Both these locations of Darjeeling and Sikkim together create a complete paradise in the lap of the snow-clad Himalayan Mountains and green lower hills. Huge gathering of tourists can be seen during the touring seasons. Almost all of them visit this region because of the outstanding view of Mt Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain of the world. Apart from that, lush greenery of Himalayan forests with diverse wildlife, varied culture and cuisine, many historical and religious spots, serene lakes, rivers and waterfalls, fun-rides on toy-train in Darjeeling and ropeway in Sikkim etc are some main points of attractions for tourists. Besides, the ascending and descending landscape and raging rivers of this region is awesomely appropriate for trekking, hiking mountain biking, paragliding, river rafting etc.
One of the most visited hill stations of India, Darjeeling is widely known as the ‘Queen of Hills’. This town in the lower hills of Eastern Himalayas is politically comes under Darjeeling district. According to the legend, the name came from either the combination of Tibetan words ‘dorje’ and ‘ling’ which means the ‘thunder scepter of Lord Indra’ and ‘land’ respectively or Sanskrit words ‘Durjaya Linga’, meaning almighty Lord Shiva.
Sightseeing in Darjeeling
Darjeeling contains numerous tourist spots for sightseeing purpose. Tiger Hill is one of the most favourite one of them. Tourists go to the top of this hill before dawn and watch the mesmerising sight of sunrise and Mt Kanchenjunga. You can also visit Mirik Lake and Senchal Lake, both of which are popular as a spot for picnic or short get-together. If you take a toy-train ride to the Ghum Railway Station, you will come across with Batasia Loop around War Memorial. Kurseong and Kalimpong are other two beautiful hill towns you can visit from Darjeeling. When you are exploring in and around Darjeeling town, do not miss to visit Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Observatory Hill, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and so many locations.
From Darjeeling, if you keep heading to the north, you meet the Northeast Indian state of Sikkim, situated among three neighbouring countries, i. e., Tibet to the north and east, Nepal to the west and Bhutan to the south-east. The Tibetan name of Sikkim as ‘Drenjong’ means the ‘valley of rice’ and in the Lepcha language it is called as ‘Nye-mae-el’ meaning ‘paradise’. Ancient history mentions it as ‘Indrakil’, referring the ‘garden of Lord Indra’.
Sightseeing in Sikkim
The four districts of Sikkim offer plenty of amazing sites to tourists. Gangtok, the capital city of the state is situated in East Sikkim, and is a hotspot for all type of facilities for tourists. This district contains several travel destinations like Tsomgo Lake, Nathu La Pass, Do-Drul Chorten, Himalayan Zoological Park, Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple, Rumtek Monastery etc. North Sikkim is quite less populated and less visited, but still has jaw-dropping sites including Thangu, Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang Valley, Seven Sisters Waterfalls, Phodong Monastery etc. All types of travellers are fond of visiting Pelling in West Sikkim, which is especially popular as a honeymoon destination for its quintessence ambience of unspoiled nature. While visiting Pelling, you can make tour to Rabdentse Ruins, Sanga Choling Monastery, Varsey, Khecheopalri Lake, Pemayangtse Monastery, Reshi Hot Spring, Singshore Bridge etc. The most attractive tourist sites in South Sikkim are Samdruptse, Siddheshwar Char Dham, Tendong Hill etc in Namchi and Buddha Park in Ravangla.