Hill Stations In West Bengal

Hill Stations In West Bengal

By Saoli

Known to be one of the friendliest states of India, West Bengal offers a welcome respite to travellers whose lust for mountains and hills never end. As juxtaposed to the busy city life of its capital, Kolkata, there is another side of the state which is extremely scenic, cut-off from the mundane city buzz. Blessed with some of the most popular ascents, the hills of West Bengal offers some space for indulging in leisure time to the people not only from Kolkata but from other places of the country as well. It's time that you pack your bags and set out to respond to the call of the nature.

Top Hills Stations of West Bengal

Darjeeling:

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This is one of the most visited hill stations of West Bengal. Submerged in jaw-dropping natural beauty, travellers from across the country visit Darjeeling throughout the year. Watch out for the sunrise over the Tiger Hills, the moment that you will cherish forever. Located at an altitude of 2,050 meters above the sea level, Darjeeling is famous the world over for its tea industry that was developed by the British East India Company in the 19th century. Swept by a Tibetan Buddhist culture, this hill station has some major draws such as the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Jaldapara National Park, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Rock Garden, Observatory Hill, River Teesta, St. Andrew's Church, and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

Kalimpong:

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Known for its temperate climatic, this gorgeous hill station is located at an elevation of 1,065 meters above the sea level. The colonial era architecture is still present in some of its old buildings. The place is famous for being in close proximity to the mountain passes of Nathu La and Jalep La. There are several beautiful Buddhist monasteries and the presence of a Tibetan Buddhism influenced culture can be easily felt. The local shopping market is a must visit selling a variety of local arts and crafts, and other curios. The summit of Khangchendzonga lording in the background is a visual treat.

Mirik:

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Tucked away in the middle of the Eastern Himalayas, 1,495 meters above sea level, Mirik is another jewel that is beautifully surrounded by tea plantations and quaint villages. This serene hill station houses the placid Sumendu Lake. The view of the mighty Kanchenjunga is something unforgettable. The place has some well-known Buddhist monasteries. The hill station enjoys a close proximity to the border of Nepal and is halfway between Siliguri and Darjeeling. Its territory is beautifully surrounded by cardamom plantations, dark Japanese cedars, and orange orchards.

Kurseong:

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Popular as the 'Land of White Orchids', Kurseong is blessed with a cool romantic climate round the year. The moss covered flower orchards and the rolling tea plantations offer this hill station its drop-dead beauty. The view of the surrounding hills, the cascading waterfalls, and the lovely landscape make Kurseong a highly sought-after destination for holidays.

Sandakphu:

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This picture-perfect hills station of West Bengal is one of the best places for trekking and skiing. Located at an altitude of 3696 meters above sea level, the hill station offers views of the highest peaks namely the Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Lhotse. Sandakphu is known to be the highest point of the state and is closely located to the beautiful Singalila National Park.