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Rock Garden, Darjeeling

In the hilly town of Darjeeling, two places are added to the tourist attraction known as Rock Garden at chunnu summer falls and Ganga Maya Park in the state of West Bengal. Rock garden is also known as Barbotey Rock Garden which is 10 kms away from the Darjeeling town in a valley down below. The garden is called Rock Garden because the entire garden area has been created by cutting rocks at different levels and making terraced seating arrangements at various levels. On proceeding towards Rock Garden you have to take right turn from the town along hill cart road. There are many scenic views at many point while going towards the garden and the road descends into the valley rapidly. Tea gardens dot the hill slopes.  Rock Garden was constructed by the Gorkha Hill Council Tourism Department and was inaugurated by the chairaman  of Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF)Subash Ghising.  A multi-level picnic ground terraced around a natural waterfall, its attraction is in it "being a sort of road-side facility but with a little too much concrete". A beautiful view of hills streams cascading over rocks on the slope are there in the garden. A beautiful waterfall is in the garden which comes all the way from top and over the rocks down below. There are beautiful flower gardenstrees and shrubbery at all levels along with nice seating arrangements. It takes about approximately 30-40 min to reach the the garden.

History

Darjeeling was secured by British from Raja of Sikkim in 1835 and developed the area. They introduced tea gardens in the area. Townships sprang up, hotels were built and the population in the area grew rapidly. From a mere 100 souls in 1839, the population had shot up to 10,000 by 1849. The town become the major attraction of tourist as it is spread on the hills slope at an altitude of 7000 feet.

The movement of Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) was in full swing in Darjeeling in 1980. The unrest affect the arrival of tourist and it started losing the tourist destination. The formation of Darjeeling Gorkha Autonomous Hil Council (DGAHC) in 1988, relative peace returned to the area.

Open Hours

The parks and Garden are usually open from 10:00 am to 4:0 pm daily and there are entry tickets.

How to Reach

By Air : Nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport at Siliguri.

By Rail : Nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri Railway Junction.

By Bus : You can take Bus either at the Chowrastha or near Ghoom.