. The street along which all these shops are lined up is more popularly known as the Mall. Besides shopping one can also go for a pony ride here. The temple of Mahakal is located on the hill top right at the centre of the Mall and Chowrasta. This region gives a feel of the Victorian era in Darjeeling. There are benches all along the Chowrasta for people to sit and enjoy the views over a cup of Darjeeling tea. There is also a small open space auditorium here, where local rock bands often host performances.

     

    Ghoom Monastery - Ghoom Monastery is also known as Yogachoeling Gompa. It is located in a place called Ghoom in Darjeeling, hence the name Ghoom Gompa. It was in the year 1875 that a Mongolian astrologer cum monk established the Ghoom Gompa. At the entry of the monastery, there is a huge giant size image of seated 'Maitreya Buddha' (prospective Buddha) inside. There are bells, ornate thanka scrolls and drums inside the monastery. Like many other monasteries in and around Darjeeling, this gompa is also a storehouse of some rare Buddhist manuscripts. Located at a distance of about 8 km south from the main town of Darjeeling, this gompa has become a destination for people seeking peace and serenity. The gompa is located nearby Ghoom station. One can also reach the gompa from Hill Cart Road as it is situated just below the road.

     

    Peace Pagoda - The tranquility at the Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling should be experienced to be believed! It was built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885 to 1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myo-ho-ji Buddhist Order. The pagoda stands as the symbol of spirituality and peace. Four statues of Buddha glistening with gold polish and eight sandstone carvings depicting the different stages of Buddha s life adorn the walls of the Pagoda. A Buddhist temple and monastery designed in traditional Japanese style is located close to the pagoda. Spend a few quiet moments here as you listen to the low hum of the monks chanting the mystic peace mantra myoho renge kyo.

     

    Happy Valley Tea Gardens - One of the nicest things to do while in Darjeeling is to pull over at one of the tiny tea shacks that dot the hillside and wrap your chill hands around a hot cup of tea as you survey the spectacular rolling hills with its beautiful tea gardens. Connoisseurs consider Darjeeling Tea to be one of the finest in the world especially in terms of aroma and delicacy of taste. Once drunk by the tribals of the hills, tea is today India’s most popular beverage and is fast catching on as a popular refresher the world over. If you are fond of your morning ’cuppa chah’, you would love a tour of the Happy Valley tea garden. Of the tea gardens in the region, the 435 acre Tea Estate is the most accessible to the tourist from Darjeeling town and is a part of most sightseeing tours. A tour of the garden promises to be highly instructive as you will get to see the actual process of Tea manufacturing from tea picking to manufacturing.

     

    Rangit Valley Passenger Cable Car - Popularly known as the Ropeway, the Darjeeling-Rangit Valley Passenger Cable Car is India's oldest passenger ropeway and connects Darjeeling with Singla Bazaar at the bottom of the valley. The renovated cable car terminal station is about 3 km north of the town and is situated at what is known as the North Point, near the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Floating high above the lush green valley, the cable car that is supported on a monocable covers a distance of about 2 km and takes about half an hour to reach the Takavar tea estate.It is an absolutely exhilarating experience to travel through the misty clouds and get a birds eye view of the lush green tea plantations beneath. A ride definitely not recommended for the faint hearted.

     

    Kanchunjunga - If you are an avid mountaineering expert or love to trek and hike, then scaling the heights of Kanchunjunga is a tempting offer. The third highest mountain in the world at an altitude of 8586 meters, there are actually 5 peaks of the mountain range. From the Observatory, you can have some of the most beautiful views. Though it looks serene and calm, Kanchunjunga is known for constant avalanches and thunderstorms. However, there are numerous camping and hiking tours available.

     

    Darjeeling Himalayan Railway - A steam locomotive chugging on one of the world’s oldest and highest train route with magnanimous yet serene snow-capped mountains in the backdrop, snaking through numerous stations and tunnels, and offering breath-taking views of the gigantic Himalayas is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a marquee railway line which stands out exclusively in a country that boasts of one of the world’s largest rail networks. It plies between New Jalpaiguri (station) and Darjeeling in West Bengal. Inaugurated in 1880 and running up to a height of over 7,000 feet make the Darjeeling Railway one of the oldest and highest railway lines in the world. The “Toy train” begins its journey from Siliguri of West Bengal and reaches Darjeeling after covering a distance of 78 km and crossing 13 stations on its way, including Ghum, the highest station in India.

     

    Mahakal Temple - The Mahakal temple atop the Observatory Hill is a most revered place for the locals and you will be surprised to find a Hindu priest sharing a common altar with a Buddhist monk. The oldest site in Darjeeling is said to be the Observatory Hill, where a Buddhist Monastery called Dorje Ling, or 'place of the Thunderbolt' once stood. Darjeeling derives its name from this spot. In 1782, three siva-lingas representing Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar are said to have manifested themselves here. From then on, the Mahakala temple dedicated to Lord Shiva came into being and is today greatly venerated as devotees from all sections of the community go up for worship.

     

    Mirik - Mirik is a quaint little town nearly halfway between Siliguri and Darjeeling.  The place is a mere 49 km to Darjeeling and is a good idea to break your long journey to Darjeeling. As it lies at an altitude of about 5000 ft, much lower than Darjeeling, it enjoys a much milder climate, never getting too cold and windy. The biggest attraction in Mirik is the beautiful lake which is over a kilometre long and has a beautiful walkway of over 3 kilometres all around. The lake is surrounded by trees on one side and a huge garden on the other. If the weather is clear, you can catch sight of the snow-covered Kanchenjunga and its surrounding peaks from particular viewpoints. Float along this tranquil lake with the boat rides on offer here and fill your lungs with the much-needed clean air.

     

    Batashiya Loop - Batasia Loop is a large circular track that was created by the British to overcome an engineering glitch of the famous Darjeeling Toy Train. From Ghoom, which is the highest railway station, there’s a (nearly) 140-foot drop as the train turns back towards Darjeeling, which is an incredibly steep descent for a tiny train. So a gradual slope was created around a beautiful garden with lawns and flowers and this is Batasia Loop.  Right at the centre of the garden, a War Memorial was created in honour of the Gorkha soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the many wars post Indian Independence. It is built on a raised platform with a 30 foot high cenotaph at the base of which lies the Roll of Honour etched in stone.

     

    Kali temple - An ancient Kali temple dedicated to Goddess Kali is located on the banks of the river. The architectural marvel and being the only Kali temple in the vicinity attracts hundreds of locals and tourists each year. During Dussehra, the temple is decorated and the whole 9 days are celebrated with pomp and show.

     

    Rock Garden And Ganga Maya Park -The Barbotey Rock Garden, popularly known as the Rock Garden at the Chunnu Summer Falls is located about 10 kilometres from Darjeeling. This and the Ganga Maya Park are the favourites in Darjeeling when it comes to spending lazy Saturdays. The Rock Garden was constructed by the Gorkha Hill Council Tourism Department and was inaugurated by the GNLF supremo, Mr Subhash Ghising. The picturesque view from the hills provides you with just the thing you were looking for when you planned your trip to Darjeeling. The tea gardens all over the hills, beautiful flower gardens and beautiful waterfalls make the place a heavenly location. There’s a peaceful lake on top of the garden where, tired after long walks, visitors can spend a few Calm moments.

     

    Sandakphu - To be closer to the Gods in heaven is what most people aspire for and a trip to Sandakphu almost grants this wish. A peak at 11,941 feet in the Singalila Ridge, it is on the border of the National Park nestling between West Bengal and Nepal. One can get a view of some of the world’s highest peaks from this summit – the Mount Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, and Kanchenjunga, which is also known as the sleeping Buddha or Shiva. This picturesque snow-capped land is a trekker’s paradise where flora and fauna take one's breath away with their ethereal beauty. To remove one’s self from the beauty of nature and walk on is not easy and there is an inner longing to stand still and relish paradise on earth.

     

    Tenzing Rock - Tenzing Rock, a popular tourist hotspot, is one of the only natural rock climbing sites in Darjeeling. This gigantic rock is named after the mountaineer Tenzing Norgay who climbed the Mount Everest with Edmund Hillary in 1953. If you are a trekking and adventure enthusiast, this place will delight you. You will find a board on the top of the rock that reads “HMI Rock Climbing Training Area”. There are two sides of Tenzing Rock that are used for trekking. The left side is used by the professional rock climbers or those who are training to be professionals. The view from here is incredible; it overlooks roads that are far below the rock. Regular tourists, however, can try the right side which is easier to climb. With the help of guides at the tourist location, you will be able to find the right side to climb this exotic rock. This Tenzing Rock is used by the Indian Army for annual rock climbing competitions. In 2010, a candidate broke the record for having climbed the gigantic rock in just 35 seconds.

     

    Tibetan Buddhist Monastery - The Tibetan Buddhist Temple is a popular Buddhist pilgrimage centre situated in Subhash Nagar.  Constructed by the Tibetan community of Dehradun in 1965, the Tibetan Buddhist Temple is a five-storeyed building. Each floor has highly decorated statues and paintings of the various Bodhisatvas. The garden surrounding the temple is well maintained and has 220-ft high Japanese styled stupa and a 100-ft high Buddha statue.  A residential complex housing around 500 Lamas and a Tibetan book shop is found next to the temple. Visitors are allowed into the garden and the adjacent book shop throughout the week, though one can only visit the temple on Sundays. Though the weather in Dehradun is quite pleasant throughout the year, the perfect time to visit the monastery would be during special occasions like Tibetan New Year.

     

    Everest Museum - Everest Museum is situated in Darjeeling. Situated within the complex of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and adjacent to the Mountaineering Museum, Everest Museum traces the history of attempts on the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.  A chronological history of attempts on Mt. Everest has been displayed starting from 1852 when Mount Everest, then known as peak XV, was measured by an Indian surveyor, Radhanath Sikdhar, and later named as the world's highest peak after Sir George Everest, the then survey general of India. The museum has an array of displays that include a collection of photographs of various expeditions, manuscripts, autographs, and books belonging to a few famous mountaineers. A letter written by George Mallory, a British climber, who died while trying to scale Mt. Everest is also displayed.

     

    Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre - Dating back to 1915 the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre was set up to give refuge to the Tibetans who fled to India during the Tibet China war. Following the historic event of Dalai Lama’s escape, he was followed by hundreds of Tibetans. This centre was mainly set up for their rehabilitation by the Indian Government. Employment and educational institutes were created for the refugees within the centre. The Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre is one of the top places in Darjeeling to pick up souvenirs and gift items. The store inside the campus has on display a wide array of handcrafted items from artifacts to woolen garments, and show pieces.

     

    Lloyd Botanical Garden - Lloyd Botanical Gardens is also known as Darjeeling Botanical Garden. This garden was planned and established in 1878. The person behind this huge garden is Mr William Lloyd, after whom the botanical garden is named. The garden is spread across an area of almost 40 acres. It was built in reference to the Calcutta Botanical Garden and is told to be a branch of the same. Located at an altitude of almost 1800 meters, the Lloyd Botanical Gardens houses many rare species of flora. The collection of flora gives a clear picture of the vegetation that is dominant in the Himalayan region, especially Sikkim and other neighbouring places.

     

    Observatory Hill - The oldest site in Darjeeling is the Observatory Hill, locally called as Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan. The Hill has a fascinating story to it. According to legend, Lord Indra's scepter (Dorje), emblematic of his thunderbolt, is believed to have fallen at the place (ling) where the Observatory Hill now stands. Darjeeling thus derives its name from the Tibetan words 'Dorje' and 'ling'. If you are in the vicinity of the Chowrasta square, just called The Mall locally, you should visit the Observatory Hill. A Red Hat Buddhist Monastery called Dorje Ling, or 'place of the Thunderbolt' once stood at this very spot. A temple of Mahakala now stands here and the hill is thus popular with both Buddhist as well as Hindu worshippers.

     

    Dali Monastery - Drukpa Kargyud Monastery, more popularly referred as the Dali Monastery or Dali Gomba, is located at a distance of 5 km from the main town of Darjeeling. Built in 1971 by Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche, the monastery is known for preserving the age old culture and tradition of the Tibetan monks. It is home to around 210 monks who came down from the Himalayan region to make Darjeeling their home. In the year 1993, Dalai Lama had paid a three day visit to the Dali Monastery to spread the words and teachings of Buddha and the Tibetan culture. Every morning religious prayers take place in the main hall of the monastery.

     

    Coronation Bridge - The Coronation Bridge is one of the glorious designs left behind by the Colonial era in its British architectural style. Its design belongs to the British era in India, and it is artisanship is par excellence. It was named as Coronation Bridge to commemorate the coronation of King George VI in 1937. It is also called as Sevoke Bridge and was built for linking the North Eastern territory to West Bengal in the year 1930. Coronation Bridge is also called Baghpool and Lohapul by locals. For the nature lovers there is plenty of foliage and lusting greenery to relish, the non-polluted atmosphere and clear waters at the Teesta River is an added attraction at this refreshing picnic spot. One can enjoy the beauty of the lush nature at Darjeeling as well from here.

     

    Chattakpur -Chattakpur village is a place for eco, rural, community and adventurous tourism. This remote and unexplored hill village is rich in biodiversity and indigenous cultures. Chattakpur, a village with 18 houses and a population of about 90, is situated 20 km from Darjeeling at an altitude of 7887 ft. above the sea level. The locals maintain their ethnicity with their original Nepalese culture. This village is located near the famous Tiger Hill from where one can enjoy the beautiful view of the Kanchenjunga range. The tourists can get a view of the beautiful sunset and sunrise from this village. The village is famous for its rich flora and fauna. Bird watching and butterfly viewing are popular here. Among the animals found in and around the village are Himalayan black bear, leopard, porcupine and barking deer. The forests are also known for numerous medicinal and herbal plants.

     

    Dow Hill - Dow Hill is 4 km away from Kurseong town, the famous hill station near Darjeeling. The main attractions of Dow Hill are a deer park, a forest museum and a mini amusement park on top. Forest museum is maintained by forest department and gives an insight to the fauna and flora that is present and that existed in the area. The mini amusement park on top provides amusement to the children and families. Tourists get magnificent views of snowcapped Himalayan ranges, green valleys and a number of landscaped tea estates. They can also visit the nearby Castleton tea estate, which produces the costliest tea in the world. These tea gardens provide one night's bed/breakfast stay for the visitors. Nearby attractions of Dow Hill are chimney village, tiger hills and toy train station at Kurseong. For trekking enthusiasts a trek to chimney village will be quite satisfying.

     

    Bengal Natural History Museum - The Bengal Natural History Museum houses a wide collection of Himalayan fauna. There is a collection of almost 4300 types of species in the museum. The Bengal Natural History Museum was established in 1903 to display the large varieties of flora and fauna that are seen in the Himalayan region, especially in Darjeeling and the nearby areas like Sikkim. There are large collections of butterflies, birds, insects, reptiles, fish, herbarium and many more in the Bengal Natural History Museum. A rare species of crocodile known as estuarine crocodile is also found in the museum. Apart from animals and birds, the Bengal Natural History Museum is a storehouse of many colourful stones, which are in their mineral form.

     

    Birch Hill Park - Jawahar Parbat or Birch Hill Park is close to the Mall and the Raj Bhawan is located here. About two km from Observatory Hill, on the western side of Birch Hill is the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. The museum showcases an array of mountaineering equipment, flora and fauna specimens, clothes of the native tribes and numerous souvenirs sent by Mountaineering clubs of the world.

     

    Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary - Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is a forest reserve located on the banks of River Murti near Chalsa. It is one of the most important tourist destinations of the northeast.  A nature lovers treat, it is home to the royal Bengal tiger, Indian bison or Gaur, Asian elephants and many other rare species of animals, reptiles and birds. A wide variety of trees and plants are also found in abundance here. This place is a dreamland for bird watchers as well. There is a watch tower from where animals can be spotted from a distance. Chapramari Wilderness Camp at Panjhora is also worth a visit.

     

    Badamtam Tea Estate - In early days, Badamtam Tea Estate was owned by Lebong Tea Co. under the British. The 150 year old garden is known for its exquisite teas, panoramic location and some of the best views of the valley. Close to it is the beautiful 14 feet statue of Buddha of Badamtam which is known for the distinctive facial expressions.

     

    Neora National Park - Neora National Park is located across the hills of Kalimpong. One of the richest zones of biodiversity, Neora National Park is a haven for naturalists, nature lovers and trekkers. Spread over an area of 88 sq km, Neora National Park is the natural habitat of Red Panda and many rare orchid species. Neora National Park is the best place for adventurous activities like trekking, bird watching and nature walks. A must visit destination for the whole family, Neora National Park is also known for the various picnic spots and trekking trails like the Rache La trek. As most of the national park lies undisturbed, one gets to encounter a vast variety of flora and fauna.

     

    Bindu Dam - Bindu Dam is situated on the Indo-Bhutan border and constructed across the Jaldhaka River. One of the oldest dams in Darjeeling, Bindu Dam is located in Bindu, a small village located on the banks of Jaldhaka River. Situated at an elevation of 2000 ft and surrounded by dense forests and mountains, Bindu is also considered to be a favourite picnic spot. The dam controls the water to the first hydroelectric project in India, Jaldhaka Hydel Project situated at Jhalong. One can walk over the dam to the adjacent forest area which is a popular destination for trekking and hiking. The dam is also used as a foot bridge to reach Bhutan from where one can get a magnificent view of the Himalayan ranges there.

     

    Bhutia Busty Gompa - Bhutia Busty Gompa in Darjeeling is one of the most visited places in the hill city of West Bengal. The monastery is an integral part and a branch of the Nygpama sect’s Phontag Monastery in Sikkim. It was brought to Darjeeling in the year 1879. The gompa is situated against the backdrop of the mighty Kanchenjunga. The prime location of the Bhutia Busty Gompa has made it easily accessible. From the Chowrasta, the monastery is about a distance of 1.5 km. The monastery was initially located on Observatory Hill but was destroyed in an earthquake in 1934, after which it was restored and reconstructed by the King of Sikkim. 

     

    Yiga Choling Gompa -Yiga Choling Gompa is a popular Buddhist monastery situated in Ghoom. Locally known as the Ghoom monastery, this pilgrimage centre is not only known for its 15-ft high Maitreya Buddha statue, the biggest and oldest statue in the whole of Darjeeling, but also for the extensive collection of Tibetan scripture texts and beautiful Tibetan paintings and murals. Built in 1850 by Sherab Gyatso, the monastery is open to all, irrespective of religion and beliefs, and commands a panoramic view of the whole of Darjeeling as it is located at an altitude of 8000 feet above the sea level.

     

    Snow Leopard Breeding Center - One of the most endangered species snow leopards have been actually bred in captivity at the Snow Leopard Breeding Center under the agile guidance of Kiran Matkan. There is a worldwide effort and conservation movement to breed Snow leopards due to their dwindling numbers but it is rare to actually breed them under captivity. The Snow Leopards are kept in huge cages for allowing visitors to see them but absolute silence has to be maintained.

     

    Suntalekhola - Suntalekhola is a beautiful village and a tourist destination in Darjeeling. Suntalekhola gets the name from a small stream, 'Suntale Khola', which in Nepali means orange stream.  Suntalekhola is popular for the luxurious cover of tea gardens, hills and forests that make this place a desirable destination. Suntalekhola is also admired for its trekking trails. A popular trekking trail takes you to the Tree Fern Point from where you can set up your camping site. From here the mighty Himalayan range and the undulating mountains of the Dooars interspersed with tea gardens can be seen. One can even see the Bhutan hills from this point.

     

    Jhandi Dara Sunrise Point - Jhandi Dara is a beautiful lookout point located in Lolegaon, near Kalimpong and Lava. As it is famous for its majestic Sunrise view, Jhandi Dara is the ideal location to spend a couple of days with family. Tourists can also enjoy the views of dense green Sal and Pine Trees spread all over the hilltop with the Kanchenjunga as a majestic backdrop. Elderly people might find walking up to the lookout point a bit tiring. However, it is wonderful place to polish your bird watching skills. Nature lovers, bird watchers, trekkers and other categories of travellers will find that the place has something of interest in store for them.

     

    Dhirdham temple - Dhirdham Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. Situated below the Toy Train Railway Station in Darjeeling, this temple was built by Purna Bahadur Pradhan, the king of Nepal, in 1939. Designed by the Gorkha architect Beg Raj Sakya, Dhirdham temple appears as a multi-layered pagoda from outside and resembles the Pashupatinath Temple of Katmandu in architecture. The roof of the temple is influenced by Tibetan monasteries. It has a white coloured statue of Lord Shiva facing the temple near its entrance. This statue depicts Pancha Bakram Tri Netram and represents five different facial expressions in different moods with the universal third eye.  While visiting Dhirdham Temple, one can also stopover at the Peace Pagoda, Barbotey Rock Garden, and Sandakphu.

     

    Samsing - Samsing is a small hill station situated at a distance of 18 km from Neora Valley National Park. Situated at an elevation of 3000 ft, the journey to Samsing itself is an unforgettable experience. Covered with forests and lush green tea gardens, Samsing is home to a variety of plant and animal species. A bird watchers haven, Samsing is a treasure trove of many bird species as well. The adjacent forest area is a popular destination for adventurous activities like trekking and hiking. River Murti that flows from the Neora Valley National Park passes through Samsing, making it one of the popular picnic spots in this region. Being away from the city, Samsing can also be the right choice for a quiet getaway for couples. The perfect time to visit Samsing would be during special occasions like Tibetan New Year, Maghe and Nepali New Year when traditional dances like the Tibetan chamm, chutkay, jhaure and maruni are performed by the local artists.

     

    Druk Thupten Sangag Choling Monastery - Druk Thupten Sangag Choling Monastery is a popular monastery located in Darjeeling. Locally known as Dali Monastery or Dali Gomba, this monastery is the headquarters of Drukpa Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.Built across many floors, this monastery is known for its architecture and has a beautiful facade. The monastery has a collection of colorful bas reliefs, depicting various animals, and murals, representing guardian kings and Guru Rinpoches, that adorn the inner and outer walls.  The sole aim of this monastery is to preserve the Tibetan culture and its traditions.  The monastery was inaugurated by HH Dalai Lama in 1993. Regardless of the religion the monastery is open to all.

     

    Tashiding - Tashiding Monastery is one of the landmark monuments located near Rathong chu and the Rangeet River.  It is a Buddhist monastery belonging to the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Tashiding Monastery is considered as the most sacred and holiest of all monasteries in Sikkim. The importance of Tashiding Monastery to the Buddhist is very high. It is a part of the pilgrim circuit constituting of Dubdi Monastery, Norbugang Chorten, Pemayangtse Monastery, the Rabdentse ruins, the Sanga Choeling Monastery and the Khecheopalri Lake. So, Buddhist believers visit the place as a part of their pilgrimage.

     

    Kawlay Dara View Point - Kawlay Dara View Point is one of the prime tourist attractions at Mirik hill station and is just a 30 minutes' walk from the resort centre.This stunning place is famous for misty mountains, vast areas of tea estates, orange orchards and cardamom plantations and edged by a variety of green trees and shrubs. You can enjoy a breathtaking view of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains along with an extensive spread of lush greenery filled with rich flora and fauna from this peak. It is also a pleasure to gaze at the sunrise and sunset from this view point. Tourists coming here can enjoy taking photographs or trekking over the little hills, mountain climbing, bird watching or just leisurely walking down the nature's path. Sumendu Lake, Deosi Dara, Rai Dhap, Devi Sthan, Singha Devi Temple and the helipad are other interesting places at the hill station.

     

    Devi-Sthan Temple - Devi-Sthan Temple is located by the Mirik town. It is a popular tourist spot at the eastern hills, 54 km from Siliguri. Being the second largest commercial city after Kolkata tourists often travel to Mirik.  Dhupi forest, a dense forest region at Mirik is where Devi-Sthan temple is located. Lying at the banks of the Mirik Lake the main deity here is Goddess Singha Devi. There many other small temples that worship Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali located at the banks of the lake. Many people visit these temples every day. Mirik is a favorite spot of the local tourists who come here for picnicking. The pleasant locales and the presence of a vast surreal lake are a huge draw for tourists, nature lovers and photographers as well.

     

    Tamang Buddhist Monastery - Tamang Buddhist Monastery in Darjeeling is an important centre of worship for the followers of Nyingmapa Buddhism. This oldest monastery of the Tamang tribe stands a few km from Sumendu Lake, near the main bus stand of Mirik town. Mirik is a newly developed hill station famous for tea gardens, orange orchards and plant nurseries. Tamang Monastery is located in Mirik, equidistant from Siliguri and Darjeeling. The Tamang Monastery at Mirik is visited by man Tamangs (a part of Gorkha tribe) who have a sizable concentration in Darjeeling district. The intricate art works on the inside and the outside walls of the monastery are eye catching. Hence, Tamang Monastery is a hotspot for spiritual seekers, students of Buddhism and travellers.

     

    Tharpa Choeling Gompa - Located at a hilltop in Kalimpong, Gaden Tharpa Choeling Gompa was founded by Domo Geshe Rinpoche Ngawang Kalsang in 1912. Back in 1906 when he came to India on a pilgrimage, and to collect medicinal plants, Rinpoche instituted this monastery at the request of Tibetan merchants and some Bhutanese people living in the area. Today, there are 55 resident monks of Tibetan, Monpa, Sherpa, Tamang and Gurung origin here. Among the other shrines in the monastery campus are Ge-Sar Lhagang or the Chinese temple, Lha-Ten, Lu-Khang (temple of Naga), Mani Lhagang and shrine for Shangmo Dorji, Bhuit.The Gaden Tharpa Choeling Gompa is a must visit destination for the followers of Buddhism.

     

    St Theresa Church - St Theresa Church is located 3 km north-east of Kalimpong town in Darjeeling district. The unique feature of this ancient church is that it looks like a Tibetan Monastery from outside. Built by the local and Tibetan craftsmen the construction is a fusion of Tibetan and Gothic architectural styles. Spiritual ambience added with scenic beauty makes this church a prime attraction of Kalimpong. Snow capped Himalayan ranges give a magnificent treat to the eyes from the church courtyard. St. Theresa Church is a must see destination for not only the believers, but also for tourists and nature lovers, due to the settings that it in. Best time to visit this destination is summer months (March to June).

     

    Garg World Amusement Park -The beautiful hill station of Darjeeling has several delights to keep the tourist enchanted. One of them is the Garg World Amusement Park. Located on the Ghum-Sukhiapokri road, at an altitude of 7,900 feet, the Park offers a magnificent view of the Balsan Valley and the hills beyond. The variety of attractions here is sure to catch a kids fancy.

     

    Galingka - Galingka is an old house built in the upper section of the town of Kalimpong. Kalimpong was a centre of wool trade in olden days and British people had built this house for trade purposes. The colonial architectural style is quite evident in the building. Kanchenjunga peak, the second largest peak in Himalayan ranges provides a striking background to this house. A beautiful garden is maintained at the front of the house which includes a lot of orchids, cacti, mountain plants and trees. The majestic look of the bungalow still evokes reminiscences of the royal times.  This place is suitable for a secluded holiday and is the perfect destination for honeymoon couples. People who want to relax and holiday away from the crowded cities also find this place very pleasing. One can just laze around in the lap of Mother Nature watching animals and birds.

     

    Samco Ropeway - Samco Ropeway is built across the rivers Relli and Teesta, at a distance of 20 km from Kalimpong on the Siliguri road. The Samco Ropeway was built by Christian missionaries in the 1940s to connect the main highway of NH31A to a few Lepcha villages located in Suruk-Samthar and Yang-Mahakum. Though the ropeway was damaged in the 1990s, it was reinstalled again as a chair lift with Swedish aid.Spanning the rivers over a kilometer and a half, the ropeway dangerously dangles at a height of more than 30 m above the churning waters below. If it is the adrenalin rush that excites you, then a ride on the ropeway is a must do for the whole family. It also gives you an opportunity to view the Teesta valley.

     

    Mahananda Weir Wildlife Sanctuary -Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of 18 km from Silguri in Darjeeling between the rivers Mahananda and Teesta. This vast expanse of forest and grass lands is the home for Bengal tigers, elephants, Indian bisons, languor, mountain goats, barking deer, Himalayan black bear, chital, gaurs and leopards among others. The winged species include rosy minivets, pea fowls, Kaleen pheasants, hill partridges, king vultures, swallows, swifts and ibis bills. During winter many migratory birds can also be seen. If you are an adventure seeker, there are some mild to medium trekking tracks inside the sanctuary for you to explore. Nature lovers, photographers, ornithologists and tourists will also find a visit to Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary highly interesting.

     

    Aloobari Gompha - The Aloobari Gompha is a beautiful monastery known for its splendid architecture. It is home to monks from Tibet and

     

    Tharpa Choling Monastery -Tharpa Choling Monastery is a prominent Buddhist monastery located on Tirpai hills in Kalimpong. This monastery belongs to the yellow hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism and was founded by Domo Geshe Rinpoche Ngawang Kalsang in 1912. Tharpa Choling Monastery contains statues of the past, present and future Buddha's, as well as the statue of Dorje Shugden, the Dharma protector. A library houses ancient Tibetan scriptures and manuscripts. The monastery is open to all and one can make a visit during the evening prayer time when Buddhist hymns are sung rhythmically by the monks along with musical instruments.  As it is situated on a hill, the monastery commands a panoramic view of the whole of Kalimpong and the surrounding mountains making it a preferred picnic spot for the whole family.

     

    The Science City, Siliguri - Science City, located at Matigara, 5 km north of Siliguri city alongside National Highway 31, is a highly accomplished institution. The Science City, also known as North Bengal Science Centre, exhibits many scientific equipment and experiments. The complex also encloses a planetarium which plays interesting astronomical shows and a Nature Interpretation Centre. The gadgets at the centre explain the basic scientific principles in a simple way and make learning science fun. The experiments relate to the everyday life science. The centre also shows the biological diversity of the region. The exhibits include many kinds of flora and fauna existing in the Siliguri ranges.

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