The Queen of Hills Who Has the World Mesmerized by Her Magnificent Beauty
The Queen of Hills Darjeeling is located in the state of West Bengal towards the northeastern side of the country India. The hill station of Darjeeling has mesmerized travelers since time immemorial with her immaculate beauty. The beauty of the hill station is so immense that one of the world’s famous writers Mark Twain has said "The one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once-by even a glimpse would not give that glimpse for the shows of the rest of the world combined."
With the magnificent range of the world’s third highest peak Kanchendzonga painting the horizon and the dark green tea gardens carpeting the hills that seem to flow from the foothills of the great peak, the hills of Darjeeling is truly spellbinding. The hill station is best known for its picturesque scenic beauty and the ever changing weather it possesses. The beauty of the hills is the major factor that has boosted Darjeeling tourism.
The beauty of the hills is further enhanced the numerous places of interest that dot the hill station. When on a Darjeeling tour one should make it a point to visit all the tourist destinations that are present here for each place has its own charm and beauty that is unique to it. Some of the best known places of interest in and around the town are:-
The tiger hill observatory- this is the highest point of elevation in the vicinity of Darjeeling town. The sunrise that can be seen from here is so mesmerizing that words fall short to describe it. Watch the snow capped peaks of the majestic Kanchendzonga change colours from crimson to pink to orange to red as the sun slowly rises. This is a sight so grand that one should not miss it.
The Joy ride- the ride on the steam powered UNESCO world heritage engine pulled train is known as the joy ride. The train is as old as Darjeeling itself and a ride on this is a must, for this is something synonymous of a holiday in the Queen of Hills. The ride takes you through the hills showing you such beautiful scenic views that cannot be seen from any other vehicle or place. A ride on this as expressed by Mark twain would be “The most enjoyable day I've spent on earth is of mixed ecstacy of deadly fright and unimaginable joy."
Monasteries- the Tibetan monasteries that dot the hills are to be visited for the beauty and grandeur exhibited by them. Some of the monasteries that are here are centuries old. The paintings and architecture displayed by these sanctified monuments are truly beautiful and marvelous. Some of the most revered monasteries here are the Bhutia Busty Monastery, the Ghoom Monastery, and The Dali Monastery.
Mahakal Observatory- this is one of the most revered and holy places in Darjeeling town. This may be the only temple in Darjeeling that is frequented by people from all religions and backgrounds. The temple is also home to the Rhesus monkeys and one can see them jumping from tree to tree playfully while visiting the temple.
Tea gardens- the tea gardens of Darjeeling are a major revenue generator in the hills. The tea that is cultivated and processed here is exported all over the world and the tea of Darjeeling holds the number one position in production of quality tea. So when you are here do not forget to visit the renowned gardens and the factories that process the tea.
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