The Chowrasta or the Mall is the town centre in Darjeeling. This is a lovely little flat area, a public square where four roads meet. This public place is where you would like to lounge and bake in the sun, sit and watch the wonderful views of the mountain range and see many locals and tourists hanging around. One side of the mall is lined with pine trees through which you get wonderful mountain vistas, the other side is lined with lovely boutique shops of different kinds. And all around the mall, you have benches to sit and relax.
Experience one of the longest cable car rides in Asia and the only one that passes through rolling tea estates. The ride one way takes 40 minutes with the tea estate below and hills of Sikkim on the right.
Witness the process of how tea is produced at Happy Valley Tea Estate, located on the picturesque hillside of Darjeeling. It houses a tea factory that has been turned into a working museum. The employees of the factory act as a guide and take you through the processes at the factory for a nominal fee. You can witness the rolling, fermenting and drying processes of tea at this location. It is intriguing to see how green, black and white teas are generated from the same leaf.
Learn mountaineering at The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, established in 1954, a year after Mount Everest was scaled. Tenzing Norgay, who lived in Darjeeling, was the director of this institute for many years. You can visit the museum at this attraction in Darjeeling to get a glimpse of records of some interesting expeditions. Just beside the museum lies the spot where Tenzing Norgay was cremated. This institute runs 28-day basic and advanced mountaineering courses besides a 15-day adventure course for thrill seekers. The activities range from trekking, rock climbing, camping to water sports.
Visit the only specialized zoo in the country, internationally recognized for its conservation breeding programmes of Red Panda, Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wolf and other highly endangered animal species of Eastern Himalayas.
Rafting on Teesta and Rangitt rivers possible in winter (October- April).
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