what bells does it ring - Darjeeling
Himalayan Railways, exotic tea
flavors, imprints of Victorian
Age - all this and more in the
land of non-elusive Nirvana.
Do not forget to pinch yourself if the sight of tea estates from the
windows of first class coach belonging to Toy Train looks too good to
be true. The playing children with their parents carrying the huge basket
meant for collecting delicate tea leaves might catch fancy as the wish
of being there in the first place crosses mind. After all, joy is what
is much looked for in a hill station as old and as amusing as Darjeeling.
At around 6710 ft, one can dream of sipping world-famous Darjeeling tea
and going on to enjoy the waves of cool breeze softly combing exposed
skin until goose bumps accompanied by views of green mountains and some
of the highest peaks of the world.
While on the roads to tour Darjeeling, the Victorian town is hard to
miss which puts on show the period it was under British control. The
colonial era is still a part of the popular boarding schools located
in this renowned hill station.
But what is not exactly reflected by the town is the time when it used
to be a part of Sikkim until annexed by British for their own purposes.
Situated in West Bengal, the hill town is well known for mixed ethnicity
including Nepalese, Bengali and Sikkimese, a result of its history been
rooted in these places. British era of past will continue to influence
the way Darjeeling tourism is evolving.