Darjeeling the lovely place for holiday 2014-04-30

Darjeeling is synonymous with large, green and picturesque tea-estates. Tea production in Darjeeling is a legacy of the British, who developed the place as a hill station to escape the summer heat. Located in the 'lesser' Himalayan area, it plays host to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
It all started in the early 19th century, when a patrol of the British East India Company, who were exploring an easy access to Sikkim during the Anglo-Nepal Wars, came across a sleepy hamlet atop a thickly wooded ridge with a brilliant view of Mount Kangchendzonga. Its strategic value aside, the collective British soul pining for cold and rain instantly recognised a 'hill station' when it saw one! In its formative years, like most Raj getaways, Darjeeling was simply a scattered village of English cottages, mainly confined to the Birch Hill and Jalapahar areas. An interesting aspect of Darjeeling's early history was its location at the intersection of different powers. Traditionally a part of Sikkim, it had been lost to Bhutan, reclaimed, and lost once again to Nepal in the 18th century. After the Anglo-Nepalese War ended in 1817, Nepal returned what it had grabbed from Sikkim to the East India Company. From the lost era of cosmopolitan intrigue, shrouded in high mists and whispered in small cottages, Darjeeling has grown hugely in its domains.
Come here to savour some delicious Sikkimese and Tibetan cuisines, experience the Tibetan Buddhist culture and take home the beautiful handicrafts that you'll find hard to part with. Plus, don't forget to hire a jeep to maneuver across the steep and narrow roads and envelop yourselves in the refreshing, moist air and awe-inspiring views. Interestingly, Darjeeling is one of the popular educational hubs in the country because of its many British style Public schools. So it sum it up, its a sure shot treat for anyone visiting the place.