Darjeeling: Colonial flavor, Everest Museum, heritage train, shopping and great views
The "Raj" hill station of Darjeeling is perched amongst the clouds at 2134 m. It retains some of its old colonial flavour. It is the heartland of premium tea. All round are waves of tea bushes flowing down the slopes, lovely vales and dales, with magnolias and pines.
A ride in the heritage "toy" train through the engineering marvel of the Batasia loop at an elevation of 2557 meters, is an indelible experience. Close by Tiger Hill provides breathtaking views of the Khangchendzonga , and Everest group of great Mountains. Local sights include the Everest Museum at The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Buddhist monasteries, Peace Pagoda, Zoological park with snow leopards and other animals, Tibetan Handicrafts Center, Botanical gardens, and the bazaar.
Sandakphu trekking circuit – Everest & Khangchendzonga views, forests & flora.
This ridge, is part of the great Singelila Range, at an altitude of 3600 m. With its forests, with Himalayan flora, and view- points it is a popular trekking area, located close to Darjeeling. There are unfirgetable views of Mount Khanchendzonga and Everest group, We operate a five and eight days treks walking this ridge and lower vallies.
Kalimpong – More monasteries, Colonial buildings, exotic flora, lovely people, exotic bazaar, and great views
Kalimpong, is an exotic town of beautiful people, mystical and enchanting? Ruled by Bhutan for 155 years, and annexed by the British in 1865, it was developed as a center of the wool trade with Tibet. This trade flourished until the Chinese took control of Tibet, in the 1950's The Lepchas, who were the original inhabitants, were subjected to Bhutanese, Tibetan, British, and Nepalese influences. A gentle and docile people, they have almost lost their identity, and are now called "The vanishing tribe". However history has left behind a fascinating ethnic blend of Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepalese people. Here Buddhism rubs shoulders with Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam. Gompas, churches, temples, monasteries, monks and missionaries; all coexist in a jovial and tolerant society.
Located at a comfortable altitude of 1400 meters, it is famous for its panoramic views of the snow ranges, nature walks and flower and orchid nurseries. Colonial bungalows, churches of the "Raj", and Buddhist monasteries are there to explore. A quaint bustling bazar, is a Pandora's box of surprises? Kalimpong is a wanderer's delight. Buddhist "tankhas", hand beaten silver, Bhutanese weaves, Chinese lamps, hand crafted paper, Lepcha daggers, Nepali Khukaris and Buddhist masks, are some of the shopping attractions. The Wednesday and Saturday "Hat", or village market, brings together people from surrounding areas, selling an amazing variety of products.
Around Kalimpong – virgin forests, exotic flora, Lepcha culture, & great views.
The picture post card countryside around Kalimpong, is framed by the panorama of snowcaps, dominated by the mighty Khangchendzonga. The wild and protected Neora Valley is a store house of Himalayan flora and wildlife. The forested ridges of Lava, heritage forests of Lolegaon, the serene and enchanting Samthar Plateau, with its breathtaking sunrise & sunset views, virgin forests, the deep valleys, the lush plateaus - are all nature's gifts.
Holidays in this area are forays into the remoter countryside. They provide jeep and walking holidays to explore the area and meet people. Walking enthusiasts have a wonderful menu of treks exploring hidden valleys, and the remote Neora National Park, reaching upto the Rache-la – the 3152 m high pass opening into Bhutan. Also you can river raft on the Teesta, visit remote Buddhist Gompas, explore forests and flora, bird watch. Ride a mountain bike, and meet the people. The Samthar Farm House is the ideal base to live in comfort and to experience the finest hospitality. You can walk everyday along different trails to explore nature and culture, and watch birds
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