Tiger Hill is the summit of Ghoom
, the highest railway station on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
– a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for spectacular sunrise view over the Himalayas
. Leveling out at , Tiger Hill is the highest hill in the immediate surroundings.
It is 11 km from the town of Darjeeling
and can be reached either by jeep
or by foot through Chowrasta, Alubari (incidentally the oldest tea plantation in Darjeeling) or Jorebangla and then climbing up the incline to the summit, which takes about 2 hours on an easy pace.
The first rays of the sun shoot ahead and shed light upon the twin peaks of Kangchenjunga
painting it pink and then bathing it in a beautiful orange colour. From Tiger Hill, Mount Everest
(29,002') is just visible, peeping out through two other peaks standing by its side. Makalu
(27,799') looks higher than Mt. Everest, owing to the curve in the horizon, as it is several miles closer than Everest. The distance in straight line from Tiger Hill to Everest is 107 miles.
On a clear day, Kurseong
is visible to the south and in the distance, along with Teesta River
, Mahanadi River
, Balason River
and Mechi River
meandering down to the south. Chumal Rhi mountain of Tibet, 84 miles away as the crow flies, looks like a great rounded mass over the snowy Chola Range. One comes face to face with this peak of superb beauty from Phari Jong which is 129 miles away from Darjeeling.
While at Tiger Hill, you can also visit Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary
, which... Read More