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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.


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Ratri Banerjee

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  • Ratri Banerjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Darjeeling - Darling city of British" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Darjeeling the Queen of beauty surrounded with its beautiful companion cities like karsiyang, Ghum, Mirikh takes you to the land of dream.
Situated at the lap of North-Eastern Himalayan range, its natural beauty, its greenery, its
Pollution free cool weather soothes your soul.
Ghum, the small hill station shows its vanity as it is the second highest hill station in Asia and we get amazed to see the toy train moving down slowly to reach the travellers at their destination in the hill. We get nostalgic and could feel the chanting on visiting the very old Buddha monestry at Ghum.
Karsiyang with its beautiful small cottages at different pockets of the hill welcome its visitors to a cosy living with delicious food with "Meghdutam" entering the room anytime being unaware of the word "trespasser".
And ofcouse Darjeeling, the darling of british emperors in india stands their with its uncomparable aristocracy, unique tiger hill view and mall.
These hill stations are easily reachable through rail and roads vide Siliguri town that exist at the foot of the hill.
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Subham  Paul

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"Its sooo cuet place .. In frame this tree is behind our hotel .. Its beautifulll .. My hom" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Darjeeling exemplifies the quintessential hill station developed by the British colonialists
Kangchenjunga! I parted the window curtains of my hotel room in the morning and there it was! The entire range in full view… Beautiful and majestic. Snowcapped, dazzling in the sun! The glimpse of this famed peak has never failed to intrigue me with its mysticism. But this was the first time when it greeted me like this, bright and clear through my hotel window in Darjeeling. No arduous trips required to Tiger Hill or Sandakphu in the wee hours of the morning, Kanchengjunga was right there in front of my eyes.
The Queen of the Hills as Darjeeling is popularly called, is located in the Lesser Himalayas at an altitude of 6710 ft. It is a favoured tourist destination, noted for its scenic beauty and the mountain panorama that it provides.
Kangchenjunga is the third highest peak with a height of 28, 169 ft, located on the boundary between Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim. Though it is not clearly visible often from the main town, a trip to Tiger hill at the summit of Ghoom, ensures great views. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the mightiest of them all - Mt Everest.
Ghoom is 11 km from the town of Darjeeling and can be reached either by car or by foot through Chowrasta, Alubari or Jorebangla and then climbing up the incline to the summit which takes about two hours at an easy pace. Sandakphu at 11929 ft is another spot which provides one of the best views of Mts. Kangchenjunga and Everest. It is the highest peak of West Bengal, at the edge of the Singalila National Park in Darjeeling district on the West Bengal-Sikkim border.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the Train", is listed as a World Heritage Site.
An overnight train journey from Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri and then an uphill drive of about four hours brings you to this quaint mountain town. Darjeeling is noted for its tea industry. Extensive tea plantations were done in this region during the British colonial period and tea growers developed hybrids of black tea and created new fermenting techniques. As a result, Darjeeling tea is internationally recognized for its distinctive flavor and aroma and ranks high among the best known black teas worldwide.
Since childhood, this was my umpteenth trip to the Queen of the Hills. It started with family trips, owing to the usual love of Bengalis for their favourite hill station. But Darjeeling always meant much more to me; it welcomed me in different ways through the various phases of my life.
As a child, Darjeeling was all about ice-creams at the Mall and trips to my most preferred zoo, the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. Later, the green hillsides, the surrounding peaks in the clouds, a walk in the foggy woods, hazy sunny mornings spent on the Keventers' rooftop stuff that romance novels are made of for the teenage heart.
Tourism and the tea industry are the two most significant contributors to economy
More recently, when tired of the pressures of work and life, all I need is a few days of rest and wanderings in this peaceful town to recharge myself. More so; as Darjeeling means nostalgia. Though much has changed over the years, yet the nooks filled with memories still remain.
In all these years, this was my first trip to Darjeeling in the winters. Hence, a bright, sunny, yet bone chillingly cold town greeted me. I had seen Darjeeling in the summers, in the monsoons, in autumn; each season has its own special characteristic in this place. But this trip I will remember forever as winter was extra special. In no other time of the year, are the mountain peaks so clearly visible and the hillside so colourful.
What completed my trip this year was a ride on the toy train after years from Darjeeling to Ghoom! The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is a narrow gauge line, was laid to connect Siliguri to Darjeeling. But owing to frequent landslides, most of this route is unusable today.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the second railway to have been accorded World Heritage Site status
However, there is a daily Geosyncline return service and regular tourist trains from Darjeeling to Ghoom. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. This railway is of historical importance for playing a vital role during World War II, by transporting military personnel and supplies to the numerous military camps around Ghoom and Darjeeling.
Ghoom is India's highest railway station.  
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Subham  Paul

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  • Subham Paul
  • Lives in Asansol
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"Its sooo cuet place .. In frame this tree is behind our hotel .. Its beautifulll .. My hom" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Darjeeling exemplifies the quintessential hill station developed by the British colonialists
Kangchenjunga! I parted the window curtains of my hotel room in the morning and there it was! The entire range in full view… Beautiful and majestic. Snowcapped, dazzling in the sun! The glimpse of this famed peak has never failed to intrigue me with its mysticism. But this was the first time when it greeted me like this, bright and clear through my hotel window in Darjeeling. No arduous trips required to Tiger Hill or Sandakphu in the wee hours of the morning, Kanchengjunga was right there in front of my eyes.
The Queen of the Hills as Darjeeling is popularly called, is located in the Lesser Himalayas at an altitude of 6710 ft. It is a favoured tourist destination, noted for its scenic beauty and the mountain panorama that it provides.
Kangchenjunga is the third highest peak with a height of 28, 169 ft, located on the boundary between Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim. Though it is not clearly visible often from the main town, a trip to Tiger hill at the summit of Ghoom, ensures great views. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the mightiest of them all - Mt Everest.
Ghoom is 11 km from the town of Darjeeling and can be reached either by car or by foot through Chowrasta, Alubari or Jorebangla and then climbing up the incline to the summit which takes about two hours at an easy pace. Sandakphu at 11929 ft is another spot which provides one of the best views of Mts. Kangchenjunga and Everest. It is the highest peak of West Bengal, at the edge of the Singalila National Park in Darjeeling district on the West Bengal-Sikkim border.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the Train", is listed as a World Heritage Site.
An overnight train journey from Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri and then an uphill drive of about four hours brings you to this quaint mountain town. Darjeeling is noted for its tea industry. Extensive tea plantations were done in this region during the British colonial period and tea growers developed hybrids of black tea and created new fermenting techniques. As a result, Darjeeling tea is internationally recognized for its distinctive flavor and aroma and ranks high among the best known black teas worldwide.
Since childhood, this was my umpteenth trip to the Queen of the Hills. It started with family trips, owing to the usual love of Bengalis for their favourite hill station. But Darjeeling always meant much more to me; it welcomed me in different ways through the various phases of my life.
As a child, Darjeeling was all about ice-creams at the Mall and trips to my most preferred zoo, the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. Later, the green hillsides, the surrounding peaks in the clouds, a walk in the foggy woods, hazy sunny mornings spent on the Keventers' rooftop stuff that romance novels are made of for the teenage heart.
Tourism and the tea industry are the two most significant contributors to economy
More recently, when tired of the pressures of work and life, all I need is a few days of rest and wanderings in this peaceful town to recharge myself. More so; as Darjeeling means nostalgia. Though much has changed over the years, yet the nooks filled with memories still remain.
In all these years, this was my first trip to Darjeeling in the winters. Hence, a bright, sunny, yet bone chillingly cold town greeted me. I had seen Darjeeling in the summers, in the monsoons, in autumn; each season has its own special characteristic in this place. But this trip I will remember forever as winter was extra special. In no other time of the year, are the mountain peaks so clearly visible and the hillside so colourful.
What completed my trip this year was a ride on the toy train after years from Darjeeling to Ghoom! The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is a narrow gauge line, was laid to connect Siliguri to Darjeeling. But owing to frequent landslides, most of this route is unusable today.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the second railway to have been accorded World Heritage Site status
However, there is a daily Geosyncline return service and regular tourist trains from Darjeeling to Ghoom. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. This railway is of historical importance for playing a vital role during World War II, by transporting military personnel and supplies to the numerous military camps around Ghoom and Darjeeling.
Ghoom is India's highest railway station.  
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Sanjeev  Seth

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  • Sanjeev Seth
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"1 day trip to Darjeeling" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Was on my way to Gangtok from Mumbai so had to land at bagdogra airport. Since I was alone and was visiting this part of india I decided to visit Darjeeling and spend a night there. Had a lovely lunch at Go pal Bhar dhaba just a km away from the airport. This place serves fantastic bengali cuisine. From there proceeded for this lovely scenic journey to Darjeeling. The route is beautiful. On reaching Darjeeling stayed at this small and cosy hotel called Springburn, the rooms were very well maintained and the staff was very sweet and warm. Had dinner at Penang Restaurant that serves excellent local and chinese cuisine specially pork dishes.
Did not visit many places but had a beautiful walk on mall road .. And also witnessed the sun rise from tiger Valley before departing for Gangtok.
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Suvobroto Ray chaudhuri

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"Darj, A paradise for me" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Darjeeling, the word itself makes me think that when would I visit next again.

I don't know how many times I have visited the place, but I don't get tired of visiting either.

A place that have all different beauties in every season. Clouds and Rain during monsoon, Clear blue sky and magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjunga in winters. I have been there in almost all the seasons.

A small town which is very much packed up with concrete buildings and population. Water is a scarcity, but tourists don't have to feel the pain because almost all the hotels supplies running water by purchasing them. A hill station which have heritage Toy Train running and also Mall like Big Bazaar. A hill station which have age old Clock Tower and also Multiplex Movie Theatre. So there have always been a mixed culture of old and new which interests me always.

Road from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Darjeeling have improved a lot and still work is on in some patches. The road have become more safer to travel. Road through Pankhabari has been opened recently and repairing job is on on that road (Last travelled through that road in June 2016). Among all the roads that lead to Darjeeling, I love the road through Teesta Bazaar the most. You can avail this road when you are entering West Bengal via Sikkim. It have lovely scenery and also have lovely steep turnings which thrills me a lot.

After a scenic journey to Darjeeling, the first place where your car would hit is State Bank Crossing. I prefer that place to the most suitable place to stay. As you will get all easy access staying there. Like taxi stand, the mall/chowrasta, good restaurants, everything.

I always select my stay in that location. Seven Seas is the name of the hotel which I generally opt for every time I visit to Darjeeling. Read my review on the hotel for more details.

The most happening place in Darjeeling is called to be The Mall/Chowrasta. The Mall is surrounded by wooden recliners where you can sit for hours and see tourists and local people in their activities. From Mall you can walk to Observatory Hill. En-route you can visit Mahakali Mandir. From Observatory Hill you can get magnificent view of Sunrise or sunset over Mt Kanchenjunga. Observatory Hill is the place where most local youngsters spend there time. So it would be interesting just sitting and watching them even if you get the clear sky view.

Some old curio shops are there on the mall from where you can purchase various interesting souvenirs.

Darjeeling is also famous for its food. Momo, Wanton Soup, Thukpa and everything. For food I prefer Keventer's, Kunga, Gleneries and Fiesta. Recently a KFC, CCD and Pizza Hut has also opened their outlet near the mall.

There are various places around where you can go from Darjeeling for sightseeing. For more magnificent view of Sunrise you can visit Tiger Hill. For great view of Tea Estate go to Happy Valley and Lebong Valley Tea Estate.

Shopping is another thing that would interest you much. There are various markets. Chowk Bazaar, Mahakal Market, New Mahakal Market, Dragon Market. Various items can be purchased from Darjeeling. Curio, winter garments, clothes, umbrellas, bags, anything that you like to buy. Price even seems to be much reasonable.

There are various locations where you can visit by just hiking.

Overall, I always feel good whenever I hear about Darjeeling. Like, I am addicted to the place.
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Arvind sharma

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"A great city with traffic jams and lack of cleanliness" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This city have many unique features like toy train, tea gardens beautifully spread across hill. Must have one time visit specially with kids.

Must go to rock garden which is not a part of regular sightseeing, on the way may see tea gardens.

I'll compare this place with Gangtok in term of cleanliness and traffic management and rate 2 out of 10 whereas 10 points to Gangtok city.

Darjeeling is a beautiful place but streets and path connecting to roads are dirty, people don't follow traffic rules, lack of no parking zones despite hilly area, every vehicle goes up to hotel whether parking facility is there or not.
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Sameer Kumar

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"Good trip" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Darjeeling is with very good weather, I enjoyed weather, crowd I have seen everywhere, roads are not wide so cabs crowd not move easily, tea garden is also good, only one day tour of Darjeeling is enough, people from Nalanda and Gaya can avoid Japani temple because same temple in Rajgir too, you will see much more crowd on and around chowrasta, few restaurant there, dinner is difficult on chowrasta, sometimes musical show you can see on chowrasta.
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Umang kumar

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"Heavy traffic in the congested roads"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Heavy traffic and congested roads, very dirty town avoid to go there, money and time wasting. Hotel Blue Diamond charged Rs 15/- for municipal cleaning charges but no cleanace very dirty township. Toy train which is single attraction but govt. Not showing interest system is book through irctc which is always showing booked, some alternate must be provided there.
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Sayan banerjee

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"A perfect place to relax"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Darjeeling is and always will be my love. There is an unique charm of this place which I have not found in any other place.

The mall, the walkers lane around it, the tea gardens, the iconic eateries like Glenary's and Keventers are some of the star attractions of Darjeeling. However, why this place never loses its charm to me is probably a unique and perfect mix of crowd and serenity that gives it a romantic and homely feel. A perfect place to relax and rejuvenate and return to the place again and again.
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Debasish Bhadra

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"Darjeeling - Queen of the hills"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We went to Darjeeling on 4th December. The share jeep @ Rs150 pp carried us to Darjeeling 200 meter off the Mall from NJP. The journey was enchanting with Teesta flowing beside you for long. Never forget to taste desi chicken curry with rice. It was delicious. Anyway, we stayed in a hotel at Laden La Road named Dreamland. It could not provide us required water, food was inedible too. On the first day we visited Gangamaya Park, the zoo, Ava art gallery and HMI. The zoo was extremely clean and full with several high altitude animals. In the afternoon we spent the hours in the Mall and tasted coffee with ham sandwich at the Caventers.

Next day we visited Bhutia basti, Mahakal temple, botanical garden and Lechiagat. Kanchenjungha looked so nearer from here. One may stay here one night in the lap of nature. There is a Forest Rest House here. We had an excellent vegetarian lunch at Hasty Tasty restaurant beside Caventers @ Rs 125 pp. Then we roamed the city accompanying our feet which is our habit. We reserve a day to walk through the unknown roads and alleys of the every new place wherever we go. Next day we went to Jorpokhri via Sukiapokhri. It is a fantastic place with two lakes side by side reflecting the pines in them. The way went mostly through the beautiful salwoods. Then we headed for Mirik and after one hour we were among the kingdom of the tea gardens! The eye soothing greenery mesmerized all of us. At last we reached Mirik, famous for Sumendu lake. The beauty of the lake is beyond expression. There are some hotels to spend a day or two that will be really worthwhile. But we had to catch the train. So having the lunch at a lakeside hotel we started for NJP railway station. Still, while coming back the golden memory of Darjeeling was haunting us like a never-ending fragrance of a sweet, unknown flower.
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