The Himalayas is the mountainous area on the North-Western side of the state of West Bengal in India. This region belongs to the Eastern Himalayan range. The Darjeeling district except the Siliguri subdivision constitutes the region. It arises abruptly from the Terai region. The region slopes from a south to north direction. The river Teesta divides the region in two parts — the region to the east of Teesta and the region to the west of Teesta. The Darjeeling Himalayan hill region or the Darjeeling Himalaya is one among the top most visited destinations of North Bengal.
Queen Of The Hill
Darjeeling is the oldest and the most popular hill stations in India. It is famous for the great views of the Mt. Kanchenjunga the world’s third-highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway known as Toy Train. Darjeeling’s most popular attractions include monasteries, botanical gardens, a zoo, and the Darjeeling-Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway cable car which happens to be the longest Asian cable car.
The Land Of White Orchid
The Name Kurseong means ‘The place of white orchids‘. Kurseong is an ideal hill station for people who want to derive the pleasures of being in an alpine surrounding without worrying about higher altitudes and bone-chilling cold weather. Kurseong does not suffer from severe winters, and a healthy, comfortable climate is prevalent throughout the year.
Mirik is a picturesque tourist spot nestled in the serene hills of Darjeeling district. Mirik has become a popular tourist destination for its climate, natural beauty. The center of all attraction is Sumendu Lake, surrounded by a garden named Savitri Pushpaudyan on one side and pine trees on the other, linked together by an arching footbridge called Indreni Pool. A 3.5 km-long road encircles the lake and is used for walks with the view of Kangchenjunga on the far horizon.
A Bird Watcher’s Paradise
Latpanchar actually forms the highest part of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary with an average altitude of about 4,200 ft. Since it’s part of the sanctuary, there is good chance that you will come across some wildlife here like deer, barking deer, wild boars, and some times even leopards and elephants while exploring the jungles around. Not only wild animals, Latpanchar is also known as Paradise for the Bird Watcher’s. Commonly sighted birds include Blue Whistling Thrush, Minivet, Sunbirds, Minivet, Woodpeckers, Bulbul, Drongo, Kingfinshers, Falcon, Eagle etc. While travelling in the area.
Adventure In Shivkhola
ShivKhola, a small village in Darjeeling district, just 27 km away from Siliguri. Shivkhola is a heaven for those who love to stay close to nature and away from the concrete jungle. The name “Shivkhola” has come from Lord Shiva and the small stream which flows through the valley. An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is located on the bank of the stream. This place also offers some adventurous sports to the tourists, like River trekking, Rock climbing, and rappelling, River crossing etc.
Lava- Classic Tibetan Montessori
Lava is a small hamlet situated 34 kilometers east of the town of Kalimpong. It is one of the few places in West Bengal to receive snow in winter.The route to Lava is scenic with the change in vegetation from tropical deciduous to the wet alpine trees of fir, pine and birch. The verdant forests are a popular spot for picnicking, trekking and bird-watching. Lava has gradually become a favorite tourist destination.