Perched at 2,134m directly opposite the massif of Kanchenjunga,
Darjeeling is fascinating hill stations, enticing many to its fairy tale
environs. The town’s name said to be derived from “Dorji Ling” – abode of
the Thunderbolt – originally a name attached to a monastery while in
Sanskrit, this name believed to be emanated from the word ‘Durjay Ling’
means ‘Shiva of invincible prowess, who rules the Himalayas’.
Bounded in the north by Sikkim and flanked by Bhutan on the East, Nepal on
the West, Darjeeling offers the most awe-inspiring views. With an area of
1,200 sq. miles, the district is shaped like an irregular triangle, the
southern region, the base, comprises the Terai, a marshy low-lying area at
an average height of 300 ft above sea level; the apex is formed by the
Phalut ridge where Nepal meets India. The Eastern frontier lies along the
Rivers Teesta and Rangeet, beyond is Rishi-La and Bhutan.
This Old Gorkha Station of Darjeeling, fascinated Lloyd and Grant, British
officers, in 1829 by and 1835 it became the British Sanatorium after the
Maharaja of Sikkim gifted it to Governor-General Bentick. The town still
retains an imperialistic touch and there are several places continuing
with English names, echoing Darjeeling’s colonial past.