Ghoom or Ghum is the highest point of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway from where the Toy train starts its descent towards Darjeeling town. Situated at an altitude of 2258 meters, Ghoom is India’s highest railway station and 14th highest railways station in the world. Tucked in a dreamy Himalayan valley, the station is nothing but beauty personified. Just 2hrs driving distance from Panthaniwas, Ghoom boasts of being an architecture and engineering marvel bestowed with a heritage status by UNESCO. It is a small railway station with the most beautiful railways tracks in the world. It has a quaint charm that has been captured by many filmmakers on screen. After all, where would you find such breath-taking view of Kanchenjunga range along with toy trains chugging past right next to you!
It is an offbeat destination that is often overlooked by the tourists when they visit North Bengal. Owning a real estate property at Dooars, would give you access to explore these kinds of magical and underrated destinations in your own pace and time. Especially, during this pandemic when going on a trip has become full of uncertainty. Panthaniwas offers studio apartments near Neora Valley addressing the need for affordable vacation home, most of us desired for. Wondering what should you explore at Ghoom? Let us guide you through:
While visiting Ghoom, Batasia Loop is a must-visit place for tourists. Just 1km away from this enchanting rail station, Batasia Loop is a gigantic railway loop where the train makes a 360degree turn to negotiate an elevation of 140 ft. situated on a hill top. Ghoom falls under Darjeeling district. The entire panoramic view of Darjeeling town is visible from Batasia Loop. The beautiful garden here is a visual delight for the tourists. There is a War Memorial at the centre of Batasia Loop commemorating the Gorkha soldiers who sacrificed their lives in various wars.
Tiger Hill is one of the greatest attractions of Ghoom area as well as Darjeeling. Just 5kms upwards from Ghoom, at an altitude of 11000 ft. Tiger Hill offers a spectacular sight of Kanchenjunga during sunrise. If the sky is clear, tourists can get a chance to witness world’s highest peaks Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu along with Kanchenjunga. The sunrays falling on snow peaks is a magical sight to behold. The changing colours of the snow-covered mountain peaks with each passing hour will enchant your senses.
Yiga Choeling Tibetan Monastery also known as Ghoom monastery was constructed in 1850 by a well-known monk and a Mongolian astrologer. It is a storehouse of Tibetan translations of famous Sanskrit words and rare Buddhist manuscripts. A 15ft high statue of Buddha is enshrined here which is the main attraction of this monastery. Tourists also get fascinated by thethangka walls. The large premise can accommodate 60monks. The monastery follows Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism and considered to be a sacred place for the entire Buddhist community.