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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

History of Darjeeling

Darjeeling is one of India’s most famous holiday destinations and is affectionately known as the “Queen of the Hills”. It is a hill-station located in the northern part of West Bengal. Until the fag end of the 18th Century, the city was largely under the Kingdom of Sikkim. With the steady conquest of the British East India Company, it came under the British rule in the mid-1800s. It saw development under the British rule with the constructions of many roads, railroads, schools hospitals and churches.

People and Culture of Darjeeling

A Darjeeling tour is essential to truly experience the city. Tourism and the tea industry are the major contributors to the economy. The population comprises of a mix of many ethnic groups such as Magars, Gurung and Tamangs. There is also a significant population of the Ghorka tribe. Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism are the major religions practiced here. The spoken languages include Nepali, Hindi and Bengali.

Culturally, Darjeeling is very diverse. As the city has many indigenous groups, the festivals are also varied. Dasain, Saga Dawa and Lhabab Dhuechen are a few of the major festivals along with Diwali and Durga puja.

Things to Do in Darjeeling

There are innumerable things to do in Darjeeling from sightseeing to trekking on the Kanchenjunga Mountain. Sightseeing in Darjeeling is an absolute delight with lush green hills riddled with cotton-like clouds. The important places to visit in Darjeeling include the Tiger Hills and Happy Valley Tea Garden. Darjeeling sightseeing is incomplete without a visit to the famous Rangit Valley and a ride on the cable car. Some of the famous places in Darjeeling are the monasteries particularly the Ghoom Monastery and the Peace Pagoda. Tourists may visit the architectural masterpiece of Kali temple.

One of the main Darjeeling attractions is the Toy Train, which is now a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other Darjeeling tourist places are the Lloyd Botanical Garden and the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park to experience the unique flora and fauna of the lesser Himalayas. With so many Darjeeling places to visit, tourists must keep in mind to plan their trips in advance so as to have ample amount of time.

Food and Shopping in Darjeeling

A trip to Darjeeling is unfinished without a taste of its unique cuisine. The food is heavily influenced by Nepali, Chinese and Bengali cuisine. Some of the must-have dishes here are Momo, Thukpa, Sarl Roti and Gundruk. Chhaang and Thomba are the popular alcoholic beverages found here.

Some of the best places to visit in Darjeeling and to shop are the main city itself. Fresh and organic tea are a given. Other items to look out for are Tibetan masks, jewellery, scarves, shawls, a traditional Khukri (Ghorka Knife) and more. One can find these at Chowk Bazaar.

Accommodation in Darjeeling

Tourists wanting to know how to reach Darjeeling can find choose between road transportation and trains. With so many places to see in Darjeeling, it is imperative to find good accommodation. Choose from a large number of budget hotels in Darjeeling such as Mayfair Hill Resort Hotel, Viceroy Hotel and Sinclairs Darjeeling Hotel where one can find a comfortable stay.


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Romir Sen

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  • Romir Sen
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews
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"A Tea Estate Gateway In Darjeeling" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Being a Bong from Kolkata, I have a tendency to run away to the hills of North Bengal, every time I find a few days off from my work. After almost 10 years, I decided to visit Darjeeling for the 3rd time and this time with my family. I decided to book myself a room in the Going Tea House, a luxury tea retreat in Darjeeling, since I wanted to spend some quality time with my family. This peaceful abode gave me an experience to cherish all my life. Most of the sightseeings were nothing new to me or my wife, so we decided to take the guided tour to the plantation, which the estate offered us, the very next day. The rest of the trip, included a visit to the Mall, breakfast in Keventers, digging our sweet tooth in the delicacies of the Glenary's and indulging in many of the savories that Darjeeling offered us.

Unfortunately, we could not take the joy ride in the famed toy train, but we did spend our time simply enjoying the sights and smell of this 'Queen Of Hills'.
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Biswajit Chanda

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  • Biswajit Chanda
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"A Memorable Trek to Sandakphu" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Sandakphu is a wonderland for the trekkers. It's located at an altitude of 11, 929ft (I. E. 3, 636 meters) in Darjeeling district and on the north west of Darjeeling hill town. This is the summit or the highest point in Singalila range, and is also the highest peak in the state of West Bengal, India. The trek to Sandakphu goes all along the Singalila range. Sandakphu is the place from where you get a 180 degree panoramic view of some of the highest and most beautiful peaks of the world. Some of the greatest peaks that can be seen from here include the Mt Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Three Sisters, Kumbhakarna etc.
The trek route to Sandakphu and beyond to Phalut starts from a place called Manebhanjan, a small village located at an altitude of 7, 054 ft (2, 150 m). This is virtually the gateway to Singalila and Sandakphu. From Manebhanjan the distance up to Sandakphu is 32kms.
Though it has got a motorable road (only for hired Land Rovers), but the scenic beauty can only be cherished while trekking through the woods and villages. The trek route passes through the Singalila National Park all the way to the summit. There are a few routes to reach Sandakphu, we followed the following trail: - Manebhanjang - Tumbling - Kaliphokri - Sandakphu - Srikhola - Rimbik -. It took us, 6 days and 5 nights to complete the trek. All these villages have provision for home stay, other than the stay at Sandakphu all other places were relatively cheap. A guide is mandatory and can be hired @ INR 500/ day from Manebhanjang. Forest passes are also to be made from Manebhanjang or Chittrey.
From Sandakphu, one can trek further up to Phalut which is another 21kms away. It takes an additional day of trek from Sandakphu on a relatively easy terrain. In our case, due to heavy snowfall the road got closed and we had to return back from Sandakphu. But, we were lucky enough to witness the season's first snow fall, that too in front of the mighty Himalayas.
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Inderjit singh sidhu

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  • Inderjit singh sidhu
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"Our vacation at Darling" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We planned a vacation at Darling and Sikkim. We had a wonderful vacation for eight days at Darling. It's a perfect place to relax, enjoy and explore. I'm highly impressed by the Traffic Police and their efforts to city and surrounding traffic smooth moving. People of this area have great self esteem and self reliant, I met no bagger in my stay of eight days. There are so many interesting sight seeing places. I really enjoyed my stay at Darling.
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Kausik Mandal

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"The Queen of Hills" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Visiting Darjeeling after a long. Reaching via Siliguri & Kurseong, the heritage toy train. Truly " The Queen of Hills". As we have visited most of the hill stations, except Kashmir, Darjeeling is by far the best one. With all its green surroundings, mist all over this is the place we love. This is a must visit place for every tourists.
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Ratri Banerjee

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  • Ratri Banerjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Darjeeling - Darling city of British"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Darjeeling the Queen of beauty surrounded with its beautiful companion cities like karsiyang, Ghum, Mirikh takes you to the land of dream.
Situated at the lap of North-Eastern Himalayan range, its natural beauty, its greenery, its
Pollution free cool weather soothes your soul.
Ghum, the small hill station shows its vanity as it is the second highest hill station in Asia and we get amazed to see the toy train moving down slowly to reach the travellers at their destination in the hill. We get nostalgic and could feel the chanting on visiting the very old Buddha monestry at Ghum.
Karsiyang with its beautiful small cottages at different pockets of the hill welcome its visitors to a cosy living with delicious food with "Meghdutam" entering the room anytime being unaware of the word "trespasser".
And ofcouse Darjeeling, the darling of british emperors in india stands their with its uncomparable aristocracy, unique tiger hill view and mall.
These hill stations are easily reachable through rail and roads vide Siliguri town that exist at the foot of the hill.
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Subham  Paul

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  • Subham Paul
  • Lives in Asansol
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"Its sooo cuet place .. In frame this tree is behind our hotel .. Its beautifulll .. My hom"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Darjeeling exemplifies the quintessential hill station developed by the British colonialists
Kangchenjunga! I parted the window curtains of my hotel room in the morning and there it was! The entire range in full view… Beautiful and majestic. Snowcapped, dazzling in the sun! The glimpse of this famed peak has never failed to intrigue me with its mysticism. But this was the first time when it greeted me like this, bright and clear through my hotel window in Darjeeling. No arduous trips required to Tiger Hill or Sandakphu in the wee hours of the morning, Kanchengjunga was right there in front of my eyes.
The Queen of the Hills as Darjeeling is popularly called, is located in the Lesser Himalayas at an altitude of 6710 ft. It is a favoured tourist destination, noted for its scenic beauty and the mountain panorama that it provides.
Kangchenjunga is the third highest peak with a height of 28, 169 ft, located on the boundary between Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim. Though it is not clearly visible often from the main town, a trip to Tiger hill at the summit of Ghoom, ensures great views. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the mightiest of them all - Mt Everest.
Ghoom is 11 km from the town of Darjeeling and can be reached either by car or by foot through Chowrasta, Alubari or Jorebangla and then climbing up the incline to the summit which takes about two hours at an easy pace. Sandakphu at 11929 ft is another spot which provides one of the best views of Mts. Kangchenjunga and Everest. It is the highest peak of West Bengal, at the edge of the Singalila National Park in Darjeeling district on the West Bengal-Sikkim border.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the Train", is listed as a World Heritage Site.
An overnight train journey from Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri and then an uphill drive of about four hours brings you to this quaint mountain town. Darjeeling is noted for its tea industry. Extensive tea plantations were done in this region during the British colonial period and tea growers developed hybrids of black tea and created new fermenting techniques. As a result, Darjeeling tea is internationally recognized for its distinctive flavor and aroma and ranks high among the best known black teas worldwide.
Since childhood, this was my umpteenth trip to the Queen of the Hills. It started with family trips, owing to the usual love of Bengalis for their favourite hill station. But Darjeeling always meant much more to me; it welcomed me in different ways through the various phases of my life.
As a child, Darjeeling was all about ice-creams at the Mall and trips to my most preferred zoo, the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. Later, the green hillsides, the surrounding peaks in the clouds, a walk in the foggy woods, hazy sunny mornings spent on the Keventers' rooftop stuff that romance novels are made of for the teenage heart.
Tourism and the tea industry are the two most significant contributors to economy
More recently, when tired of the pressures of work and life, all I need is a few days of rest and wanderings in this peaceful town to recharge myself. More so; as Darjeeling means nostalgia. Though much has changed over the years, yet the nooks filled with memories still remain.
In all these years, this was my first trip to Darjeeling in the winters. Hence, a bright, sunny, yet bone chillingly cold town greeted me. I had seen Darjeeling in the summers, in the monsoons, in autumn; each season has its own special characteristic in this place. But this trip I will remember forever as winter was extra special. In no other time of the year, are the mountain peaks so clearly visible and the hillside so colourful.
What completed my trip this year was a ride on the toy train after years from Darjeeling to Ghoom! The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is a narrow gauge line, was laid to connect Siliguri to Darjeeling. But owing to frequent landslides, most of this route is unusable today.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the second railway to have been accorded World Heritage Site status
However, there is a daily Geosyncline return service and regular tourist trains from Darjeeling to Ghoom. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. This railway is of historical importance for playing a vital role during World War II, by transporting military personnel and supplies to the numerous military camps around Ghoom and Darjeeling.
Ghoom is India's highest railway station.  
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Subham  Paul

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  • Subham Paul
  • Lives in Asansol
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"Its sooo cuet place .. In frame this tree is behind our hotel .. Its beautifulll .. My hom"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Darjeeling exemplifies the quintessential hill station developed by the British colonialists
Kangchenjunga! I parted the window curtains of my hotel room in the morning and there it was! The entire range in full view… Beautiful and majestic. Snowcapped, dazzling in the sun! The glimpse of this famed peak has never failed to intrigue me with its mysticism. But this was the first time when it greeted me like this, bright and clear through my hotel window in Darjeeling. No arduous trips required to Tiger Hill or Sandakphu in the wee hours of the morning, Kanchengjunga was right there in front of my eyes.
The Queen of the Hills as Darjeeling is popularly called, is located in the Lesser Himalayas at an altitude of 6710 ft. It is a favoured tourist destination, noted for its scenic beauty and the mountain panorama that it provides.
Kangchenjunga is the third highest peak with a height of 28, 169 ft, located on the boundary between Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim. Though it is not clearly visible often from the main town, a trip to Tiger hill at the summit of Ghoom, ensures great views. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the mightiest of them all - Mt Everest.
Ghoom is 11 km from the town of Darjeeling and can be reached either by car or by foot through Chowrasta, Alubari or Jorebangla and then climbing up the incline to the summit which takes about two hours at an easy pace. Sandakphu at 11929 ft is another spot which provides one of the best views of Mts. Kangchenjunga and Everest. It is the highest peak of West Bengal, at the edge of the Singalila National Park in Darjeeling district on the West Bengal-Sikkim border.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the Train", is listed as a World Heritage Site.
An overnight train journey from Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri and then an uphill drive of about four hours brings you to this quaint mountain town. Darjeeling is noted for its tea industry. Extensive tea plantations were done in this region during the British colonial period and tea growers developed hybrids of black tea and created new fermenting techniques. As a result, Darjeeling tea is internationally recognized for its distinctive flavor and aroma and ranks high among the best known black teas worldwide.
Since childhood, this was my umpteenth trip to the Queen of the Hills. It started with family trips, owing to the usual love of Bengalis for their favourite hill station. But Darjeeling always meant much more to me; it welcomed me in different ways through the various phases of my life.
As a child, Darjeeling was all about ice-creams at the Mall and trips to my most preferred zoo, the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. Later, the green hillsides, the surrounding peaks in the clouds, a walk in the foggy woods, hazy sunny mornings spent on the Keventers' rooftop stuff that romance novels are made of for the teenage heart.
Tourism and the tea industry are the two most significant contributors to economy
More recently, when tired of the pressures of work and life, all I need is a few days of rest and wanderings in this peaceful town to recharge myself. More so; as Darjeeling means nostalgia. Though much has changed over the years, yet the nooks filled with memories still remain.
In all these years, this was my first trip to Darjeeling in the winters. Hence, a bright, sunny, yet bone chillingly cold town greeted me. I had seen Darjeeling in the summers, in the monsoons, in autumn; each season has its own special characteristic in this place. But this trip I will remember forever as winter was extra special. In no other time of the year, are the mountain peaks so clearly visible and the hillside so colourful.
What completed my trip this year was a ride on the toy train after years from Darjeeling to Ghoom! The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is a narrow gauge line, was laid to connect Siliguri to Darjeeling. But owing to frequent landslides, most of this route is unusable today.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the second railway to have been accorded World Heritage Site status
However, there is a daily Geosyncline return service and regular tourist trains from Darjeeling to Ghoom. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. This railway is of historical importance for playing a vital role during World War II, by transporting military personnel and supplies to the numerous military camps around Ghoom and Darjeeling.
Ghoom is India's highest railway station.  
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Sanjeev  Seth

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  • Sanjeev Seth
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"1 day trip to Darjeeling"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Was on my way to Gangtok from Mumbai so had to land at bagdogra airport. Since I was alone and was visiting this part of india I decided to visit Darjeeling and spend a night there. Had a lovely lunch at Go pal Bhar dhaba just a km away from the airport. This place serves fantastic bengali cuisine. From there proceeded for this lovely scenic journey to Darjeeling. The route is beautiful. On reaching Darjeeling stayed at this small and cosy hotel called Springburn, the rooms were very well maintained and the staff was very sweet and warm. Had dinner at Penang Restaurant that serves excellent local and chinese cuisine specially pork dishes.
Did not visit many places but had a beautiful walk on mall road .. And also witnessed the sun rise from tiger Valley before departing for Gangtok.
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Suvobroto Ray chaudhuri

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  • Suvobroto Ray chaudhuri
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"Darj, A paradise for me"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Darjeeling, the word itself makes me think that when would I visit next again.

I don't know how many times I have visited the place, but I don't get tired of visiting either.

A place that have all different beauties in every season. Clouds and Rain during monsoon, Clear blue sky and magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjunga in winters. I have been there in almost all the seasons.

A small town which is very much packed up with concrete buildings and population. Water is a scarcity, but tourists don't have to feel the pain because almost all the hotels supplies running water by purchasing them. A hill station which have heritage Toy Train running and also Mall like Big Bazaar. A hill station which have age old Clock Tower and also Multiplex Movie Theatre. So there have always been a mixed culture of old and new which interests me always.

Road from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Darjeeling have improved a lot and still work is on in some patches. The road have become more safer to travel. Road through Pankhabari has been opened recently and repairing job is on on that road (Last travelled through that road in June 2016). Among all the roads that lead to Darjeeling, I love the road through Teesta Bazaar the most. You can avail this road when you are entering West Bengal via Sikkim. It have lovely scenery and also have lovely steep turnings which thrills me a lot.

After a scenic journey to Darjeeling, the first place where your car would hit is State Bank Crossing. I prefer that place to the most suitable place to stay. As you will get all easy access staying there. Like taxi stand, the mall/chowrasta, good restaurants, everything.

I always select my stay in that location. Seven Seas is the name of the hotel which I generally opt for every time I visit to Darjeeling. Read my review on the hotel for more details.

The most happening place in Darjeeling is called to be The Mall/Chowrasta. The Mall is surrounded by wooden recliners where you can sit for hours and see tourists and local people in their activities. From Mall you can walk to Observatory Hill. En-route you can visit Mahakali Mandir. From Observatory Hill you can get magnificent view of Sunrise or sunset over Mt Kanchenjunga. Observatory Hill is the place where most local youngsters spend there time. So it would be interesting just sitting and watching them even if you get the clear sky view.

Some old curio shops are there on the mall from where you can purchase various interesting souvenirs.

Darjeeling is also famous for its food. Momo, Wanton Soup, Thukpa and everything. For food I prefer Keventer's, Kunga, Gleneries and Fiesta. Recently a KFC, CCD and Pizza Hut has also opened their outlet near the mall.

There are various places around where you can go from Darjeeling for sightseeing. For more magnificent view of Sunrise you can visit Tiger Hill. For great view of Tea Estate go to Happy Valley and Lebong Valley Tea Estate.

Shopping is another thing that would interest you much. There are various markets. Chowk Bazaar, Mahakal Market, New Mahakal Market, Dragon Market. Various items can be purchased from Darjeeling. Curio, winter garments, clothes, umbrellas, bags, anything that you like to buy. Price even seems to be much reasonable.

There are various locations where you can visit by just hiking.

Overall, I always feel good whenever I hear about Darjeeling. Like, I am addicted to the place.
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Arvind sharma

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"A great city with traffic jams and lack of cleanliness"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This city have many unique features like toy train, tea gardens beautifully spread across hill. Must have one time visit specially with kids.

Must go to rock garden which is not a part of regular sightseeing, on the way may see tea gardens.

I'll compare this place with Gangtok in term of cleanliness and traffic management and rate 2 out of 10 whereas 10 points to Gangtok city.

Darjeeling is a beautiful place but streets and path connecting to roads are dirty, people don't follow traffic rules, lack of no parking zones despite hilly area, every vehicle goes up to hotel whether parking facility is there or not.
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