The Himalayan Mountains around the Darjeeling-Sikkim region boasts of the highest peaks of the
world like the Kanchenjungha, Kabru, Janu, Siniolchu etc. There are more than 12 peaks rising above
Kangchenjunga is the second highest peak of the Himalaya after Mount Everest. The main peak of
Kangchenjunga is the highest mountain in India and the second highest in Nepal. Three of the five
peaks – Main, Central and South – are on the border between North Sikkim in India and Nepal.
Two peaks are in the Taplejung District, Nepal.Kangchenjunga Main is also the eastern most of
the mountains higher than 8,000 m (26,000 ft). It is called Five Treasures of Snow after its five high
peaks, and has always been worshipped by the people of Darjeeling and Sikkim.
A nineteenth century engineering feat, this 88 km long narrow gauge steam railway was constructed
between 1879 and 1881 and was responsible for the development of Darjeeling as a hill station.
It remains the best way to see the flora and fauna of the Darjeeling hills. UNESCO has granted it World Heritage status. The grandeur of the spectacular landscape of Darjeeling region can be fully appreciated from the vertiginous course of this narrow-gauge railway as it labours uphill at about 10 mph.
Dooars as the name suggests, if translated into English, means the gateway. Specifically it was meant to be the gateway to Bhutan but now it is the gateway to the Indian states & districts of Assam, Sikkim and Darjeeling.
It is the Dooars, where the Himalayas meet the plains, streams mature into rivers, different cultures mingle into each other, rhinos and elephants along with other wildlife make their home. Gorumara and Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuaries provide numerous options where you can enjoy wildlife.
A visit to a tea garden & tea factory in Dooars or Darjeeling region for a conducted tour of the complete manufacturing process can be arranged. For those interested, night stays can also be arranged at a tea garden to become more familiar with its running and managing.
Darjeeling Tea is world renowned for its flavor, which is processed since last more than 100 years through Orthodox process. Connoisseurs all over the world have fancied and valued Darjeeling Tea and called it "The Champagne of Tea". There are many tea gardens, using orthodox manufacturing process on Siliguri-Mirik and Siliguri-Kurseong Road.
The Bhutanese prefer to call their country 'Druk - Yul' which means "The Land of the Dragon". Bhutan is renowned for its undiluted culture and unspoiled natural wonders.
Bhutan's past is still its present. Thimphu is a small, charming capital city sandwiched in the heart of the Himalayas. It sits in its own valley fanning out from the river. The first stop after leaving Thimphu on the journey east is Dochula Pass at 10,500 feet. Only 45 minutes from Thimphu, it offers visitors their first glimpse of the Himalayan range.