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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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Anish Jalui
  • Anish Jalui
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"Shopping at affordable price" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was a very relaxed trip. The people were very helpful. If you are looking for some peace of mind and relaxation on a vacation then you are at the right place. If you are looking for some shopping then you can buy things at very affordable price. The travellers are recommended to carry sufficient warm clothes to make them feel comfortable.
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S roy
  • S roy
  • 11 Reviews

"Water problem but delicious food available" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Darjeeling is the true queen of the hills even though it is very crowed and not so clean. Water is one of the big problem here. The food is very good. You must visit the Caventus for coffee, burger and hot-dogs. The best food destination was Glenarys. Joyes' pub is one of the famous one. It's a good holiday package for four to five days.
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Tarun Budhwani
  • Tarun Budhwani
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 3 Reviews

"Adventurous sports to make your day" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was 19th May when my friends and me reached Darjeeling. The weather was not so chilly but since we were from Rajasthan it was enough to make us grin. Apart from weather, the adventurous sports were the highlights. River water rafting and paragliding were among the best things I've ever done. The stay was amazing. We are planning to visit again.
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Sudip Jana
  • Sudip Jana
  • Lives in Durgapur
  • 1 Review

"beautiful places to keep you busy whole day" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We visited Darjeeling in May this year. Usually this is a good time to visit. You can stay here for three to four days. The places to visit are mall, Tiger Hill, local sightseeing and Pashupati Market. You can see clouds above your head and also we can even touch the clouds with our hand. The experience was awesome. This was a very beautiful place and will keep you busy whole day.
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Avinash Gupta
  • Avinash Gupta
  • 1 Review

"World famous tea and momos will make your trip amazing" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It's a wonderful place. I think everyone should visit here at least once. The tea leaves of Darjeeling are world famous. Delicious momos are also available here. This place looks lovely at sunrise and sunset. There is a small train for transportation here. There are beautiful mountains in this region. It's the best place I had ever visited.
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Priyaranjan Senapati
  • Priyaranjan Senapati
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews

"It is an excellent place" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Superb place, can't describe the destination in words. Didn't see such a beautiful place as this before. Some of the beautiful places were rock garden, Tiger Hill, Tea garden, Rope way, zoo etc. Also the food here is too good I really liked it a lot. If possible see a hotel which should include dinner in their itinerary as it doesn't make sense when other hoteliers provide with that facility and you end up paying for it.
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Sachin Barthwal
  • Sachin Barthwal
  • 1 Review

"The best in the north east" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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
  • 3 Reviews

"Be careful of the rains" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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
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  • 4 Reviews

"Darjeeling Visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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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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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