Ghoom - North East India
Ghoom (also spelt Ghum) is a small hilly township in the Darjeeling Himalayan region of West Bengal, India. It falls along the Hill Cart Road to Darjeeling, 6kms off. It is seated at an elevation of 7400ft above sea level. Being situated in a gap between the hills, the place is always covered in mist, fog, strong winds and heavy rain. It derives its name from the Bengali word meaning ?sleep?, implying that the place is sleeping amidst clouds. India?s highest railway station is located here at an altitude of 7407ft, under the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
Tourists can find several places of interest here. The Samten Choling Buddhist Monastery, or Ghoom Monastery and the Yiga Choeling Monastery draw visitors throughout the year. The old Yiga Choeling Monastery is one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Darjeeling. A key attraction here is the 15-foot statue of the Lord Buddha.
Another popular tourist spot is the Batasia Loop. It is a railway loop that navigates the train 1000ft up by taking a spiral to lower the gradient of ascent. The garden, around which the track is laid, provides a panoramic view of Darjeeling's landscape including the snow covered peaks of the Eastern Himalayas and the majestic Kanchenjunga. A War Memorial is constructed in the garden in memory of the Gorkha soldiers from Darjeeling who sacrificed their lives in Indian wars. Other attractions include Tiger Hill, famous for its spectacular sunrise view, the lovely Senchal Lake, the Ghoom Hill and the Garg World amusement park.
Visitors can choose from a wide budgeted range of hotels and resorts located near Ghoom, from the economical Darjeeling Tourist Lodge to the lavishly luxurious Heritage Windamere. State run and private buses plying from Siliguri to Darjeeling stop at Ghoom. You can also take the 20 mins.Toy-Train ride from Darjeeling to the Ghoom.
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