If you will ask any traveller across the world than they would rather deny the location of cemetery because it is never a place to visit but in Darjeeling there is a cemetery that spreads an essence of history lived by British Government.
Located at the site of Lebong Cart Road of Darjeeling the old cemetery here is renowned as English Cemetery and traveller must understand that it is of National Importance because it reveals the glory of British Raj.
The cemetery here is a resting place of a British resident who lived here and carved a clear environment to view the eastern chronicles which is revered by the presence of transparent brilliance of mountain ranges.
It is believed that it was British who followed the primitive means of agriculture and cleared forest to offer an atmosphere where local people could produce tea and other means of agriculture phenomenon.
The road that leads to the gates of British cemetery is serene and many have considered it to be a heritage walk because here traveller would have a splendid opportunity to understand the influence of British in local environment.
It’s perfect location that overlooks the terrestrial surroundings of tea estate and magnificent Darjeeling calls for a moment of life. While walking here traveller would witness two different section of graveyard, one would relate the blocks of 1840s and lower section relates the peripheral of ancient days.
When we talk about the maintenance work of this historic cemetery than Archaeological department have defined it as a site of national importance and British Association of cemeteries in South Asia have lend supportive hand to preserve this chronological testimonies.
To quote the numbers of graveyard then there is roughly 100 cemeteries lies within the periphery of Lebong Hill cart road but according to history there should be a large number of cemeteries. To account the responsive reasons for such unfortunate deeds traveller would require spending some days here to understand the irresponsible act of local people.
Unfortunately those marbled graves are pounded by ravages of Monsoon but still there are good numbers of graves that speaks the reverie of British people. Some of the brilliant historical graves that relate the history of British government are that of Lt. General George W. Aylmer Lloyd cemetery. It is said that he came here during early 18th century after sharing diplomatic word with Raja of Sikkim and lived here till he breathed his last during 1865.
Another interesting cemetery within here is that of the Hungarian linguist Alexander Csoma de Koros who is believed to have compiled the first Tibetan grammar and English dictionary. He lived here for considerable amount of time and died in the shore of Darjeeling. It is interesting to witness Hungarian delegates comes here every year to pay their honour and tribute to such great individual.
Another amazing and beautiful cemetery to appreciate is that of late Rebecca. It is believed that her deserted husband dedicated this tomb in her loving memory and those Victorian style notes in graveyard commemorates the lovely affair of Rebecca.
Till 1970s the cemetery was working under the administrative line of St. Andrews Church of Mall road and to account its importance Das Studio of Darjeeling was trusted with a task to take photographs of those cemeteries lying here.
Unfortunately all the photographs taken by Das Studio were found missing and at present it has become difficult for officials to identify the core of those grave.
How to Reach
By train- the nearest railway station to Old cemetery of Darjeeling is New Jalpaiguri which is located at a distance of around 73 km from here.
By air- the nearest airport is Bagdogra which is located at a distance of around 93 km from here.