Lebong

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Introduction

Lebong is a valley situated nearly 1,000 feet below the town of Darjeeling. It is about 8 km from the Mall, the famous tourist location in Darjeeling. The valley is noted for its historic race course. The Lebong race course is visible from the city of Darjeeling and until the day it operated was the highest and the smallest race course in the world1. Lebong also houses one of the biggest Army Cantonments in Darjeeling Hills.

It is situated on the Lebong spur and is one of the most beautiful places in the entire Darjeeling Hills. It was at Lebong that the first tea plantations started in the 1850s.

Nomenclature

Lebong derives its name from the Lepcha word 'Alebung' which means 'The tongue shaped spur'.

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