Darjeeling is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful hill stations in India, radled in the lap of the North East Himalayas in West Bengal. The town is perched at a height of 2134 metres with a backdrop of the mighty Himalayan peaks. Mists from the high peaks of the mountains descend down on the earth and adds a surreal effect. Besides beauty, the hill town is known for lush tea gardens, colonial charms, and the exciting ride of the Toy Train. Darjeeling tours is the just the first step to explore the North East.
Owing to the scenic location amid the mountains, Darjeeling has for years and generations of visitors have charmed families, honeymoon couples as well as adventure enthusiasts. To sample the joys of cool & healthy mountain bliss is truly amazing, one of the best in India. Overlooking the highest peaks of the Himalayas including the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga, Darjeeling has truly spectacular views on offer. The Tiger Hill is an interesting lookout as it presents a breath-taking view at sunrise. On the clear days the view of Mt Everest is also possible. For the views and a truly memorable ride, the Darjeeling Toy Train opens up a plethora of delights. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is around 100 years old; it is an engineering marvel that is also blessed with out of the world view of the mountains.
The world-famous charm of Darjeeling is its tea. Acres and acres of tea gardens cover the slopes of the hills. Since the British era, the tea lured them to visit and even stay back. Walk amid the green expanse, watch the tea-pickers at work and you can also learn about the processing of the tea. Happy Valley tea estate is the must-visit place. The best places to visit in Darjeeling include the Himalayan Moutaineering Institute, where the equipment used by Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing on their Everest expedition are kept for viewing. The Himalayan Zoological Park houses a range of rare species of indigenous habitats including red panda, snow leopard, etc. The other must-visit attractions of Darjeeling, is the Japanese Peace Pagoda, The Ghum Monastery, Batasia Loop, Bhutia Monastery, etc. Stroll through the town to come across some landmarks of the British era, including colonial mansions, etc.
Besides sightseeing, savor traditional Tibetan dishes, momos, from English breakfast to authentic Chinese cuisines. The street markets are also a shopper’s paradise. Here treasures of handicrafts are the best finds. Trekking is one of the things to do in Darjeeling.
How To Get There
From Darjeeling, there are two airports to choose. The Bagdogra International Airport is 90 km away while the newly-opened Pakyong Airport in Gangtok is at a distance of around 80 km. Bagdogra is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati and Kolkata by regular flights and even flights from Bhutan and Thailand. Services for Gangtok are available from Delhi.
New Jalpaiguri is the nearest mainline railhead for Darjeeling. New Jalpaiguri is connected to Delhi and Kolkata by regular superfast trains. Also, it is from New Jalpaiguri, that the UNESCO World Heritage toy train starts its picturesque journey to Darjeeling.
Darjeeling is the gateway to the North East India. The charming hill town is 90 km from Bagdogra, and a little over a 100 km each from Gangtok and Kalimpong. It is also well connected to the other Eastern Hill-stations.