Darjeeling the beauty of Bengal is a part of the Eastern Himalaya. Darjeeling is a district of State West Bengal and it is located at an elevation of 6700 ft. Darjeeling is popularly known for its Tea industry.
The predominant religions of Darjeeling are Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism, followed by Christianity. Indigenous communities such as the Lepchas and the Kiranti Limbus practice Animism and Shamanism. Darjeeling is regarded as a centre of music and a niche for musicians and music admirers. Singing and playing musical instruments are common pastimes among the resident population, who take pride in the traditions and role of music in cultural life.
The popular food of Darjeeling is Momo, a steamed dumpling containing meat cooked in a doughy wrapping and served with clear soup and achar. Another popular Tibetan food is 'Thukpa' which is a hot noodle soup with meat, eggs and vegetables.
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Tiger Hill is very famous location in Darjeeling. Mount Everest is clearly visible from here and sun-rise view in early morning is just fantastic. It has a panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mt. Kanchenjunga together. When sunrise, the peaks of Kangchenjunga are illuminated.
Tiger Hill is the summit of Ghum, the highest railway station in India. It can be reached from the town of Darjeeling by vehicle/taxi or by foot. The distance from Darjeeling town to Tiger Hill is 11 kilometres.
5 Km from Darjeeling is a Batasia Loop, a spiral railway. On a toy train, the 360 degrees view of Darjeeling can be seen. The loop covers an area of 50,000 square feet and transverses spirally into tunnels, landscaped parks and hillocks in this 1,000 feet high descent. This place is famous for a Memorial spot to the Gorkha soldiers of the Indian Army who sacrified their lives in Indian Independence.
Singalila National Park is located on the Singalila Ridge at an altitude of more than 7000 feet above sea level. It is well known for the trekking route to Sandakphu.
The park has a number of small mammals including the red panda, leopard cat, barking deer, yellow-throated marten, wild boar, pangolin and pika. Larger mammals include the Himalayan black bear, leopard, clouded leopard, serow and takin. Tiger can be seen occasionally. There are over 120 species of birds recorded.
The two seasons to visit the park are in spring (March–May) and post monsoon (mid-September to early December). The park is closed to tourists from June 16 to September 15 every year on account of the monsoons.
Neora Valley National Park is in Kalimpong subdivision. It spreads over an 88 square kilometers area and is one of the richest biological zones in the entire Eastern India. The park was established in 1986.
Neora Valley, one of the last tracts of virgin wilderness in the country, sustains a unique ecosystem where tropical, sub-tropical, sub-temperate, and temperate vegetative system still harbours a wealth of flora and fauna. The forests consist of mixed species like rhododendron, bamboo, oak, ferns, sal, etc. The valley also has numerous species of orchids.
Darjeeling is well known for its Tea Garden and Happy Valley Tea Estate is one of reason for the same. It is Darjeeling’s second oldest tea estate established in 1854 and total area of the garden is 177 hectares. It is situated at a height of 2,100 metres (6,900 ft) above sea level, 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) north of Darjeeling. More than 2000 people were employed here.
The bushes in the garden are very old- the minimum age is 80 years, and some are 150 years old.
The Tea Estate is closest to Darjeeling town and tourists often visit the garden. The months of March to May are the busiest time here when plucking and processing are in progress.
It is open to Tourist from Tuesday to Saturday from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m