Tea and Tourism Festival Darjeeling

tea and tourism festival Darjeeling
 "Tea and Tourism Festival Darjeeling has started from today at Darjeeling. The tourism festival started from 27th of December will continue for five days and will end on 31st of December. Every year the Tourism festival is organised by the local governing body Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).  jointly with the state tourism department .In the previous year it used to go for one month but this time the festival will be only for five days at different location Darjeeling, Kurseong , Kalimpong and Mirik.

The main objective of this festival is to attract tourists in the hill area of Darjeeling and its subdivision which was completely down due to the political turmoil at Darjeeling.


After the long strike of 104 days  due to Gorkhaland statehood agitation the economy,tourist inflow and day today life of Darjeeling hill was disturbed .but slowly the place is gaining tourists inflow and is being restored to normal after the strike was called of on September 27. and Teesta Tea and Tourism Festival 2017 is the one of the attempt to restore and regain peace and normalcy in the Darjeeling Hills.

Venue : Chawrasta - Chawrasta is one of the best and beautiful tourists attraction of Darjeeling town and its the venue for all the programs and other activities that is organised at Darjeeling. Its at a walk able distance from the town , it takes around 10 to 20 minutes on foot as no vehicles are allowed in this area. This place is quite and beautiful comparing the rest of the town.Here you can sit and enjoy the view with hot coffee or tea with your friends and family. 


So lets let me explain you few points about Gorkhaland agitation that suspended life of the people for 104 days...

What is Gorkhaland Agitation :

The Gorkha Majority of Darjeeling  District that includes Darjeeling and its Subdivision Kurseong ,Kalimpong Dooars and Tarai (Parts of Silliguri ) is demanding a separate state since years. Its the mass movement of the people and fight for the Identity of the Gorkha people . in 1980s Subash Ghising raised the demand for separate state within the union of India including areas of Doars and Siliguri along with Darjeeling . the agitation was violent which lead to the death of 1200 people, which got settled with the formation of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC). Since then several parties formed at Darjeeling and carried out the demand but in the year 2007 Bimal Gurung founded Gorkha Janamukti Morcha(GJM) once again reviving the Gorkhaland agitation since than there was lots of political activities carried out in and around Darjeeling which finally lead to 104 days strike. So this was the short details of the agitation.

tea and tourism festival Darjeeling
Kids performing cultural dance at toy train : Ghoom Railway Station ,Darjeeling

What can you see at Tea and Tourism Festival Darjeeling

The Tea and Tourism festival of 2017 will focus on local arts and culture.Nepali Culture, traditional dresses and and local cuisines , some home made local products will be showcased at the festival to cater to different interests of tourists.Apart from the local things adventure sports like river rafting, paragliding, hiking,trekking and leisurely pastimes like bird watching , local village tourism will be focused to attract and entertain the tourists for  promotional activities.


I have uploaded a video so that you can actually see and feel the beauties of Darjeeling and the well preparation by the tourism department for the entertainment of tourists. In this video the local male and female artists are dancing in moving toy train in fully Nepali Traditional dress ,and the songs are also Nepali traditional songs locally called Maruni songs (folk songs). I personally felt so good to see the performance.



The festival will take place at different parts of Darjeeling Hills

Darjeeling : December 27 to 29


Kurseong : December 28 and 29 

Kalimpong : December 29 and 30 

Mirik :  30 and 31 .


In the News :

The four month strike has drastically effected the tourism industry of Darjeeling hills as the economy of the are is largely dependent in tourism industry.The newly elected Chairperson of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration ( GTA) Mr. Benoy Tamang, has urged all stakeholders to cooperate and make the tea and tourism festival a grand success. As over the few weeks local and foreign tourists have started to visit the hills , the hoteliers and the tour operators have started their bookings for the season. During the Durga puja season this year there were no tourists at all visiting Darjeeling.

The toy train services, which was suspended after the violent agitation for a separate state of Gorkhaland in June, resumed between New Jalpaiguri Junction and Darjeeling station in the second week of December.

The   principal secretary Gorkhaland Territorial Administration said all the destinations in the hills which are not popularly known will be promoted during the five day tourism  festival, to be held from December 27 to December 31, at four different places Darjeeling town, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Mirik

tea and tourism festival Darjeeling
Tea and Tourism Festival Darjeeling
Updated : 29/12/2017
Update of Teesta Tea and Tourism Festival Darjeeling

Second Day of Tea and Tourism Festival :

Second day of Teesta Tea and Tourism Festival was also full of people from in and around Darjeeling along with tourists ,there was musical programme help in which several bands from Darjeeling  performed during day time and in the evening time the famous and one of the oldest band 'The Carnival Band of Darjeeling' performed and made the evening unforgettable. The band has always been loved by the  people Darjeeling and Sikkim.They made everybody dance and enjoy through  their evergreen  musical Nepali and Bollywood songs .


Third and the last day of Tea and Tourim Festival (Update) :
The third day of the festival was also as crowded as previous days. Local people and tourists were enjoying the festival ,there were lots of stall selling their products and services. The musical program was also there, were new rock band from the hills continued their performance. The most beautiful attraction of the day I personally enjoyed was the photography exhibition  organised by the 'Darjeeling Photographic Society'- there were varieties of photos - Landscapes , Portrait, Star Trails and several other beautifully composed images captured by the member of the Photographic Society.







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