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Darjeeling Information | Place to Visit in Darjeeling

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 12:32:00 +0000

Darjeeling Information | Place to Visit in DarjeelingDarjeeling, a town in the Indian state of West Bengal, is internationally famous for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the headquarters of Darjeeling district, located in the Mahabharat Range or Lesser Himalaya at an average elevation of 6,710 ft (2,050 m).Development of the town dates back to the mid-19th century, when the British set up a sanatorium and a military depot. Subsequently, extensive tea plantations were established in the region, and tea growers developed distinctive hybrids of black tea and created new fermenting techniques. The resultant distinctive Darjeeling tea is internationally recognised and ranks among the most popular of the black teas. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connects the town with the plains and has one of the few steam locomotives still in service in India. Darjeeling also has several British-style public schools, which attract students from throughout India and neighbouring countries. The town, with its neighbour Kalimpong, was a center for the demand of the Gorkhaland separatist movement in the 1980s. In recent years the town's fragile ecology has been threatened by a rising demand for environmental resources, stemming from growing tourist traffic and poorly-plannedurbanisation.Reaching your destination:Siliguri, a bustling town about 80 kilometers from Darjeeling is the gateway to the Hills.Air:The closest air port is at Bagdogra (about 88 kilometers from Darjeeling and a three and half hour drive) and is connected by air with all the Metros in the country.Rail:New Jalpaiguri(NJP) is the nearest rail head and is also about 88 kilometers from Darjeeling. NJP is also connected with all the major cities of the country with most of trains heading for the north-eastern states making a stop at this junction.Bus services can be availed from Siliguri to Darjeeling, Mirik and Kalimpong from Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus, Siliguri. However, it is more convenient to travel in smaller vehicles which are available on seat sharing basis/hire, from near the Bus terminus, airport and railway station. The fare per passenger on a seat sharing basis from Siliguri to Darjeeling is less than Rs 100.For regular visit to Darjeeling, vehicles can be arranged from NJP/Siliguri/Bagdogra and insist on coming up to Darjeeling through the National Highway 55(also called the Tenzing Norgay Road). There are numerous stalls dotting the highway for refreshment as well as have a break in Kurseong. The journey through NH-55 will take approximately 3-3.5 hours.For planning a visit to Kalimpong from Darjeeling, regular jeep services on seat sharing basis are available. The bookings can be done from the Kalimpong Motor Syndicate situated at the Darjeeling Motor Stand(Super Market Complex). Taxi can also be hired to Kalimpong and have a stop at Teesta Bazar for white water rafting.Fare per passenger on seat sharing taxis from Darjeeling to Kalimpong is about Rs 70/-(For reserved taxis the rates vary).Place of interest:Tiger Hill:Situated at an altitude of 2590 meters (8482 ft.) and 13 kilometers from the town, this spot has earned international fame for the magnificent view of the sunrise over the "Kanchanjunga" and the great eastern Himalayan Mountains. Even Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, is visible from here. The hesitant rays of the early morning sun paint these peaks in pale gold. You can know more about of Tiger Hill at Batasia Loop and the War Memorial:The Batasia loop situated almost 5 km away from the town is a gigantic railway loop where the Toy Train makes a 360 Degree turn. It was basically built to make it possible for the Toy Train to cut the deep ascend. Strategically located the Batasia Loop offers a panoramic view of the Kanchanjunga Range.A War Memorial constructed in the memory of the brave sons of the soil who laid down their lives in the different wars since the independence of the nation adds to[...]

Darjeeling Tourism | Darjeeling Himalayan | Darjeeling Travel | Darjeeling tours

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 10:25:00 +0000

Darjeeling Tourism | Darjeeling Himalayan | Darjeeling Travel | Darjeeling toursThe origin of the name “Darjeeling” is most likely from the Tibetan words ‘Dorje’ which means ‘thunderbolt’ and ‘Ling’ which means place or land. Quite literally, it is the ‘Land of the Thunderbolt’. Originally, this was the name given to a Buddhist monastery atop the Observatory Hill which over time became the name of the whole surrounding area. Darjeeling with its natural beauty provides a wide variety of activities from liesurely scenic walks to more gruelling activities such as trekking and river rafting for the adventurous ones. Discover the many nuances of Darjeeling and get complete information on your travelling needs to Darjeeling and its resources online. Continue exploring the site or drop us a message if you have questions or feedback. Fact about Darjeeling Hill Station:District Location: 27 Deg. 13 Min. N to 26 Deg. 27 Min. N Latitude 88 Deg. 53 Min. E to 87 Deg. 59 Min. E LongitudeArea:3,149 Square KmAltitude(Darjeeling Town):6710 Feet Temperature (Darjeeling Town):Annual Mean Max. Temperature 14.9 Degree CelsiusAnnual Mean Min. Temperature 8.9 Degree Celsius Lowest Minimum Temperature -5 D. Celsius on 11/02/1905Rainfall (Darjeeling Town):Average Annual Rainfall : 3092 MM Best Season for Visit:March to mid June & October to December.Important Roads:Siliguri-Mirik -Ghum -60 kmsSevak-Tista bridge –Kalimpong -60 kmsTista Bazar to Darjeeling -25 kms Sukna- Pankhabari-Kurseong -25 kmsSiliguri Darjeeling NH 55 -76 kms Important Rivers:Tista, Great Rangit, Mechi, Balason, Mahananda, Lish, Gish, Chel,Ramman, Murti and Jaldhaka.Clothing required:Light woollens and tropicals in summer (umbrellas and raincoats are useful) and heavy woollens in winterLanguage spoken:Hindi, Gorkha, Bengali, Nepali, Tibetan and English.Nearest Railway Station:Darjeeling(Meter Gauge) & New Jalpaiguri(Broad Gauge)Nearest Airport: BagdograLength of International & State Borders:Nepal Border (Partition River Mechi) - 62.75 mile or 101.02 km. Bhutan Border (Partition River De Chu) - 18.75 mile or 30.18 km.Bangladesh Border (Partition River Mahananda) - 12 mile or 19.32 km.Sikkim Border (Partition Rangit, Teesta, Rangpo, River) - 33.75 mile or 54.33 km.Bihar Border - 30 mile or 48.30 km.Rainfall((Darjeeling Town):Average Annual Rainfall : 3092 MM. Average Number of Rainy Days : 126 Days. Rainfall(Siliguri Town):Average Annual Rainfall : 3620 MM.Average Number of Rainy Days : 113 Days.Density:413 Persons Per Square Km.Sex Ratio:1:1Birth Rate:2.69% Per AnnuamDeath Rate:2.40% Per Annuam Infant Mortality Rate:67 Per 1000Literacy:57.62%Geological Layout of Darjeeling:The Darjeeling Hill area represents a unique geo- environmental perception. The area of study is primarily composed of erosional landforms produced by southerly flowing streams, which have exposed a full cross section of different tectonic units. The form units are, however approximately the same throughout the hill area, having more or less uniform lithology, structure, climate, soil and vegetative covers. According to Mallet (1875), Audent (1935) the tectonic units are found to be in the reverse order of stratigraphic superimposition, and is represented by Siwalik and Gondwana systems. Towards the inner Himalayas, the thrusted sheets of Daling and Darjeeling group of crystalline rocks succeed these. The contact between different groups of rocks is represented by thrusts, dipping at high angles towards north.A brief description of various formations of the Darjeeling Himalaya is given here under:Raised Terraces:A recent to sub recent formation form a fringe along the hills, especially at the confluences of the rivers. These terraces are composed of gravels, pebbles and boulders mixed with sand and clay. The formation is semi-consolidated, stratified along with the evidences of upheaval at places. This type of high-level terraces is also called the Terai. A 40 m high terrace is found in the Tista valley at Kalijhora.Siwalik: The Siwalik system in[...]