After that we returned to Tezpur. On the way I took some nice shots:
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From Tezpur we took a bus to reach Rangia. Rangiya (also spelt as Rangia) is a city and a municipal board in Kamrup district of Assam. It is the regional divisional headquarters of the North East Frontier Railway. From Rangiya Bhutan border is about 30 km so we decided to go to Bhutan. The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked nation in South Asia, located at the eastern end of the Himalaya Mountains and is bordered to the south, east and west by India and to the north by the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. Bhutan is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim. The Bhutanese call their country Druk Yul which means “Land of the Thunder Dragon”. That’s the entrance gate to city Samdrup Jongkhar. Samdrup Jongkhar is the regional head of Samdrup Jongkhar district and the largest town in east Bhutan.
We stayed for one day in Bhutan. The next day we returned to Rangiya and then went to Guwahati. From Guwahati we took a train to reach New Jalpaiguri. New Jalpaiguri is a sister city of Siliguri. The appellation Jalpaiguri means olives in Bengali. The town is popularly known by its acronym NJP. It is located at a distance of sixteen kilometres from Siliguri. New Jalpaiguri is a major railway junction linking north eastern India to the rest of the country. The station has all three gauges — broad gauge — linking regular rail traffic between Assam and other parts of India; narrow gauge — the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway — a World Heritage Site connecting it with the hill station of Darjeeling and the metre gauge which connects parts of Assam and used as local rail services.
From NJP we hired a sumo to go to Darjeeling. Darjeeling is a hill station in the state of West Bengal. It is the headquarters of Darjeeling district, in the Shiwalik Hills on the lower range of the Himalaya, at an average elevation of 6,982 ft (2,128 m). Darjeeling is internationally famous for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, nicknamed the “Toy Train”, is a 2 ft (610 mm) gauge narrow-gauge railway from Siliguri to Darjeeling in West Bengal, run by the Indian Railways. It was built between 1879 and 1881 and is about 86 km long. The elevation level is from about 100 m. at Siliguri to about 2,200 m. at Darjeeling. It is still powered by a steam engine. A modern diesel engine is used for Darjeeling’s mail. Since 1999 the train has been a World Heritage Site as listed by UNESCO. That’s the famous toy train of Darjeeling:
Then, we went to see the rocks to learn trekking. Tenzing Rock and Gombu Rock are situated on Lebong Cart road in Darjeeling. Tenzing and Gombu rocks are also commonly known as monkey rocks. Tenzing Rock was named after Tenzing Sherpa and Gombu Rock was named after Nawang Gombu. It is a challenging masterpiece of nature’s oddity for the rock climbers. It is where Tenzing Sherpa climbed the Tenzing rock in the presence of Late Prime minister Jawaharlal Nerhu without a belay. That’s Tenzing Rock:
This post was contributed by: Pawan