Darjeeling: Though Maa Durga has reached Kailash, the festive mood of Bengalis is still there. Thus . with the strike for Gorkhaland withdrawn, tourists from Bengal have started trickling into their favourite Puja destination.
Five days after the agitation was called off, tourists, mostly from Bengal, reached Darjeeling to make their Puja vacation memorable. This has come as a ray of hope for hoteliers and tour operators, who were severely affected by the over 100-day strike.
Durga Puja has always attracted tourists, mainly from Bengal given the proximity and low cost of the visit, but the statehood agitation that started in June had put the Hills out of bounds.
However, the few tourist that did brave the trip to the Hills found no problems except for proper hotel service. Some even got to witness the Moharram akhada at Motor Stand.
Hoteliers and tour operators are not complaining. “The few tourists here are from Bangladesh and Kolkata. It is only an extension of their visit to Sikkim because the strike has been called off. It is a good sign for us as we had incurred huge cancellations. Also, Puja this time was early and October is the season for tourists to come to Darjeeling. Let’s hope things remain normal,” according to Pradip Lama, general secretary of Darjeeling Association of Travel Agents.
Divine nature has blessed all the places on this earth. Beauty should lie in your eyes to admire some place or the other. Popular as one of the most magnificent hill resorts in the world, Darjeeling also has a unique feature of toy train.Land of Thunderbolt is the name given to Darjeeling which is also called Queen of Hill stations. After the big political crisis, the beauty is still alive.
The Mall Road, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Shingamari Ropeway, Zoological Park (Darjeeling Zoo), Mahakal Dara Temple, Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Gangamaiya Park, Rock Garden, Happy Valley Tea Estate, Ava Art Gallery, Japanese Temple (Japanese Peace Pagoda), Dhir Dham Temple, Mirik Lake and Darjeeling Tea Estate are some of the attractions of Darjeeling which every tourists prefer to visit during their India tour .