Day 2: Sightseeing in Darjeeling
Visit the magnificent Tiger Hill the first thing in the morning. The reason behind its early visit is the view of the morning sun glistening the lofty snow clad peaks of Kanchenjunga.
Tiger Hill is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Darjeeling, that have found their address 11 km from the town of Darjeeling. Not just Kanchenjunga, if you are lucky, you can even watch the head of the highest peak in the world, Mt Everest turning all golden by the sun. On your way back to hotel, you would be visiting Ghoom monastery and Batasia Loop. Like the Tiger Hill, these two also hold a great amount of significance.
Just 7 km short from the town of Darjeeling, lies the famous Ghoom monastery. Belonging to the Gelupka sect of Buddhism, the monastery has a 15 ft statue of Lord Buddha as one of its main attractions, which is known as Maitreya Buddha. Besides the Maitreya Buddha, the monastery also houses idols of other Buddhist deities as well. This includes the likes of Buddha of Compassion and Tsongkhapa.
Another prominent attraction to visit in the early hours of the day is Batasia Loop, which is a fascinating railway track loop. To watch this, you would be boarding the world renowned and vintage toy train of Darjeeling. From the loop, you can have a whole view of the lovely landscapes of Darjeeling, plus the flowery garden on which the loop is encircled, adds on to the charm of Batasia loop.
Post these visits, head back to your hotel for a sumptuous breakfast. The other half of the day is meant to cover other attractions of Darjeeling. Under this, you would be visiting the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center (closed on Sunday), Tea Garden and Ropeway.
There is also a Peace Pagoda located in the town of Darjeeling, which also would be covered in our sightseeing trip. With the aim of creating peace all around, the Peace Pagoda or Stupa invites people of all castes, creeds and religion to visit the place and develop mutual harmony for each other. It is popular as Japanese Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling. Overnight stay at the hotel.