Darjeeling Tourism

Darjeeling Tourism

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Hill and Honeymoon

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.


Darjeeling is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Patna and Kolkata.

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Sridhar

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  • Sridhar
  • Lives in Bengalooru
  • 7 photos
  • 10 Reviews
  •  7022 readers

"OK not to miss"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Jun 1, 2017
The place as such is congested, dirty and nothing great. Given an opportunity I feel you would not be losing anything much by not having this in your North-East itinerary.
But if you do visit, then the joy ride train ride, the zoo, the mountaineering institute are worth a visit.
Again if you are hard pressed for time then you could as well visit Lachung, piling etc which are much better, scenic, and cleaner and enjoy the nature at its best.
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Amit Khaparde

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  • Amit Khaparde
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 20 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  5982 readers

"Hills with bliss of nature"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 23, 2017
An retreat for eyes while you are travelling to hill station for the first time. But if you have been to other place earlier, then I would suggest not to visit this place as it is wastage of time and money. More commercial place and nothing much to see with in Darjeeling city ... Mirik lake is no better place ... Dal lake or Nagina lake is better in some way as it has Romantic shikara rides. Toy train is Unesco identified Heritage train, but is very costly. One in Ooty is better than with lot of scenic beauty. This train passes through lot of houses along the road side and hence the honking of steam engine is deafening. Tiger hill, a place from where you can watch Himalayan ranges is a worth visiting place where in sky's are clear. But on a cloudy day, it's not worth to visit the place.
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Anupam agarwal

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  • Anupam agarwal
  • 4 Reviews
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"Darjeeling"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 11, 2017
Heaven on earth!
But beside its beauty of nature, clouds covering mountains, hill tops laden with snow, beautiful view of tiger hill, hot rides and it's amazing history, Gurkaland, I am dis hearted to see dirt all around
True it is one of dirtiest hill stations in India.
Streams of plastic, open sewers, flesh of animals thrown on shades of houses. The pollution of deisel taxis on mountains ... Sad!
The city needs serious attention. State government doing what?
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Prabal Awasthi

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  • Prabal Awasthi
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 20 photos
  • 75 Reviews
  •  45 helpful votes
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"Darjeeling gem in crown of east"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 4, 2017
I reached bagdogra by flight in morning from Delhi as it's nearest airport to Darjeeling . . From their I took precooked car to Darjeeling. It's way of 4hrs is bouquet of natural. Starting from doas forests to river teesta and lovely tea gardens .. In noon I reached Darjeeling. After lovely lunch and refreshing tea .. I preferred to take walk on m g road and enjoy local shopping and road side food .. After deep sleepy night and early morning breakfast. I moved for lovely sunrise and trip of Darjeeling toy train .. Noon time I preferred local site seeing .. Overall a great weather and great place to visit .. But overcrowding sometime bothers
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  • 3 votes

Manjunath Boss

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  • Manjunath Boss
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 13 photos
  • 19 Reviews
  •  14 helpful votes
  •  22540 readers

"Darjeeling"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 11, 2017
Its one of the places which has received Geographical indication for Tea. Its located in North part of west Bengal. The place is bit crowded and the roads are bit narrow. A very good hill station to visit during winter. Many places around to visit and chill out.
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Ashishami

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  • Ashishami
  • 3 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  10606 readers

"Best Hill station"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 25, 2017
The only place to see multilingual diversity and a plot for shooting of many films is only Darjeeling, only Darjeeling Siliguri-Mirik -Ghum -60 kms
Sevak-Tista bridge Kalimpong -60 kms
Tista Bazar to Darjeeling -25 kms
Sukna- Pankhabari-Kurseong -25 kms
Siliguri Darjeeling NH 55 -76 kms.
Clothing required
Light woollens and tropicals in summer (umbrellas and raincoats are useful) and heavy woollens in winter.
Languages Spoken
Hindi, Gorkha, Bengali, Nepali, Tibetan and English.
Nearest Railway Station
Darjeeling(Narrow Gauge) & NJP (Broad Gauge)
Nearest Airport
Bagdogra
Nestled among the rolling mountains with the glistening Mt Kanchenjunga towering over the azure sky, Darjeeling fondly called "Queen of the Hills", provides a perfect gateway for those seeking to be in harmony with nature.
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This is the land of the muscatel flavoured Darjeeling tea revered by connoisseurs across the globe. This is the land of the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway where the century old miniature steam engine still chugs uphill vying for space with the fast disappearing Land Rovers.
"Flowers are everywhere. The days are cold and the sun almost seems to play hide and seek with us". - Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore.
It is certainly that Darjeeling in the post modern era comprises of six Ts -Tea, Teak, Tourism, Toy Train, Tiger Hill and Trekkers paradise.
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Sumit

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  •  6 helpful votes
  •  14840 readers

"A town surrounded by mountains."

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 22, 2017
Darjeeling is beautiful place to visit. But two days is sufficient to view all the points in Darjeeling. Of all the points I visited I found rock garden most beautiful and then peace pagoda. We visited mirik from Darjeeling. On the way to mirik you will find beautiful tea gardens where you can stop and take some pics.
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  • 5 votes

Sushanta mukherjee

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  • Sushanta mukherjee
  • Lives in Dhanbad
  • 1 photo
  • 8 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
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"Beautiful Sunrise."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 10, 2017
Darjeeling .. In West Bengal of India beautiful place. All holiday to enjoy this place, like Summer season, Winter season, etc. There are attracted to Sunrise in Tiger Hill ... To see beautiful vision of colour changing in range. Its only clear view to see in the World. Winter season start from October to January and Summer season is March to May. Winter season temperature approx -2* to 4* C and Summer season 8* to 20* C. There are most beautiful point to see ... Batasia Loop, Joy Ride toy train, Japanese Temple, Himalayan maintaining and zoological centre, Rock garden, Mahala Mandir, Tea garden, The Mall, Darjeeling is attract to all ages human in their natural beauty. To visit Darjeeling from Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station by road journey. Its distance 88 Km from NJP railway station and 80 km from Bagdogra Airport. Darjeeling also attract in their great communication to visit Kalimpong, Gangtok, Mirik,
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Suraj kumar shaw

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  • Suraj kumar shaw
  • 1 Review
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  15659 readers

"Hotel Golden Enclave"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 21, 2016
A great hotel with a familiar behave of staff. Awesome feeling awesome Darjeeling. Nice place to visit. Rock garden, zoo, ten zing rock, and many more ,. Awesome ropeway with about half and hour hanging on cables, Japanese temple, mirik lake and many more to explore.
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Arpita Mondal

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  • Arpita Mondal
  • Lives in Durgapur
  • 41 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  13 helpful votes
  •  21738 readers

"Dear Darjeeling"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 27, 2016
The queen of hill of West Bengal is Darjeeling. Fantastic sunny weather, clear sky all together make the trip wonderful. Ecstatic sunrise over the Kanchenjunga from tiger hill fulfilled the trip. The mall, tea garden, zoo, ropeway, toy train, keventers, glenary's all together made our Darjeeling trip a memorable one.
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