Darjeeling Historical Places
About War Memorial Information-Darjeeling
Saluting the bravery and commemorating the great sacrifice of the Gorkha Martyrs who lost their lives in war while battling for the country - the Gorkha War Memorial was instilled at the Batasia Loop in Darjeeling in 1976. It is located at 27°1'0"N 88°14'50"E at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level, positioned between Ghoom and Darjeeling, about 2 kilometres from Ghoom Railway Station and 5 kilometres before Darjeeling Railway Station. The famous Batasia Loop of the Toy Train Trail goes around the Memorial on its way to Darjeeling so people can see the Memorial from the Toy Train.
Such is the high regard and reverence with which the nation upholds a Gorkha that they stand by Indian Army Field Marshal Sam Jamshedji Manekshaw’s epithet of the Gorkhas “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or he is a Gorkha”!
The Gorkha War Memorial comprises a raised oval verdant platform of 890 square feet upon which is a 30-foot high triangular granite sepulchral monument – which is a hollow, deep monument erected in memory of a deceased person whose body is buried elsewhere and in this case, whose body was lost in war. The Roll of honor is engraved on the 3-feet octagonal base of the triangular memorial. In front of the Memorial is a 9-feet high bronze statue of a Gorkha – a soldier of the Nepalese Army – which was sculpted by Gautam Pal – the contemporary Bengali sculptor who has to his credit great sculptures of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Jagadish Chandra Bose, Mahatma Gandhi, and Shri Paramananda among others.