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DARJEELING LANDSCAPE SERIES - I(IMAGES OF LANDSCAPES FROM DARJEELING - FIRST IN A SERIES OF 5 IMAGES).

This is a small cottage within the Raj Bhavan(Governor House) in Darjeeling.Raj Bhavan used to be the Government House in the British Raj era. It was served as the summer residence of Governor Generals of India .

Some tidbits about the town of Darjeeling.

Darjeeling is a Himalayan Town and a hill station in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is internationally renowned as a tourist destination, along with its Tea Industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is "hill town headquarters" of Darjeeling district with a partially autonomous status within the state of West Bengal. The town is located in the Mahabharat Range or Lesser Himalaya at an average elevation of 6,710 ft (2,050 m).The development of the town dates back to the mid-19th century, when the British set up a sanatorium and a military depot. Subsequently, extensive tea plantation was done in the region, and tea growers developed distinctive hybrids of black tea and created new fermenting techniques. The resultant distinctive Darjeeling tea is internationally recognised and ranks among the most popular of the black teas.The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connects the town with the plains and has one of the few steam locomotives still in service in India. Darjeeling also has several British-style public schools, which attract students from throughout India and neighbouring countries.

Darjeeling had become an important tourist destination as early as 1860.It is reported to be the only location in eastern India that witnesses large numbers of foreign tourists.It is also a popular filming destination for Bollywood and Bengali cinema. Satyajit Ray shot his film Kanchenjungha (1962) here, and his Feluda series story, Darjeeling Jomjomaat was also set in the town. Bollywood movies Aradhana (1969), Main Hoon Na (2004), and more recently Barfi! (2012) have been filmed here.

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