We went to the biggest and one of the most important zoos of India, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan zoo. This animal park was open in August 14 1958 on a 67 hectares wide area.
The most important animals in here are: snow leopard, Bengal tiger, Himalayan black bear, red panda, yak, and Tibetan wolf. Right when you get in, a black bear welcomes you.
Like all the other buildings, the zoo is also settled on a steep area. There was some arrangements to prevent the animals from severing from their nature. They live just like in their natural environment.
The zoo is 2150 meters high. With this aspect, it is the highest zoo on the earth. 30 different kinds of animals are sheltering here.
Inside of the zoo, at the highest point, we have seen the statue of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the man who ever stepped on the top point of Everest first, in 11:30, May 29 1953, and his mauseloum in front of it.
Tenzing Norgay Sherpa was born in Kumnu, on the piedmont of Everest. People that live in that area are called Sherpa. Sherpa means “master in mountain climbing”. Our guide had the Sherpa surname too. But he did not made it to the top yet, only 4800 meters.
Tenzing Norgay, was one of the people who knew the way up the Everest the best. Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zeland was an important climber who wanted to climb Everest. Sir John Hunt, an expert of Everest and climbing, gathered Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary together to make a team. This duo were written on the history at May 29 1953.
An impressive museum about all this climbing, Everest and the climbers that climbed Everest until today, is open in the park. The museum was opened in 1957.
Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who is a Nepali, became a citizen of India after the Everest climb and settled in Darjeeling. His house is on a hill in the city, but not open for visit, because his son and grandsons live in there, who have climbed Everest also.
The other important center is, again found by Norgay Sherpa, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Darjeeling. This place teaches people who wants to be mountaineer, climber, how to do it the safest and the healthiest way. Even now, every year, many people from all around the world joins the seminars given here. They took 28 days. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute have been open since November 4, 1954.
The most important month for Tenzing Norgay Sherpa is May. Because his birthday was on May 29, his climb was on May 29, his death was on May 24.
After his death, a big rock on the road was named after him; Tenzing Rock. Some of the climbing lesssons of the institute are done here.