Honeymoon identify – Darjeeling
Darjeeling vicinity is a paradise for the honeymooners. Darjeeling, a land of natural beauty with picturesque tea plantation is idle for celebrating marriage. Darjeeling, which is located 2123 m above sea level, popularly known as the Queen of the Hills, is the jewel in the crown of the East Himalayas and a perfect destination for honeymooners, character-lovers, trekkers. This is a honeymoon tour for couples who want privacy, seclusion and do not want to jostle with other tourists in shared destinations. If you want a completely relaxed tour for you and your partner, Darjeeling is best. The natural beauty with picturesque tea plantation is idle for celebrating marriage. Darjeeling is world famous for tea and tea gardens. Darjeeling is located in the shadow of the mighty Kanchenjunga. Studded with exotic little bazaars, lovely villas, forests and gardens. Darjeeling also boasts of the quaintest Toy aim run by Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, which have been awarded world heritage position by UNESCO.
The other major attractions of Darjeeling include the Lloyd Botanical Gardens, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Zoological Park and the Ropeway. One can get a clear view of the world’s third mightiest and highest mountainous snow peaks, Kanchenjunga, from the town on a sunny day. The world’s highest peak The Everest can also be seen from near the town. Darjeeling is a paradise for shopping and for connoisseurship of a kaleidoscope of Indian, Chinese and Tibetan cuisines. After experimenting for 8years, the British set up a railway in the hills of Darjeeling. Darjeeling Steam Tramway Co came into existence. The trains began plying from Siliguri to the hills of Darjeeling by thin winding mountain paths and thick forests. Sometimes the aim would disappear in the forest. The lost, bewildered aim seemingly in fright would loudly blow the whistle and running close by the edge of the tea estates and winding its way by the sal, china, cedar and teak trees would somehow find an opening and appear. The aim ascends at the highest point in Ghoom. Then comes the amazing Batasia Loop. It is adventurous to ride this aim. There are no tunnels along this route. This is also called Toy aim.
This is a honeymoon tour for couples who want seclusion, privacy and do not want to jostle with other tourists in shared destinations. If you want a completely relaxed tour for you and your partner, you would love it.
Batasia Loop: A rare and marvellous feat of railway engineering of the 19th century, the Batasia loop provides a delightful view of the ‘toy’ aim to Darjeelling as it winds its way around the loop.
Ghoom: It is located 2247 m above sea level, which is famous for the beautiful Buddhist Monastery and the highest railway stop in the world. The monastery houses many priceless Buddhist manuscripts and precious statue of the “coming” Buddha.
Happy Valley Tea Estate: One of the nearest tea gardens from Darjeeling town, here one can see the processing of the world-famous Darjeeling tea.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute: This institute was established in 1954, to commemorate the first conquest of Mount Everest in 1953 by Tenzing Norgey and Edmund Hillary, which provided the stimulus to mountaineering as an organized sport. Located on the Western stimulus of the Jawahar Parbat, the institute’s buildings command a magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga. The Museum in the main building contains many interesting displays including a detailed relief form of the Himalayas, costumes of the Himalayan hill-folk, a chronological history of the attempts to reach the peak, and flags and pennants planted on the peaks by climbing expeditions.
Himalayan Zoological Park: Located nearby to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, this Zoological Park contains high altitude wildlife such as the Siberian tiger, Himalayan black bear, deer, panda, snow leopard and llama. The character trail commencing near the produces’ surrounding is ideal for a pleasant stroll, as a wealth of bird life can be observed here.
Lebong Race Courses: One of the smallest and highest racecourses in the world, races are held here during the spring and autumn seasons.
Lloyd’s Botanical Gardens: Located just below the main Market Motors Stand, this garden has a scarce collection of Himalayan flora including alpine plants, geraniums, rhododendrons, tree ferns and various conifers. Opened in 1865, the Lloyds Botanical Garden is also one of the oldest Botanical Gardens in India. The Orchid House here has some uncommon species of orchids.
Natural History Museum: Located within walking distance from Darjeeling Mail, the Natural History Museum contains an interesting and comprehensive collection of mammals, birds, fishes, butterflies and reptiles of this vicinity.
Rangeet Valley Ropeway: India’s first passenger ropeway, a 30-minute joyride down the mountainside by cable car is quiets an experience.
The Shrubbery: Shri A. L. Dias, the then governor of West Bengal, planned this beautiful rock garden on the Jawahar Parbat behind Raj Bhavan, in 1976. A magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga Range and Singla valley can be had from here.
Shiliguri: “The gateway to north-eastern India” Shiliguri is the main transit point for Darjeeling, Kalimpang and the northeastern states. The busy and active Shiliguri city is surrounded by beautiful landscapes of tea gardens, Sal forests and the nearby hills.
Tibetan Refugees self-Help Centre: Tibetan Refugees self-Help Centre is located at a distance of 10 km. This refugee centre was established in 1959 to rehabilitate displaced Tibetans who had followed the Dalai Lama when he fled from Tibet to India. Tibetan men and women can be seen at work here, producing exquisite woollen carpets, shawls, jackets, leather coats and carved wooden furniture.
Tiger Hill: Tiger Hill is located at a distance of 11 km. It is located 2573 m above sea level, offers a breathtaking view of sunrise over Mt. Everest and the Kanchendzonga. Tiger Hill provides an unforgettable view of the sunrise over the mighty peaks of Everest and Kanchenjunga. Tiger Hill is also the starting point for one-day treks by Himalayan mountain trails.
Kalimpong: located above 1243 mts. is a quieter destination, fabled for orchids, the rarest cacti and nurseries. A trip from Darjeeling to Kalimpong thereby enjoying the excellent view of the confluence of River Rangeet and River Teesta and also the view of the East Himalayas from several viewpoints provides an unforgettable experience. Since long days back Darjeeling, Karsiyang and Kalimpong have become popular destinations for running high standard residential schools.
Mirik: It is the youngest hill stop of India, is woven around a natural lake that reflects the majesty of the Himalayan range. Lava (218m), Lolaygaon (1516m), Samsing, Sukha, Kalijhora and Latpanchor are amongst the new destinations of tourist allurement.
Mahanada Sanctuary: This sanctuary, consisting of mixed forest on the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, was established in 1976. The altitude, ranging from 150 to 1300 metres, is reflected in the range of animals found here.
Takdah: Takdak is located around 26 km. Located at an altitude of 2000 metres, Takdah is famous for its orchid culture centre, run by the West Bengal Forest Development Corporation. Nearly 110 varieties of Himalayan and hybrid orchids are grown here.
Sandakphu: A trek to Sandakphu from Darjeeling 58 km takes one by fragrant and enchanting forests of firs and conifers, rhododendrons, primulas and orchids of uncommon and bewildering varieties. April-May is the best time to visit, as the green plateau will be covered with beautiful flowers. Home to nearly 600 species of birds, Sandakphu is also a birdwatcher’s paradise.
Mungpo: The excursion from Shiliguri to Mungpo 49 km is filled with beautiful scenery as high mountains rise majestically on either side of the rushing Tista River. The river beaches here are popular among picnickers. Mungpo also has a medicinal plants farm.
Karsiyang: It is located at a distance of 52 km. Karsiyang is located 1475 m above sea level, enroute to Darjeeling, is an excellent hill stop with wonderful views of the Kanchendzonga range and the Balson valleys below. Though the great area of countless mountains and valley regions flows the tempestuous River Teesta arousing in the viewers a mixed feeling of beauty and reverential fear. She also provides excellent water sports and adventure sports options like white-water rafting, canoeing and kayaking.
Best time to visit: March to mid-June and from September to Mid-December.
Temperature:8. 5degree-18. 5degree C in summer and 1degree – 11degree in winter.
Cost: Customised as per guest requirement
Air: The nearest airport is Bagdogra, 90 km from Darjeeling town, connecting Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati.
Rail: New Jalpaiguri or NJP Railway stop near Siliguri is connected with several superfast trains from Kolkata, the Northeast and other parts of the country. From NJP the narrowgauge hill trains leave at 9-00, reach Darjeeling at 15-30 via Siliguri town jn/sukhna/tindharia/kurseong/sonada.
Road: Siliguri is the gateway to all these hill stations, as also to Sikkim, Bhutan and neighborhood country Nepal. Regular bus sets and hired cars ply between Siliguri and these hill stations. Siliguri is connected with a large number of long-distance bus routes from Kolkata, Delhi, the Northeast and other parts of the country.
Darjeeling Tour (03 Nights/ 04 Days):
Day 01: Arrive Bagdogra airport or New Jalpaiguri aim stop and move to Darjeeling (94 kms/03 hrs). Night stay at Darjeeling.
Day 02: After breakfast proceed for the sight seeing of Darjeeling covering Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Parmesan Nadia Himalayan Zoological park, Ropeway, Tensing -Gumbo Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, Tea Estate, Lebong Race Course, Peace Pagoda. & Rock Garden – Gangamaya Park. Night stay in Darjeeling
Day 03: Early Morning Excursion to Tiger Hill, Ghoom Monastery & Batasia Loop. Return to the Hotel. After breakfast at hotel go for Mirik Lake via Nepal Border. Rest of the day, Free at Leisure. Night stay in Darjeeling.
Day 04: After breakfast check out from the Hotel & move to the Bagdogra airport/NJP railway stop for your onward destination.