Darjeeling snow makes Noida couple’s occasion

Darjeeling snow makes Noida couple’s occasion
Wed, Jan 30, 2019

DARJEELING,: Noida-based couple Rudrajit Chattopadhaya and Manjushree Chaterjee arrived here today to celebrate the silver jubilee of their marriage, and much to their delight were greeted with snowfall, only the second occasion this season when the town was draped in white flakes.
The town had received snowfall on December 28 after a gap of 10 years, but not in the quantity and for the duration like today. “This is one of the best gifts one could get in our 25th anniversary which is today. The moment we arrived in Darjeeling it started snowing. We have seen snowfall in other places, but we are feeling ecstatic today and cannot contain our joy,” said Rudrajit, who is visiting Darjeeling after a gap of 13 years. On the other hand, this is the first trip to the Queen of Hills for his wife.
It started snowing around 10 a.m. and continued intermittently till about 2:30 p.m. Around the time it stopped snowing here, neighbouring Ghoom started receiving snowfall. Sandakhpu, the highest point in Bengal at an altitude of 3,636 metres and about 61 km from here, also received about three inches of snow. The area had also received about eight inches of snow on January 23.
Tourists and locals alike thronged Chowrasta, the town’s famous promenade, to enjoy the snowfall. They played with the snowflakes and took pictures. Some of them were also seen making video calls to their family and friends from the spot.
“Last time that it snowed here in December did not count for much since it ended as soon as it started. Today was different since it snowed for almost four hours,” said a local resident. “I work in the tours and travel business and have experienced snowfall in the Sikkim, but this is the first time I am witnessing snowfall in Darjeeling. I am very happy,” chimed Samitra Sengupta, a tourist from Kolkata.
However, for some who had rushed to Tiger Hill, about eight kilometres from here, in the hope of seeing more snowfall had to return disappointed because it didn’t snow there. “As soon as it started snowing, I rushed to Tiger Hill but there was no snowfall there. I would have been better off if I had stayed here,” bemoaned said Manish Tamang, a local resident.

 


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Capital:Gangtok
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Climate:
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
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