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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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Rajendra Patil
  • Rajendra Patil
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"A nice getaway from Kolkata" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Darjeeling is comfortably near hill station to Kolkata. A place which should appeal to people who like the mountains. Also to those appreciative of the old British charm. I had a wonderful stay there.

Must visit places are the Mall, the Chowrasta, Batista Loop, Peace Pagoda, Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park and the Tiger Hill. Many good eating joints however, my favorite was and will remain the Glenary's on the Mall. The bakery, the bar, and the restaurant are all excellent really had a great experience there.

I enjoy morning walks and Darjeeling with its fresh air and the hilly gradient is the place to enjoy it. I really freaked out on the walk and run at the Chowrasta, The Mall, the road to HMI, the Shrubbery Nightingale Park. Overall a great time at the place. It was my first visit. But I intend coming every year to take a break.
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Satyendra Dwivedi
  • Satyendra Dwivedi
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 17 Reviews

"Beautiful town on edge" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Beautiful Hill station reminds of old British era. Road with a train track; running together for many kilometers. Green lush Tea Gardens, small stalls with aluminum pots serving momos with Darjeeling tea. Nice cold weather to go along with these hot momos and tea. Roads are narrow, steep and next to deep valley.
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Snigdha Das
  • Snigdha Das
  • 2 Reviews

"Perfect place for senior citizens to watch Kanchenjunga" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
My trip was successful, finally looking the white mountain in front of my eyes. When I reached Darjeeling, the place was partly cloudy. That is why I was not able to see the Himalayas properly. I visited local slightseeing, Kallingpang, Mirik, Sukhirapokri, and Jorpokri. But I did not feel that my trip was very charming and attractive till the day before our return journey. Just a small view of Kanchenjunga made me to feel that I saw heaven.
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Sanjaykumar Gupta
  • Sanjaykumar Gupta
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"An enjoyable trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
As I always want to visit this type of place, it is my dream and my dream came true. I had full masti with my wife. Enjoyed the place like tea garden, Zoo in Darjeeling, also happy with road ride by car. As it is too cool place, so this time we had hot fast food here like momos, maggie etc
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Atin Mukherjee
  • Atin Mukherjee
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  • 6 Reviews

"Cool and romantic hills" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Once you are at Darjeeling and in front of you the spectacular view of wide Kanchenjunga peak fully covered with white snow, you would forget to leave the place for some moments. Best season is winter to enjoy the snowfalls and mostly clear sky. Sightseeing includes local zoo, botanical garden, peace pagoda, Batista loop, ghum railway station and some museums. You can hire local cabs/ jeeps to Kalimpong and other places. But I think, if you come to Darjeeling spend your maximum time at the mall (Chowrasta) and capture the beauty of nature with your eyes as well as cameras. Journey to and from Mahakal Temple from the mall would an extra flavor to your stay. And don't forget to get a view of sunrise from tiger hill at early morning.
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Sumana Chakraborty
  • Sumana Chakraborty
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"Another unforgettable time in Darjeeling" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Darjeeling, also known as the Queen of Hills, hold the name true in every sense. Visit this place during Spring, the blooming season. From honeymooners to those with an adventurers heart, there is a surprise stored for everyone in Darjeeling.

The beauty of watching the sun go down, painting the majestic Kanchenjunga in orange hues is an unmatched experience. On a clear day one can sit and gaze at the Kanchenjunga from the sunset point, behind the Mall.

There are several curios lined across the Mall. A little stop over would help you pick-up souvenir for your near ones at very low price.

As you walk towards the mall from the Hill Cart road you would pass several cafeterias, eateries and curio shops. Kaventers and Glenerys are a must visit for every tourist. I would suggest you an English breakfast at Kaventers and a Continental dinner at Glenerys.

There are several sightseeing options in Darjeeling. You can either book a car or trek to these places. Few places that are a must visit are Japanese Peace Pagoda, Dali Monastery, Tibetan Self Help Refugee Camp, Tea Garden, Tenzing Norgey Rock, Batasia Loop, Ghoom Monastery, Zoological Garden, HMI and the Botanical Garden.

Darjeeling is one of the most affordable hill stations of India. You can plan a shoe string budget trip or spend a luxurious vacation here. There are several budget hotels in Darjeeling starting Rs. 500 for a night. You can put up at New Elgin, Windamare - The Heritage Hotel, Mayfair, Gymkhana Resorts etc if you plan for a luxurious stay.
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Archana Kumari
  • Archana Kumari
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"A place with natural beauty with a chilling experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We visited this place in the 2nd week of April 2014. There were so many places to visit but were in shortage of time in 3 days.

We saw Mall road - A place with lots of woollen goodies - both stylish and warm in cheap rate. Even you can bargain on it. There were good bakery shops. Daily we were having some or other things there. Adjacent to that there was a veg restaurant were you can have cheap and good food of all parts of India.

Toy train - My most lovable journey in my life. You can see the whole city within mountain valley.

We saw some of monasteries and garden in the city.

Sun rise point - My most memorable but not in good sense. I woke up at 4 o'clock in the morning to see sunrise but it was hardly visible. I did not liked this.

Last but not least, we went to Gangtok by private vehicle. It was a good journey. There was a lake on the way. Long trees were really good. We also had a short trip to Nepal in between our journey. There you can have cheap products like jackets, chocolates, cosmetics, electronics products etc.

Overall, a very good trip.
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Ajoy Das
  • Ajoy Das
  • Lives in Cooch Behar
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"The most popular destination in the world" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Very good Experience. It is the special about the Destination. As a tour Darjeeling is different from other places. Right time for the tour is October to December & March to May. In winter & Summer, separate beauty for mountain specially Kanchanjungha. Darjeeling is the most popular in the world. Buddhist Monestry, Batasia loop, Happy Valley, Tea Garden, Rope way, Ava Art Gallery are also interesting.
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Mehak Agrawal
  • Mehak Agrawal
  • 4 Reviews

"Wonderful place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Awesome experience. Wonderful place to visit. Just loved it. Give it a chance. Toy train, Ghoom station, Tiger Hill, various monasteries to visit. Tea garden and natural beauty will add more to journey.
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Aditya Kedia
  • Aditya Kedia
  • 5 Reviews

"Lovely place to enjoy" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We visited Darjeeling in December. It was a nice experience a small city but lot of things to witness. Nice weather, nice food, nice places. People are also good we enjoyed most sight scenes and had lots of fun there. The mall place good for adda and shopping. Overall lovely place to enjoy.
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