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By: Seenu Mathew
Darjeeling is a charming hill station in West Bengal. It is renowned for its tea estates and stunning scenery. The destination attracts tourists and travellers from across the world. Serving as the perfect escape from the Indian summers, it is a very popular hill station. Couples and families often flock to Darjeeling to enjoy its cool weather and scenic surroundings. But climate and scenery aren’t the only attractions of this wonderful place. Here are some of the other reasons you should seriously consider vacationing in Darjeeling this year:


For spirituality:
Away from the stresses of city life, Darjeeling offers a welcome respite to weary minds. There are some amazing places you can visit via Darjeeling tour packages for some much-needed peace and quiet. These include the Salugara Monastery and the Japanes Peace Pagoda. The Salugura Monastery can be found at a distance of 13 kms from Bagdogra, known as the gateway to Darjeeling. Legend has it that the hills around the monastery actively protect the monastery from both physical and spiritual harm. The monastery is famous for its marvellous Buddhist stupas. In fact, the most famous attraction of the monastery is a huge 110-foot stupa. This stupa in particular is said to have been founded by Kalu Rinpoche, a Tibetan Lama. Apart from its stupas, the monastery is also home to beautiful relics and idols. The Japanese Peace Pagoda was built by a Japanese Buddhist monk named Nichidatsu Fuji. The magnificent 28.5 metre-high white structure with golden sculptures serves as a symbol to promote world peace and is surrounded by wonderful scenery.


For unique experiences:
While on any one of the Darjeeling tour packages, make sure that your itinerary includes some exciting and unique experiences, that you can enjoy to the fullest there. Darjeeling is home to the longest cable car rides in all of Asia. A ride in this cable car is a must. It lasts for about 40 minutes, during which you can admire the enchanting beauty of the tea plantations. The cable car ride also allows you to catch glimpses of the hills in Sikkim, which make for an unforgettable sight. Another experience you must try in Darjeeling is the Joy Ride. The Joy Ride is essentially a small train that is led by a steam engine. Still in perfect working condition, the train has been deemed to be a part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. A ride on this train lasts for approximately two hours. It travels on a narrow gauge rail that winds through the hillsides and offers the opportunity for some captivating views. At the end of the first part of the journey, you get the chance to visit a charming railway museum. The wonderful war memorial is also most definitely worth a visit.

Seenu Mathew is a Web UI Designer / Developer with Cox & Kings. Travelling and photography are his passions. He recently returned from one of the Darjeeling tour packages and was amazed by the incredible attractions he visited. In this article, he lists some of the reason fellow travellers should visit Darjeeling. For more information visit at http://www.coxandkings.com/bharatdeko/east-india/splendours_of_the_east/tourId/3657/

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