Darjeeling is popularly known as the Queen of the Hills and its natural beauty provides a wide variety of activities from liesurely scenic walks to more gruelling activities such as trekking and river rafting for the adventurous tourists. Can we discuss about the tourist activities of Darjeeling in details.....
Apart from being acclaimed as one of the best Hill Resorts, Darjeeling is also a veritable paradise for trekkers and adventure seekers. Trekking in Darjeeling is an experience which no lover of nature should miss. It takes one to places from where one can feel the proximity of the stars and is still in its premival majesty. It brings one face to face with the snow-capped mountains with the sublime grandeur of the Himalayas. The region abounds in rhododendrons, magnolias, primulas, orchids and ferns of numerous varieties. About six hundred species of birds inhabit the emerald green forests on the slopes of the mountains. Mountaineering is a sport reserved for the trained and well equipped personnels, but as far as trekking is concerned, it is a sport for one and all. There is no need to be a professional climber to enjoy the magnificient grandeur of the Himalayas, just an ordinary person who has the will to walk along the narrow paths of the hills and who has the inquisitiveness of viewing the serenity and sublime of the mountains. There are different Routes for trekking and the right hand column above corresponds to some of the most popular and most rewarding treks in the region. So, make a choice. In this package, one can explore the beautiful terrain of Darjeeling and adjoining hills over looking the golden heights of majestic Kanchenjunga. Sandakphu at an altitude of 3,636 m on the famous Singalila ridge offers clients to savour the breathtaking beauty of the Eastern Himalayas. It climbs up through forests of rhododendron, giant magnolias, spruce and other trees of sub-alpine and more than 600 varieties of orchids - the largest to be found in one geographical area in the world. Phalut which is only 48 km from Kanchenjunga as the crow flies is bestowed with the best view of Kanchenjunga. Forming the junction of Nepal, Sikkim and West Bengal, Phalut along with Pemayangchi and Sandakphu, is considered one of the most rewarding places to visit. Himali Travel Specialists is one of the most successful Trek and Tour operators in Darjeeling. It is one of the premier members of Darjeeling Association of Travel Agents .
White water rafting of Darjeeling is an adventure sport that is relatively new in Darjeeling, being introduced in the year 1991.this adventure sport is gaining wide popularity due to the unmatched thrill associated with it. White water rafting in Darjeeling takes place primarily in the Teesta and the Rangeet River. Tremendous popularity of this sport has compelled the D.G.H.C Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council Tourism and to take up the sport in a very big way. Before participating in the white water rafting at Darjeeling in India one must see that his/her bag comprise of: - Set of dry clothes - Extra pair of sneakers, waterproof, sandals, canvas shoes - Sun cap, sun glasses - Half pants, Swim suit. - Water bottle - Sun tan / Sun block lotion - Towel - Dry Shoes and socks - Warm Jacket - Personal toiletries - Specific medicine - Flash light White water rafting in Darjeeling got its name from the white foam produced from the water as it gushes over the rocks and boulders. In Teesta rafting is confined to the winter months, between October and April. Spring or early summer is ideal for river rafting. Paddle rafting and oar rafting can be done in the Teesta River.
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Darjeeling is one of the oldest hill stations in India, and has plenty of options, both for those seeking a lazy getaway from the hot plains, as well as nature enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies. Apart from sights within the town, there are plenty of trek options along the Himalayan ridges on the Indo-Nepal border near Darjeeling. The most popular one being the Singhalia Ridge Trail. Bookings for guides, porters and accommodation on the trail can be made in Darjeeling or in the nearby town of Manebhanjang, which serves as the trail-head. Be aware that from july to mid-september the Singalia park is closed, but because of the rain, clouds and fog it is less enjoyable anyway. Shruberry Health Club. less visited but offers unique and charming views of Kanchenjunga.Few locals can been found jogging here and offering prayers to various objects edit Singalila National Park, west of Darjeeling, adjacent to Nepalese border . Singalila is a trekking destination in the far northwest corner of West Bengal state. Kanchenjunga, the world s 3rd highest peak, is visible for much of the trek, to the north, on the Nepalese border with Sikkim. Usually the park is accessed from Maneybhanjang, approx. one hour, or 30 km. west of Darjeeling. The park can also be accessed from Rimbik, where many trekkers finish up, or from Bijanbari, with one extra day s walking. Trekkers must pay a 100rp fee to enter the park, and must hire a guide. Porters can also be hired in Maneybhanjeng. Many trekkers sign up for a 3, 5 or 6 day trek in Darjeeling, where various trekking companies make all of the arrangements. Passports must be carried, as the trek crosses briefly into Nepal, then back into India. Sleeping bags and layered warm clothing are a must, as the temperature dips well below freezing most nights. Overnight lodging is done at assorted huts or simple guesthouses along the way, and hot meals are available at the same. Starting from Maneybhanjang, most trekkers stay overnight in Gairbas or Kalipokhari, and press on to Sandakphu for the 2nd night. Sandakphu at 3636 meters, is a favorite spot to view the high Himalayan peaks of LLotze, Everest, Makalu, etc., in early morning when visibility is good. 3 day trekkers turn aside and head downhill to Rimbik for their final night, while others head further north for spectacular views from Sabarkum and Phalut, then downhill for Raman, and finish in Rimbik for the last night. For greater cash outlay, non-trekkers, or those pressed for time can hire a jeep as transport from Maneybhanjang to Sandakphu, and stay overnight to catch the sunrise views. The ideal time to visit is April or May, in spring when the rhododendrons are in bloom, but Singalila can also be done in the fall, after monsoon season Other places of interest: Himalayan Mountaineering Institute HMI : Himalayan Zoo - Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park shares the premises of HMI , It has a good collection of animals found in himalayan region. Buddhist monasteries: Japanese Peace pagoda : The Kanchenjunga - best seen at dawn from Tiger Hills check out the weather as best you can though, a cloudy day can ruin the effort of getting up at 0300 hrs. Also for traffic jams, can take hours in the morning rush when almost all the taxis here are at the Tiger hills The Darjeeling Rungeet Valley Ropeway Is closed at the moment Dec 2008 . Deolo Hill, Kalimpong This is a must see for all the nature lovers visiting Darjeeling. The view of tea gardens from a park on the top of this hill will sweep you off your feet. You will find yourself in a garden on the top of the hill. You ll be surrounded on all sides by tea gardens going thousands of feet deep, and the entire picturesque landscape guarded well on all sides by high rise mountains. Kalimpong is a little warmer than Darjeeling. On your way from Darjeeling to Kalimpong, you will come across many hill points and a picturesque view of river Teesta. You can enjoy rafting on the river, if you have enough number of enthusiasts in the group. Mirik - The lake of Mirik is a nice stretch of water where you can enjoy horse riding and boating. You will be chased by a number of horse riders who will offer you an affordable ride on the horse, even if you don t want one. The best way to avoid them quickly is to tell them that you will take a ride after boating and lunch. Some riverside restaurants can offer average quality meals. Tiger Hill - Ideal to visit early morning when the first rays of Sun kiss the Mt Kunchenjunga and give it a golden color. To visit the hill, one needs to get up at 3:00 am in the morning. You can taste some excellent tea on your way to the hill, which will provide much needed warmth on cold Darjeeling mornings. When getting into a taxi at 4AM keep in mind that they are shared taxis and your driver might wait around in vain for others to join your taxi causing you to miss the sunrise Those travelling alone or as a couple might want to squeeze into an already occupied jeep to insure full viewing pleasure. Though it has executive lounge Rs.40/- per person and special lounge Rs.30/- per person , nothing beats having view from open area as you can have a full paranomic view from outside avoiding crowd in the lounge
While in Darjeeling a visit to any nearby Tea Garden to watch the actual process of the manufacturing of Darjeeling Tea is worth it. Some of the Tea Gardens also sell their packet teas. There are about 70 tea gardens in this hill region and the most accessible one is the Happy Valley Tea Estate, which is about 3 kms. from the town or within a walking distance of about 40 minutes Closed on Monday . n and around Darjeeling there are important and interesting Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries. The oldest one is called the Yiga Cholling Monastery which is situated about 8 kms. from the town at Ghoom and enshrines an image of the Coming Buddha or the Maitriya Buddha. It was constructed in 1875 and belongs to the Gelugpa Sect. The Samten Cholling Monastery is another interesting monastery nearby. The Drukpa Kargyud Monastery, also known as Dali Monastery, is a big monastery located 5 kms. from the town. It belongs to the Drukpa Sect and the Drukchen Rimpoche resides here. The Bhutia Busty Monastery is situated at C.R. Das Road and is within 15 minutes walk from the Mall.