Renowned world over for the breathtaking scene sceneries, tea and the famous Steam engine Toy Train the tiny little town of Darjeeling has attracted tourists from every corner of the world. Great personalities like Mark Twain and Rabindranath Tagore had uttered praising words for this beautiful hill station. Nestled in the Himalayas this beautiful town is also known as the Queen of the Hill Stations. Jolly smiling locals lead a slow life here with Mount Kanchenjunga as its backdrop. Locals worship this third highest peak in the world as their deity. From many places in the town you would be able to see the vastness of the majestic Kanchenjunga. But to see its full glory in its entirety experts suggest that you visit the sun rise point in Darjeeling’s Tiger Hill.
Tiger Hill is another small hill that stands at a higher altitude than Darjeeling. It has vast forest and green vegetation all over with trees
such as pine, fir, teak, timber, etc. At the tip of this humongous Hill there lies the sunrise point from where you can actually see the majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga spreading its arms wide. On a clear day you also get to see the highest peak in the world Mt. Everest far behind Kanchenjunga. The best season to see the dazzling snow covered peaks as the sun rises is between Mid October and December. March to April is also a good time
When you climb up the hill on a local jeep you will realize that Tiger hill is a destination by itself that offers great sunrise view but that it’s a place where you can enjoy the serenity and clarity of Himalayas anytime of the day. However, the ultimate dream comes true when you reach at the peak of the hill and witness the eighth wonder of this world when you see the sun rays hitting the snowy eastern Himalayan peaks. This is utterly a breathtaking experience. As the sun rises its rays cutting the darkness, the snow covered mountain range looks magnificent for it changes colors from golden, to red to orange and pink. The blaze of rapidly changing colors of the snow peaks as the sun strikes is just an awesome view.
It is better to start early by 3:30 am so that you reach the sun point by 4:15 am. Just before the sun comes up the peaks slowly begin to appear. You will not be able to take your eyes off the snowy peaks dazzling right before your eyes. It’s almost unbelievable. Kanchenjunga has five treasure peaks the highest of them being the 3rd highest in the world. Then as the sun rises a little away from the peaks it is almost like a dream. Make sure you carry a camera to capture this magical moment. Right after that you can snack on something for there are shops that sell hot tea and coffee along with hot local breakfast. This memory will last forever in your heart assures the locals. It truly is once in a lifetime experience.