We’re in the mid of summer. Travelling this time may be little bit boring especially in Bangladeshi tourist spots. Excessive hotness and sweating make you tired when you plan to visit a distant place of beauty. Nevertheless we get vacation and plan to travel both in & out of the country. On the other hand, our Eid vacation is very near. Everybody wants to get the best use of this time. So this is the perfect time to plan your trip. This time we’ll present you the best travelling places of Darjeeling because this is may be the perfect travel destination for us especially in the summer season.
Toy Train Joyride
The toy train joyride is probably the most coveted and desired by the kids & families. Imagine that you are riding a cute little toy train with only about two coaches and hauled by a tiny steam engine (all real though). It crawls along the steep terrain of the Himalayas, through the villages, shops and mountain landscapes offering breathtaking views while the village kids wave at you.
Your children will love the zoological park in Darjeeling. It is unique and different from the other typical zoos because of several reasons. First, it houses high altitude animals from the Himalayas and other mountain areas. You will be able to see rare animals such as Red Pandas, Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wold, Yaks and even Siberian Tigers. Second, where else can you see all such animals together and that too almost like in their natural habitats.
The good news is, the famous Ropeway or the Cable Car ride is open again after having remained closed for several years. Which means your family and children can now take this breathtaking ride on cable cars that start from Singamari station in Darjeeling and go down to the next station Tukvar.
On the way get stunning views of the valley and tea gardens. Get off at Tukvar and stroll around in the tea gardens, and finally make a picnic under the sun before returning. There is no time limit yet for your return. It is alright as long as you get back before the cable car operation closes for the day.
Mirik: Boating & Horse Riding
Mirik is a beautiful place surrounded by scenic tea gardens and having a lake as its central attraction. You can hire a private taxi and easily make a day trip to Mirik. It’s about 50kms from Darjeeling and takes about 2 hours & 30 minutes one way.
The children would love to take a paddle boat ride on this picture perfect lake which is surrounded by dhupi forest on a hilly terrain on one side and a garden on the other.
There are ample paddle boats available on rent by the hour. There is an arching foot bridge that crosses over the lake. As you go below the bridge, you will see so many children and families standing on the bridge watching you and waving at you.
Another great attraction for children in Mirik is horseback riding. You will find many pony and horse rides in the lake area. In fact as soon as you approach the lake, the pony owners will keep persuading you for rides. There are short and longer routes. The usual route is to go over the arched footbridge to the Dhupi forest at the western side of the lake where is there is a marked trail that goes along the bank of the lake.
Shrubbery Nightingale Park
This is a beautiful park with lovely landscapes and manicured garden. During the day time the park is ideal to take your children where they can play badminton and stroll around in the park and soak in the lovely views all around. In the evening as it gets dark, the park is illuminated with multi-colored lights, some hidden, creating a dream ambiance. During the high tourist season, ethnic cultural programs like folk dance etc take place at the park which the families can enjoy. The park is located only about 10 minutes walk from the Chowrasta Mall.
This is a famous scenic loop that the toy train make near the Ghoom station. This loop has been featured in a number of Hindi films. As you take a ride along the loop, you will get a panoramic view of Darjeeling including that of Hill Town as well as the snow peaks of Kanchenjunga (on a clear day though).
This is the center of Darjeeling Hill Town. This is where you will find most of the families would gather in the afternoon and hang around till its dark. There are umpteen number of shops and eateries all around the Mall. You can soak in the charm of activities and views all around by sitting on one of many benches laid out on the fringes. There is even a Phuchka wala (Panipuri wala) here just next to the Hotel Sunflower. But the key attraction for the children here is the pony ride. There are lots of pony owners who will keep approaching your children to take them on a ride around the scenic Mall Road. The rates depend on how long the ride is.
Bengal Natural History Museum
Here you will come to see and know all about animal and bird life of Darjeeling and Bengal in general along with its natural landscapes. There are large number of specimens kept from animal and bird life which are all real creatures that have been stuffed and preserved. Your children and kids will be amazed to see such collection that includes even a large crocodile and many other stunning animals and birds that you will hardly get to see anywhere else in the world.