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Darjeeling

Darjeeling the dream land of the East, is surrounded by lofty mountains. Except for the monsoon months and if weather is clear then the Kanchenjunga peak can be seen. Down below in the valley flow the rivers swollen by rain water or melting snow. Darjeeling is a fascinating tourism place rich in natural beauty and surrounded by the Buddhist monasteries. Its beauty surpasses any other hill station of India.

Getting There: The nearest airport to Darjeeling is the Bagdogra airport. Bagdogra is 10 kms from Siliguri and is an important military installation. From Bagdogra one can take a bus or taxi to Darjeeling.

Attractions in Darjeeling: Tiger hill, Dhoom gompa, Batasia loop, Happy Valley estate, Natural history museum, Sanchal lake, Kanchenjunga view, Zoological gardens, Observatory hils, Bhutia busty Gompa, Snow leapord breeding programme, Botanical gardens, Tibetan refugee self help centre, Himalayan mountaineering Institute and museums, Passenger ropeaway, Chowrasta.

Excursions from Darjeeling: Kurseong, Mirik, Siliguri/New Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong.

Kalimpong

Fifty-one km east of Darjeeling and at an altitude of 1250 metres lies Kalimpong, the former headquarters of the Bhutanese Governor. It is situated amidst gently rolling "hills of Deolo and Durbindra", at the foot of the mighty Himalayas. Kalimpong is the smallest hill station between Siliguri and Gangtok. The road is one of the most scenic routes in this part of the nation.The swift flowing Teesta river runs by the side of the road adding to the beauty of the scenery.

Getting There: Nearest airport, Bagdogra (79 km). 

Attractions: Gompas, Dupin Dara, Gompas, Flower nurseries, Dr Graham's Home, Nature interpretation centre.

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