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Observatory Hill

Observatory Hill is a hill near Chowrasta square, or The Mall as it is popularly known, in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. Views of snow-clad peaks, including Mount Khangchendzonga, are visible from the Observatory Hill. The hill has the temple of Mahakal. Two important arteries of the town, Nehru Road and Bhanubhakta Sarani, meet at Chowrasta. 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. 

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Mahakal Temple

The Mahakal Temple is a sacred Hindu temple located on the observatory hill dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Shiv. The Temple was built in 1782 by Lama Dorjey Rinzing and is perched atop the Observatory Hill in Darjeeling and is an amalgamation of Hindu and Buddhist religions. It is a unique religious site where both religions coexist harmoniously. The three gold plated Lingams inside the main temple represent Hindu Gods Brahma, Bishnu and Maheswar. There are idols of Lord Buddha alongside the Lingams where both a Hindu priest and a Buddhist monk perform religious rituals and offer prayers simultaneously.

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Observatory Hill view point

The observatory hill also is one of the best vantage points to get the views of mountain ranges as well as the valleys below. 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. 

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Lloyd Botanical Garden

Lloyd's Botanical Garden was established in 1878 when 40 acres of land was acquired at Darjeeling to form a botanic garden as an annexe of the Calcutta Botanical Garden. The land was provided by William Lloyd, in whose name the botanical garden has been named. The Darjeeling Botanical Garden preserves several species of Bamboo, Oak, Magnolia, Arisaema, Cotoneaster, Wild Geranium, and Rhododendron — forest native plants of the Darjeeling Himalayan hill region, Sikkim region, and other neighboring regions.

Read Blog Post: Walk in William Lloyd Botanical Garden of Darjeeling

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