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Darjeeling: The Queen of Hills and the Diva of Aromatic Tea

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Straddled on the western side of a ridge at an altitude of 7,100 feet above the sea level on the eastern Himalayas, Darjeeling is not only called the ‘Queen of the Hills’ but is also the seat of the finest quality of tea in the world. Originally, a part of the erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim, the Gurkhas arrived here from Nepal in 1780 A.D. and captured the place. But in the Anglo-Nepal war that followed in 1817 A.D., the Gurkhas were squarely defeated by the British. Then in 1728 A.D., two British officers by the name of Lloyd and Grant chanced upon this place on a survey mission and got enthralled by the sheer beauty of the place as well as its strategic importance due to its proximity to Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibet. Thereafter in 1835 A.D., the British took Darjeeling on lease from the then king of Sikkim at an annual rent of 3000 rupees and started developing the place which finally metamorphosed into the present svelte and sylvan hill station.

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  •  Panoramic View Of A Tea Estate Near Mirik , 3
    Panoramic View Of A Tea Estate Near Mirik , 3
  •  Alpine Forests Near Jorepokhri , Darjeeling , India
    Alpine Forests Near Jorepokhri , Darjeeling , India
  •  Tea Cultivation On The Hills , Darjeeling , India
    Tea Cultivation On The Hills , Darjeeling , India
  •  Sunrise From Tiger Hills , Darjeeling , India
    Sunrise From Tiger Hills , Darjeeling , India
  •  Sunrise From Tiger Hills , Darjeeling , India
    Sunrise From Tiger Hills , Darjeeling , India
  •  Mystic Panorama Of The Darjeeling Hills At Dusk , India , 3
    Mystic Panorama Of The Darjeeling Hills At Dusk , India , 3
  •  Jorepokhri Near Darjeeling , India
    Jorepokhri Near Darjeeling , India
  •  A View Of The Forested Hills From The Rock Gardens , Darjeeling , India
    A View Of The Forested Hills From The Rock Gardens , Darjeeling , India

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