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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