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Darjeeling, West Bengal Travel Guide

Darjeeling, the world famous tourist destination, is a city of Indian state of West Bengal. It is well known for its tea industry and eco-tourism. During the colonial time the British developed it as a major hill station and tea- growing area. Subsequently extensive tea plantation was done in the region. Now the Darjeeling tea is internationally renowned tea and ranks among most popular black teas. Darjeeling has pleasant weather throughout the year.

Average temperature of the region ranges from 25c in summer to 10c in winter. Places of interest: Darjeeling is famous for its beautiful natural sights and pleasant weather. Standing at the altitude of about 8580m, Kanchenjunga Mountain is third Hghest Mountain in the world. Located just 11 km from Darjeeling, Tiger Hills offer its tourists wonderful views of Kanchenjunga Mountain. The Tiger Hills is elevated at the altitude of about 2550m. Mount Everest which is about 225 km from Tiger Hill can also be seen from the Tiger Hill. It also provides amazing sight of Sun rising. But one has to get up early at 4.am to be able to witness the event of Sun rising. Another place of interest in Darjeeling is Observatory Hills.

The place has religious importance attached to it. It is important for both Hindus and Buddhist. Temple of Mahakal is situated on this hill. Mahakal is considered to be one of the incarnations of Lord Shiva.Mountaineering Museum in Darjeeling has the collection of historical mountaineering equipment, specimens of Himalayan Flora and fauna and relief model of Himalaya. Everest museum is another museum to be seen here. Darjeeling also houses Snow Leopard Breeding Center which is devoted to snow leopard breeding program. Snow leopard is one of the endangered species and efforts are being taken breed these species in captivity. Snow leopards are kept in large enclosures and visitors are allowed to watch them. Complete silence is maintained in the center.The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway also known as Troy train is UNESCO recognized World Heritage. Journey of the troy train starts from Siliguri and offers excellent views. Other places of interest in Darjeeling include Aloobari Gompa,Bhutai Busty Gompa, Ghoom Monastery and Badamtam Tea Estate.

How to reach: Darjeeling is well connected by rail and road to other parts of the state and the country. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri. It is well connected to many other cities of India. Darjeeling can also be reached from Siliguri by the famous Troy Train. Many state run buses and private luxury buses are available from other cities of the state and the country. Nearest airport is Bagdogra near Siliguri.

Other details: The diverse ethnic populace of the town celebrates several local festivals in the town. The Darjeeling Carnival is celebrated over ten days every year in the winter. The carnival is initiated by civic society movement known as Darjeeling Initiative.

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