Located near the Darjeeling
Railway Station,Dhirdham Temple was built in 1939.The Temple was
constructed by Rai Saheb Purna Bahadur Pradhan and the architect
was Beg Raj Sakya.
Lord Shiv's statue
outside the main temple depicts "Pancha Bakram Tri Netram"
meaning five different facial expressions of Lord Shiv in different
moods and the Third Eye. The style of the roof shows that of a Tibetan
influence. Every morning Aarti is held at 8.00 am and at 6.00 pm
in the evening.
THE DHIRDAM TEMPLE
Passing through primitive forests
of Oak , Magnolia etc. with beautiful ferns ablaze with colour ,
adorning the hill-sides is the steeply ascending road to Senchal
, running through Ghoom on its way to Tiger Hill , 11 kms from the
town and at an elevation of 2,590m (8482 ft).
To the summit of
this internationally famous 'Hill' journey - mountain and nature
lovers to view the world's most majestic mountains- "Khang- Chen-Dzod-Nga"
of mighty Kanchenjunga, the king of them all.
Mount Everest , 225
kms away rarely deigns to come out of the cloudy mists , with its
two other peaks Mahakalu (27,769ft) and another peak on both sides.About
125 kms away is Tibet's Chomol Hari mountain , said to be the world's
most beautiful peak.
LOOP AND WAR MEMORIAL
Aboard the '
Toy Train '
from Siliguri to Darjeeling just below Ghoom and 5 kms from Darjeeling
is the Batasia Loop , an engineering marvel and feat.
, the railway line negotiates a circle and descends 1,000 ft in
altitude. The train's figure 8s and Z maneuvers are as picturesque
as the flowers, streams and water - falls. At Batasia - windy place
- one gets a grand view of the town of Darjeeling perched on the
slopes of hills and Mt. Kanchenjunga in the background.
The War Memorial
constructed in the memory of brave sons of Darjeeling who died in
different actions since 1947 , is worth a visit. A glorious view
of snowy peak and town can be seen from this place.
WATER FALL AT ROCK
WAR MEMORIAL AT
THE BATASIA LOOP
Situated 10 km from town,
is a very attractive picnic spot with natural water falls. The Rock
Garden was constructed by The Gorkha Hill Council Tourism Department.
The road to the garden is a steep and winding one almost touching
the plain. But the sight of the natural waterfall makes you forget
all the pain and weariness.
Just below the Rock
Garden is the recently constructed Gangamaiah park .Tourists enjoy
the beauty of this park as much if not more than that of the Rock
Garden. Taxis are easily available to reach you to this location.
However local people prefer walking and usually go there for picnics.
Outside the garden are available some lovely souvenirs of Darjeeling.So
don't forget to take one at your next visit.
VALLEY TEA ESTATE :
The Happy Valley tea
estate is around 3 kms away from the main town (Chowk Bazar), towards
the North. If you walk there, you will get a magnificent view of
the Mt. Kanchenjunga, provided the day is sunny and you are lucky.
Also on the way, you will come across the crematorium of some world
The estate stretches
to many kilometers and you can hardly see its end. The
estate produces world
Tea. It is one of
the oldest and most renowned tea estate in Darjeeling. Tea picking,
manufacturing and processing of tea can be seen here. Do not forget
to buy a pack of tea from here on your next visit to this lovely
LAKE, KANCHENJUNGA IN THE BACKGROUND
VALLEY TEA ESTATE
The newest hill-resort
in West Bengal, Mirik is at an altitude of about 5,800 feet and
almost midway on a 100 km alternative route between Darjeeling and
Siliguri. Mirik is an excellent scenic spot, and Kanchenjunga is
visible. The 335-acre site for the new tourist resort is shaped
like a tiny valley. Within the valley, there is a level stretch
of the five acres, rare in the hill areas of Darjeeling.
Along the west of
this flat ground, there is a natural lake formation fed with perennial
springs and rain water. Now, that the water here is impounded by
construction of a weir, there is a 1.25 km long lake. The level
stretch forms eastern bank of the lake, the western bank being hill
slopes covered by a rich forest of about ten thousand Crypto
Maria japonica trees.
Visitors from Darjeeling
and Siliguri may however spend a day at Mirik profitably. Walks
around the lake or along the numerous walks in the heavily forested
ridges on the western bank view of sunrise or sunset from "Rameetay
Dara", would all go to make a fine holiday.
For rest and food,
the "Day-Centre" at the eastern bank has a comfortable lounge. Tea,
Coffee and Snacks are available throughout the day. Visitors may
also have lunch here.
beautification and overnight accommodation (Youth-Hostel and Tourist
Cottages) etc. are ready to receive visitors. Construction of the
water supply system and underground sewerage for the whole project
area is complete by now.
35, R. N. Sinha Road, Darjeeling