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Honestly, How Many Of These 5 Lesser-Known Facts About Darjeeling Do You Know?

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Here are some interesting facts about Darjeeling most people don't know.

Honestly, How Many Of These 5 Lesser-Known Facts About Darjeeling Do You Know?:

  1. Darjeeling (West Bengal)
  2. Rangit Valley Passenger Cable Car, Darjeeling (West Bengal)
  3. Toy Train , Darjeeling (West Bengal)
  4. Everest Museum, Darjeeling (West Bengal)

1. Darjeeling Was Developed By The British During The Mid 19th Century Period

Darjeeling Was Developed By The British During The Mid 19th Century Periodsource: wikimedia.org

The development of the town dates back to the mid-19th century, when the colonial British administration set up a sanatorium and a military depot.

HolidayIQ traveller Sushanta Shit from Durgapur shares, “We went there along with my college friends. First we started the journey from Durgapur to Burdwan by bus. Then we starting the journey from Burdwan station in the Hwh Njp Ac Express and got down at New Jalpaiguri railway station. Then we went to the town by hiring a car. The journey was very exiting through the zigzag way of the hills. Besides the sites of beautiful tea gardens on the hill. During our three day stay at Darjeeling we went round the various resorts. We are fascinated by the wonderful scenic beauties of these places. Here we stayed in Hotel Sonar Bangla, a quality hotel with best foods. Overall in our Darjeeling journey, we enjoyed lot that we never forgot.”

2. The Name Darjeeling Comes From Tibetan Words Dorje And Ling

The Name Darjeeling Comes From Tibetan Words Dorje And Lingsource: wikimedia.org

The word Darjeeling has evolved from the Sanskrit, "Durjaya Linga", means "Shiva of invincible prowess, who rules the Himalayas." It is also believed that the name Darjeeling also comes from the Tibetan word dorje, meaning the thunderbolt sceptre of the Hindu deity Indra, and ling, a place or land.

HolidayIQ traveller P Apoorva Anand from Delhi shares, “The scenic views of this place is just next to being in heaven. Each and every living and nonliving thing complement each other. The view at tiger hill during sun rise make you feel just lost in the nature and also brings a thought that you have earned this precious moment to be so close to nature. The train journey is the most important phase of the trip. But it disappoints as it doesn't let you to go for a long ride which gives you more enjoyable ride and experience of the engineering marvel. Don't forget to visit the train museum also. You have other places to visit nearby also. Take a long walk to the Mall Road and shop some wonderful stuff. Also don't forget to taste the lip-smacking dishes of these places. People are friendly and nice at heart also.”

3. The Rangit Valley Ropeway In Darjeeling Is The Largest Ropeway In Asia

The Rangit Valley Ropeway In Darjeeling Is The Largest Ropeway In Asiasource: darjeelingtours.wordpress.com

The Ropeway is undoubtedly the best way to to experience the panoramic views of Darjeeling. The ropeway was started in 1968 and is the first cable car system in India.

HolidayIQ traveller Sanjay Rana shares, “One of the best ways to experience the panoramic views that Darjeeling is so famous for, is by taking a ride on the ropeway. One has board the cable car from Singamari near Darjeeling Chowk Bazaar. It takes about 40 minutes to travel from an altitude of about 7, 000 ft. Down to 244m where the last station Singla Bazar is located. The view is extremely mesmerizing as one passes through clouds or fog, sometime gives u feeling of a open hello ride inside the clouds. The ride is worth the cost u pay and is one of the longest cable ride in India with a steep climb and dense trees and tea gardens.”

4. The Darjeeling Railway Is Fondly Known As Toy Train

The Darjeeling Railway Is Fondly Known As Toy Trainsource: pixabay.com

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the "Toy Train", is a 2 ft narrow gauge railway that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling. Built between 1879 and 1881, the railway is about 78 kilometres long.

HolidayIQ traveller Thulaseedharan Achary from Punalur shares, “Toy train is the fascinating attraction of Darjeeling & this service is operated by Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. DHR started toy train service some 100 years back. Diesel Engine service started to New Jalpaiguri which is at a distance of 78 kms from Darjeeling. But due to landslide the new Jalpaiguri service is cancelled for the time being & is only toy train. The first train starts service on 0800 hrs on diesel engine. Then alternately steam engine & diesel engine The charge of steam engine service is high compared to diesel. I booked a ticket for the first journey on 29/9/15 through online irctc. Ticket charge Rs/-630/- The train starts from Darjeeling stops at Batasia loop which is 3 km away & allows passengers to enjoy the natural beauty from Batasia loop; At Batasia hill top a beautiful garden a Gorkha war monument & beautiful scenes of Kanchenjunga, Indo- China, Indo- Nepal boundary etc are visible. After 10 minutes visit there the train starts and reaches ghoom railway station which is at a distance of 7 kms from Darjeeling. Ghoom station is at a height of 7407 feet & there is a park & Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Museum. All histories behind Himalayan railway service are exhibited through photos pictures & graphics. Very informative & interesting. After 30 minutes waiting at ghoom the train returns to Darjeeling. During the return trip engine failure was there & the train stopped service at a distance of 1. 5 kms near to Darjeeling. & from there we reached station in tata sumo. There were 25 passengers in the toy train. Toy train ride was a memorable event in the Darjeeling tour programme.”

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5. The Everest Museum In Darjeeling Houses Mementos And Photos Of People Who Scaled Mount Everest

The Everest Museum In Darjeeling Houses Mementos And Photos Of People Who Scaled Mount Everestsource: mirchitravels.com

Everest Museum traces the history of attempts on the world's highest peak, Mount Everest. The museum has an array of displays that include a collection of photographs of various expeditions, manuscripts, autographs, and books belonging to a few famous mountaineers. A letter written by George Mallory, a British climber, who died while trying to scale Mt. Everest is also displayed.

HolidayIQ traveller Abhijit Gupta from Kolkata shares, “Everest Museum is the perfect place for those who are interested in hiking, trekking, mountaineering etc. The museum shares the photos and knowledge of kits used by mountaineers in past while climbing Mt. Everest. It shows and portrays the achievements made in past by the mountaineers.”

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