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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

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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Ashok kumar Yadav

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  • Ashok kumar Yadav
  • Lives in Gurgaon
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"A beautiful place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
I love nature and so I am going to Darjeeling to see nature and wild beauty and to escape heat. I am so inspired by this place because it is truly natural and wild. I am going there with my family and friends. And I will come there again and again I truly, loved it.
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Ankur

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  • Ankur
  • Lives in Noida
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"Natural serene beauty with colours all around" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Darjeeling is quite different from other hill stations. Its not a very developed area and that makes it apart. Small homes with colour splashed walls and add to it the endless flower plants in front. Makes for a picturesque view. We began the tour with a 4am visit to Tiger Hill to see the sunrise. 4AM may sound too early but once you hit the roads you see a sea of vehicles travelling to same spot. Local ladies can be seen selling coffee and woolens at tiger hill. Next comes Batasia loop. Nice small place with a bit of shopping exercise in case you want to. On the way you can also see monasteries. All this and the clock will still show 7AM. And yes you can also have pakodas, momos, coffee on the way for your breakfast. Do visit the zoo for the Panda and the leopards and the tiger and the yak and the parrots and the reptiles and the list goes on. Tibetan refugee centre is also a goto place in case you need to shop for handmade shawls and kaleen's. And yes, you just cant miss the tea states. Though in April most of the plants had been tweaked and so our visit to local tea state didn't go that good. But we found the alternative while getting out of Darjeeling on the way to sikkim. Do keep a jacket with you as it may get cold at any time. We travelled in April and it was just the ideal time away from all the hustles of our city life. The city does have food joints like Dominos and Pizza hut in case you dont want to have the local food. We tried North-Indian in our hotel for dinner but it did not excite us much.
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Avik narayan Chatterjee

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  • Avik narayan Chatterjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Darjeeling - best hilltop for a weekend" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Situated at a distance of around 80 km from the New Jalpaiguri railway station. Darjeeling provides one of the best scenic beauties of West Bengal. Transport facilities are ample either from siliguri or NJP (either on share or hired). And if you wish to enjoy the heritage toy train ride it's available from Kurseong. Joy ride for toy train is available between ghoom and Darjeeling. On the way to Darjeeling take a stop at the batasia loop and ghoom station for some pleasure. After reaching Darjeeling the cable car ride and a visit to the rock garden is a must. An evening visit to the Mall and a dinner at some of the best restaurants makes the trip awesome. Next morning a visit to tiger hill and breakfast at keventer's is just worth remembering. Some of the best hotels and restaurants are available to make your trip more charming.
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Anshul taran

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"A mini-honeymoon destination" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
A nice place to travel. Suited for every age group. Good atmosphere, good people. We have started our journey from kolkata via train. Daily connectivity from howrah and sealdah station. Reach ''new jalpaiguri'' in morning. Then via shared cabs to darjeeling, tariff of cabs between 150-250/person. Checked-in to our ''hotel APSARA'' which we have booked through stayzilla (appeared in holidayiq site). We have hired a personal cab for around Rs 2300. For whole one day (5-6 hrs on 1st day and 5-6hrs for next day). In which we have covered almost all the tourists spots in Darjeeling. Our hotel is near mall road. But mall road is average as compare to MG Road of Gangtok. Tiger hill is good but too cold. Toy train must see. Zoological park, mountaineering institute, ghoom monastery average. Peace pagoda very good, here you must spend some time in temple near the pagoda and play the drum which they used in doing the prayers. Tea gardens good experiance. Cable car average. Batasia loop is good. Rock garden is very good. But the most enjoyable part is the weather. You can just sit there and enjoy the nature and the oxygen that will be enough for the whole trip. Must visit place in a lifetime.
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Tridib Mookherjee

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  • Tridib Mookherjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"A tranquil charming getaway"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Darjeeling has a special place in my heart. I have visited it about 40 times over the last 25/ 30 years.

Its a place to unwind. If you are interested in activities as such there are lots of places to visit in and around Darjeeling. There are lots of trekking routes and tours like Sandakfu etc. Keventers for their sausages, bacon, ham & milk shake are a must. You must visit Glenary's for their sandwiches & continental food. And Shangri La for good Chinese food. All these place are very close to the Mall. There are lots of small mother father shops which offer local food & delicious momos & chow all over the town. You can get a lot of variety in food options.

If it is natural beauty of the mountains you desire there is no better place to visit. No wonder it is called "The Queen of the Hills " It is a little congested now but still the magic is still there. Rolling hills, a lovely climate & friendly people give the place it's charm. And if you are lucky enough to see the Kanchenjunga range it is a real treat for the soul. A charming place & a quaint little town!



Some of the view points near the Mall offer a great view of the range decides to show itself. The Mall is the heart of the place. Just sitting there is a great soother. But it is better to go off season if you do not like the rush. And if you like dogs you will see all the good breeds & the Indian dogs in the Mall. Very friendly and ready to share your biscuits!!

All in all a wonderful charming place to visit and unwind for 4/5 days.
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Pravin Mankad

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  • Pravin Mankad
  • Lives in Rajkot
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"Nice place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
For natural beauty travellers must visit. Local falls, Buddha temples, tea gardens. Gujarati food is a must eat. Bazaar visit is nice. Take warm clothes. Visited sight seeing places. Ropeway experience romantic. Must visit by road so travellers can see natural beauty.
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Debojyoti Bhattacharya

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  • Debojyoti Bhattacharya
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Darjeeling - The Dream Destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Whenever I got tired of city life, I look for an escapade & Darjeeling features most of the times to have a stint for freshness. Everybody should visit Darjeeling at least once in hi/her life to understand the beauty of Himalaya & the excellent people lived there. Darjeeling is called the Queen of Hill stations and rightly so. It is still one of the most frequented destination from people of every nook and corner on earth. If you had never visited this place - do it now & enjoy. I am giving below some of the points which may be helpful to whoever is planning for a trip there.

A. Plan your visit and book your hotels accordingly in advance. Whatever is your planned days for the trip keep a day or two extra to avoid any disappointment. While booking your hotel try to look for a location near Mall as you need to go there many times & that is the finest location to enjoy & understand Darjeeling. Please ensure that the hotel has a 24 hrs hot & cold water supply.

B. Have a trip to Tiger Hill to witness Sunrise & the changing colours on majestic Kanchenjunga. You need to book in advance for Jeep or Pony for an early morning start. While returning you may cover some tourist points also in the same route.

C. Have a lazy Breakfast at Keventer's Roof Top Restaurant, enjoy nature & at the same time see the city life from top. Also plan for a visit to Glenary's for snacks. Both these places are famous for there quality & authenticity - you are guaranteed to enjoy the visits.

D. Indulge yourself in lazy walk or watching the lively Mall anytime through out - enjoy cups of teas that's available in every nook & corner with some experts explaining the tea issues.

E. Visit the flea market to find Tibetans with their handicrafts and allow your family to start arguing with the traders & enjoy the fun.

F. Do not forget to ride the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway joy ride to experience that famous Heritage rail. To avoid disappointment - book your tickets in advance through internet.

You may add many activities other than what mentioned above depending on the length of your trip.

I had always enjoyed the visits to Darjeeling (I lost counts) and still looking forward to make few more trips.
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Nirmala Parmar

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  • Nirmala Parmar
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"Tranquil holiday in Darjeeling"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I wanted to visit this place for many years and eventually we went there in last April 2015. The place is so beautiful that you will fall in love with its rustic and old world charm. You can still see the effects of British architecture there. There are so many places to visit that you feel that you should stay there for at least 8 days. We tried to cover many places. The sunrise is just awesome. Get up at 3:30 am and it is worth it. I loved Kalimpong and Mirik too. Visiting the tea gardens is a marvel. The only thing is the traffic jams everywhere. Cleanliness too is an issue here. After coming here from Sikkim, it really stands out.
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Rishi ashdhir

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  • Rishi ashdhir
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Beauty of nature"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Darjeeling has beautiful weather even in summers. Mall road is wonderful with nice restaurants. Morning breakfast on the terrace of restaurant gives a beautiful scenic view of mountains & the nice chill even in March-April makes momo & breakfast more tempting.
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Arpit Bhattacharya

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  • Arpit Bhattacharya
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Good hill station"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
You all might be thinking apart from other famous places like Manali and Kashmir why am I suggesting Darjeeling to you all.

It has a very good connectivity ( just 1. 5 -2 hr drive from Bagdogra Airport). It has a splendid view of Mt. Kanchenjunga (the 2nd largest in the world). It has the best range of bakeries (Only for food lovers). There are a wide range of places to see (Come on I'm not writing it here, Google it out). The people here are so friendly & nice and You will really be delighted to see how much hardship they have to do for earning their bread. P. S visit Darjeeling only in winter to make the fullest of your trip.
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