Darjeeling definitely is one of the most exotic and frequently explored hill stations in north-eastern part or India. The reason behind it being so popular is that it is situated in a very easily accessible location in a lower altitude, which makes it favourable to all type of tourists, especially to for leisure trips and honeymoon trips, although adventurers also find this place exquisite for various activities.
But, apart from the sightseeing places and different types of activities, Darjeeling holds a lot more for anyone who sees it close. There are some unknown facts, about this tourists’ favourite hill destination, which are little odd and make it different from the other towns in the region.
Are you a history enthusiast? If you are, you are going to so glad while touring in Darjeeling. It’s like the whole town has the touch of colonial era during British Raj. There are many bungalows and churches, carrying the example of British habitants in their architecture. There is a hotel on the Observatory Hill, named Windamere Hotel, where you can have the essence of Victorian era. Founded mainly as a boarding house for English bachelors, it was later converted into hotel.
World’s Finest Tea
Nobody can deny it that Darjeeling produces the finest quality of most aromatic tea in the whole world. Taking a sip this tea refreshes your health and mood from within. The type of soil here is appropriate to boost up the flavour in the tea, cultivated in and around the town.
Take some time to observe the equipments that were used to scale Mt Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world. The Everest Museum in Darjeeling has carefully stored all these equipments and photos as memory of all the brave mountaineers who climbed the mightiest mountain.
Largest Ropeway in Asia
Who wouldn’t like to sit in a cable car that rides up above the lush tea gardens and undulating hills, offering an exquisite view of the snow clad mountains of the Himalayas? Well, many of tourists might know about this ropeway ride over Darjeeling-Rangeet Valley, but what they most possibly do not know is that this is the largest passenger ropeway service in entire Asia. How does that sound?
In 1959, Dalai Lama escaped from Tibet to save his life and with him thousands of his followers left the country. Eventually they came to Darjeeling, found refuge and settled here. The Tibetan Refugee Help Centre is carrying the witness of this event.
Tibetan and Hindu Concept behind Name
The name of Darjeeling is also something that will drag your mind as there are two concepts behind it. Some says that the name is a combination of two Tibetan words, i. e, ‘dorje’ and ‘ling’, meaning the thunder sceptre or thunderbolt of Hindu deity Lord Indra. Another concept tells that the word ‘darjeeling’ came from addition of two Sanskrit words ‘durjaya’ and ‘lingam’, which together symbolises the almighty god Shiva.
Toy-Train Ride of Goddess Durga
One historical event should be mentioned in this article that many people might not know. You all must know about the joy-ride in the toy-train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway on two gauge narrow track. But you probably did not know that one of the oldest and biggest Durga Puja here is organised by Nripendra Narayan Bengali Hindu Hall. Interesting thing is that, when this association organised Durga Puja for the first time in 1915, an idol of the goddess was carried from Krishnanagar to Darjeeling on toy-train, pulled by two steam engines.