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Darjeeling (India) 06/10/2004

Darjeeling: Queen of the Himalayan Region

Darjeeling (India) INTRODUCTION ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^ India being a country of severe summers, summer holidays had a huge importance while growing up. Hill stations and cold destinations used to be favourites holiday destinations during severe summers. While I was studying in a Boarding School, one of the most important topics of discussion used to be where our parents are going to take us for summer holidays. I remember, my parents used to take me to different parts of Himalayas every year, but my most favourite destination was Darjeeling, the land of tea plantations and fascinating views of Mt. Kanchenjunga (3rd highest peak in the world). I visited Darjeeling 3 times as a growing boy, but I still cherish beautiful memories of this classic hill station sprawling with tea plantations, lovely cool weather and heart warming English colonial infrastructure. LOCATION ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^ Darjeeling is situated on the north-east border of India in between states of West Bengal and Sikkim. The jurisdiction of the place belongs to West Bengal state government. It was very convenient for us to travel there as it is a short flight from Calcutta (Kolkata). The town is based on a ridge and is backed by mind blowing views of the Himalayas. HISTORY ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^ Darjeeling was built by the British as a summer camp but soon expanded into a huge flourishing tea producer and its still produces one on the finest teas on the planet. If you haven’t tried it, you are missing out on some ...

Gurgaon (New Delhi, India) 29/09/2004

GURGAON a Village becomes heart of corporate India

Gurgaon (New Delhi, India) INTRODUCTION ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^ I was born in Calcutta but moved to Gurgaon (South of Delhi) with my parents at the age of 12 and have lived there till 1999 until I moved to London 5 years back. This review is a tribute to a place where I spent all my teenage years. Unfortunately even Lonely Planet has not covered this place in its India book, as Gurgaon has gained prominence in recent times. Gurgaon used to be a small village north-west of India situated near the border of Delhi and very near to the state of Rajasthan. Now physically it is shared by National Capital region of Delhi but falls under the jurisdiction of state of Haryana. Gurgaon is now a city in itself booming to be the capital of corporate India. HISTORY ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The city (earlier village) is named after Guru Dronacharya; who was offered the village as gurudakshina (the tradition of giving a gift to your teacher after completion of learning) by his students. The word Gaon means village in Hindi and there are hundreds and thousands of them in India. This place is over 2500 years old and slowly becoming a new Monaco. GURGAON as of Today ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Gurgaon is the hub of MNC investment in India after Bangalore. It boasts to be the corporate headquarters of companies like GE capital, Maruti Suzuki, American Express, IBM, British Airways, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Gillette, Motorola, Mckinsey, Rolls Royce, Nestle and the list goes on. It also boasts over 70 shopping malls ...

Calcutta (India) 16/09/2004


Calcutta (India) Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) is the capital of the state of West Bengal located in East of India. It’s a very populated city but filled with culture, tradition and history. It has many of it buildings crumbling and streets smelling, which might make you think that it is a filthy city. But after you spend some time, you’ll realise that the city has been unfairly defamed. If you try to know it deeper, you’ll realise why it has been accredited as the cultural capital of India. It has some of the finest remnants of British Raj in India being the capital of British India till the beginning of 20th Century, but it still has a strong Bengali heart. It is also considered as the India’s friendliest metropolis. It is the birthplace of several famous people like Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore, novelist William Thackeray and Oscar winning film director and Novelist, Satyajit Ray and also Mother Theresa who spend most of her life here running her ashram. Some helpful facts for those of you who want to visit the City of Joy is near future. Money used is Indian Rupees. Europeans need Indian Visa to go there. SIGHTSEEING INDIAN MUSEUM. It is based in the Choringhee Area. They charge Rs 150 as entry fee and Rs 50 extra for camera. It’s a beautiful colonial building, more like a palace. It holds lots of artefacts from 2nd century BC mainly Buddhist art. BIRLA PLANETARIUM This is one the largest planetariums in the world. St Paul’s CATHEDRAL Built ...
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