Barbotey Rock Garden
At a distance of 6 km from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Barbotey Rock Garden is a beautiful garden situated at Chunnu Summer Falls in the Darjeeling town of West Bengal. It is one of the magnificent places to visit in Darjeeling.
Barbotey Rock Garden was constructed by the Gorkha Hill Council Tourism Department and was inaugurated by the GNLF supremo, Mr. Subhash Ghising. It is popularly called as Rock Garden as the entire garden area has been created by cutting rocks at different levels and making terraced seating arrangements. It was created to introduce a special attraction for tourists a little outside the town area so that the visitors have an added incentive to come to the hill town. There are sharp hairpin bends on the way and the gradient of the road is very steep. However the view of Darjeeling's landscape and the mountain range from the road is unparalleled.
It is a multi-level garden, terraced around a natural fall called Chunnu Summer Falls. The garden offers a beautiful view of a hill stream cascading over rocks along the slope, done up with flower gardens and sitting spaces at different levels. There are pretty small bridges constructed over the stream from where one can see the crystal clear water flowing over the rocky bed and a small lake where one can enjoy boating.
About 2 km further down is the Ganga Maya Park, which is another relatively new tourist attraction in Darjeeling. This park gets its name from an innocent victim of the police firing that took place during the GNLF agitation. Ganga Maya is more spread out and has flower gardens, fountains and more. There is also a small lake with excellent boating facilities. Professional dancers also perform Gorkha folk dances to entertain the tourists.
Timings: 10 AM to 4 PM
Entry Fee: Rs.10 per Indians & Rs. 50 for Foreigners