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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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S kapore

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"A cool place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Darjeeling is a cool place. It had different type of temples at different type of places. Market is good and all hill area was very cool. Weather is so cool some time cool some time hot some time hot. I love the toy train I really enjoyed.
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"You can never get enough of this place!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I can't give a specific reason as to why one must visit Darjeeling, it started being my favourite place ever since I visited it for the first time in 2007. Rightly termed as the Queen of Hills, this place has an amazing charm which is hard to describe in words. The best time to visit is during the winters and summers, always avoid the monsoons. October, November, March and April are the best months to get a clear view of the sunrise from Tiger Hill.

Your hotel will arrange for most of the sightseeings which are quite common for eg Japanese Temple, Peace Pagoda, Batasia Loop, Ghoom Monastery, Ganga Maya Park, Rock Garden, Zoo, etc. But don't miss out on visiting the Happy Valley Tea Estate. We had an amazing time there, with a guided tour of tea processing and that too for free! The mall is an awesome place to hang out in the evenings as well as early mornings with a lot of shopping options.

It feels amazing to sit in the mall and to sip onto your cup of tea and watch the clouds fly by. There lots of adventure centres which have opened up that provides guided treks and other adventure sports such as paragliding, etc. So make sure that you visit this place at least once in your lifetime and it will keep giving you reasons to come back again and again.
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Abhirup Bhowmick

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"Such a good place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was such a good experience to visit Darjeeling. My whole family and I enjoyed a lot. As we visited in July and it was summer, but we enjoyed the cold weather in Darjeeling. Everyone should visit Darjeeling. There are so many things to visit there like Tiger Hill, Zoo, Sightseeing, Darjeeling Mall which is very famous.
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Srikanth

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"A must go place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
If you are planning tour then must go to Darjeeling, its the best destination in summer. If we ignore the chances of landslides (which are dreadful), you will not find the place like Darjeeling. Nature and its beauty crafted by man. The drivers of Darjeeling, oh my god, really great they are. We just cannot imagine and they do it.

A must go place.
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Salman Ragib

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"The cool and romantic Darjeeling" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
One of the coolest place in India, where you can spend the hot days of the summer with your family and partner specially its a very romantic place where your partner and you can spend a lovely time. The tibet culture there is outstanding and the warm cloths are solid to buy.
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Lucky Mehra

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  • Lucky Mehra
  • Lives in Indore
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"A beautiful hill station" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Darjeeling a beautiful hill station and one of the tourist spot. The valleys, tea gardens and the cool weather makes Darjeeling the best. I recently got the opportunity to visit Darjeeling. The weather out there was awesome. Early in the morning went there to experience of the tranquil Himalayas, the Kanchenjunga & Singalila range. We also visited tea gardens where we saw tea pluckers plucking tea with a bag behind their back.

Then we visited batasia Loop and the War Memorial, and the Himalayan Zoological Park and Snow Leopard Breeding Center. I loved the car ride in the arms of the hills. We clicked photograph and enjoyed ourselves.

I loved Darjeeling so much that planning to visit again next year.
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Debayan Bhowmik

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Majestic beauty with a blend of charisma" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Whether it is summer or winter, visiting Darjeeling is always paisa wasool in every sense of the word. The oldest, still the most virgin of hill stations.

When in Darjeeling don't forget to visit the observatory hill, tiger hill, batasia loop and of course the toy train.

Food stalls are available at plenty in and around the mall. The coffee at Keventer's is a special mention. Delicious street foods are also available.

Just take a stroll around the mall and observatory hill on a cloudy afternoon and u are bound to remember it for the rest of your life. Several season birds can also be seen here.

It is best to board the darjeeling mail from kolkata to njp and then by car to darjeeling. And dont forget to carry umbrella, and warm clothes.
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"Dazzling Darjeeling"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Once I decided to go to Darjeeling. I had some idea about what I am going to see there. But when I went there and saw it. It was much more than what I saw in movies. Stunning hills and well-maintained roads. I had never expected such a well-maintained roads & hills in India. Tea gardens are everywhere. Even they have converted roadsides into tea gardens!! These tea gardens are so good to eyes. Throughout my journey, I kept staring at these tea gardens. You cannot imagine beauty of Darjeeling without tea gardens. Momos are superb. I enjoyed it almost 3-4 times a day. You will also enjoy world famous Darjeeling tea. Locals are very polite. You will always find them smiling. Perhaps it is the effect of buddhism!! I am going to visit darjeeling again next summer.
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"Queen of hills"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The weather was cool and one must visit this place to explore its beauty. The zoological park, rock garden, one of the most beautiful place I have ever visited. Hills are amazing and hilarious. Must go go to Darjeeling and toy train reservation must be done before going there.
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"The best place I have been to"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Darjeeling is the best place which I have seen. Clean and Green. Well planned in Traffic controller. There is no loot for shopping. Very cheap and best. People are very helpful, cooperative and so kind. Temples and scenery are marvelous (beautiful). Climate are comfortable in May month. Really, my family and I enjoyed a lot.
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