Rohini Picnic Spot – A Tourist Place Near Siliguri
Rohini Picnic Spot, as it is very popular nowadays used to be a very isolated place with a very least development, even though it was not so far from a city of
Siliguri and Kurseong, the transportation system was in a poor shape and the people living there had to depend much on horses and mules or walked all the way to Kurseong for ration, medical treatment, and other important household articles, even the students hiked every day to get to their schools.
Rohini at first was only known for the tea garden which was planted in the lower parts, Rohini Picnic Spot started gaining popularity as a famous picnic spot after an initiative was taken by Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council to develop the place. DGHC commenced with the work of connecting the place with Siliguri and Kurseong by improving the roadways, which at present serves as the main route connecting the hills with Siliguri. The importance of this road was felt when the major landslide swept National Highway 55 at two places which have not been restored till date.
The DGHC further constructed rest houses, parks and a lake with boating facility, the temple was constructed and several viewpoints were built at different spots in order to promote tourism.
The Rohini Picnic Spot road today serves as the most convenient route to
Darjeeling and Kurseong, the road is clean, wide and well maintained. Most of the people would love to ride this road due to its quality and very scenic views. There are several shops along the road for the tourists who wish to break up for some snacks. The views throughout the road are astonishing and some tourists may just stop for a while to capture the moment in their cameras. The road in its serpentine form with various curves and bends makes it more fascinating, but little treacherous to drive in. If fortunate one may even witness some wild elephants along the lower elevation of the road.
This road has not only served to be the most convenient way to reach the hills but it has certainly opened the door for employability options to the local people as well.