As John Muir has said “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” and this is so true in the case of Darjeeling. Lovingly called the Queen of Hills this hill station located in the state of West Bengal is truly magnificent in terms of beauty.
There are a lot of places to visit in Darjeeling and each one has its own charm and aura that will mesmerize the traveler. With the majestic Kanchendzonga range painted on the horizon and the lush green tea gardens carpeting the hillocks that make up this beautiful hill station Darjeeling is the place to be when you want to getaway from the hustle and bustle of life. The laid back and relaxing atmosphere that envelopes the hill station has made it one of the top destinations to unwind in the world. Adding to charm of beauty is the ever changing weather here. The weather pulls out surprise after surprise changing the setting almost always and giving the hills a magical aura.
Darjeeling tourist places include a lot of diversified locations that will enthrall with their immaculate beauty. Some of the best known places that are frequented by tourists when in the Queen of Hills are:-
Tiger Hill Observatory- the sunrise that one can see from here is amazing. The change of colours that takes place on the mountain peaks as the sun slowly rises is phenomenal. A view of the sunrise from this will captivate you and you will be thinking that a sight as beautiful as this can never again be seen anywhere else in the world.
Monasteries- Darjeeling is home to some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries. The monasteries that are here are centuries old and the aura that they possess is really tranquil and peaceful. The Ghoom monastery, Dali monastery, Bhutia Busty monastery and the Alubari monastery are the most revered monasteries of Darjeeling.
Gangamaiya park- this is one of the most fun places to spend your leisure time in Darjeeling. This park with its cascading waterfalls, boat rides, lush tea gardens and wonderful restaurants is a place that is sure to get you relaxed and rejuvenated.
Batasia Loop- this is a memorial ground built in honor of the brave Gorkha warriors who laid down their lives for the country. The view of the town of Darjeeling that one can see from here is panoramic, there are also binoculars placed here through which you can see the Kanchendzonga range as if it were just in front of you.
Joy Ride- this is a train ride aboard the UNESCO world heritage steam powered engine train. The ride on this train is must when in Darjeeling for without it your holiday here is incomplete. The sights that one can see from the trail that this train takes is truly beautiful and can be seen only from aboard this train.
The Mahakal Observatory- this is one of the most holy places in Darjeeling. The Mahakal temple that is situated atop this hill is frequented by people on all days. The hill on which the temple is built is also home to the rhesus monkeys which are a common sight in this area.
Tea gardens- one needs to visit the various tea gardens that carpet the hills of Darjeeling. The tea that are grown and processed in Darjeeling is world renowned due to its excellent flavor and aroma. Visit the gardens and the factories that process the world famous Darjeeling tea for it will be an education.
To sum it all up Darjeeling is a place of immaculate beauty and a holiday here could never go wrong.