Darjeeling Tourism
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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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Vipin Kaushik

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  • Vipin Kaushik
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
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"Awesome place with beautiful greenery" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
I go there with my friends to enjoy my holidays. One of my friends lives there. Darjeeling is very delightful place. I go in the market there is lots of momos shop both veg n non veg but it has awesome taste. Fields are full of crowded with tea.
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Prebir Mondal

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"Perfect winter trip to Darjeeling" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
The best hill station in the eastern Himalaya. The tea garden on the way to Darjeeling, the monastery, chilly winter and most importantly the panoramic view of Mt. Kanchanjongha from Tiger hill are just awesome. And also don't forget to ride on the toy train, one of the UNESCO heritage list.
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Jasmine singh

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  • Jasmine singh
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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"Awesome destination with beautiful surroundings" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I explored Darjeeling in the month September 15 with family. We went there first time. After reaching there, we seems that we are in heaven. We were all covered with. Green tea gardens and zenith mountains. Atmosphere and climate was fantastic. So many things v have enjoyed there, most memorable moments with toy train especially at ghoom station. People's are most cooperative with tourist. Very beautiful place. And beautiful people with beautiful culture with fantastic food. I never forget hot Momo's at outskirts of tea garden in chill temperature. When I got a chance in future then I will spent lot of time there.
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Ashish Tomar

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  • Ashish Tomar
  • Lives in Forbesganj
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"Darjeeling, a best place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I went to Darjeeling in December. It is very good place for tour I am very happy to say you that the place that I see is very beautiful and good place for tourism. Mountains are very high and climate is so cold. I like this type of climate. You should go one time to visit this place.
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Sumit Kumar

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  • Sumit Kumar
  • Lives in Jamalpur
  • 5 Reviews
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"Scenic spot & best place to visit" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
A wonderful scenic spot, with view of Mt. Kanchenzunga, from almost everywhere. A delight for photographers, as the beautiful Himalayas with non-ending tea gardens covers all of the town. Delicious meals are found everywhere. However I was happy with tasty Momos(both veg and chicken) at every nook and corner. Difficult to find luxurious travel options as the roads are very sloppy, but the drivers are awesome.
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Subhash Saha

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  • Subhash Saha
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  397 readers

"An amazing offbeat destination" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This is a new offbeat destination in unknown Darjeeling hills. The place was discovered and promoted by Zero points travel groups. Its a serene village of Darjeeling and situated in mid of Tiger hill in Kurseong division. The place have more than 10 small homestays run by the village people.

The mighty Kanchenjungha present always for tourists delight. Probably this is a best place to watch Ksnchenjungha in Darjeeling hills. This is a birdwatching place. Varirty of birds are present here, Fire tailed Myzornis, Flycatchers, Tits, Minlas and Raptors are the main attraction. No shops available here and you need a all time car for the tour.
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Ashish Rathore

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  • Ashish Rathore
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  71 readers

"Second heaven on earth" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Awesome place for summer vacation. Rollercoaster roads with heavenly side views. Great experience of toy train, local houses, foods, flowery gardens. Friendly nature of people. Cant share my experience in words. Best way to experience yourself.
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P apoorva anand

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  • P apoorva anand
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 7 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1310 readers

"Worth the penny,"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The scenic views of this place is just next to being in heaven. Each and every living and non-living thing complement each other. The view at tiger hill during sun rise make you feel just lost in the nature and also brings a thought that you have earned this precious moment to be so close to nature. The train journey is the most important phase of the trip. But it disappoints as it doesn't let you to go for a long ride which gives you more enjoyable ride and experience of the engineering marvel. Don't forget to visit the train museum also. You have other places to visit nearby also. Take a long walk to the Mall Road and shop some wonderful stuff. Also don't forget to taste the lip-smaking dishes of these places. People are friendly and nice at heart also.
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Chandan Mishra

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  • Chandan Mishra
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Good destination for short trip"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was the best summer vacation for us as family, loved this place Darjeeling. Superb mini train journey, nice food, people here are very sweet and ever ready to help. Excellent hospitality. I always like to travel all over India and mostly hilly site as I am resident of north Bengal in west Bengal it is my favourite place to visit Darjeeling where winter comes with frost and snow.
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  • Anup Koshe
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"Summer vacation well spent, kids had fun!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was the best summer vacation for us as family, loved this place Darjeeling. Superb mini train journey, nice food, people here are very sweet and ever ready to help. Excellent hospitality. And the food here is to die for. Many sights to watch out for. Definitely recommended. Have fun.
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