Places Of Interest
The oldest site in Darjeeling is Observatory Hill, known locally as "Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan".
According to legend, a Red Hat Buddhist Monastery called Dorje Ling, or
'place of the Thunderbolt', stood at this very spot. The Nepalis destroyed
it in the 19th century. The Shivas and Buddhists share the temple that
stands there today.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
A spot not to be missed is the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute created
by the late Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who conquered Mt Everest with Sir
Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953. A display of equipment used on the climb is
one of the highlights. A zoological garden nearby has an assortment of
wildlife such as yaks, Siberian tigers and red pandas who call the region
Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway
At North Point about 3-km from the town, this is the first passenger
ropeway in India. For reservation of ropeway seats please contact - Officer
in-charge, Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Ropeway Station, North Point,
Darjeeling. Regular share taxi service is available from Market Motor and
Taxi Stand is to the Ropeway Station.
Lloyd's Botanical Garden
Lloyd's Botanical Garden displays a fine collection of Himalayan fauna for
those with an interest, and for punters there is horse racing at Lebong, the
smallest and highest racecourse in the world.
Situated at an altitude of 2,590m (8,482 ft.) and 13-km from the town, this
spot has earned international fame for the magnificent view of the sunrise
over "Kanchenjunga" and the great Eastern Himalayan Mountains.
Even Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, is visible from here.
Kurseong is mid-way between Siliguri and Darjeeling. The way from
Darjeeling to Kurseong is generally open through out the year. So, the toy
train is not coming to Siliguri then one can come up to Kurseong. This place
is equally beautiful and is full of natural splendor.
Accomodation in Darjeeling