Study tour to Darjeeling and Sikkim
This was a part of our community medicine tour. Just after the completion of Dhaka tour, we the students of Jahurul Islam Medical College of Batch J-13 along with our teachers started for Darjeeling and Sikkim. On 8th March we started at night by bus and reached Burimari (India-Bangladesh border) next morning. After immigration and customs checking we started for New Jalpaiguri, which was our first destination. There we checked into a hotel to refresh ourselves. In the evening we went out to see the city and also to do some shopping in a favorite market named "Hongkong Market." Our hotel was near the NJP railway station, so some of us went there to look at the modern trains.
Next morning we started for "Mirik," a tourist spot having a big lake with boating facility, horse riding facility on a large ground with hills all around. The lake is surrounded by hills amidst beautiful natural setting. We had our lunch there and started for 'Darjeeling, a world renowned tourist spot. We reached there in the evening; it was very cold up there at 6-7C temp. We checked into a hotel to freshen up. We were so exhausted that we went to sleep quite early.
On the 3rd day of our tour we went for site-seeing in Darjeling. Among them "Gangamay Park" and "Rock Garden" were amazing. In the evening we had free time for shopping, so all of us made a good use of the time.
Next morning we got up early at 4 am to see Tiger Hill (at the height of 8,500 feet from sea level) to see the breathtaking sunrise. Really, it was fascinating to watch the sunrays reflecting on the "Kanchanjangha" (3rd highest peak of the Himalayas) that turned the white colour of the peak into bright golden. It is one of the best moments of our tour. After that we all come back to the hotel for breakfast. On the way we saw the 2nd highest railway station in the world "Ghoom" and spent some time there.
Same day we also went to Batasia loop, Ava art gallery, Tea garden, Zoological park, Tenjing Rock and Toy train station which is now a part of World Heritage declared by the UNICEF.
After visiting all the places we gained plenty of historical knowledge. Another place where we used to go for gossiping and adda in the evening was "Tourist Mall," There we used to take coffee and an interesting food called "MOMO." By this time we all were very tired and went for an early sleep hoping that tomorrow will be an exciting Journey from Darjeling to Sikim.
Next morning we started for local site seeing. We went to Hanuman tample, Ganesh tample, Water plant, Sikim view point, Water fall and at last the exciting rope way which was near the Sikim assmbly hall. In the evening we went for shopping at MG mangh of Gangtok.
On the morning we started for Sangu lake and at about 11 am we reached there. It was a frozen lake surrounded by mountains with ice at the height of 12,800 feet from sea level. The view of Sangu at that time was simply breathtaking. Our teachers Sayedur Rahman sir and his wife, Bahar sir, Munira madam all are very excited to see the beauty. Sangu is too beautiful to describe in words. We spent some quality time there, took a few snaps and brought the memories back with us.
On 16th March we started For Siliguri, it was the last day of our tour. We reached Burimari at 7 pm, and after customs and immigration checking started for Dhaka at 7.30 pm. We reached Dhaka on the next morning 5.30 am.
Basu kaka, Utpal kaka and other people with them in the tour - thank you very much for your hospitality and cordial behavior. I give special thanks to our Principal sir, Boby sir, Subhait da for their help and support.
The India tour was a tour of a life time, the trip will remain as the brightest star in the sky of my memory. I will always cherish those days of India. Thank you all once again, those who helped and inspired us all the way to make the tour successful.
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