Darjeeling-“Queen of the Hills”
Darjeeling is a part of Eastern Himalayan Range in Indian Himalayas. The Singalila National Park is home to Darjeeling's famous Sandakphu Phalut Trek Route. Highlight of the Sandakphu Phalut Trek is the 180 Degree view of Himalayan Range from the highest point in the Singalila Ridge, Sandakphu and Phalut. On a clear autumn day one can get unobstructed view of the Everest & Kanchenjunga range from the Singalila ridge. Situated in the Foothills of the Kanchenjunga Range, the queen of the hills enjoys the emminent presence of Mt.Kanchenjunga in the background, no matter where you stand. The lush Tea Gardens shadowed by the Kanchenjunga Range makes this place truly the queen of the hills.
Places to visit are Chowrasta, a wide promenade atop a ridge lined with shops and restaurants & mall road starting and finishing at Chowrasta. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park which has the Siberian tiger, Himalayan black bear, red panda, snow leopard and many other animals and bird species. Visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute,a training center for mountaineers which also houses the Everest museum. Natural History Museum with its fine display of Himalayan wildlife. Observatory Hill which has Hindu and Buddhist shrines. Dhirdham,a pagoda style Hindu temple. Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center, a major center for the production of Tibetan carpets, woodwork and leather goods. Thupten Sangag Choling (Dali) and Yiga-Choling (Ghoom) Monasteries. Batasia Loop,a marvelous feat of railway engineering. Tiger Hill for its renowned sunrise view over Kanchenjunga and the eastern Himalayas. Japanese Peace Pagoda,established by the Japanese order, Nipponzan Myohoji and Lloyd's Botanical Garden which has a varied collection of Himalayan flora.
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