Moments from Darjeeling

I just got back from a 3 day tour in Darjeeling, a town in the West Bengal state of India, situated on a mountainous region, almost 7000 feet above the sea level. Here are a few snaps from the trip shot from my point and shoot camera (a Cannon A570 IS).

Darjeeling

I took this shot when we were going up the mountain in a jeep. We were over the clouds, literally!

Darjeeling

Taking a walk on slanted streets of the town on the evening of arrival. We shopped for winter clothes, as some of us didn’t pack any of it, and tasted street food.

rock garden waterfall

The waterfall at Rock Garden, Darjeeling.

Darjeeling Traffic Jam

Traffic Jam…Darjeeling style.

Darjeeling toy train

Toy train, the public transport service for Darjeeling. I wanted to get on board one of these but couldn’t because of lack of time.

training rock for mountain climbers

Training rock for mountain climbers.

tenzing rock

And this is Tenzing rock, named after the famous sherpa Tenzing Norgay. This rock is open for tourists to test out their mountain climbing skills.

rock climbing kid

A little boy trying to scale the Tenzing rock.

Tibet self help centre Darjeeling

Darjeeling is home to many migrated Tibetans, who have been living there for  generations. This Self Help Centre houses a hospital for the refugees, an orphanage, a gift shop that sells Tibetan handicraft and a photo museum that captures the history of the region and it’s oppression by the Chinese regime. Our tour guide slash driver, who was also a Tibetan, got very emotional talking about this place.

Gorkhaland Procession

The people of Darjeeling have been demanding for ‘Gorkhaland’, a province of their own and outside the control of West Bengal State Government. This procession was taking place on May Day, at the heart of the town.

Mall Square of Darjeeling

Mall Square of Darjeeling. The statue in the photo belongs to Bhanubhakta Acharya, a Nepali poet.

Darjeeling Municipal building bell tower

The bell tower of the municipal building of Darjeeling, built during the British period.

Darjeeling market place

Taking a walk through the market place.

Jore Pokhri

The gang at Jore Pokhri park. See the foggy background? It’s not fog, it’s a cloud! They were just floating in and out of the place!

Mirik lake

And this is Mirik lake, the last place that we visited.

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6 thoughts on “Moments from Darjeeling

  1. খুব সুন্দর ছবিগুল… Did you face any problem in Darjeeling due to the agitations. Any discrimination against you because of being Bengali ?
    আমি একটি “গোর্খাল্যান্ড” সম্বন্ধে পোস্ট লিকছি, তাই আপকাকে এই প্রশ্ন করছি।

  2. @সৌরভ – সেরকম কোন অভিজ্ঞতা হয়নি। দার্জিলিংয়ের মানুষদের বেশ অতিথিপরায়ণ বলে মনে হয়েছে। অবশ্য কিছু অ-পাহাড়ী ব্যাবসায়ীদের আচরণ ভাল লাগেনি।

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