Darjeeling was set up on Aug’90. Initially it was at the Hill Affairs Branch Secretariat Building, but later on it was shifted to the Kutchery building and afterward a separate unit was set up in Siliguri. These centers provide service of application software, email, internet connectivity and video conferencing through a 100 mbps leased line, website development for the state government as well as for the central government departments. Apart from the technical service and training, these centres also play an important role regarding implementation of E-Governance for the various departments. This is the land of the muscatel flavoured Darjeeling tea revered by connoisseurs across the globe. This is the land of the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway where the century old miniature steam engine still chugs uphill vying for space with the fast disappearing Land Rovers. It is certainly that Darjeeling in the post modern era comprises of six T’s -Tea, Teak, Tourism, Toy Train, Tiger Hill and Trekkers’ paradise.
Spread in ribbons over a steep mountain ridge, surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations and towered over by the majestic Khangchendzonga (8598m), Darjeeling is the definitive Indian hill station. Dating back to the Raj era, it’s arguably West Bengal’s premier attraction, and promises some interesting exploration for the curious traveller. When you aren’t gazing open-mouthed at Khangchendzonga, you can explore colonial-era architecture, visit Buddhist monasteries, and spot snow leopards and red pandas at the nearby zoo. On the steep and bustling streets winding through town, you can lose yourself amid an array of Himalayan faces from Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet. And finally, when energies start to flag, a good, steaming Darjeeling brew is never far away.
Most tourists visit Darjeeling in autumn (October and November) and spring (mid-March to mid-May) when skies are dry, panoramas are clear and temperatures are pleasant. Winters can be cold here, so bring an extra jumper if visiting from December to February. The rainy months (June to September) can be extremely wet and are best avoided.
Darjeeling sprawls over a west-facing slope in a confusing web of interconnecting roads and steep flights of steps. Expect an uphill hike to your hotel if arriving at the train station or jeep stand. The two main squares – Chowrasta, near the top of town, and Clubside junction – are linked by pedestrianised Nehru Rd (aka The Mall), which doubles as the main shopping street. Hill Cart Rd (aka Tenzing Norgay Rd) runs the length of the bustling lower bazaar and is Darjeeling’s major vehicle thoroughfare.
PLACES TO VISIT IN DARJEELING
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Events / Festivals in Darjeeling
Buddha Jayanti: Buddha Jayanti is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Darjeeling. Hindus regard Buddha as the incarnation of lord Vishnu. Both Hindus and Buddhists gather for special prayers at Buddhist monasteries on this day.
Dasain: It is the biggest festival in Darjeeling that marks the victory of good over evil. The main festival runs for 10 days during which all official work is closed. On the 10th day of the festival, Hindus and Buddhists visit their relatives and elders for their blessings.
Diwali: The “Festival of Lights” runs for five days in the city. On the occasion, Goddess Laxmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth is worshipped by the people to get the blessing of a healthy and prosperous life.