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Darjeeling Tourism

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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Abhishek Srivastava
  • Abhishek Srivastava
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 1 Review

"Wonderful and exciting Darjeeling" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted Today
Just back from this wonderland. Truly amazed and thrilled by the heart throbbing scenery and perfect weather conditions and must see tourists spots. Darjeeling offers thrilling and exciting sports activities like trekking. Zoo is a must visit place and carpet factory nearby can be a viable option. Reaching by toy train will enthrall anyone for it offers amazing scenery all along its way. Food was tasty as well and those street vendors offers amazing variety of Chinese food which is a bang for money.
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Kaustubh Kashikar
  • Kaustubh Kashikar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Mother nature along with its miracles to see" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
If you are an ardent nature lover, you should see this place. If you want to see miracles, you should see the place. If you are a tea freak, this is perhaps the only destination. If you like constant cool breeze and chilling atmosphere, this is the place.

Well, there are too many places, I have seen but this one is the best, purely because of the scenic beauty around. Just to enjoy nature and at the same time also have all the modern luxuries around.

Sunrise from TIGER HILL was the best, especially if enjoyed from the VIP gallery, amazing to see the change of colours happening every minute of the sunrise, and with the winter around, it only makes the experience more pleasurable.

Batasia loop is another great spot as you can pay homage to the military martyrs here of the gurkha battalion.

Mirik lake and the tea gardens enroute mirik lake is one more pleasurable experience.

HMI and Zoo are just too good to enjoy.

We stayed at Hotel Montana, which was just TOO GOOD and located right near the shopping street of Darjeeling.

Only one word of caution - in case you are buying tea, do not buy from the wooden shops near tea garden, instead buy from the proper shop at mall road.

Overall a wonderful place where nature still has lot of secrets to share.
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Swathi Chowdhari
  • Swathi Chowdhari
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 7 Reviews

"Darjeeling experience" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We visited Darjeeling in March. It was a nice experience. A small city but lot of things to witness. Nice weather, nice food, nice places. What My advice would be if you are choosing darjeeling is, be sure of the taxi fare. You could get looted.

We tried two veg hotels closer to chaurasta, one was hasty tasty, I don't remember the other hotel name though. Hasty tasty food was nice but we had to wait for long time and it was a self service hotel.

On the whole, it was a nice visit to darjeeling.
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Kaustav Sen
  • Kaustav Sen
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"Going solo isn't so bad here!" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
My solo trip to Darjeeling, was on 14 and 15 March. Going from Siliguri is easy. If you book a car, from the NJP Station, it should cost you about Rs 2000 per car, if you plan to go solo, go upto the Venus More, you can find Tata Sumo taxis there, charging Rs 130 per head.

They take the Pankhabari route, since the traditional Hill Cart road is washed out due to landslide. The route is dizzying but is equally beautiful. You will pass through Kurseong, Ghoom and then to Darjeeling.

Its always wise to set up where you ll stay a bit ahead of schedule to avoid the searching with luggage. Once there, head to Keventers for hearty non-veg breakfast. The sausages and bacon is highly recommended. Shopping is an attraction, but the real attraction within Darjeeling, are the streets. Go out for long walks through the roads, explore around and you will be rewarded.

And yes, eat at Glenary's too :). Go to Tiger Hill the next morning, but be advised, you will need to let book a taxi the previous night, generally the hotel reception will help, if not, just go upto the taxi stand and they will help. One more thing in case you feel lost, go upto the traffic police personnel, they are very helpful.

Have fun and check out the photos. Carry a bottle of water with you, the camera for sure. Keep a windcheater nearby, you might need it.
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Yoginder Yoginder
  • Yoginder Yoginder
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 18 Reviews

"A beautiful city" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We stayed for a short time in Darjeeling due to our flight time, but in that period of time we enjoyed a lot by visiting some sightseeing spots. We enjoyed toy train ride and tiger hill, sun rise and valley view. Watching the natural beauty was pleasant. It was green everywhere and was beautiful. Water supply in Darjeeling is so poor.
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Ashis Mallick
  • Ashis Mallick
  • Lives in Krishnanagar
  • 1 Review

"Awesome Place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It is the Jannat of West Bengal. I visited Darjeeling in December and it was very cold and the snow falling down. Really I love this place. I visited the Darjeeling in group. We enjoyed very much. We visited the Himalayan Mountain Institution, The Rock Garden, The Happy Valley, Japanese Temple, Peace Pagoda, Tiger Hill and many places.
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Aman Kumar
  • Aman Kumar
  • Lives in Muzaffarpur
  • 1 Review

"A mountaining marvel" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Firstly I would like to mention of the toy train ride across the whole town right from bagdogra is a life time moment. Watching the natural beauty along the trip. Then the ever green greenery. The tiger hill at early morning to watch the sunrise with a cup of tea. The rock garden; the trollies and the stroll at the chourasta and not to forget the horse ride. The museum which depicts mountaining genius and lots more.
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Dona sheth Agarwal
  • Dona sheth Agarwal
  • 9 Reviews

"Perfect for a relaxed holiday with moderate budget" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Darjeeling has almost become like a city with crowded streets, hustle-bustle all over, dirty streets at many places. But the view of mountains and their snow-capped peaks will make u forget all these.

Must visit - Tiger Hills, Tenzing Rock, Rock Garden, Rangeet Cable Car, Chowrasta and Mall Road. The Mountaineering Insti, Zoo, these places remain closed on thursday so we couldnt go there.

Food- Momo momo & momo anywhere and every where you get.

Shopping - Chowk bazar (closed on thusdays), Chowrasta and Mall Road. The stalls at Mall road sell very good clothes at a reasonable prize but one needs to bargain a lot.

A shawl was quoted at Rs.600 and I bought it for around Rs.190. :P

Planning the itinerary on your own is a better option rather than taking any package tour.
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Chandan Roy
  • Chandan Roy
  • Lives in Bankura
  • 7 Reviews

"An amazing trip" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We have enjoyed a lot for 4 days and 3 night in Darjeeling. And the time in Darjeeling fills me tension-less from the day to day routine. The life in Douars gives me an opportunity for enjoying the natural beauty on the foothills of the Himalaya. The sunrise in the tiger hill and the view of Kanchanjungha makes me spell bound.
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Subhodip Mukherjee
  • Subhodip Mukherjee
  • 4 Reviews

"Picturesque place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Darjeeling popularly known as queen of hills. The best time to visit is during summers and for those who are looking forward for snowfall its November - December.

One can reach darjeeling from siliguri by private vehicles, however I would recommend to travel in toy train, which is a life time experience. Toy train will reach upto " Ghoom" india's highest altitude station, from there you can have multiple options to reach darjeeling. en-route you can encounter tea estates.

We stayed at Hotel Manjushree, which is comparatively cheap and provided good food.

Places to visit in and around : Batasiya loop, tiger hill, Himalayan Mountaineering institute, Kali Bari, Ghoom Monastery, St.Pauls School, Mall road.

Momos and tea are very unique in this place. Do carry umbrella because it can rain at any time. Nevertheless, one can buy from here as very beautiful umbrellas are being sold at dirt cheap prices.

One can go to Gangtok or Kalimpong from here.
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