If you are looking for a place to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy some time in contemplation, India offers many such retreats. Below are three of the best.
Darjeeling is the paradise of the East. Lofty mountains surround Darjeeling. Except for the monsoon months, the Kanchenjunga peak can be seen. Down below in the valley flow the rivers swollen by rain water or melting snow. Darjeeling is a fascinating place rich in natural beauty and surrounded by Buddhist monasteries. Its beauty surpasses any other hill station. The real fun in coming to Darjeeling is on the toy train. It takes six to seven hours to cover a distance of 82 kms and the slow speed gives you enough time to watch and appreciate the beauty which nature has provided it. This train passes through the forests, waterfalls, over deep valleys and through the mountains and tunnels
A small but bustling town in the Himalaya foothills of West Bengal- Kalimpong is at an altitude of 1250 meters. Kalimpong is famous for its monasteries, churches and a private library for the study of Tibetan and Himalayan languages, culture etc. This place also has the Sericulture center and the orchid nurseries and of course the place provides some beautiful sights of the Himalayan range. Though not all travelers visit this place, which demands some attention. The journey from Darjeeling along the Teesta River is very interesting.
Tea estates, orange orchards and cardamom plantations surround Mirik. Mirik has all the facilities to fulfill the needs of a tourist, it is surrounded by forests, flowers and is a very peaceful place which attracts tourists automatically. This place is 5,800 feet above the sea level and has a population of 10,000 people. Mirik has not yet acquired the hustle and bustle of the regular hill station and is free of pollution. Any time spend here is enough to refresh you.