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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

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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Sayan banerjee

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  • Sayan banerjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"A perfect place to relax" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Darjeeling is and always will be my love. There is an unique charm of this place which I have not found in any other place.

The mall, the walkers lane around it, the tea gardens, the iconic eateries like Glenary's and Keventers are some of the star attractions of Darjeeling. However, why this place never loses its charm to me is probably a unique and perfect mix of crowd and serenity that gives it a romantic and homely feel. A perfect place to relax and rejuvenate and return to the place again and again.
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Debasish Bhadra

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  • Debasish Bhadra
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Darjeeling - Queen of the hills" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
We went to Darjeeling on 4th December. The share jeep @ Rs150 pp carried us to Darjeeling 200 meter off the Mall from NJP. The journey was enchanting with Teesta flowing beside you for long. Never forget to taste desi chicken curry with rice. It was delicious. Anyway, we stayed in a hotel at Laden La Road named Dreamland. It could not provide us required water, food was inedible too. On the first day we visited Gangamaya Park, the zoo, Ava art gallery and HMI. The zoo was extremely clean and full with several high altitude animals. In the afternoon we spent the hours in the Mall and tasted coffee with ham sandwich at the Caventers.

Next day we visited Bhutia basti, Mahakal temple, botanical garden and Lechiagat. Kanchenjungha looked so nearer from here. One may stay here one night in the lap of nature. There is a Forest Rest House here. We had an excellent vegetarian lunch at Hasty Tasty restaurant beside Caventers @ Rs 125 pp. Then we roamed the city accompanying our feet which is our habit. We reserve a day to walk through the unknown roads and alleys of the every new place wherever we go. Next day we went to Jorpokhri via Sukiapokhri. It is a fantastic place with two lakes side by side reflecting the pines in them. The way went mostly through the beautiful salwoods. Then we headed for Mirik and after one hour we were among the kingdom of the tea gardens! The eye soothing greenery mesmerized all of us. At last we reached Mirik, famous for Sumendu lake. The beauty of the lake is beyond expression. There are some hotels to spend a day or two that will be really worthwhile. But we had to catch the train. So having the lunch at a lakeside hotel we started for NJP railway station. Still, while coming back the golden memory of Darjeeling was haunting us like a never-ending fragrance of a sweet, unknown flower.
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Kunal Bajaj

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  • Kunal Bajaj
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Darjeeling - The Land of Peace and Nature" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Darjeeling is a really beautiful place for Nature Lovers, Natural Photography and for all the ones who want to be disconnected from their busy hectic lives and wish to have peace of mind. Darjeeling is a great place to visit with family. There are places like Rope way, Museum, Tea Garden, Zoo, Batasia Loop where one can enjoy a lot with family. But being a solo traveller, compared to Solo trip, a Family Trip would be a better option. Do not expect a lift from anyone here. The chances of hitch hiking here is 1/100. Darjeeling is famous for it's tea. The price of a cup of tea here is Rs. 10 and is the same throughout. You may find a difference of Rs. 10-20 while buying Tea Leaves for your family. The price of tea leaves is approx Rs. 120 for 500 gms. The hawkers in the market won't leave an opportunity to hike the price for any product. I got a scissor for Rs. 20 which he priced for Rs. 50. There were other instances too but my intention is not to defame the place or people but to make you aware that you need to bargain for the right price. You can reserve cabs for points like Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, etc. That's a great option if you are going with your family. To see the sunrise you need to leave by 3:30 am or 4 am max and Reserve a Jeep (Cab) which is approx 1500 for one Jeep. He takes you to three points : 1- Tiger Hill 2- Batasia Loop 3- Ghoom Monastery. And you also have BIG BAZAR and PATANJALI shops here. Overall it's a beautiful and peaceful place to have a Relaxed Holiday with your Family. You may refer to my attached photos for more details which I may have missed out in this review.
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Lokesh Bhargava

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  • Lokesh Bhargava
  • Lives in Jaipur
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"Good experience but poorest Mall Road" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Nice experience of Himalayan Mountain Institute, Zoo, Rumtek Monastery, etc. No use of travelling in Toy Train. Nothing special is available to shop. Have visited many hill stations & found Mall Road of Darjeeling the poorest one.

Waste of money & time as you will see Jhuggi Jhopdi & all that stuff on both sides. Moreover train track is parallel to the road. The same road on which you have to visit Bagdogra airport or NJP railway station.
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Abhishek Dhirahi

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  • Abhishek Dhirahi
  • Lives in Korba
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"A city with good weather but poor road" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It maybe one of the star summer destination for Indians but I found it very overrated. The city is very old so it has all problem one can think of any old city. Poor roads poor drainage poor local transport etc. Beside this the weather of Darjeeling is very good.
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Mumtaz Nabiuddin

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  • Mumtaz Nabiuddin
  • Lives in Howrah
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"Nice hill station for family & friends" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Darjeeling is a beautiful hill station, it has many good places to see around and spend some memorable time with Family and Friends.

Darjeeling is located nearly 80 KM from NJP (TRAIN ROUTE) You can reach NJP via train and then take a shared cab/bus or book your own vehicle. When booking package at the local tourist shops in NJP, Bargain well and you will get a good deal.

We were a group of 4 friends who sent from Sealdah to Darjeeling, we booked a package in NJP for our food and stay in Darjeeling. The road from Siliguri to Darjeeling is really good, you will have many scenic views to feed your camera.

Upon reaching Darjeeling around 2 PM, we went to see local market and next morning at 4 AM to Tiger Hill (Don't Miss it), we saw Sunrise and then had our breakfast while returning. In after noon we went to Zoo, it was very nice you will find some rare birds and animals in this zoo. Also we went to The trekking museum where Tenzing and Norgay's expedition and other mountaineering details were available.

Next Day we went to Cable car, this ride will take you through the gardens really closely, from hill top to bottom and then back, get some good pix here.

You can try the train which runs from Darjeeling to NJP (Same one in Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Ayegi Tu).

When coming back to Siliguri, go to Hong Kong Market for some cool shopping.
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Ashok kumar Yadav

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  • Ashok kumar Yadav
  • Lives in Gurgaon
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"A beautiful place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I love nature and so I am going to Darjeeling to see nature and wild beauty and to escape heat. I am so inspired by this place because it is truly natural and wild. I am going there with my family and friends. And I will come there again and again I truly, loved it.
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Ankur

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  • Ankur
  • Lives in Noida
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"Natural serene beauty with colours all around"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Darjeeling is quite different from other hill stations. Its not a very developed area and that makes it apart. Small homes with colour splashed walls and add to it the endless flower plants in front. Makes for a picturesque view. We began the tour with a 4am visit to Tiger Hill to see the sunrise. 4AM may sound too early but once you hit the roads you see a sea of vehicles travelling to same spot. Local ladies can be seen selling coffee and woolens at tiger hill. Next comes Batasia loop. Nice small place with a bit of shopping exercise in case you want to. On the way you can also see monasteries. All this and the clock will still show 7AM. And yes you can also have pakodas, momos, coffee on the way for your breakfast. Do visit the zoo for the Panda and the leopards and the tiger and the yak and the parrots and the reptiles and the list goes on. Tibetan refugee centre is also a goto place in case you need to shop for handmade shawls and kaleen's. And yes, you just cant miss the tea states. Though in April most of the plants had been tweaked and so our visit to local tea state didn't go that good. But we found the alternative while getting out of Darjeeling on the way to sikkim. Do keep a jacket with you as it may get cold at any time. We travelled in April and it was just the ideal time away from all the hustles of our city life. The city does have food joints like Dominos and Pizza hut in case you dont want to have the local food. We tried North-Indian in our hotel for dinner but it did not excite us much.
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Avik narayan Chatterjee

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  • Avik narayan Chatterjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Darjeeling - best hilltop for a weekend"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Situated at a distance of around 80 km from the New Jalpaiguri railway station. Darjeeling provides one of the best scenic beauties of West Bengal. Transport facilities are ample either from siliguri or NJP (either on share or hired). And if you wish to enjoy the heritage toy train ride it's available from Kurseong. Joy ride for toy train is available between ghoom and Darjeeling. On the way to Darjeeling take a stop at the batasia loop and ghoom station for some pleasure. After reaching Darjeeling the cable car ride and a visit to the rock garden is a must. An evening visit to the Mall and a dinner at some of the best restaurants makes the trip awesome. Next morning a visit to tiger hill and breakfast at keventer's is just worth remembering. Some of the best hotels and restaurants are available to make your trip more charming.
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Anshul taran

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  • Anshul taran
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"A mini-honeymoon destination"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A nice place to travel. Suited for every age group. Good atmosphere, good people. We have started our journey from kolkata via train. Daily connectivity from howrah and sealdah station. Reach ''new jalpaiguri'' in morning. Then via shared cabs to darjeeling, tariff of cabs between 150-250/person. Checked-in to our ''hotel APSARA'' which we have booked through stayzilla (appeared in holidayiq site). We have hired a personal cab for around Rs 2300. For whole one day (5-6 hrs on 1st day and 5-6hrs for next day). In which we have covered almost all the tourists spots in Darjeeling. Our hotel is near mall road. But mall road is average as compare to MG Road of Gangtok. Tiger hill is good but too cold. Toy train must see. Zoological park, mountaineering institute, ghoom monastery average. Peace pagoda very good, here you must spend some time in temple near the pagoda and play the drum which they used in doing the prayers. Tea gardens good experiance. Cable car average. Batasia loop is good. Rock garden is very good. But the most enjoyable part is the weather. You can just sit there and enjoy the nature and the oxygen that will be enough for the whole trip. Must visit place in a lifetime.
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