Well known as a summer resort during the British Raj, Darjeeling was one of the many hill-stations favoured to escape the Indian summer. But more importantly, it commanded entry to neighbouring regions, Nepal and Bhutan, serving as a strategically important outpost for the British.
The word Darjeeling comes from ‘dorje ling’ which means a place or land of the Thunderbolt (Indra’s thunderbolt). Known for its tea, Darjeeling has only eighty-seven tea estates, that is around 19,500 hectares. They generate only a fraction of the tea in the world, less than one per cent of India’s total. Yet the tea from this same limited crop is one of the most known and a flag-bearer of Indian teas abroad.
The Kanchenjunga Mountain looms sharply in the background in this photograph of the town taken from St. Paul’s School in 1913.
TitleView from St. Pauls School, Darjeeling
DimensionsH: 22.9 cm x W: 28 cm