|colonial Clock tower, Darjeling, west bengal. alamy com.|
|Darjeeling location map. .discoversikkim.com|
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The huge musical clock chimes a fine musical tone followed by striking of the bell at every hour, reminding the common people of the hour of the day.The area around the clock tower is called 'Chowrasta', meaning Four Roads. Many iconic business firms are located near-by and you may call this area ''Downtown''. Chowrasta has taxi stands, etc for the visitors. The amazing thing is many colonial structures, despite time and vagaries of changing weather and climate, have never lost the old-world charm. Nor have they become weak and unstable structures. Their charm is just irresistible. No doubt, these old structures have formed part of Darjeeling and become heritage landmarks. that need to be preserved for the posterity. The pictuesque hills near-by are dotted with well-maintained tea gardens that add more charm to this hill station.
The Municipal limit of Darjeeling originally included the area ceded by the Raja of Sikkim in 1835 and extended from the hills below Pankhabari to the borders of Sikkim on the north.
The sporadic violence caused by the Gorkhaland movement in mid-80s in this part had a deep impact on the business and tourist industry. The Gorkhas of this land earned the wreath of the government agencies and the nearby states as they caused heavy loss to the central government. Subsequently after a long spell normalcy was restored in this part.