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Darjeeling Tourism

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every bengali visits darjeeling atleast thrice in life1)in school days along with parents during summer vacation2)with wife for honeymoon3)along with wife & children.last november when i reached darjeeling ,this was actually my 5th visit this time,with my wife & child& in a time when bengalis have found new love in gangtok rejecting old darling darjeeling for fear of disturbance .after staying 4 nights in darjeeling,i felt,the hill queen is also feeling lonely,weeping silently for lack of tourists but the spirit of darjeeling is grossly intact.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: i took joy ride in toy train from darjeeling to ghum.it looked like mini world.tourists from london,paris,japan,mumbai,gujrat.....all were waiting to have a memorable journey in heritage train.when we reached BATASIA LOOP ,the train against the background of snow white kanchanjunga looked like a true himalayan queen.

THE MALL is as beautiful as ever....i was overjoyed to have a cup of nice tea with typical darjeeling flavor at only rs 5.The back side of mall where the old lady sang rabindrasangeet in satyajit rays movie KANCHANJANGHA is now lovers paradise.i also felt nostalgic & my 2 yr old son was silently watching hills to give us some space.

Next morning when i reached TIGER HILL at 5 o clock morning i remembered poor RABINDRANATH TAGORE who failed to see sunrise at tiger hill in his all 7 visits due to cloud but i was lucky again to enjoy a breath taking sun rise.the foreign tourists were awe struck.i found one gujrati couple to utter MANTRA while observing the color changes on kanchanjunga.darjeeling is place for RED PANDA ....my son was excited to see the activities of red panda in zoo...adjacent to mountaineering institute.

Activities & things to do: dont miss evening snacks in glenery or keventers restaurant.you may visit mirik lake & can shop in pashupoti market ,nepal on midway.shopping in mall area is a lovely experience.you can trek to sandakfu.or can take mountaineering training in institute

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: if you have motion sickness go darjeeling from njp through main road.otherwise go through pankhabari....it is shorter & view is better.chose a hotel in mall ....try heritage hotels .....kanchanjunga is best visible in october .....fix a date in october end after durgapuja festival is over.always book toy train in advance like normal train booking.darjeeling mail uttarbanga express kanchankonya express are good option from kolkata (sealdah)but flight to bagdogra is better option.from njp to darjeeling ,its 3 hr journey by car & 7 hrs by toy train.
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Sachin Barthwal
  • Sachin Barthwal
  • 1 Review

"The best in the north east" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Darjeeling is best place among all north east spots to visit as roads are far better in condition than roads to other places. Natural beauty was really good but the main thing bothered us was roads (the only way to north east). Its is better to opt for somewhere else if you are going for honeymoon. We had gone to Gangtok and Pelling but Darjeeling was best among these.

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Rahul Kumar
  • Rahul Kumar
  • 1 Review

"It was an awesome experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
This is a good place. I visited Sikkim also. I had a great time with family. The place is cool and the surrounding is also good. I had a lovely time!

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Atique Haque
  • Atique Haque
  • Lives in Patna
  • 2 Reviews

"Be careful of the rains" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
This is a hill station with a clear view of Kanchanjunga on a sunny day. City is congested and riding on a cab is cumbersome. The best time is April to July. Once rain starts, one has to be careful from landslides.

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M.misra
  • M.misra
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
  • 2 photos
  • 4 Reviews

"Darjeeling Visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This is a hill station with a clear view of Kanchanjunga on a sunny day. City is congested and riding on a cab is cumbersome. The best time to visit is April to July and and October. Once rain starts, one has to stay inside. Places to visit are Monasteries, tea gardens, ghoom, mirik Lake (on the way one can enter Nepal with a Permit for some shopping though the authenticity of products are questionable.) Cable ride and ride on the toy train is a must. All types of food are available. One should try local Momo. Spend two to three days in sightseeing.

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Yogesh Shinde
  • Yogesh Shinde
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Excellent Experience" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Can't describe the destination. Didn't see such a beautiful place as this before. Will try to visit once again with my friends later. Some of the beautiful places were Tiger Hill, Tea garden, etc. Also the food here is too good I really liked it a lot.

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Parviz Bora
  • Parviz Bora
  • 4 Reviews

"Wonderful Hill Station" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
My visit to Darjeeling in the last summer vacation holidays was the best ever vacations that I have ever spend. It is the best place to spend the holidays in the summer days as the weather there is very cold. I loved the weather there very much. The natural beauty of Darjeeling is mind blowing along the top of the hill sides. The view of the Kanchenjunga peak from there was very beautiful.

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Borade
  • Borade
  • Lives in Pune
  • 9 Reviews

"Darjeeling is a great place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Visit to Darjeeling was very good,hotel was at an amazing height so gave a very wonderful view in the mornings and in the evenings also. The meals are not very expensive. If possible see a hotel which should include dinner in their itinerary doesn't make sense when other hoteliers provide with that facility and you end up paying for it. Ensure that you take a small walk in the evening - it refreshes your mind. Must visit places are the Tibetan refugee help centre Tiger hill, Japanese temple, the mall and the market.

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Abhijit chatterjee
  • Abhijit chatterjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review

"Tour to KALIMPONG & RISHOP"

  • 2.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We started from NJP on 30th May 2014 to Kalimpong. We stayed there for 2 nights and our stay was really awesome. We reached Rishop from Kalimpong on 1st June. The journey was really good and the place is simply awesome. I had a lot of fun there. It was cloudy when we reached and the scenes were really awesome. The food there was also very good.

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Pradeep
  • Pradeep
  • 4 Reviews

"Charming Hill Station"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Darjeeling is now a way too crowded, but still manages to keep the old world charm of the bygone British era. With narrow roads and sharp turns, it is not advisable to drive your own car, especially the people from the plains. You are more safe in the hands of experienced local drivers. They specialize in driving on certain routes. The taxi service is therefore point to point and not disposal basis. Transportation is fast and cheap.

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Madhav B
  • Madhav B
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews

"Average. Needs to be maintained"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Poorly maintained destination, its all government fault, people are not happy. Roads are worn which were laid during the British time, looks like they never renovated post independence. Nature blesses but all these are washed away by bad government policies. No control on pollution.

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Darjeeling Info

  • State: West Bengal
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 2050 m
  • Pincode: 734101
  • District: Darjeeling
  • Language: Bengali,Nepali
  • STD code: 0354
  • Weather: Summer 9 to 17°C, Winter 2 to 15°C
Darjeeling is a popular hill station in the state of West Bengal. At an average elevation of 2050 meters, it is located in the Lesser Himalayan range and provides beautiful views of the mighty Himalayas, especially Kanchenjunga – the world’s third highest mountain peak. Known for its scenic beauty, snow-clad Himalayas, and tea gardens, Darjeeling is frequented by tourists from all over the country as well as from around the world. Especially during the summers, the place is a preferred destination due to its pleasant weather.

History of Darjeeling

The history of modern Darjeeling dates back to the 19th century. Till then, the town was under the reign of the kings of the kingdom of Sikkim. During the British Raj, Darjeeling was a favoured destination due to its cool and temperate climate. It soon became popular among the British, who later, established schools and built buildings in the region. It became the summer capital of the Bengal Presidency in 1864. Tea was introduced in Darjeeling in 1856 and due to this, many British people settled here. 

People & Culture of Darjeeling

Darjeeling tea, which is known all over the world for its unique flavour, is one of the main contributors to the town’s economy along with tourism. The scenic tea gardens add to the beauty and popularity of the quaint town. Tourists can choose to stay at some of the tea estates for a unique experience and to see how tea is manufactured.

The population of Darjeeling is quite diverse. The town is home to people from different communities like Gorkhas, Tibetans, Bengali, Chinese, Anglo-Indians, Biharis, and many indigenous ethnic groups. Darjeeling enjoys a languid lifestyle, which is why it attracts many tourists.

Things to do in Darjeeling

The Toy Train is famous in Darjeeling and carries travellers from New Jalpaiguri/Siliguri to Darjeeling across the scenic landscape. A popular tourist attraction in Darjeeling is a jeep ride up to Tiger Hill to view the sun rising from the mighty Himalayas. The Ghoom Monastery, dating back to 1875, is the oldest monastery in Darjeeling and houses many rare and well preserved books. The Tibetan Refugee Centre set up by the Dalai Lama is ideal for purchasing Tibetan handicrafts. Hiking and trekking in Darjeeling are also popular attractions among tourists, which are also covered in Darjeeling holiday packages, which can be bought by tourists visiting the hill station.

The Japanese Peace Pagoda, which is part of a grid of around 30 pagodas, is known for its unique architecture. There are many old colonial buildings in Darjeeling, which add to the charm of the hill town. This, with the pagoda style architecture that defines Buddhist monasteries, gives Darjeeling a completely unique look.

Food & Shopping

The diversity of the locals has had quite an influence on the cuisine of the city. Darjeeling is famous for offering steamed dumplings called momos and Tibetan noodles known as thukpa. The diverse demography also leads to the celebration of various festivals feted by different communities living here.

Darjeeling is also known for its bakeries that serve freshly baked biscuits and a variety of breads. Visitors can try some delicacies and shop for more to take them back home. For more shopping tourists can visit hotspots such as Mall Road and Chowrasta to buy Tibetan woolens, local handicrafts, books, jewellery and tea.

Travelling to Darjeeling

Darjeeling is well connected to Siliguri, 96 km away, by air, rail and road. Tourists can also reach Darjeeling by booking private taxis or jeeps, which is one of the fasted ways to reach the town.

Travelling within Darjeeling

The best way to get around Darjeeling is on foot. Tourists can take leisurely walks in the bazaars and experience the vibrant street life and also savour some local food and tea. Taxis are also available that can take tourists around Darjeeling.

Accommodation options in Darjeeling

Many hotels in Darjeeling, for instance the ones located on Mall Road or near the Governor’s House, provide great views of the mountains, especially of the Kanchenjunga Peak. Many of these are affordable staying options. For all those tourists who want to spend a little more, there are a few hotels located near the tea plantations, which were colonial buildings and have been converted into hotels.

The best time to visit Darjeeling is between March to May and from September to November.

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