Poet William Wordsworth’s lines from The Tables Turned cross the mind as one visits Darjeeling, which offers fascinating vistas of the Himalayas, particularly Mount Kanchenjunga. Strolling amidst the verdant green Happy Valley tea estate serves the dual purpose of refreshing the mind as well as an educational tour for everyone. In fact, there are more than 86 gardens that produce the famous Darjeeling tea. The toy train chugging between Darjeeling and New Jalpaiguri remains a memorable ride as it meanders through the pictureperfect setting of the terrain. The Tiger Hill – known to offer great sunrise views, the Ghoom Monastery– the oldest monastery in Darjeeling and Lloyd’s Botanical Garden, which is known to house exotic flora and fauna, remain must-visit places on the itinerary. A cable car ride can be undertaken at Rangit Valley from Darjeeling, which can be both exhilarating as well as adrenaline induced experience.
The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was established by Tenzing Norgay, the sherpa who along with Sir Edmund Hillay,, reached the summit of Mount Everest. The campus has a memorial for him, and it also houses a museum that showcases mountaineering equipment. These include the ones that Tenzing Norgay used.
Drive through beautiful green meadows and picturesque valleys to reach Mirik, the serene tourist spot in the hills of Darjeeling. Soak in the beautiful vistas and relax by the charming Sumendu Lake. Boating and canoeing are popular activities which a tourist can undertake here.