Darjeeling is remembered for its sprawling tea estates and the adventurous Himalayan railways winding through the rough terrain and slopes. But this incredible destination in West Bengal has many other attractions to its credits. This city tucked on a higher altitude of around six thousand seven hundred feet’s, was initially developed in the British era who loved the place and its refreshing weather. Darjeeling which is the headquarters of the district enjoys a partly autonomous status, with many schools maintaining British school standards, hence attracting students from other parts of India. The culture of this major town in West Bengal is influenced by people of various origins like Tibetan, Nepalese and Bengalese. The hillocks of Darjeeling are part of the Lesser Himalayas with dense evergreen forests of sal and oak. The forests and wildlife of Darjeeling are well preserved in the form of botanical gardens and Zoos. Exclusive wildlife of the region is well nurtured in the parks and sanctuaries. Darjeeling tourism has a great potential enveloped in its many beautiful places of Tourist interest. Some of the best places to visit in Darjeeling can be quoted as follows. .
The Rock Garden
There are two rock gardens to be visited while visiting Darjeeling one which is known as Barbotey Rock Garden and the other called Sir John Anderson Rock Garden. Barbotey Rock Garden is just ten km away from city center and road going to the garden having sharp turns and descending slopes offers scenic views of the surrounding valley. Unlike conventional gardens it is a multi location landscape spiraled around a waterfall which multiplies its beauty. The terraced garden offers panoramic views of water cascading over the rocks along the mountain slope.
Darjeeling-Rangeet Valley ropeway
This most modern ropeway connects Darjeeling to the Singla Bazaar at the bottom of the valley. This ropeway most popular among the tourists is busy most of the times during peak season. It offers mind blowing views of the surrounding region, while descending to the bottom of Rangeet valley. This ropeway which started with a single car now keeps sixteen cars which ply between North point and banks of Ramman River.
Senchal Lake and wildlife sanctuary
This beautiful lake located just eleven km from the town is tucked on a higher elevation adjacent to Tiger hill is a paradise for nature lovers. A mountain spring is the source of water for this lake and the lake in turn feeds the town. Visitors get mesmerized with the beauty of the lake which is surrounded by dense forest cover having different kinds of trees including around three hundred fifty flowering plants. These dense jungles are popular for a variety of wildlife like Himalayan black bears, leopards and barking deer’s.
Apart from these there are many other Darjeeling tourist attractions like tea plantations, wildlife sanctuaries, Himalaya mountaineering Institute and the many ancient monasteries, which will make your visit to the destination a memorable one. Darjeeling offering salubrious climate throughout the year is best to visit during summers from April to June. Select your accommodation from the wide range of hotels and hostels offering Luxury and a traditional touch.