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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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Jyotsna Rai

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"Loved the place, absolutely amazing" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
From tea plantations to mountaineering institute to Tiger Hill; to living and non living animals zoo; to peace Stupa /Japanese temples to everything, it is awesome here. But the Mall Road and the chai bars are mesmerizing. Always book the hotel near the Mall Road and the city's clock tower. But don't go in rains as it can ruin your visit.
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"Escape to Mountains & Street Shopping" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Bored from your routine life need a time out Darjeeling is just the place for you. You are a adventure freak, you like quiet places or your trip is incomplete without shopping, Darjeeling has something for everyone. You are travelling with family, a group of boys, a group of girls or your usual besties with you, you will totally enjoy Darjeeling.

Tiger hill, monasteries, tea gardens zoological garden, Tenzing rock, football ground are the places to visit in Darjeeling, you can taste tea while taking a eye full view of Tea Gardens, If tea gardens and tea is not your thing then some adventure sports like paragliding mountain climbing will keep you busy.

Or simply you can indulge in some retail therapy, the street markets have best of fashion stuff to offer which you will not get in Delhi and Bombay. Most good are imported so you can have the most stylish of cloths and footwear you can think off.

Darjeeling has very open culture so girls will not have to deal with some pesky people even if you are travelling alone. Sorry boys as for shopping markets are ruled by clothing of women , but you can get good winter wear there. Buy some fashionable clothes for their girlfriend, wife, sister, mother or whoever they want to impress. :)

If you are in Darjeeling you have to try toy train which is listed in UNESCO's World Heritage. I will suggest take train from Ghoom Station to Kurseong as Darjeeling will take little longer to reach by toy train.

Most of the hotel owners and cab drivers are very helpful. they will charge reasonably but little bargaining doesn't hurt any one ;)

Since its an hilly area its advisable to start your day early because markets are closed by 7.30 to 8 pm. Keep cash as most ATMs are closed at night.

I have travelled Darjeeling in all seasons, but I avoid visiting during Durga Puja because of holiday rush, and hotels are overcrowded.
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Pramod Nikam

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"Mesmerizing Darjeeling and heavenly Kanchenjunga" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Darjeeling our first outing after our marriage that's why it is so special and it is worth it. First thing you will notice is eastern sun. Sun rises in at 5 AM. Shops and Restaurants usually closes by 8 PM. So no night life. Darjeeling is very cool place. It lies in some of the highest parts of west Bengal.

Naidu Himalayan zoo has some rare species to see. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute has good collection of expedition artifact and chronology.

Best part is beautiful and peaceful monasteries around town and above all Beauty of KANCHENJUNGA highest peak of India. White and orange shades of Himalayas actually Mesmerise your inner being.
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"Wonderful place for holidays" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was wonderful stay at Darjeeling. People are so interactive and we loved to be there. Don't forget to taste MOMOS there. Its their speciality and nice food too. Also the train is wonderful which will show you everything in Darjeeling. The Tiger Hills, from which you can see sunrise and its the most amazing moment and do not miss it.
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"The best destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Awesome destination to spend quality time with your loved ones. Hill top view, mesmerising scenery, clean blue sky and foggy surrounding. Come and fall in love again. Will help to rejuvenate your emotions. See you at Darjeeling.
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Deepansh  Chaturvedi

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"Heart of India" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was amazing experience to see a totally new place. You can see mountains, coal engine train and the most important there is no pollution, air is totally fresh and also one can taste different types of tea and awesome weather always a romantic weather and great salute to woman of Darjeeling. They are very hard working and you get motivated. If you are a tea lover must have to and please go with your partner.
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"A city with good attraction" new review

  • 3/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I went on a tour to Darjeeling in April 15 via mirik. Mirik has a good lake where you can take a boat ride.

Darjeeling is very crowded especially the mall area. There are around seven points for visit. The japanese temple, the zoo, Himalayan mountaineering institute, the ropeway is very good takes a lot of time. Next day start for tiger hill very early in the morning for a sun rise then go to batasia loop and rock garden worth visiting.

From there we went to kalimpong where we have seen orchid garden and deolo hill.

Be careful about booking a cab from kalimpong taxi association as drivers are cunning and will not take you to actual spots most of the time. Try to fool you to go to other spots where they can rest for a longer time like lava. Our one american tourister luggage was stolen in lava taxi stand while we were away.
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"A place at heaven where nature play with sun and cloud" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
A different hill station where nature play with clouds and sunlight, where clouds flow through the tea gardens, streets, old trees with orchid all around. Travel to Darjeeling from Bagdogra airport through Mirik was enjoyable through tea gardens and hill views. Flavor of Darjeeling tea memorizes the heavenly place.
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"Good experience, awesome food, nice nature" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Experience weather were good, sunrise was awesome. Shopping and market closed so early, food was awesome in the hotel, taxi drivers are so much helpful people. Nature in Darjeeling was nice to see I want to visit again.
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"Awesome place with good attractions"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Good place to visit. Find a nice hotel and go for different location for good views every morning. Book your own car from the car stand, without getting a car from your hotel as they will charge more. If you have the hunger for seeing great views go for sandukphu a place that can be visited from darjeeling.

A great plan to visit every place is that you visit places like maal, teagarden, rockgarden on the 1st day morning after seeing the beautiful sunrise on tiger hill. On the next day go for peace pagoda temple, mahakal templeHIM, Toy train ride and ropway ride. On the next morning go for Sandakphu the best I have ever seen.

Take a car from the stand (pre book the day before) and go for manebhanjang, finish your breakfast and go for Tumling, You can trek if you can or take modified 4x4 landrover car to the top(my recommendations to trek if you can), stay the night there and go for sandakphu next morning. From there you can see the views that you will never forget. See Mount Everest, kanchanjaanga, and all the near by mountains, awesome view. Stay the night there and go for falut more awesome from sandakphu.
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