Ramakrishna Mission Nivedita Educational And Cultural Centre - "Roy Villa": Darjeeling
Roy Villa ...
Sister Nivedita visited Darjeeling on seven different occasions and breathedher last in this building on 13th October, 1911 after murmuring the immortal words ; “The frail boat is sinking, but I shall yet see the Sun Rise”
The sweet solitude in the field of the lush green beauty of the hill town, Darjeeling, attracted Swamiji so much that he visited this hill resort on five occasions.
This is the house where the foundation stone of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was laid by the then Prime Minister Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru in presence of the then Chief Minister ofWest Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, Governor Dr. Haren Mukherjee, the legendary mountaineer, Tenzing Norgay, Principal Maj. N.D. Jayal and Indira Gandhi, on November 4, 1954. Later on the Mountaineering Institute was shifted to its present location on 25th December 1957.
Roy Villa was undertaken by the Government of West Bengal and was handed over to the Ramakrishna Mission by the existing Government of West Bengal on May 16, 2015. The keys to this mansion were handrd over to the mission on july 10, 2013.Hon’ble Chief Minister, Mamta Banerjee ceremoniously inaugurated the renovated House on January 22, 2014.