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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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Asattar akbany

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  • Asattar akbany
  • 2 Reviews
  •  235 readers

"Queen of hills in true sense" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week 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
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"A Trip to Darjeeling" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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
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"Darling Darjeeling" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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
  • 15 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  5075 readers

"Amazing place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2039 readers

"Nice and beautiful place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Ashish Shukla

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  • Ashish Shukla
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  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Over hyped Darjeeling"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Darjeeling seems to be a over hyped hill station. I think Sikkim is way better than Darjeeling. Its crowdy, uncleaned, costly, and sight seeing and its places of attractions are also pretty average. Even in the off season Darjeeling was very costly in terms of fooding, lodging and travelling. Due to increased population in recent years, even the local natives believe that the mountain views of Darjeeling are covered by hotels. So, the natural beauty is declined in recent times. Overall, a very average hill station with inflated rates.
P. S : No local conveyance available, so either book a pvt taxi every time, or get a habbit of walking long distances.
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Romir Sen

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  • Romir Sen
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  8859 readers

"A Tea Estate Gateway In Darjeeling"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Being a Bong from Kolkata, I have a tendency to run away to the hills of North Bengal, every time I find a few days off from my work. After almost 10 years, I decided to visit Darjeeling for the 3rd time and this time with my family. I decided to book myself a room in the Going Tea House, a luxury tea retreat in Darjeeling, since I wanted to spend some quality time with my family. This peaceful abode gave me an experience to cherish all my life. Most of the sightseeings were nothing new to me or my wife, so we decided to take the guided tour to the plantation, which the estate offered us, the very next day. The rest of the trip, included a visit to the Mall, breakfast in Keventers, digging our sweet tooth in the delicacies of the Glenary's and indulging in many of the savories that Darjeeling offered us.

Unfortunately, we could not take the joy ride in the famed toy train, but we did spend our time simply enjoying the sights and smell of this 'Queen Of Hills'.
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Biswajit Chanda

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  • Biswajit Chanda
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 68 photos
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  3448 readers

"A Memorable Trek to Sandakphu"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Sandakphu is a wonderland for the trekkers. It's located at an altitude of 11, 929ft (I. E. 3, 636 meters) in Darjeeling district and on the north west of Darjeeling hill town. This is the summit or the highest point in Singalila range, and is also the highest peak in the state of West Bengal, India. The trek to Sandakphu goes all along the Singalila range. Sandakphu is the place from where you get a 180 degree panoramic view of some of the highest and most beautiful peaks of the world. Some of the greatest peaks that can be seen from here include the Mt Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Three Sisters, Kumbhakarna etc.
The trek route to Sandakphu and beyond to Phalut starts from a place called Manebhanjan, a small village located at an altitude of 7, 054 ft (2, 150 m). This is virtually the gateway to Singalila and Sandakphu. From Manebhanjan the distance up to Sandakphu is 32kms.
Though it has got a motorable road (only for hired Land Rovers), but the scenic beauty can only be cherished while trekking through the woods and villages. The trek route passes through the Singalila National Park all the way to the summit. There are a few routes to reach Sandakphu, we followed the following trail: - Manebhanjang - Tumbling - Kaliphokri - Sandakphu - Srikhola - Rimbik -. It took us, 6 days and 5 nights to complete the trek. All these villages have provision for home stay, other than the stay at Sandakphu all other places were relatively cheap. A guide is mandatory and can be hired @ INR 500/ day from Manebhanjang. Forest passes are also to be made from Manebhanjang or Chittrey.
From Sandakphu, one can trek further up to Phalut which is another 21kms away. It takes an additional day of trek from Sandakphu on a relatively easy terrain. In our case, due to heavy snowfall the road got closed and we had to return back from Sandakphu. But, we were lucky enough to witness the season's first snow fall, that too in front of the mighty Himalayas.
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Inderjit singh sidhu

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  • Inderjit singh sidhu
  • 2 Reviews
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"Our vacation at Darling"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We planned a vacation at Darling and Sikkim. We had a wonderful vacation for eight days at Darling. It's a perfect place to relax, enjoy and explore. I'm highly impressed by the Traffic Police and their efforts to city and surrounding traffic smooth moving. People of this area have great self esteem and self reliant, I met no bagger in my stay of eight days. There are so many interesting sight seeing places. I really enjoyed my stay at Darling.
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"The Queen of Hills"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Visiting Darjeeling after a long. Reaching via Siliguri & Kurseong, the heritage toy train. Truly " The Queen of Hills". As we have visited most of the hill stations, except Kashmir, Darjeeling is by far the best one. With all its green surroundings, mist all over this is the place we love. This is a must visit place for every tourists.
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