Holidays in India have enthralled thousands of tourists from various countries across the world. Vacationers visit this country to explore the cultural heritage, diverse religious shrines and varied lifestyles. Many tourists are drawn by the pristine, natural beauty of beaches, mountain ranges and rich biodiversity. One of the popular hill stations of this country is Darjeeling, which is located in the northernmost district of West Bengal and at the foothills of the Himalayas. Spread across an area of more than 3140 square feet and at an altitude of nearly 6710 feet, it provides a perfect weekend getaway from the monotonous lifestyle of the metropolitans. The hill station is replete with picturesque terrains and lush green hills, which add to the beauty of the natural surroundings. The slopes are beautified with vast tea gardens, which are famous across the entire nation. Apart from this, globetrotters can pay a visit to Buddhist shrines, colonial-era architectural wonders and explore its diversified wildlife. Some of its famous tourist attractions include Chowrasta, Clubside Junction and Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.
Established in 1958, this natural reserve is one of the few wildlife parks that is dedicated for conserving a host of rare species of Eastern Himalayas like snow leopards, Tibetan wolf and red panda. This zoo is spread across over 67 acres and situated at a height of 7000 feet approximately. It aims at maintaining ecological balance within Eastern Himalayas by conserving endangered species and spreading awareness among local people about the importance of ecosystem. For the convenience of visitors, there is drinking water facility, car parking, souvenir shop, numerous rain shelters, telephone booths and refreshment centres. Here, people get a chance to see Indian tigers, black leopards, gorals, musk deer, golden pheasants, red jungle fowls, lady amhersts, blue gold macaws, star tortoises and Himayalan Newts. Tourists can opt for India travel packages in the eastern region to visit this biodiversity hotspot at this mesmeric hill station.