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Darjeeling - The Destination

  
To the east, a dull orange sun emerges painting the sky with brilliant strokes of magenta, gold, orange and fuchsia. The snow capped Everest, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Jannu and other peaks slowly emerge from slumber to start a new day. The sun worshippers gasp at the magnificent sight. As the fog lifts in the slowly penetrating sun, the town gradually comes alive amidst the brewing of tea, the sing-song Gorkhali, which is the local dialect, rising and falling like music.

Darjeeling  owes  its  grandeur  to  its  natural  beauty , its  clean fresh
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mountain air and above all , the smiling hospitable people for  whom  it is a home. Darjeeling is an abrupt change from the plains and Calcutta. The population is Nepali, Lepcha, Tibetan and Bhutia. It is surrounded by tea plantations, which produce one of the most famous and most expensive teas in the world.

Darjeeling is a fascinating place where you can see Buddhist monasteries, visit a tea plantation and see how the tea is processed, go for a ride on the chairlift, spend days hunting for bargains in colourful markets and handicrafts shops, sport a ride on the toy train or go trekking to high-altitude spots for closer views of Kanchenjunga.

Darjeeling - Facts at a Glance

State : West Bengal
Area : 11.44 sq km
Temperature : 11 C – 20 C (Summer)
3 C – 19 C (Winter)
Altitude : 2,134 mts
Language : Bengali, Nepali, Hindi, English
Best Season : March – May; September – November
 
History of Darjeeling

The name Darjeeling is believed to have been derived from the Tibetan word Dorje Ling, which means Place of Thunderbolt. Darjeeling was ruled by the rajas of Sikkim till the 18th century. After continuous wars with the Gurkhas and a final invasion, the East India Company finally acquired the land after defeating the Gurkhas. Subsequent developments in the area by the British turned Darjeeling into a popular hill station. Tea estates came up and population grew as Nepali laborers came to work here. Finally in the early 1900s, Darjeeling became the summer residence of the Bengal government.
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