Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway, Darjeeling: One of Asia’s longest Passenger Ropeways and India’s oldest and first Passenger Ropeway is the ‘Darjeeling Rangit Valley Passenger Cable Car’ popularly known as the ‘Darjeeling ropeway’ - located at 27°3'40"N 88°15'15"E at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level. It is less than half a kilometre north of Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in the north section of Darjeeling. The Ropeway is a thrilling and a spectacular ride in the clouds hovering over Darjeeling providing aerial views of the tea gardens, the lush green densely forested hills, mountain ridges rivers, waterfalls and valley below and a bird’s eye-view of the snow-capped Mountains in the horizon. It gives you the feeling of flying in your personal helicopter over Darjeeling. The views just take your breath away and the experience will remain etched in your mind for ever. You would have to take two trips – one for feasting your own eyes and the other for taking pictures. This gondola ride is so compelling that you won’t be able to stop at one. Darjeeling Ropeway is the most famous tourist attraction of them all in the area.
The Ropeway runs a span of 4620 feet at a speed of 6.5 kilometres an hour and covers an aerial distance of 2 kilometres in 45 minutes one way. It descends from Darjeeling’s North Point at 7000 feet elevation to 6500 feet near Singla Bazar via Tukver Tea Garden, on the banks of River Rangit, in the Rangit Valley. There are 10 cable cars running on the bi-cable ropeway and each car carries 6 people. It has recently undergone technical upgradation following a mishap in 2003.