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Darjeeling Mall & Chowrasta
One of the obvious places you meet with while visiting or staying at Darjeeling is the Chowrasta and the Mall. This place is the heart of Darjeeling town of West Bengal. The Mall is beside the Chowrasta Square, which is a flat land located on top of Nehru Road. The word ‘chow’ means four and ‘rasta’ means road. Four roads meet here with each other, making a square like space in the centre.

The Mall is the centre of the Darjeeling town for being social with people and commercial interaction. People, both local and tourists, come to Chowrasta to seat on the benches along the periphery, relax in the sun and witness the peaks and valleys around. You can notice some old and heritage stores on one side, while open vivid view of pine trees on the other, or you can ride the ponies offered by young local boys

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Yiga Choeling Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Darjeeling that follow the Tibetan Buddhism. Established in 1850, it is located below Ghoom Railway Station. Another monastery in Ghoom is Samten Choling Monastery, which is also referred as Ghoom Monastery by local drivers, although the previous one, known as Old Ghoom Monastery, is the original one and more famous. It is situated at a distance of 7 km from the town area of Darjeeling.

Renowned astrologer and monk Lama Sherab Gyatso built the external structure of the Yiga Choeling Monastery. Belonging to the Yellow Hat sect, known as Gelukpa, this monastery houses several images of Buddha, deities and lamas. There is also a large collection of Buddha’s manuscripts, including Kangyur, the Tibetan Buddhist Gospel with 108 volumes. There is a 15 ft model of Lord Buddha, known as Maitreya Buddha or Gyalwa Shampa, created with Tibetan clay. This is one of the earliest and largest statues of Buddha in Darjeeling hills area.

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Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling
With the aim to establish mountaineering as an organised and respectable sport, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute or HMI was founded in Jawahar Parvat area of Darjeeling in West Bengal. The institute was built during 1953 to commemorate the success of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay to climb Mt Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary. The location is only 14 km away by driving via Gandhi Road from proper town are of Darjeeling.

The first Director of field training in HMI was Tenzing Sir himself. The institute houses today various activities and unites, and regularly conducts adventure, basic and advanced comprehensive courses on mountaineering. There are residential school for mountaineering students, restaurant, tea parlour, souvenir shop, Swiss style houses for Sherpa trainers etc. The Everest Museum inside the complex of HMI displays various artefacts, photos and instruments of the brave mountaineers who scaled Everest.

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Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling
Peace Pagoda is one kind of Buddhist stupa, which bears the message of world peace and focus on people of all races and creeds. One of the Peace Pagodas in the world is situated on the slopes of Jalapahar hills in West Point area of Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal. Located at a distance of about 10 minutes’ driving distance from the centre of Darjeeling town, this temple was built in 1992 following the traditional Japanese architecture.

The Peace Pagoda displays the four incarnations of Lord Buddha, along with Maitreya Buddha, carved in walls and polished in gold colour. It is about 28.5 m in height and its diameter is about 23 m, making the tallest free standing structure in Darjeeling. At the lower level, two concrete models of lion.

Around 100 yards way is the Japanese Temple, where a giant statue of Lord Buddha is seen. At the entrance of the temple, there is a picture of its founder, Fujii Guruji, who was the founder and preceptor of Nipponzan Myohoji which is a Buddhist order for global peace. The prayer room upstairs gives an opportunity to join prayers, if you reach on time, and to introspect and feel the heavenly peaceful ambience.

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Batasia Loop, Darjeeling
While taking a toy-train ride from Darjeeling Railway Station, you get to meet a spiral track around the War Memorial before heading upwards to Ghoom. Known as Batasia Loop, this is one of the fascinating parts of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in West Bengal and located on Hill Cart Road distance of 5 km from the town of Darjeeling. Commissioned in 1919, the track passes through a tunnel and over a hilltop at this point. The entire area with the track the memorial and the garden is about 50000 sq ft.

There is no other place in Darjeeling that can give you such a phenomenal 360° view of the surrounding forest, valley and hills. The garden that is surrounds is full of seasonal and perennial flowers and shrubs, as if it beatifies the memorial that is made as a tribute to the Gorkha soldiers of Indian Army, who died fighting against British rulers for India’s independence. After the train halts there, you can walk along the track, through the garden and absorb the beautiful scenario around.

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Observatory Hill, Darjeeling
Observatory Hill near situated in a walkable distance from Chowrasta Mall in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. Like the name depicts, the hill-top serves as an extra-ordinary point to observe the surrounding valley, forests and hills. The hill is not even 1 km far from the Chowrasta square where two important arteries of the town meet, i. e, Nehru Road and Bhanubhakta Sarani. The hill is encircled at the bottom by the Mall Road.

The Bhutia Busty Monastery was located originally in this hill, but later it was relocated to its present site after foreign invasion destroyed it. Bhutia people still regard this place as a holy one. Today, at the top of the hill where once the monastery used to reside, is the temple of Mahakal, a form of Lord Shiva. There are also shrines of deities like Durga, Ganesha, Radha, Krishna etc. There is a cave nearby known as Mahakal Cave that has a Shiva Linga and idols of Durga, Saat Kanya BHagavati Devi and others.

The place is excellent for relaxation along with observation of the surrounding. You can see plenty of monkeys here and there. Quite rich in flora and fauna, Observatory Hill also offers view of Sikkim as far as possible and 12 peaks of the Himalayas with height of more than 6096 m. On a fine clear day, the third highest mountain peak of the world, Mt Kanchenjunga can also be seen. As the area is deprived of the crowd of tourists, you can spend some peaceful time in this quintessence ambience. You can just sit somewhere amidst the prayer flags, smell the essence of ‘agarbattis’ and listen to the ringing bells or hymn of ‘mantras’.

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Bhutia Busty Monastery Darjeeling
The Karmaa Dorjee Chyoling Monastery is situated in the Bhutia Busty, and thus it is famous as the Bhutia Busty Monastery. The monastery is only 1.5 km distant from the Chowrasta of Darjeeling. It was originally built in the Observatory Hill in 1761 by Lama Dorje Rinzing, but in 1788, during Nepali invasion, the monastery was destroyed. After the Nepali troop was driven by British East India Company, the monastery was rebuilt in Bhutia Busty during 1879, rather than its original location.

If seen from its original earlier location in Observatory Hill, this is the oldest Buddhist Monastery in Darjeeling. Bhutia Busty Monastery belongs to Red Sect of Buddhist Lamas. It is actually a branch of the Nyingma sect’s Phodrang Monastery in Sikkim. The monastery is built in traditional Tibetan style with influence of Sikkimese architecture, bearing a significant example of Darjeeling’s tradition of Buddhism.

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Singalila National Park Darjeeling
The Singalila National Park is a reserve forest area, located in the Singalila Ridge of Eastern Himalayas and falls under the district of Darjeeling in West Bengal. Popular as an excellent trekking route to Sandakphu, it is elevated from a height of 7900 ft to 12000 ft. The park is situated about 35 km from the proper town of Darjeeling. Initially, the park was made as a wildlife sanctuary in 1986, and it was honoured as a national park in 1992. The park shares national border with Sikkim to the north and international border with Nepal to the west.

The highest two peaks of Singalila Range are Sandakphu and Phalut, both of which have elevation more than 11000 ft. There are two ranges in the Singalila National Park. Just after Manebhanjan, the southern range begins and extends through Tonglu, Tumling, Gairibas, Kalipokhari, Bikheybhanjan towards the way upto Sandakphu and beyond Phalut. The northern range on other side is accessible through Rimbik. Tumling is the place where you see the first sign of the main entrance to the park.

Trekking in this park provides an opportunity of close observation of the flora and fauna of this region. This vegetation of this forest includes oaks, silver fir, bamboo, and fern, along with rhododendron, orchid, magnolia, primula and more flowering plants. Almost 20 different types of rhododendronsof various colours are in full bloom across the park during March to April. There are over 600 different species of orchids in this park, making it the largest concentration of orchids in any geographical area in the world.

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Rock Garden, Darjeeling
Around 7 km from the Chowrasta of Darjeeling town in North Bengal, there is a waterfall named Chunnu Summer Falls, as the water only flows during summer time. Seeing its popularity, there garden or park is maintained surrounding the falls and this park is known as Ganga Maya Park. The rocky hill slopes, known as Barbotey Rock Garden, is becoming popular day by day as an attachment of this park. It is elevated at an altitude of 2134 m and you can reach there by turning right before reaching Ghoom via Hill Cart Road.

In the Rock Garden, you can observe that the garden is actually made by cutting rocks at different levels, and thus there are several seating arrangements like terrace over and around the waterfall. From the bottom of the garden, the entrance point of the fall cannot be seen, so you have to climb the stairs and cross small bridges to reach to the top. This site is suitable for spending some time in relaxation.

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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park Darjeeling
Popularly known as Darjeeling Zoo, the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zooligical Park is the largest high altitude zoo in India. The park spans over an area of 67.56 acre at an elevation of 2134 m and specialises in breeding endangered animals. Established primarily in 1958, the zoo is situated within 2 km distance from Chowrasta of Darjeeling town. It is named after Padmaja Naidu, the daughter of Sarojini Naidu. Darjeeling Zoo is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and also serves as a hub for red panda programme under Central Zoo Authority of India.

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is widely famous for its project to breed those animal species that face a threat to extinct, especially from this Eastern Himalayan region. Three of the critically endangered species are red panda, Himalayan wolf and snow leopard. Along with that, the zoo also included Tibetan wolf, Himalayan salamander, Himalayan tahr, blood pheasant, grey peacock pheasant, satyr tragopan, Himalayan monal etc under its breeding programme.
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