QUEEN OF HILLS AWAITS YOU
Darjeeling hill town is located at an altitude of 6,710ft in north east India and is part of the state of West Bengal.Darjeeling district has become a separate district of West Bengal effective 14th Feb 2017 with an area of 1,056 square kilometers of its own.
Although the area of Darjeeling hill town itself is small (about 10 square kilometers), Darjeeling is also a district and spans over a large area of about 2,100 square kilometers. The district has subdivisions like Kurseong, Siliguri etc as well as the hill resort town of Mirik. So there are many lovely places to visit within Darjeeling hills itself.
Things to do in Darjeeling
Gangtok – the capital city and the most beautiful hill station is the main city in Sikkim. It is also the cultural, political, business, educational and commercial hub of Sikkim. Apart from this, Dzongu (in North Sikkim), Geyzing (West Sikkim), Mangan, Namchi, Pelling, Ravangla, Yuksom, etc are the main cities and town of Sikkim.
The influence of Buddhism is felt in all parts of the state and more than 200 monasteries and Lhakhangs are the evidence of this influence. Some of the famous monasteries in Sikkim are Pemayangste, Tashiding, Rumtek(on hill facing Gangtok), Enchey, Phensang (Near Gangtok), Ralong, Phodang (Near Gangtok), Tolung(in the Dzongu area of North Sikkim) and the list goes on.
The beautiful state in North-east India has numerous hot springs known for their therapeutic values and healing power. The Yumthang Hot spring near River Lachung, Yume Samdong Hot Spring at the base of Donkia-la Pass, Reshi Hot Spring on the banks of the Rangeet River, Borong and Ralong hot springs, etc are different hot springs to visit during your Sikkim tour.
The beautiful hill state is also known for some of the famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. Kanchendzonga National Park (KNP), Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary, Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary, Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, etc are some of the famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks famous as the natural habitat of the Himalayan Fauna, rare to endangered species of wild animals, birds and reptiles.
Beautiful lakes dotting the landscape of Sikkim are considered as sacred. North Sikkim adjoin Tiber has numerous mountain lakes like Gurdongmar and Chho Lamo (Source of the Teesta River). Not forget to mention Tsomgo Lake (in East Sikkim) and Khecheopalri (In West Sikkim) that are the most beautiful lakes in Sikkim. Menmecho Lake (a few km ahead of Tsomgo), Lampokari Lake (in East Sikkim saddled on the top of hill)are also must see lakes during your Sikkim tour.
Sikkim is a paradise for trekking enthusiasts. There are numerous trekking points like the Dzongri- Goecha La Trek – the most popular trek in Sikkim known for great mountain views, a flowery sight in summer, bird and views of pristine forest. There are numerous temples and shrines in the state like Hanuman tok, Shiva Mandir, Legship (also known as Kirateshwar Mahadev temple, Solopok, Samdrupste, Buddha Park, etc that persuade pilgrimages and nature lovers towards the beautiful state in North-East India.