(Last Updated on : 30/06/2015)
Batasia Loop is a popular tourist attraction site nestled in the Darjeeling District
of West Bengal
. It is a loop or switchback. It was created to lower the gradient of ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
in Darjeeling district. At this place, the tracks meander around over itself through a tunnel and overlook a hilltop. The railway
line negotiates a circle and ascends 1,000 ft in altitude. Batasia Loop was commissioned in 1919.
Location of Batasia Loop
It is located around five km from Darjeeling, below Ghum
which is the highest railway station. It is situated on Hill Cart Road that is National Highway
55 that goes all the way to Siliguri
Attractions of Batasia Loop
Batasia Loop is a beautiful place and there are lots of places of interest in the vicinity that are worth visiting. Batasia means airy space. The area is covered with grass and is adorned with beautiful seasonal and perennial flowers
. From the Batasia Loop, the tourists can enjoy a panoramic view of Darjeeling town with the Kanchenjunga
and other snow capped mountains
in the backdrop. The picturesque beauty of this place is best enjoyed by toy train
rides. From Darjeeling station joy rides in the toy train can be availed of to Batasia Loop and back.
Batasia Loop is also a memorial to the Gorkha soldiers who gave their lives after the Indian Independence in 1947. This spot is also the photographer
's paradise. The War Memorial, constructed in memory of the brave sons of Darjeeling who died for the country since Independence in 1947, is worth visiting tourist attraction near Batasia Loop.
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