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April 3, 2010

Tourists throng Darjeeling to beat the heat of plains

     Darjeeling: A large number of tourists are thronging Darjeeling as scorching heat begins to turn unbearable in the plains. As a result, the hill resort of Darjeeling in West Bengal is bustling with activities these days. Developed by the British as a holiday resort, this station has always been one of the most attractive mountain journeys for the tourists across the world. "Darjeeling is having a good number of tourists. The weather is also pleasant here. We expect the number to go up this year as compared to the last," said Gopal Lama, Deputy Director of Tourism, West Bengal government. The tourism industry is anticipating a further rise in the number of tourists in coming months, as it is just the beginning of the tourist season. Most of the population in the region depends upon the tourism industry. "The temperature is quite good this year in Darjeeling. We are expecting a good tourist flow this time with a good start from now on. We are booked out till the end of May already," Sameer Singh, manager of a hotel in Darjeeling. Darjeeling has been a favourite place of people who wish to spend a quality time with friends or family at hill stations, especially during summers. Moreover, the toy train, which has been declared as a world heritage by the UNESCO, is a major tourist attraction here. Also, the region has a good number of lush green tea gardens that also attract number of tourists. "Coming to Darjeeling has been a great experience. I have come from Mumbai that is pretty hot around this time of the year. Darjeeling is quite cool and we love it here. We went to see the sunrise and I am really enjoying here," said Medha Kulkarni, a tourist from Mumbai.
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