An early morning cab ride at 4:00 AM in the morning to Tiger Hill in Ghoom to see the sunrise is one of the top things to do on your trip to Darjeeling. As famous as the sunrise is, it is just as elusive. Instead of giving in to the temptation of sunrise, we decided to take a day trip to Ghoom in order to trek to tiger hill and visit some monasteries in Ghoom.
How to reach there?
We took a shared cab from the Ghoom taxi stand in Darjeeling to Jorbanglo. It cost us Rs. 20/person. Tell the cab driver to drop you at the junction where you can start your trek. It is a road but not many vehicles go that way. The views are beautiful. Tall pine trees line the road on both sides. There are benches every few minutes for you to take a break and soak in the beauty.
It took us about an hour and a half to reach the Tiger hill. There is a temple complex after 15 minutes walk. You can replenish yourself with some food at the Prasad counter of the temple, however I am not sure if it is a daily feature. They served good food and hot tea for free.
I recommend that you start early in the morning because it became very misty by afternoon and mist hid all the view and it started drizzling.
Ying Choeling Monastery: We walked back to Jorbanghlo and visited the Ying Choeling Monastery in Ghoom. Built in 1850, it is the oldest monastery in the region. It belongs to the Gelugpa sect. A beautiful statue of the Maitreya Buddha adorns the prayer hall.
Batasia Loop: This memorial is a fitting tribute to the sacrifices made by the Gurkha soldiers, famous for their bravery. It is also the highest point of the Himalayan Railway. It is a beautiful place to visit and you can walk there. You can also visit it by the toy train as it stops here for a few minutes. To read more about the toy train and my visit to Darjeeling, follow the link below: