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Travel to Darjeeling
Soak in the beauty of Kanchanjunga Massif and its neighbouring mountains. Darjeeling has best views of world third highest mountain and one should visit early in the morning before the clouds cover envelops the peaks. There are so many beautiful aspects of Darjeeling and to enjoy all of these take a walk down the Mall. One of the most popular stretches is from Chowrasta to Bhutia Monastery. Visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute on Jawahar Parbat about 2 km from Chowrasta.Its museum is also worth a visit. The fresh mountain air is good for the lungs and you can enjoy the scenic beauty at leisure. Ride a horse at Chowrasta where there is no vehicular traffic.
Next to the mountaineering institute is Padmaja Naidu Himalyan Zoological Park which houses rare species like Red Panda, Snow leopard etc.Visit Natural History Museum which is short distance away from Chowrasta.It has a large and impressive collection of flora and fauna of the region. The Lloyds Botanical Garden spread over 40 acres just below Market motor stand is another delightful place for a naturalist. It has a large collection of floral wealth both indigenous and exotic like chestnut, ash, maple, magnolia etc.
For seeing the first rays of rising sun light up the Everest, a trip to Tiger Hill is must for nature lovers. On the return journey see Samten Choling Monastery and Batasia Loop/War Memorial.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway operates World Heritage Train which includes joy rides on specific days from Darjeeling to Ghoom and back. Tea is another identification of Darjeeling that has made the city famous in the world. Tea gardens are spread throughout the vicinity of the town and visit to them will be very informative.
Teesta Tea and Tourism Festival are peculiar to the region, organized to highlight the special characters of the region. It spends a week each at Darjeeling, Gangtok and Dooars.Along with the visual delights there are some places that have become institutions as identifiable with the city as tea and Kanchenjunga.
For a visit to these is almost a ritual for anyone coming to Darjeeling.Glenarys is a traditionally dressed restaurant that has retained the old world charm.Keventer's famous for its milk products. Premium tea is what every one looks for in the markets at Darjeeling. There is such a large variety available here in green, black and organic. Some gardens produce really exotic varieties which can cost a few thousand rupees for a kilogram.
Other important products are Tibetan handicrafts-thankas, beads, scarves, handbags, decorative artefacts, shawls, carpets and other woollen knitwear, Gurkha knives etc.The main shopping areas of the city are Chowrasta,the Mall, Laden la Road,NB Road and Market square. Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre is best for Tibetan artefacts and Manjusha and Gram Shilpa for local handicrafts, Hayden Hall a cooperative store for woollens and carpets.Habeeb Mullick, Eastern Arts, Jolly Arts, and Nepal Curio House for other assorted handicrafts.