Weekend getaways from Darjeeling
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Darjeeling is a town in India's West Bengal state, in the Himalayan foothills. Once a summer resort for the British Raj elite, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or “Toy Train,” completed in 1881. It's famed for the distinctive black tea grown on plantations that dot its surrounding slopes. Its backdrop is Mt. Kanchenjunga, among the world’s highest peaks.
It is located on a ridge at a height of 5500 feet. With a spectacular view of the Khangchendzonga, the town provides the perfect base for travel through the state. It was once an important transit point for traders traveling between Tibet and India.
Shillong is the capital and hill station of Meghalaya, also known as "The Abode of Clouds", one of the smallest states in India. It is said that the rolling hills around the town reminded the European settlers of Scotland. Hence, they would also refer to it as the "Scotland of the East". Although relatively unknown in the field of sports, Shillong got into the limelight because of Shillong Lajong FC, a football club based here which has taken the Indian football scene by storm in the recent I-League. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is the homeground of Shillong Lajong FC and Royal Wahingdoh FC in I-League.
For some, venturing off a plane into Kathmandu is a pupil-dilating experience, a rush of sights, sounds, and notices that can rapidly prompt tactile over-burden. Whether you're barrelling through the activity stuck rear ways of the old town in a rickshaw, wondering about the medieval sanctuaries or evading trekking visits in the explorer region of Thamel, Kathmandu can be an inebriating, stunning and debilitating spot. This unendingly intriguing, once in a while the maddening city has enough sights to keep you occupied for a week, yet make sure to leave its explorer comforts and investigate the 'genuine Nepal' before your time runs out.
High above misty valleys and foaming rivers, ensconced in swirling clouds and perched on an escarpment, lies Cherrapunji (4,500 feet). This is a stunning location and the year-round rain earned Cherrapunji coveted entry long ago into the Guinness Book of World Records as the wettest place on earth, the place where the rainfall can be recorded in feet rather than in millimeters. Today, climatic changes have edged Cherrapunji out of the topmost 'wet' slot, but it still retains its pristine beauty, its unusual facets, the perpetual clouds, and the perpetual mists…. Appropriately, Cherrapunji lies in the heart of the State of Meghalaya-the abode of clouds.
Tawang is a district as well as a town in western Arunachal Pradesh. The town is located at an altitude of 11,500 ft at the extreme North West corner of Arunachal Pradesh surrounded in three sides by Bhutan and China. This makes Tawang difficult to reach. But the visitors are well rewarded with the grand views of the alpine mountains surrounding Tawang. Apart from the grand mountain and lakes that create an extremely beautiful background for the town, Tawang is also famous for the 17th century Tawang Monastery which is the second largest in Asia and also one of the most beautiful. The local tribe “Monpa” are well known for their friendly smile and the headgear they wear.
Guwahati is the largest city of Assam, a major riverine port city and one of the fastest growing cities in India. Guwahati is one of the main tourist hubs in Northeast India. The city boasts of a centuries-old Kamakhya Temple atop Nilachal Hill, an ancient Umananda Temple located at Peacock Island in the middle of the Brahmaputra river and the Brahmaputra itself which is one of the largest rivers in the world. The city has many ancient Hindu temples, along with newly built ones, earning it the sobriquet "City Of Temples". Hence the city is aesthetically, culturally and commercially developed. Tourism in Guwahati includes heritage sites, ancient temples, museums, historical monuments, archaeological sites, lakes and ponds.
The picturesque mountain village of Lachung, at a height of 8610 ft, embraced by snow capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams and apple orchards is the perfect holiday destination. Sprawled across the banks of the Lachung Chu [river] which slices the village in two, Lachung is famous for its apples, peaches and apricots. At Lachung you can visit the Lachung Gompa, built around 1880, the monastery is situated amidst apple orchards across the river from the town centre. Also go see the handicraft centre which has exquisitely woven rugs and blankets.
The popular Singalila Ridge Trek from Sandakphu to Phalut passes through the scenic Singalila National Park and offers fantastic views of the Himalaya. Home to exotic red panda and Himalayan black bear, Singalila Forest has a national park located on the Singalila Ridge at an altitude of more than 7000 feet above sea level, in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. The national park is abode to several rare mammals like the exotic red panda and Himalayan black bear. One also gets to see leopard, pangolin, chinkara, elephant, barking deer, etc. The park is also a delight for birdwatchers as more than 120 species of birds are seen, which includes many rare birds like scarlet minivet, kalij pheasant, satyr tragopan, blood pheasant, etc. The park also serves as home to migratory birds.
Kurseong is a tiny hill station in the serene Himalayan valleys of West Bengal, Located at an altitude of 1,458 m (4,783 ft). The township offers sightseeing of lovely tea gardens along the mountain slopes, forests with many different flora & fauna, quaint villages and so on. The terraced tea gardens, orchid nurseries, and verdant hill slopes are best explored either on foot or by the Toy Train which runs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. It is a nature lover's paradise and offers some interesting treks.
Nongstoin is the head quarter of West Khasi Hills District surrounded by lush green hilly terrain. It is a heaven for adventure lovers. Main attraction of this tranquil hamlet is Nongkhnum Island, which is the biggest river island in Meghalaya and the second largest island in Asia. Another popular attraction among the tourists visiting Nongstoin is Embroidery Stone, which is a natural stone formation that has an embroidered design on it. Langshiang falls and Weinia falls are the other attractions that are frequented by the tourists visiting Nongstoin.