Darjeeling,the most populous hill station of West Bengal is now a commercial tourism destination of Eastern India and entrench of Mountain railways.It is now a major hilly hamlet of the eastern zone with places like Ghoom,Kurseong and Kalimpong engulfing the province.Located in the lesser Himalayas,Darjeeling’s ecosystem has been exposed and in jeopardy due to lack of proper planning and increased tourism in recent years.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Mountain Railways remains an important discovery in the railway planning of India and is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites.It was the first significant discovery in India before other railways of Nilgiris and Western Himalayas and Himachal took proper shape and advent.Daily trains operate between NJP and Darjeeling in the narrow gauge railway that serves as a cheap and exciting means of communication between the cities and the mountains.The beauty lies in the unblemished mountain ranges of the Lesser Himalayas that makes Darjeeling one of the souvenir hill stations of modern India.
The essence of the third highest peak of Kanchenjunga is felt from the hill top of Sandakphu and also from the Tiger Hills of Darjeeling.There are notable places in the areas like Mirik,Pashupati Market,Ghoom,Kurseong and some schools which has managed to capture the heart of the people of Eastern zone.Tourism and the establishment of hotels is on a rise in the province and the amount of rainfall increased in the last few years due to climate change and environmental effects.There is a huge metamorphosis in Darjeeling if we compare it ten years back due to the political turmoil
and the splurge in the tourism sector.
Nevertheless,tourists and travelers still enjoy the blissful beauty of Nature and its offerings and tourism seems to expand and increase every year.If people come out doing good to the city and maintain the peace and solidarity,then it could never go in the wrong possession and turn out to be a better tourism destination.Darjeeling makes Eastern India proud of natural glory and opulence but everything needs to be preserved and maintained as per the environmental law as bad and improper individuals ruin beautiful things and try to break Nature’s law.