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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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Ammar Javed
  • Ammar Javed
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"The city of tea gardens" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Darjeeling, the city of tea gardens was an special enigma in itself. From lush green fields of tea, to sun burning peaks, it was an adventurous and sumptuous moment of a lifetime. The culture of bengal intrude in itself a different taste to the lifestyle.
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Arajit Sarkar
  • Arajit Sarkar
  • Lives in Barasat
  • 3 Reviews

"A must visit place" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
A must visit place for a family trip or a friends tour or even a lonely backpacker. An amazing place with ecstatic view of Kanchendzonga (you may go to tiger hill for the best view of the sleeping buddha on an early morning) for the lucky few! And if you are not so lucky you can doze off the day at keventers or plenaries eating all you want and wanting none. You've kfc in between but still you wouldn't be tempted by the crust of the chicken as would the pork bacon/salami/ham would appeal to you.

For the evening there's mall where you can see the entire population of tourists roaming around and having street food! End the night at jolly's pub or a movie at the inox. Take horse ride, go for an early morning walk at the hills, visit the tea gardens or the take the ropeway travel. And even if none of this excite you the red panda's or the royal bengal tiger at the zoo would definitely allure you. And for the stay you've everything from a local cheap rented hotel to international brands of 5s tar hotel. You may even take a heritage hotel stay if you want the grandiose to woo you!! You may even visit jorepokhri, lepchajagat or chatakpur which are nearby.

Happy travelling.
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Saibal Paul
  • Saibal Paul
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 5 Reviews

"Must visit place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Once in your life time one must visit Darjeeling. An awesome place to spend 2 nights with whoever you visit. Must try momo in Darjeeling. Mall is a nice place to spend few hours chit-chatting. Awesome view of the Kanchenjunga mountain from the Tiger Hill. A mix of the heritage and a natural beauty site.
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Purna .
  • Purna .
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Darjeeling - Nice place for romance" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If one wants to have their good time as couple they should visit Darjeeling once in their lifetime. The place is picturesque. The flower gardens are a must place to visit. As a whole you need at least 3 days to enjoy the place better. Summer or rainy season have less crowd and are better to time to travel.
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Padmanava Chatterjee
  • Padmanava Chatterjee
  • 2 Reviews

"A good destination to have fun"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Darjeeling is a nice place. If you are a nature lover so you should visit Darjeeling. You should spend at least 4-5 day's in order to properly visit the place. Try to avoid car because, if you are not old you can easily visit the points like zoo, Himalayan mountaineering institute museum, ropeway, tenzing rock, happy valley tea garden, Botanical garden, Japanese temple, Dhirdham temple.

The day you will visit tiger hill :- you will get car from car stand for tiger hill. After watching sunset from tiger hill the car will take you back to the town near about 7'o clock. You should buy reservation toy-train ticket at previous day. You will get the tickets from Darjeeling railway station. Do reservation from Darjeeling to Ghum. 20 rs each ticket. Time 10:15am.

So, after returning from tiger hill, refresh yourself take rest, and eat tiffin. And reach station in between 10am.

Take the toy train ride to ghum. Enjoy the highest railway station of the world. Visit the museum of gum. Then go to the ghoom monastery. After that go to Batasia loop. Enjoy the 360° view of Kanchenjunga from there. Enjoy the garden.

Then return to town.

Now you're Darjeeling tour is almost complete. Enjoy the Darjeeling mall & also local street food. It's very delicious & spicy.

Try to give time for marketing. The way of market is below the taxi stand.

Enjoy Darjeeling.!!
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Rupesh Khakhar
  • Rupesh Khakhar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 27 Reviews

"Enjoy the nature and tea here"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is a nice hill station of India, must visit once to see mountains, sun rise, feel local things. Purchase of tea, you can enjoy cool and different atmosphere here. Must visit in life, it is little bit tedious to reach here as roads are not good and small so take too much time. Enjoy toy train rides and other places visit is also a good experience.
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Nirmalya Choudhury
  • Nirmalya Choudhury
  • 1 Review

"Joy ride and wonderful memory"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Its an amazing experience for me. I went there few months ago with my better half and daughter. Its a nostalgic. Joy ride of toy train is unforgettable. View of Kanchenjunga is beautiful. The zoo of Darjeeling is the India's best zoo. Most amazing is the tea gardens. Enjoying the tea on the Mall is the best. I shall go again and again.
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Subham  Banerjee
  • Subham Banerjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 10 Reviews

"The Queen of Hill Stations: A tranquil beauty!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Located in the northernmost part of West Bengal at a distance of a 3.5 hour drive from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is Darjeeling, the Queen of Hill Stations. I had visited this place on Christmas week and was overwhelmed with the view of the mighty Kanchenjungha.

Tibetan and Chinese food in Dekelin, cakes and pies in Glenarys, Tacos in Frank Ross Cafe and Sausages and Bacon in Keventers-these are in a nutshell the variety of cuisines and foods available here. The weather is awesome in Nov-Dec according to me since I visited Darjeeling in winter. I have learnt that apart from July-Aug,almost every month attracts a good number of tourists.

Darjeeling is a very modern place with the beautiful Mall which is lively at all times. I would love to visit Darjeeling many a times when I feel I require fresh air. The toy train joy ride to Ghum is worth every penny. The same also holds true for viewing sunrise from Tiger Hills.
Mirik is close to Darjeeling and is a nice place that is full of tea estates, orange orchards and a very nice lake that attracts tourists.
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Virendra pal Singh
  • Virendra pal Singh
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Must visit place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Beautiful and attractive Hill Station in India. It was like heaven on the earth. Pleasant and soothing site scene. Nice people in the area. You can enjoy with your family members and can stay for about 4 days. It was an Unforgettable travel experience, especially from Darjeeling to Mirick. Road side hills view, Tall Pine Trees, Delicious and Economical food made our visit memorable. Always carry your camera to catch up with memories.
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Promita Maitra
  • Promita Maitra
  • 16 photos
  • 7 Reviews

"Never to miss a Charming place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Visited this place last October during vacation. Considering it to be the peak season, the main city of Darjeeling was quite congested with tourist as well as local crowd. Yet, the mall will never lose its charm no matter when and with whom you are visiting. Hot Chocolate at Keventer's is a must have on your way to mall. From there, you can pay a visit to Chittaranjan Das's house, often missed by people.
People can come to Darjeeling just to experience the beauty of sunrise at Tiger Hill. It's mesmerizing. Do NOT miss it at any cost. A few places worth paying a visit in the city- Roy Villa, Rock Garden, Ropeway journey, Japanese Temple, Tea-Garden, Zoological Park, Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop etc.
You can also go for a ride in toy-train. To avoid rush, book in advance. You will find shared cars or book of your own to go to Kalimpong or Mirik or Gangtok from there.
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