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Get Captivated By the Hills of the Darjeeling

Aug 27th 2012 at 11:58 PM

Nested between the Himalayas and smaller hills, Darjeeling is a paradise situated far from the heart of the country. The land is filled with natural features and rarely will you find any artificial landmarks here. Darjeeling rises slowly from the plains of Siliguri with its meandering roads that are cut along the slopes. As you make your way up the hill the scenes that you see will give you an idea that something very much fantastic is waiting for you on top of these hills. Thanks to the well experienced drivers that reach the crowds up these hills very safely inspite of the foggy weather at times maybe without them Darjeeling would have lost its lions share of employment that which is its tourism. The hardworking people of the hills have engaged themselves in one or the other way with the tourism. The Darjeeling town is crowned with the majestic Kanchanjunga and flanked by other smaller snow capped peaks. The place becomes renewed every spring when each plant, be it a grass or a tree starts to blossom to an extent to be called the “queen of the hills”.

The rhododendrons in full bloom and the peace pagoda in the scene behind it and the soaring pine trees; it’s sure you can’t hold on long without hitting that click button. The white symbol of peace stands tall away from the hustle bustle of the town in a calm environment depicting the life of Lord Buddha through sculptures round the stupa. The Japanese temple is also just beside it where the monks offer their prayers and drums are also available for those who want to join the prayer. Total peace of mind is what the outcome of your visit will be here.

The Himalayan zoological garden is a place where you can find the different species of animals kept for the amusement of the tourists. The wild animals kept here are the Himalayan bear, the barking deer, and the Sunderban tiger etc. the zoo also has some good variety of birds for your watching. The Himalayan Mountaineering institute is within the zoo premises that prepare the enthusiastic persons who want some real adventures on the sloping terrains. The HMI (Himalayan Mountaineering Institute) also has a museum that preserves the history of the climbers. The stay is still incomplete without the visit to the sunrise point at tiger hill where the sun comes out of the far horizon painting the atmosphere with the red. The Batasia loop is also nearby where a war memorial is constructed. Here the train loops down a small hill to descend down its height by circling around the hill as it climbs down. As you end your thrilling journey in the Darjeeling hills your mind should be thinking about Sikkim tour packages.

Sikkim is another state but not very different from its sister, Darjeeling. As one travels from Darjeeling to Sikkim nothing much changes. The landscape is the dame the faces are still similar and the language the very same just a minor difference is that the state is inhabited by a majority of the Bhutias. The list of the travel destination gets lengthened as one land in Gangtok. Gangtok is the launching ground of any activity that one plans in Sikkim. The “Nathula trip”, “the Changu Lake”, “the Banjhakri falls” and much more is there to include in your Gangtok tours.

So if you want so much in so limited area the hills of Darjeeling and Sikkim are waiting to humbly welcome you.

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