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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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Arpita Mondal

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  • Arpita Mondal
  • Lives in Durgapur
  • 25 photos
  • 9 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  3283 readers

"Dear Darjeeling" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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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Rapolu Nikhil

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  • Rapolu Nikhil
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 12 photos
  • 14 Reviews
  •  30 helpful votes
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"Greenery exist" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Darjeeling is a town in India's West Bengal state, in the Himalayan foothills. Once a summer resort for the British Raj elite, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or “Toy Train, ” completed in 1881. It's famed for the distinctive black tea grown on plantations that dot its surrounding slopes. I visited this Darjeeling two years ago. This is one of the best and loving place in India. The climate in Darjeeling was superb. There are many and many green tea plantation which are looking great.
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Krishnaraj Kotian

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  • Krishnaraj Kotian
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews
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"Average place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Place is good. But narrow roads. Too crowded with vehicles in morning and evening. You can see water pipe connection all through the city.. Not too clean city.. People are friendly and good. No traffic rules followed.
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Hemanth kumar

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  • Hemanth kumar
  • Lives in Muzaffarnagar
  • 4 Reviews
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"A place for mental peace"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If you want some mental peace, must visit.. Best time to visit in summer.. Specially from April to June.. Must visit city market. Go early in the evening because most shop shut down before 9 pm. Visit city mall and spend some time by watching movie at night. Enjoy the cool winter with your loved one.. Must visit Tiger Hill and watch sunrise. Take enough winter clothes with you while approaching Tiger Hill.
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Gaurav tyagi

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  • Gaurav tyagi
  • 4 Reviews
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"Very Good"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Darjeeling is nice place to visit, each & every member of our family enjoyed Darjeeling very much. In this trip all expectations could be fill filled by the support of make my trip as we enjoyed good hotels in genuine prices and no could cheated due to make my trip. In future I shall always book my hotels and tickets through make my trip and also recommend to my friends to go thorough make my trip if local conveyance will be arranged by make my trip It will be better and convenient to us. So as a user my suggestion to make my trip is to look into the same if it is possible. Now again I say thanks to make my trip.
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Asattar akbany

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  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Queen of hills in true sense"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Darjeeling is heaven on earth and it is queen of hills in true sense. I wish to visit it every year. The beauty and the serenity is so enchanting. The weather, the views, the mountains, the waterfalls, the lush green tea gardens are still captured in my eyes. Can't resist the temptation to visit every year.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 198 Reviews
  •  438 helpful votes
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"A Trip to Darjeeling"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I had been to Darjeeling by train in May 2016. Darjeeling is a must-visit in the tourism circuit of West Bengal. The must-visit attractions around Darjeeling include the Himalayan Railway, Ghoom Monastery, Happy valley tea gardens and the Himalayan Mountaineering institute. Darjeeling should be ideally visited in the winter and summer seasons as there is the increased possibility of huge landslides during the monsoon season. The Himalayan railway is powered by an old steam engine and it connects Darjeeling and Ghoom and it is featured as a UNSECO World heritage site. The toy train is a modern engineering marvel. The Ghoom monastery was found in 1875 and is located just 8 kilometers from Darjeeling. The Happy valley tea gardens are located just 3 kilometers from the city centre and it is a must-visit as one can watch the actual process of manufacturing tea. The Himalayan mountaineering institute finds a pivotal place in the mountaineering institutes in India and it is a must-visit for adventure enthusiasts across the national spectrum.
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Vipin Chaudhary

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  • Vipin Chaudhary
  • Lives in Moradabad
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  3681 readers

"Darling Darjeeling"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
If you are searching for the best tourist destination of West Bengal, it is surely Darjeeling. Easy to reach, good food, scenic beauty of The Himalayas are making it the most visited tourist attraction for the world. I spent a full month there in Himalayan Mountaineering Institute to take training of mountaineering.. Tiger hill is very good place to visit...
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Shailendra Singh

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  • Shailendra Singh
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  • 4 Reviews
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"Amazing place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 31, 2016
This is one if the best places I have visited so far. A hill station and an amazing place. The tea gardens provides greenery and it has amazing weather. The most amazing is the morning sunrise which is mesmerizing. The temples are soothing as anywhere. Unfortunately I didn't recollect the name of the points as I visited couple of years back. But everyone know that Darjeeling is not a place to miss out.
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Amlan Ghosh

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  • Amlan Ghosh
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review
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"Nice and beautiful place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 26, 2016
This is really a nice place for spending holidays. Especially for those who love nature. This is about 3 hours by road from Siliguri. Tiger Hill is the most attractive place from here. Beautiful tea garden & weather is most attractive. You will find different Nepalese food like momos, etc.
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