5 must-visit places in Darjeeling and Sikkim
A trip to Darjeeling Sikkim areas is a cost efficient way to explore the beauty of the hills and mountains.
If touching the mountain tip has guided you towards the magical Sikkim, you just have to stretch a little higher to experience the unique experience of not only being at 7200 ft above the sea level, but you can in fact see the clouds floating freely outside your window! You ought to visit Pelling. It is adequately connected to all the major cities, and travel destinations in the vicinity by road and bridges. Communication is not a hindrance here at Pelling. The ultimate view is that of the snow covered mountainous range from here. The unpredictable Pelling whether makes the trip more interesting. There is no definite pattern and hence unexpected rains and sun shine await you. Some places to visit here include the KhechepalriLake, Eco Village, Pemayangtse Monastery, Singshore Bridge et al.
Nathu La Pass
Across the Tsongmo Lake, about 56 km from Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, we can find the milky white Nathu La Pass on the Indo-Chinese border. This is one of the virgin passes which has not experienced much of tourist influx due to tension owing to the both India and China. Therefore much of it lies unexplored. However, with changing times, things have improved manifold and tourism here seems to be promising. The cinematic Apline flora decks up the pass. Changu or Tsomgo Lake, as you would call it, is the frozen lake of the winters. The lake not only has scenic appeal, but forms a major part of spiritual destination.
Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim
Built by the 16th Karmapa, and originally known as Dharma Chakra Centre, the present Rumtek Monastery is one of the most coveted places of Buddhist pilgrimage, especially of the Tibetan Buddhists. It is an ideal place to escape from the lingering daily schedule that binds us from all sides. The tranquillity and serenity of the monastery lends a wave of calm to the visitors and somehow rejuvenates them to face life once again, with its odds. There is so much to see within Rumtek. There is a shrine, a monastery, nun’s quarter area and many other places dedicated wholly towards the divine and also meditation. Well connected via all means of communication, reaching Rumtek Monastery is certainly not very tedious, rather it is thrilling.
Happy Valley Tea Estate
The aroma of Darjeeling tea pleases people all over the world. The unparalleled quality is a treasure of the land. On this note let’s see some specialities of Happy Valley Tea Estate. Walking through the meandering, aromatic tea garden is not a daily experience for most of us. Thus the feeling is extra ordinary. This estate is a combination of two tea estates. They were both owned by one T.P. Banerjee after buying them from English owners and then rechristened them to Happy Valley Tea Estate. There stands a building amidst the estate which is the tea factory. A visit here can give a detailed overview of the entire tea making process. Three varieties of tea are produced here, namely, green, white and black. The tea produced here is exported.
Batasia Loop, Darjeeling
In order to combat a sharp descent, from the Ghoom Station, the Batasia Loop was engineered. As the toy train passes down such a great height, the passengers pass through this loop and enjoy the natural beauty without even experiencing the steep jerk because of the height. Amidst this loop there has also been constructed a War Memorial, dedicated to the martyrs which is worth a visit. The place also has garden areas that heighten the view aesthetically.This is called the Eco Garden. The garden is rich in several species of flora that are simply breath taking.
So these are some of the major destinations that make your Darjeeling-Sikkim Trip a wholesome experience.