(Last Updated on : 22/01/2014)
Batasia Loop is a loop or switchback, situated in the Darjeeling district
. It was created to lower the gradient of ascent of the Darjeeling
Himalayan Railway in Darjeeling district of West Bengal
. 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.
Situated 5 kms from Darjeeling, below Ghum, Batasia Loop is also a memorial to the Gorkha soldiers who gave their lives after the Indian Independence in 1947. From the Batasia Loop, the tourists enjoy a panoramic view of Darjeeling town with the Kanchenjunga and other snow capped mountains in the backdrop. 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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