As my tour comes to a close, I leave for the one best spot that I had reserved as a last part of my agenda. With the astounding sweeping views of the Colossal Kanchenjunga and the blaze of rapidly color changing snow peaks among the other snow clad Eastern Himalayan Peaks, the Tiger Hill is the best viewpoint of the little town of Darjeeling. Soaking in the Himalayan serenity, one can relish the actual beauty of the sunrise and the sunset right from this point.
Located approximately 11 kilometers from Darjeeling town, the Tiger hills lie above Ghoom at the highest altitude point in the town, 8482 feet. My trek to the hill began at 3:30 AM. As I reach the hill by 4:15AM, I am in time to witness the splendor of the sunrise. And I feel like I am at the top of the world. Trust me you will need to wake up even earlier if you need to beat the crowd. Hundreds thronged the slopes of the hill to grasp even a glimpse of the sunrise.
Look out for those nasty fogs and mist, they could upset your view. Plan well ahead.
The Divine Hill and its Silver Lining
This little hill grants us the chance to glimpse at the sun spreading its multicolor aura over the snow-capped peaks, living in the magical play of nature. You might come across a few tollbooths to reach the summit. There are several points along the way where you may feel free to stop and have a look-see if you feel that the viewpoint itself might be too crowded. There is a view tower, which is free of cost and you may help yourself to the wonderful views of Darjeeling.
A 360 degree view is visible from here, as you reach the top of the Tiger Hill. From here you can spot the five treasured peaks of the snow: Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, Mount Makalu, Chomol Hari Mountain of Tibet, The Kanchenjunga and more.
On your way down do stop at the Batasia Loop where the locals have their stalls set up even early in the morning, with hot samosas or singaras specially for the tourists.
Book either a car or a jeep if you want to reach the Hill on time with ease. Trek if you prefer the challenge.