The Mystical Darjeeling in Himalayas

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
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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.

Author: Babit


  1. Subbu Narayanan says:


    I was just planning a trip to Darjeeling for the 2nd week of September. Wanted to visit Kalimpong, Gangtok, Bhutan, Assam, Meghalaya and Tawang. Was this picture taken recently? Many told me that the weather in September is not conducive for travelling to the North-east. Could you please throw more light on this?

  2. Hi Subbu,

    If you really want to have the sight of kanchanjunga ,,,then the best time would be november ..but even in the month of sep you can enjoy as the spring will be on the door and monsoon will be just going away…a totally different expereince when the hills will be heralding the festive season

  3. Subbu Narayanan says:

    Thanx for the info Babit.
    Did you visit Kalimpong, which is quite close to Darjeeling? Fell in love with the place through Kiran Desai’s ‘Inheritance of Loss’. Can’t wait to get there :-).

  4. Babit,

    Very nicely written!! Got a sense of serenity when I read it. You really brought a “glimpse of north- east India” to our eyes. Absolute learning experience.


  5. The north east is really blessed with wonderful places.
    Darjeeling is one place I have yet to visit and this article affirms it πŸ™‚

  6. Some of the jewels of the Himalayas in a town 700 kilometers (435 miles) north of Calcutta, nestles. In the evening, in the north of Calcutta Sealdah station to reach the leaves and the next day, at night in the early New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling, India e-mail as one of the great rail journeys. Travel on the last leg, from New Jalpaiguri 52 km (32 miles), from the great plains – the story β€˜as a toy train twists and winds its way up to more than six hours to take effect.

  7. Great info and nice photos.

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