Observatory hill view point

View snow capped Himalayan Range from Observatory Hill View Point

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-08-04

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Observatory Hill is one of the best vantage points of Darjeeling near Chowrasta square. Views of snow-clad peaks, including Mount Kanchenjunga, are visible from the Observatory Hill. The view point is not at the top of the hill near the temple but below the summit with benches for the climbers to rest a while and enjoy the beauty of the snow capped peaks of Singallia range.

The Bhutia Busty monastery was originally located here. Now the hill has the temple of Mahakal. Another school of thought suggests that the presence of the megalithic core to have been a place of worship of the Rongs, representing a sacred location of the classic Long Chok (erect stones) type. The term 'Dotsug' was thus a literal translation of 'Long Chok'.

Observatory hill view point

Observatory Hill View Point

Soon after few flights of stairs, a steep uphill narrow road starts that goes all the way to the top. There are benches on the way to take some rest, if you are really out of breadth. As you walk along, there are sharp bends on the way. Halfway up, you will see Windamere Hotel, a grand heritage property of Darjeeling while taking breathtaking views in backdrop.

The Observatory Hill is actually a great place for bird watching and quite rich in flora and fauna. The constant sound of the chirping of birds makes this place a very calm and soothing.


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