Darjeeling Tiger Hills trek is just apt for extreme adventure adrenalin junkies. It is most famous for its sunrising site.
There are two routes for this trek. One starts at Tensing Norgay Road starting from Chowrasta and passes through Toong Soong and Aloo-Ban villages.The road from the village meets the The Hillcart Road at Jorebungalow which ascends and meets Tiger Hills 5 km.
Alternatively we can take the Gandhi Road route. It starts from Planter Club Motor stand which runs parallel to Hill Cart Road. It meets the Hill Cart Toad near Ghoom Railway Station.
As you climb up the Tiger hill keep your fingers crossed because seeing the sun rise from there is a rare event. Only a few lucky ones have been able to see it until now. And that surprisingly exclude Ravindranath Tagore who went there 7 times. On the way back one can stop at the Ghoom Buddhist Monastery and take the same route to come back.
How to get there
By Air: From Delhi to Bagdogra Airport and a 4 hours journey by road will take us to Darjeeling.
By Train : From Delhi to NJP Railway Station
Nearest Town: Siligudi, 30 km from Darjeeling
Distance: Delhi “ Bagdogra 1467 km.
Best Time to visit: March to May, September to November
Exact Location: The trek begins at Darjeeling and passes through Hill Cart Road
- On a clear day, Kurseong is visible to the south and in the distance, Teesta River, Mahanady River, Balasun River and Mechi River, meandering down to the south.
Things to Carry
- Walking stick
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes
While at Tiger Hill, one can also visit Senchel sanctuary, which has many interesting picnic spots. One can also look at its two artificial lakes serve as a reservoir for supply of water to Darjeeling town.
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