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The daughter of the Himalayas – a visual guide

Darjeeling. Nestled on the foothills of the largest and tallest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas, this breathtaking place is littered with tourist spots and sights worth seeing. If you haven’t been there yet, we strongly recommend giving it a try – it’s cheap, close to home and easily accessible. Here’s our visual guide to the sights worth seeing.

Happy Tea Garden

Happy Tea Garden is Darjeeling’s 2nd oldest tea garden. Covering 177 hectors of area, 2100 metres above sea level and established in 1854, it is one of the nicest places to visit in Darjeeling on a vacation.

Batasia Loop

The Batasia Loop is a spiral railway 5 km from Darjeeling, below Ghum. Nearby lies a memorial to the Gorkha soldiers of the Indian Army who sacrificed their lives after the Indian Independence in 1947. Created to lower the gradient of ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in Darjeeling, at this point, the track spirals around over itself through a tunnel and over a hilltop. There is no better place to get such a beautiful view of Darjeeling’s landscape with the hill town and the snow covered peaks of the Eastern Himalayas with the majestic Kanchenjunga on one side.

Barbotey Rock Garden

The Rock Garden, also known as Barbotey Rock Garden, is located at Chunnu Summer Falls. The garden is about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from Darjeeling. The garden offers a beautiful view of a hill stream cascading over rocks along the slope, done up with flower gardens and sitting spaces at different levels.

Andrews Church

The foundation stone of the church was laid down in 1843 but the church was rebuilt in 1873 after a devastating earthquake. Inside the church there are inlaid marble tablets and brass plaques that memorialize some of the oldest residents of Darjeeling, including Lt. General Lloyd, known as the “Discoverer” of Darjeeling.

Mahakal Temple, Observatory Hill

The original monastery was built in the year 1765 by lama Dorje Rinzing. It was rebuilt in the year 1861 and later relocated to its present location. Today, when you enter the Mahakal temple, you will not only hear the Hindu priests chanting prayers, you will also find Buddhist monks reading out from their holy scripts, both harmoniously coexisting.

Sadar Subdivision

The beautiful Darjeeling, main town of the Sadar Subdivision and headquarter of the district. Known for its beautiful landscape and a skyline with the Himalayas in sight, Darjeeling is one of prettiest tourist destinations in the world, and it’s instantly clear to anyone who takes in this view.

Look out for the full Darjeeling travelogue, coming your way soon. Watch this space.