Weekend getaways from Darjeeling
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Darjeeling is one of the most beautiful hill resorts in the world. It is situated in the foothills of the majestic Himalayas. Famous for its beautiful tea plantations and known worldwide for producing the greatest qualities of Tea, Darjeeling is a delight for all kind of tourists. 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. Darjeeling Tourism has grown bigger and better over the years as one of the most sought after hill stations in India. The beautiful Darjeeling estate is filled with people from Tibet, Nepal, Gorkhaland and other nearby Indian states. Some of the most popular tourist attractions include monasteries, botanical gardens, Ropeway cable car, mountain views, biking and trekking. Darjeeling forms the travel triangle destination with Darjeeling-Sikkim-Gangtok.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is an absolutely spectacular town. Its proximity to Darjeeling makes it a strong attraction to the tourists visiting Sikkim. Situated at an altitude of 5200 ft. on a forested terrain, the town offers a marvelous sight of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains, including Mt. Kangchenjunga. The cool temperature and weather of Gangtok, along with the numerous monasteries in its vicinity offer a calm and serenity which is a bliss for travellers. But even through the calm, the town hustles like any other, like the M.G. Marg, a vehicle-free stretch, housing the local shops, restaurants featuring delicious cuisines, and hotels offering a splendid view of the Himalayan skyline.
Located amidst the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, Siliguri serves as a entry gate into North East India due to its superior connectivity. Being the second largest city in the state of West Bengal, it is an important commercial hub due to major influx of tourists en route to North East India. The Narmada river flows besides the city. Siliguri is a cosmopolitan city and the commercial capital of its region. Siliguri receives approximately 325-330 cms of rainfall annually, making it relatively cooler than the surrounding regions. Siliguri is blessed with natural beauty. This city is also famous for its tea plantations, which produce some of the best tea in the world. With the perfect blend of abundant natural bounty and modern technologies, Siliguri provides something for everyone.
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.
Surrounded by clouds and located high above the valleys below, Cherrapunji(Cherrapunjee) is one the major tourist destinations for the tourists visiting Meghalaya. The weather in Cherrapunji earned it a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, dubbing it as the wettest place on Earth. Nowadays, although Cherrapunji doesn’t still hold that record, it is still one of the best places to be in, while on your tour of Meghalaya, being situated in the lap of Nature. Apart from the splendid natural beauty of the place, there are plenty of other attractions in Cherrapunji, which are sure to make your stay memorable, like the Double-Decker Root-Bridge of Cherrapunji, Seven-Sisters waterfall, the Nokalikai waterfalls, and the Khoh Ramhah, among others.
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, a city of a major riverine port, is one of the main tourist destination in the Northeastern part of India. The Mighty Brahmaputra river adore this city adds a charm to it. This city is also known as the gateway to Northeast for rest of India. Centuries-old shakti pitha, Kamakhya Temple atop Nilachal Hill, an ancient Umananda Temple at Peacock Island and the Brahmaputra river are some of the most famous attraction here. The city has many ancient and new Hindu temples, earning it the title “The City Of Temples”.
Kalimpong is a hill station in the foothills of Eastern Himalayas, an classified ecological hotspot.The Delo Hill of Kalimpong is on an edge sitting above the splendid view of the Teesta River. This offbeat travel destination is easily reachable from Darjeeling. Kalimpong has everything from cultural heritage to trendy spots, wildlife to adventure, the place is energetic and loaded with lovely scenes. Diverse wildlife and vibrant vegetation is the focal fascination of Kalimpong. Neora Valley National Park is home to tigers. Spring followed by the summer are best season to visit to Kalimpong. The Tibetan food and handicrafts has a high impacts in the markets and places to eat in Kalimpong.
Welcome to Ravangla, a primary tourist spot situated at an altitude of 7000 feet in South Sikkim. A scenic beauty, it boasts of offering a serene view of the lofty and snow covered Greater Himalayas. Surrounded by ideal spots for village tours and treks, it is the beginning locale of the trek to the Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary. It is the nature lover’s nirvana, as it provides alluring flora and attracts a wide variety of Himalayan birds. As for when your inner shopper needs satisfaction, Ravangla houses the Kunphen Ling Carpet Center, which sell one of the best woven carpets in the nation. Sightseeing at Ravangla includes; but isn’t limited to; pristine waterfalls, ravishing tea gardens, hot springs and Buddhist monasteries.
Lachung is a tiny hamlet in the lap of North east Sikkim embraced by snow-capped mountains. sparkling streams, breathtaking waterfalls along with apple, apricot and peach orchards make for an amazing tourist destination. Lachung beautifully lounge on either side of the Lachung Chu which gives one an stunning view of slow snow-melts on the river. The place will give utmost pleasure to the mind and soul. A must visit for the nature lovers and travellers. The picturesque valley will definitely grab all your attention. It is the perfect destination to spend your holidays. Places you can visit is the Lachung Monastery (or gompa). It has wonderful wall murals and also several ancient statues. Yumthang-valley or ‘The valley of Rhododendron’; zero-point-yumesamdong etc.
An ideal holiday destination for nature and adventure lovers in the West Garo Hills of Meghalaya. Tura holds the spellbound scenes with its serene hills against a backdrop of lower plains and the mighty Brahamputra rushing downstream. You will see the finest views at the top of Tura Peak at 1400m. Tura is home to the photogenic wildlife, Nokrek National Park is a popular attraction, where you can spot leopard, golden cat and other animals in their natural habitat. Your itinerary must have Siju caves and Rongbang Dar Falls to end your trip with blissful memories. Apart from Nature, there are many annual festivals too, which the tourists come to witness, like the Wangala which is a traditional Garo dance, and Christmas, which is celebrated here in a magnificent way.
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 beautiful hamlet in the North Bengal region. A land of lofty peaks and dense forests, interspersed with white orchids, Kurseong is soaked in Nature’s glory. Gradually, it rose to prominence to become a tourist destination among the nature lovers. It falls en route to Darjeeling. Travellers can reach Kurseong from New Jalpaiguri or Bagdogra via the Hill Cart Road. The town offers a fascinating variety of flora and fauna, together with lush green blankets of tea gardens down the slopes. A favourite with the tourists is the Toy Train ride across the heart of the town; the picturesque spots of Eagle Craig, Dow Hill, Deer Park are worth a visit. Local taxis take tourists on a journey around the town. The magic of the mountains awaits you.
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.
Rajgir just 15 kms from Nalanda is located the complex of temples and monasteries. Rajgir means the Abode of Gods or Home of Royalty or Royal Mountain etc. Being located in a valley, Rajgir is a very scenic place. The small hill grit town is covered with lush green forest which add to the beauty of the place. This place has been associated with Lord Buddha and Buddhism. Buddha not only spent many years in Rajgir but also delivered sermons here and proselytized emperor Bimbisar at the Gridhakuta hill. Today Rajgir has come up as one of the most important pilgrimage for the Buddhist. Rajgir also has some very beautiful Hindu and Jain temples which attracts Hindus and Jains also to the place. Not only as a place for worship, Rajgir has come up as health and winter resort with its warm water ponds. The added attraction of Rajgir is the Ropeway which takes you uphill to the Shanti Stupa and Monasteries built by the Japanese Devotees on top of the Ratnagiri hills.
The capital of the world’s most happy country. Thimphu combines a natural small-town feel with a new commercial exuberance that constantly challenges the country’s natural conservatism and Shangri-La image. Vehicle traffic, unheard of a handful of years ago, now crawls through the centre of town during an equally new phenomenon – rush hour. Blessed with the majestic landscapes, this is the place for your next travel.
A small town in Sikkim west holds the natural wonders. Pelling is a pleasant town know for the nearest views of snow capped Kanchenjunga range, with a comfortable stay in the town. The balcony of the hotels in Pelling gives you an ideal view with the colours of dawn and warm Sikkim tea. The nascent town of Pelling pulls the hordes of visitors for its placid views of the eastern Himalayas. The travellers who search for the unexplored destination and wander in the lapse of nature and smalll treks, pelling is perfect place for you. The natural forests, Khecheopalri Lake, historical monasteries and strong hold of Sikkim culture are the highlights of the town.
Mirik is a small and sleepy exotic hill station in Darjeeling, is a perfect destination to find peace and rejuvenation. The centre of the attraction in Mirik is the beautiful and picturesque lake formed by the perennial streams. The lake is decorated with a floating fountain in the middle. Mirik does have the mesmerising and joyful views of Kanchenjunga, whose reflections are visible in the lake forming the best scene for a photographer. The town Mirik is surrounded by a dense and deep forest with thousands of Cryptomaria-Japanica trees clothe the slopes on the west. Mirik is completely fit for a weekend getaway for couples or a family picnic. The town is situated near to Darjeeling and Siliguri and well connected with roads. Trekking from Mirik to Sandakphu, Phalut, has become very popular in recent times. Short Trek from Mirik to Kurseong could be covered within one day only.
A village in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, the village Mawsynram annual rainfall has crossed 12000 mm, with a claim to be the wettest place on Earth. Mawsynram and Cherrapunji are both located in Meghalaya, and Mawsynram is receiving even more rainfall than Cherrapunji. The Mawsynram tourism is known for the secretly placed caves and the adventure sports activities. Inside those caves there lies a huge formation of a stalagmite, which takes after the shape of a ‘Shivling’. The water sports near Mawsynram are available few kilometers ahead in Mawlyngbna. You an enjoy this rain paradise best during post monsoon time. The pre monsoon and monsoon receive heavy rainfall at any time.
Shantiniketan is a perfect weekend getaway near Kolkata. An ideal destination to travel with friends or family. Shantiniketan is mostly preferred by the couple because of it beautiful architecture and adorable hangout places. You will love to see the heritage architectures from the times of Rabindranath Tagore. The town has few cafes to have coffee or snacks. This small town near Bolpur is very famous for the Holi celebration, you cannot miss out the festival of colours here with the traditional Bengali culture.
Places to visit near Darjeeling
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