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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Monojit .

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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
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"Darjeeling has a unique culture of its own" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Nestled within mountains, Darjeeling has a unique culture of its own. The weather was cool and one must visit this place to explore its beauty. The zoological park, rock garden, tea plantations, darjeeling mall, toy train are must visits. One must try the piping hot coffee at the mall, given the chilling weather. Other than that one must try the continental breakfast at kaventers, lunch at glenary's and also thukpa and momo. Roaming around in the market area and mall is a good way to spend time and also visit the local tourist attractions.
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Kundan singh

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"Good trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Good to stay there in Darjeeling, very good weather and hills are amazing and hilarious. Must go there in Darjeeling, toy train reservation is a must do before going there. People and market is just nearby and, momo is very tasty. I love it. Enjoy shopping in market at walkers Street and purchase whatever you want for summer or winter for mom for dad for anybody.
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Binay sagar  Sao

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"Queen of hills" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
One of the most beautiful place i have ever visited.

It is a 4 hour run from njp. Hill roads are so scenic but dangerous. You will love your journey from njp to Darjeeling.

Best time to go to Darjeeling is October/November.

Must visit place are :

Tiger hill
Mall
Batasia loop
Rock garden
Tea garden
Zoo
Ganga Maiya
Mirik
Pasupati market

Stay at least for 2 days at Darjiling to feel the chill.
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Chetan Kumar

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  • Chetan Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 10 Reviews
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"A nice location" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
A very good place to visit with your family. Nice location, very warm and friendly people. The city winds up early that is before 9 pm. There are many places to be seen in Darjeeling and don't miss the train ride plus golconda ride and the mountaineering site.
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"Perfect Place to visit for its scenic beauty" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Darjeeling Town by itself is a very good place. Ours is a whole family visit just for enjoying the beauty of the hill station. We just enjoy both the beauty and the cold winter. Winter time is not the best time to visit Darjeeling because it is very cold; most of the tourists visit Darjeeling during summer to beat and escape from the summer heat. However the advantage of winter is there is no heavy rush and the hotels rates are cheaper and you can have choice. And you don't have to worry about rains and landslide. Beautiful scenic view.
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Utkarsh Shah

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"Not as expected" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I had heard lot about Darjeeling. But when I visited it was not as per expectations. Cleanliness was not seen as compared to Sikkim. Tiger hill, way to mirik lake and mirik lake were worth to visit. Rest all places were not that good. So before planning tour get checked itinerary because mirik lake is generally not included in package. So check it first.
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Anshul Verma

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"Overall, a good experience" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Overall experience of tour is very good. In the hot summer season of India, Darjeeling is one of the very good place to visit as it is naturally cold. For the adventures tour at summer season it is one of the best place to visit. As this place is very near to railway station new Jalpaiguri and new Jalpaiguri station is well connected to all over the India.
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Mudit srivastava

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  • Mudit srivastava
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"Very good city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Darjeeling is good to visit but city is not so clean as it is a art of world heritage. Narrow gauge train was amazing and culture of Buddha which is very rare get of India. Traffic is not In order which takes lot of time to move in city so prefer walk for kilometer or two.
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Babita Goyal

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  • Babita Goyal
  • Lives in Kalimpong
  • 6 Reviews
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"Darjeeling Beyond Tea & Honeymoon" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Darjeeling is a very popular destination among honeymoon couples and is also known for its tea. But I feel that it has much more to it. It is a perfect destination for nature-lovers, adventure-thrillers, foodies. Darjeeling has exotic resorts, well-cultured people, unique culture and excellent hotels and accommodations serves too. It has awesome food too apart from the towering peaks, snow-capped hills, mesmerizing waterfalls, soothing climatic conditions.
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Rahul Sharma

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  • Rahul Sharma
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"Place that cannot be defined with words" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Darjeeling in west Bengal is the best place that I have ever visited in my life. You should also visit this place. The dawn which occurs during the day is one of the thing that should be visited so you can kill your sleep and take a look at this. You can visit in summer season.
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