When it comes to explore the diversity of India, it indeed holds a picturesque beauty of a complete Asia. Apart from the bearded and mustached face that often resembles India in your mind, it also has a part resembling a face that is worldwide identified as an Asian face.
The Mystical Darjeeling in Himalayas
Photo from Flickr
The roads carpeted with pinkish flowery petals of weeping willows and the sweeping landscapes perfectly blushing in green will leave an unforgettable glimpse of north- east India in your mind. The region starts to share its common face from the state of Sikkim covering Darjeeling, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Tripura. The area reveals the cozy life style that breathes the chastened air flown down through the great Himalayas.
The foothills of Himalayas are well known abode of many herbs and shrubs that has its names in scheduled list of medicinal plants that has its demand both in the Ayurveda and Allopathic concepts. The region is also a natural habitat for many rare wild species of orchids and wild animals like Red panda, tiger, one-horned Rhinoceros etc. It can be considered as a heaven for the true nature enthusiasts who want to explore the bio-diversity along with the cultural richness of India. If on one side you have the mesmerizing sight of the vast plains touching the horizon in its one end then on the other side you can view the glorious sight of the youngest Himalayas that is towered by the famous peaks like Kanchanjunga and Mount Everest. So let’s begin our journey to explore the unrevealed paths of north-eastern India beginning from the heritage town and named as the queen of hills – Darjeeling.
The enchanting Mantras of Buddhist monks, the foggy mountains that seem like a blowing chimney and the smiling Asian faces together construct the beauty of this small hill town that was once the most liked holiday destination for the British officials in India. Its heritage axiomatically is well revealed by the toy train that makes it the highest altitude railway station the world.
The sweeping landscapes covered with the tea- bushes that are considered as the best tea in the world looks like a dreamland carpeted with green lusciousness of nature. The pine trees in the busy lanes loosing its sight in the fog and the sudden realization of Kanchanjunga facing with its nearness towards the whole Darjeeling feels like even the climate has its playfulness to escort you to the beauty of this place.
The game of hide-n-seek between the sun and the clouds can be well enjoyed along with the simplicity of the culture of the people of Darjeeling. The inhabitant of the place though share the same looks belong to different tribes like, Gurkha, Bhutia, Tibetan, Lepchas and Sherpas. Most of the missionary educational institutions attract students from all over India to gain education in a true abode of nature.
The smell of delicious dishes like Momos and Thukpas will stimulate your appetite while you walk through its congested lanes. The journey in a toy train will flashback you memories to the fairy tales where you imagined the dreamy turns on the mountains boarding in the toy ride. All the features of Darjeeling will suddenly make you oblivious of the perception you hold regarding India and it will make you feel like the whole Asia has shrunken to form the completeness of India.