Bengal by the Himalayas – 5 things to watch out for
As part of the Dekho Apna Desh series, the Ministry of Tourism had a webinar on `Bengal by the Himalayas’. Here are some eye-catching details.
Darjeeling Tea Estate Tourism
Darjeeling tea is one of the world’s finest teas. The known history of Darjeeling tea dates back to about 150 years. The taste and aroma of the Darjeeling variety remain unmatched throughout the world. There are close to 100-120 tea gardens producing the famous ‘Darjeeling tea’.
Darjeeling Toy Train
A visit to the region is incomplete without a ride in the toy-train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR). Inaugurated in 1881 is a 2-feet narrow gauge railway line that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling. The miniature train, given heritage status by UNESCO, covers a distance of 88 km. It has got 177 unmanned level crossings, 5 reverses and 3 loops.
Situated at an altitude of approximately 7,200 feet, Lava is famous for its proximity to the Neora Valley National Park and its wonderful view of the Jelep La and Reche La passes. Chhangey falls is also a popular tourist spot.
Pedong is located on the road that connects Kalimpong-Algarah to Sikkim. It is one of the oldest towns in this region with significant historical importance. Pedong is divided into two parts – lower and upper Pedong. Pedong monastery is one place that attracts a lot of tourists both domestic and international. The monastery showcases a large number of very old paintings. Damsung Fort is one of the oldest forts of the region. It is located at a hilltop about 3-4 kms from the monastery.
Kanchenjunga is the highest peak in India. It is also called the Sleeping Buddha. Some call it the Mahakal because it has gone beyond time. This majestic mountain goes across the region and cuts across the borders.
The landscape of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area comprises cultivated lands, forests, pastures, rivers, high altitude lakes and glaciers.