Kanchenjunga Mountains From Darjeeling, 1890 Photo.
An old 1890 photo of the Kanchenjunga Mountain range with a view from Darjeeling. Shows the beautiful Kanchenjunga Mountain Range, the view is possibly from Tiger Hill. Mount Kanchendzonga or Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world at 8,598 m (28,209 ft), and the highest in India.
It dominates the skyline of Sikkim and Darjeeling. The name Kanchendzonga means “Five Treasures of the Snows”. Sikkimese believe that the five summits of the Kanchenjunga Range conceal five treasures – salt, minerals, gems, grain, invincible armour, and holy scriptures. This spectacular mountain range is revered as the mountain deity of Sikkim.
And is worshipped all over the state during the Pang Lhabsol festival. Prayers, rituals, and masked dances are performed at Buddhist Monasteries, to ensure that the land is protected in the year to come. It is sometimes possible, at early morning, to view Mount Everest from Tiger Hill. Another of the must-see is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway’s toy train. Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know- that in 1999, an Austrian expedition to scale it was cancelled after widespread public protest. That this would dishonor the deity and bring catastrophe to Sikkim.
From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Mohini On A Swing” – Vintage Print 1930s., Round Temple Sandhurst Road Bombay, Two Postcards 1920., View Of Mumbai From Malabar Hill, Old Print 1853., Old Book – Story Of The Life Of George Stephenson 1863.