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Tiger Hill, Darjeeling

Tiger Hill is located in Darjeeling, in the Indian State of West Bengal, and is the summit of Ghoom, the highest railway station in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for its panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mt. Kangchenjunga together.

It is 11 km from the town of Darjeeling and can be reached either by jeep or by foot through Chowrasta, Alubari (incidentally the oldest tea plantation in Darjeeling) or Jorebangla and then climbing up the incline to the summit, which takes about 2 hours at an easy pace.[1][2]

Panorama of the Kangchenjunga massif from Darjeeling's Tiger Hill.
The first rays of the sun shoot ahead and shed light on the twin peaks of Kangchenjunga painting it pink
and then bathing it in a beautiful orange colour. From Tiger Hill, Mount Everest (8848m) is just visible, peeping out through two other peaks standing by its side. Makalu (8481m) looks higher than Mt. Everest, owing to the curve in the horizon, as it is several miles closer than Everest. The distance in straight line from Tiger Hill to Everest is 107 miles.[3][4]

On a clear day, Kurseong is visible to the south and in the distance, along with Teesta River, Mahanada River, Balason River and Mechi River meandering down to the south.[5] Chumal Rhi mountain of Tibet, 84 miles away as the crow flies, looks like a great rounded mass over the snowy Chola Range. One comes face to face with this peak of superb beauty from Phari Jong which is 129 miles away from Darjeeling.[6]

While at Tiger Hill, you can also visit Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary, which offers great picnic spots, and its two artificial lakes serve as a reservoir for supply of water to Darjeeling town.

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References

  1. ^ "Discovering the Himalaya". 
  2. ^ "India - A Travel Guide". 
  3. ^ "Northeast India By Joe Bindlos". 
  4. ^ "The Gods in Their Cities: Geomantic Locales of the Ray Masters And Great White Brotherhood, And How to Interact With Them". 
  5. ^ "West Bengal General Knowledge Digest". 
  6. ^ "Frommer's India By Pippa de Bruyn, Keith Bain, David Allardice, Shonar Josh". 

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