It has aptly been said that travelling in the company of the loved ones is synonymous with ‘a home in motion’. Home is the sweetest place in the world because it ensures unadulterated love and affection and intimate relationship with other members in the family. Just as a plant needs proper and timely watering, relationship too needs proper attention and regular maintenance. One of the means of maintaining this relationship is to go for an outing with family and the best of the outings destinations is a visit to Darjeeling.
Darjeeling, in the state of West Bengal is an aromatic hill station, well known for its tea industry and eco-tourism. Besides tea, tourists can enjoy the aroma of oranges and cardamom throughout the ambience of Darjeeling. To observe workers plucking tea and its processing at the Happy Valley Tea Estate is an exclusive experience for the tourists if they go there during March to May
Darjeeling and Ghoom are home to Buddhist monasteries such as Bhutia Busty Gompa and Khangchendzonga . The gold-accented mural and the original copy of the Tibetan Book of Dead can be seen with due permission. Travelling to Darjeeling by the Meter Gauge of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways itself is a scintillating experience. It is listed as the World Heritage Site.
The spirit of altruism resides at the Refugee Centre that anyone with humanitarian feeling will be delighted to see comfortable home for the aged and orphans with school, clinic, gompa located in the premises. The Craft Workshop provides employment to the members of the Slf Help Group (SHG) by making carpets, wood carvings, leatherwork and woolen goods. Tourists also get delighted to see the Japanese Peace Pagoda that stands on a hillside of Darjeeling.
The invincible Mount Everest was first won over by Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing in the year 1952. Prior to and after that, a number of attempts; successful and otherwise have been taken. The history of all such attempts stands as exhibits in the Everest Museum in the premises of the Mountaineering Institute, within the grounds of the Zoological Park in Darjeeling.
The Yiga Choling GompaA famous monastery at Darjeeling is the perfect destination for witnessing the concentration of Buddhist culture. A five meter high statue of Maitreya Buddha or Future Buddha is an astounding spectacle for tourists. It is home to monks of the yellow-hat sect. Another Important Buddhist monastery is Samten Choling Gompa that has Garuda as the protector, at the backdrop to the massive statue of Buddha.
Tourist can reach the Tiger Hill, 11 km south of Darjeeling for witnessing the panoramic view of the horizon of the Himalayan range stretched over 250 km. Thisisone one single spot from where can be viewed the Mt Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Khangchendzonga, Kabru and Janu. The Himalayan Nature Interpretation Centre, a zoo, showcases the rare species of white leopard and clouded leopard.
Tourists visiting Darjeeling with their ‘moving homes’ can spend the most intimate moments with the members of their family and thus redefine ‘ sustainable relationship’ for a happier and mutually complementary life.