One Day Trip to Ghum
The Importance of Ghum
Apart from that, the Hill Cart Road, which connects Darjeeling with Siliguri, runs through Kurseong, Sonada and then Ghoom. We also have Pankhabari Road, the first road to be built by the British connecting the hills with the plains ending at Ghum. Another important road that runs from Ghum is the Sukiapokhri Road. If you want to undertake a day’s trip to Mirik or a trek to Sandakphu and Phalut, you will have to go through Ghum.
Tourist Spots in and around Ghum
More than that, the sunrise from the Tiger Hill is indeed a spectacular sight. However, the con side is this, to be able to watch the sunrise one has to start as early as 3:30 AM. It is advisable to book a taxi the day before; they will be at your doorstep just in time. If there are too many visitors, one may have to walk a little uphill to reach the peak.
Watching the sun rise from Tiger Hill is actually an awe-inspiring experience. As you stand in the darkness facing the vastness in front of you, you feel captivated. Soon the first rays of sun fall on the snow-clad Kanchenjunga turning it into pink. By and by all other peaks are lighted up and soon the area becomes flooded with sunlight. This is the time to take stalk of the whole scenario. From top of the view tower, one can get see almost 360 degrees. Towards the north will be the Darjeeling town and Kurseong will lie towards the south. Beside these, one can also see great rivers such as Teesta, Mahananda, and Mechi meandering their way down to the plains. However, it is best not to waste too much time over there because there are many other spectacular sights waiting for us.
Senchel Lake Wild Life Sanctuary
Batasia Loop and War Memorial
The War Memorial is located at the centre of the Batasia garden. It has been erected to honor those Gorkha soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in war against India’s enemies. It can be approached through a foot bridge located 16 feet over the railway track. The thirty-foot high granite cenotaph has been erected on a raised platform. By its side stands a nine feet high bronze model of a Gorkha soldier.
Samten Choling Buddhist Monastery
On the Way Back To Darjeeling
Of the two, the rock garden comes first. It has been created by cutting rocks at different levels. Waterfalls, shrubs and trees add to the beauty of the place. The Ganga Maya Park is located about 3 km away from the Rock Garden. This park is actually a valley with a natural stream flowing through it. One can sit on one of the many big rocks and enjoy the sound of the falling water as well as the views all round.
The Dali Monastery is located on the Hill Cart Road 5 Km away from Darjeeling town and therefore you can stop here on your way back to the town. The official name of the monastery is Druk Sangag Choling Monastery. It belongs to the Kargyupa sect and was built in 1971. Today the monastery has more than two hundred monks living under its roof. His Holiness Dalai Lama Too came to spend a few days with them at one point of time.
Aloobari Monastery on the other hand is located on a much higher plane almost near Jalaphar in Darjeeling. It was built at the start of world War I and hence it was named Yolmowa Mak Dhog Monastery; a monastery that ward off wars. Apart from the replica of Lord Buddha, there is also one of Padmasambhava. The later was an eighth century sage who actively spread Buddhism in Tibet and Bhutan.