Darjeeling Tourism
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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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Deepan
  • Deepan
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 3 Reviews

"October is the best month to visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Darjeeling is really a good destination for short trip. The month of October has always been a good choice. There was no rain and the weather was really nice. There was no chill and the climate was cool and tolerable. The sky was really clear for a panoramic view and photo shoot.
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Ashok
  • Ashok
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"The queen of hills" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Darjeeling is a attractive places to touris. The sight seeing, specially tiger hill and tea garden are most important. You should not miss tiger hill. The month of october is very good for tiger hill. Watching Tea making process in tea garden is a charming experience. You should not miss ice cream and tea and various types of meals at Cavender's and the mall road at Darjeeling. For the shopping lovers you have nice things to shop.
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Narinder
  • Narinder
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 6 Reviews

"Nice place to visit but bad roads may irritate you" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Nice Place to visit. It has some good sightseeing places to visit. If you want to plan Only darjeeling, then 2 to 3 days are enough. Darjeeling's weather is awesome. But darjeeling local sights are average. If want to see some good places then you will have to travel for at least 1hr. Main drawback of darjeeling is its roads, terrible Roads. The nearest airport is about 2 to 3 hour away from there. At start roads were good but after travelling 30 km we got terrible roads. Every road is broken, So think before visit Darjeeling.
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Sabuj Mitra
  • Sabuj Mitra
  • 2 Reviews

"the best hill destination" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
If you want to see hills, then you should definitely take a tour to Darjeeling. There are many thing you should see i.e. tiger hill ,mall road etc. Try some local foods like thukpa which I found awesome. Please keep one thing in your mind while going to darjeeling don't get a package tour.
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Overbooking
  • Overbooking
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"Good honeymoon destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We went to Darjeeling for our honeymoon during Oct 2013. The trip was for 6 days. 3 days at Darjeeling and 3 days at Gangtok. We took a flight to Bagdogra. From Bagdogra, the journey took almost 4 hours which exhausted us.

At Darjeeling, we stayed at Summit Yashshree Suites & Spa. The hotel is an excellent place to stay and would recommend it to all travellers. We visited Tiger Hill, Japanese Pagoda, tea gardens, Padmaja Naidu Botanical gardens, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Overall an excellent place for honeymoon!
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Som Mukherjee
  • Som Mukherjee
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 2 Reviews

"The foggy paradise on Earth" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was summers of 2014 and I was eager to take a break from the hectic lifestyle in our everyday lives. I and a team of five friends of mine decided to venture out of Bangalore city to the cool and foggy hills of Darjeeling. The benefit of this trip was that it was cheap and accomplished what I had thought it to have. The best way to travel to this destination is by train because the landscapes are so breathtaking that a traveller could miss it if he or she would take a flight. We reached Darjeeling in the early hours of Sunday. The sun rising out from behind the hills gave me a feeling of positivity as though making me feel that it is the beginning of a new day full of hope and new aspirations. We set out on foot and it was not long that we decided to take a break for breakfast at the nearest dhaba called Chai Ghar. Darjeeling tea is world famous for its taste and after a sip or two we were rejuvenated to take the travel ahead. The food, people and landscapes brings joy and happiness to even the saddest of hearts.
If you were so bored of life that you need a break desperately, I would suggest you to visit Darjeeling for its sheer beauty and the ability of this destination to lift the spirit and morale of the tired and fatigued hearts. Visit Darjeeling
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Vani Malhotra
  • Vani Malhotra
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"The beautiful place with its beautiful weather" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Darjeeling is a nice place and I want to visit it again. The weather of Darjeeling is awesome. The sunrise at the Tiger Hill is very beautiful, and I like the toy train. This is the most beautiful place I have visited. The city tour, zoo and the ropeway were all good.
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Aquib Anwar
  • Aquib Anwar
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Awesome weather and many good places to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was awesome to travel to such a nice place with your homies :') Weather was super cool. I would like to visit this place any time with anyone. Food and accommodation was normal. Tiger Hill was the best part of trip :) And please don't forget to carry warm clothes because you need them in any season you travel to Darjeeling. Road trip in way is too nice and anyone would love to go. I would like to visit this place again in winters.
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Rock Maverick
  • Rock Maverick
  • Lives in Meerut
  • 8 Reviews

"Queen of Hills"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Darejeeling is undoubtedly called queen of hills. It was great experience for those who really love to be close to nature. Deep Valleys, Tea mountains, Amazingly friendly people. What most I liked about the Darjeeling is rains. I have never experienced rains in the mountains. So It was quite different and amazing experience for me. Beautiful place!!!! Next time would love to visit it in winters.
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Ankur Kala
  • Ankur Kala
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 9 Reviews

"Wonderful place to enjoy the rain"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Well Darjeeling is now more a busy city than a hill station, enjoyed the ride of toy train. We did not tried outside food so can not tell you about the food there. It was rainy when we reached there enjoyed a long walk under the umbrella in mild showers that was the best time of our trip. Overall I would rather prefer being and stay in Gangtok than Darjeeling.
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