Adventure in Darjeeling

Darjeeling, “the Land of the Celestial Thunderbolt”, is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. A major attraction of the Darjeeling in the northern Bengal is the glory of nature at its best at its changing faces in different seasons.

The most attractive way to travel to Darjeeling from Siliguri is by the “Toy Train”, officially known as the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR). The narrow gauge train gasps its way up from the railhead at New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling, 2134 m above sea level. This train is honoured with UNESCO World Heritage Status and is a family adventure traveller’ favourite. The Darjeeling region has the distinction of offering a breathtaking view of four mountain peaks – the Everest, Kanchendzonga, Makalu and Lhotse.

Important highways in Darjeeling are the Hill Cart Road, The Mall and Laden Road, of which The Mall is the hub of Darjeeling. You can enjoy pony rides round the chowrasta sightseeing the colourful market of the city. The Yoga Choeling Monastery in the city has murals of Buddhist deities and beautiful frescoes in the prayer hall.

At North Point in the north west corner of the Darjeeling, you can experience the cable car (it is also India’s first passenger rope way) connecting the town to Singla Bazaar.

With your family inside the cable car, you can enjoy those few hour long journey which provides a magnificent view of the mountains and the tea gardens of Darjeeling. The Himalayan Mountaineering Museum at Birch Hill has a fascinating contour model of the Himalayan peaks. This model will surely tempt you to trek the adventurous Himalayas. The Himalayan Zoo located adjacent to it is also famous for its high altitude animals like Siberian tigers, snow leopards and red pandas.

The Tiger Hill offers spectacular views of the mighty Everest and other peaks of the Eastern Himalayan Range as they catch the first rays of the Sun. Photographers who love the nature can take a pre dawn drive to Tiger Hill which takes 45 minutes in a jeep from Darjeeling.

To the west of Tiger Hill lies a lovely mountain lake called “Senchal Lake” which attracts lots of tourists for its picturesque beauty of water and blue sky. If you are fortunate to visit Darjeeling during plucking seasons (from April to November), the Happy Valley Tea Estate, just beyond the town is a pleasant tea garden to spend your vacations, sipping those world class tea.

Darjeeling Tea had such a premium value in the European and US markets that it was soon considered to be one of the finest teas in the world in terms of its aroma and delicacy of taste. Hence, Darjeeling Tea has been named as “Champagne of the East”. The Darjeeling Gurkha Hill Council (DGCH) Tourism introduced Special “Tea Garden Tour” from Darjeeling – Hima Falls-Marybong Tea Estate-Chongtong-Bijanbari within 6 hours tour package.
Try out the One-day Treks at Tiger Hill-Bara Durpin and back (6 km, 2.5 hr journey) or Tiger Hill – Sonada via Chatakpur, back to Darjeeling by Bus (15 km, 5.5 hr journey). For longer treks, you can try out the Himalayan Experience (8 days indicative) or the Singalila Trek (8 days). Other Adventures are Mountain Biking at Darjeeling-Kurseong-Darjeeling and river rafting on the Teesta/Rangeet

Importance of Financial News in Our Daily Lives

Gone are the days when there was no concept of any money and people used to barter material things. However, the present day world is all about money which has become the prime mover of all aspects of life. Most people are either employed in a job or carry on some form of business in order to earn money. The stock market is another platform where individuals, as well as small and large entities, do stock trading, again with the intention of making money. Essential inputs for formulating a strategy for stock trading are latest stock market updates, knowledge of best stocks to buy in 2012, the latest financial news, stock analysts’ ratings and information regarding the most active stocks.

However, there are many people who are either not interested in stock trading or lack money, or they do not want to put whatever money they have at stake in the stock exchange. For such people, finance news and the latest stock market updates might seem to be superfluous and the happenings on Wall Street might seem to be of no use to them. But they must realize that our daily lives are deeply affected by what happens in the stock markets.

One of the most important areas in our lives is employment, which can be deeply impacted by the happenings in the market. If the stock market goes down, the employment scenario will be dim and if the market goes up, employment will also pick up. Keeping in touch with the latest finance news as available from any of the several media can be of great help in knowing which way the wind is blowing.

Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs due to the current downturn in the economy. Many of them have had to withdraw whatever they had in the 401k in order to survive. Even those who have not withdrawn their money will find that the amount in this retirement fund today has shrunk, as compared to what was in the fund two years ago. The main reason for this is that the money was invested in the stock market and when the economy got into turbulent waters, the stock markets went down and so did their money. If they had been abreast of the finance news and kept track of the stock market, they could have withdrawn their money before any damage.

Finance news encompasses several aspects such as the movements of the stock market, the performances of companies and their stocks, the currency strength and its relations with other major currencies of the world and other company news. These aspects impact our lives as prices of commodities are governed by them. The decision to buy a house, a car or even a computer can be taken more judiciously after assessing the mortgage rates and other financial parameters.

Top 10 Solar Systems in the Market

Photovoltaic cells, or solar cells, as they are commonly referred to, have come a long way since their inception in 1941. The solar cells in the earliest days had an efficiency of around 2 percent. It was Les Hoffman, the CEO of the Hoffman Electronics Corporation who initially increased the efficiency to a staggering 14 percent.

The efficiency of a solar cell refers to the cells’ ability of transforming the incoming solar radiation into electrical current. According to the solar technology news, the continuous research and development of solar technology has lead to a new world record in the efficiency levels: 44.7 percent is the current highest level of efficiency ever achieved by a solar cell in experimental stages, and the credit for this goes to Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems.

Installing a solar panel for residential and commercial purposes has become quite affordable – and this article brings to you the top 10 solar systems in the market.

1. Solland Solar – model Sunweb

Solland Solar is a company that specializes in producing Polysilicon PV cells. Their facility is capable of producing such cells non-stop with their full capacity being 135 MWp / per year.

The efficiency of their modules is by far the highest of any commercially produced solar modules at 16.00%.

2. Siliken – model SLK72P6L-305

Siliken has greatly enhanced their manufacturing standards of solar modules by automating the production process. They have been creating some of the finest solar modules out of numerous materials. They are a world-recognized brand with their solar panels worth 500 MW installed worldwide.

They have achieved an efficiency of around 15.70%.

3. LDK Solar – model LDK-200P-24(s)

LDK Solar is a Chinese company that is known to be the world’s largest solar wafer producer in terms of capacity. They target the PV industry by offering numerous products such as wafers, cells and modules besides various other products.

Their model LDK-200P-24(s) solar cells have an efficiency of 15.67%.

4. Vikram – model Eldora 280

Vikram is a leading manufacturer of PV systems in India. They have managed to secure the number four position with their Eldora 280 module that boasts an efficiency of 15.63%.

5. Wiosun – model E300P

Wiosun is a German company that has created some of the most excellent PV modules in the world. There unique blend of two technologies into one has made them stand out from the rest of the competition. The E300P module features an efficiency of 15.54%.

6. A2peak – model P3-235-60

A2peak is a company based in Taiwan that specializes in creating PV systems for residential, commercial and industrial applications. Their model P3-235-60 is currently among the best PV modules in the world with an efficiency of 15.50%.

7. CNPV Solarr – model CNPV-300P

The CNPV-300P module has an efficiency of 15.40% and is ideal for residential and commercial use. This module is made up of a premium poly crystalline for optimal performance.

8. Latitude Solar – model Latitude P6-60/6

Latitude Solar is a Scandinavian company that builds PV solar panels to a very high standard. Their P6-60/6 model is a fine example of excellent Scandinavian engineering and offers consumers a 15.30% efficiency.

9. JA Solar – model JAP6-60-250

JA Solar is the world’s largest solar cell producer and is based in China. Their JAP6-60-250 is a multicrystalline silicon module with an efficiency of 15.29% and is suitable for residential and commercial use.

10. China Sunergy – model CSUN295-72P

China Sunergy’s CSUN295-72P model secures the tenth place among the top 10 PV systems in the world as revealed by the latest solar technology news. The efficiency of their module is 15.24%.