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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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Sharmeen Khan

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"Old world charm" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
A very charming place with old buildings, the famous Toy Train and beautiful views of the Kanchenjunga peaks.

Visit the local mall for a stroll among the old shops and tea boutiques which sell excellent Darjeeling tea. Take an early morning trip to the Tiger Hill to watch the sunrise over the Kanchenjunga and cover it in its golden glow. Take a train ride in the Toy Train in which Rajesh Khanna sang 'Mere sapno ki rani' for Sharmila Tagore or just go to the Batasia Loop and watch the train pass by as it rides along the loop. A perfect destination for a short vacation but a little difficult to reach as the closest airport is Bagdogra which is about 2-3 hours drive from Darjeeling.
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"Darjeeling in June is not a good idea as you will miss see only fog and rain" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Darjeeling during monsoon is not a good choice for various reasons. You will see fog everywhere and will definitely miss the beauty of Kanchenjunga in tiger hills. City is clogged with people and narrow roads lead to jam through out. Tea is exceptionally great if you have it at the right place.

Food is expensive and doesn't taste that great especially if you are a vegetarian.

There is a huge market and it's definitely a place for shopping spree.
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"Lovely place and good escape from the heat" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Lovely place and wonderful sights. Very pleasant weather in the months of may and June. Light woollens are needed during early morning and after sunset. The Mall area is the best place to spend time full of shops and eateries like KFC, PHD, Dominos. Shops sell mostly woollen clothes. Can visit the Mahakal market and Dragon market. Can go for horse riding at the Mall. Keventers is a roof top restaurant at the Mall area where the movie Barfi was shot. Ghum Monastery has nothing to see any more. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is a must visit place. Enjoyed a ride by the toy train though its a bit costly.
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"The best place for vacation" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I stay in Kolkata and on puja vacations we had gone to Darjeeling many times. We always go in train, sit at night and in the morning we reach new Jalpaiguri station. Then by sumo we travelled to our hotel. It has awesome weather. Very beautiful and clean.

Tiger hill is the place to visit early in the morning at 4 am. It was tough to get up so early but if one has to view heaven or first rays of sun then tiger is the place. Lovely Kangchenjunga. Then the mountain biking is an awesome place where one can really see the real hills. Rock garden and bastia loop are also some awesome place to visit for any tourists and it was so much fun. Even shopping is also cheap in Darjeeling. We bought tea from there and also saw tea gardens and how the tea plucker's were plucking tea leaves. I also took a hair cut over there as they really cut hair well. Overall, a very good place to visit.
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Arka Das

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"My first trip all alone to darjeeling" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It is such a nice comfort hill station to enjoy even if you go alone. Catch the train from Howrah or Sealdah or you may get the flight to Bagdogra airport nearest one. The either from the station or from the airport you will get prepaid car to share with or on your own to reach Darjeeling. Food, Shelter is available there. I was there in the month of January so it was a cosy winter.
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Arnab Shome

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"Awesome experience"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We had a very good experience. We reached at peak season. Weather is good, not so cold. Temperature within 17-18. But as we visited on May 20th-2015, rain already started but this is not good time to view Kanchenjungha. Other than the time, it is excellent.
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"The place with beautiful sunrise and sunset"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is a place for the viewers to visit in the dawn to see the sunset. The fresh air cools relax the mind for the people who comes from city and towns. It is a good place to visit for hills and mountains. The fresh air in the morning which flows in the mountains acts a nature refreshing.
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"Loved the place, absolutely amazing"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
From tea plantations to mountaineering institute to Tiger Hill; to living and non living animals zoo; to peace Stupa /Japanese temples to everything, it is awesome here. But the Mall Road and the chai bars are mesmerizing. Always book the hotel near the Mall Road and the city's clock tower. But don't go in rains as it can ruin your visit.
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"Escape to Mountains & Street Shopping"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Bored from your routine life need a time out Darjeeling is just the place for you. You are a adventure freak, you like quiet places or your trip is incomplete without shopping, Darjeeling has something for everyone. You are travelling with family, a group of boys, a group of girls or your usual besties with you, you will totally enjoy Darjeeling.

Tiger hill, monasteries, tea gardens zoological garden, Tenzing rock, football ground are the places to visit in Darjeeling, you can taste tea while taking a eye full view of Tea Gardens, If tea gardens and tea is not your thing then some adventure sports like paragliding mountain climbing will keep you busy.

Or simply you can indulge in some retail therapy, the street markets have best of fashion stuff to offer which you will not get in Delhi and Bombay. Most good are imported so you can have the most stylish of cloths and footwear you can think off.

Darjeeling has very open culture so girls will not have to deal with some pesky people even if you are travelling alone. Sorry boys as for shopping markets are ruled by clothing of women , but you can get good winter wear there. Buy some fashionable clothes for their girlfriend, wife, sister, mother or whoever they want to impress. :)

If you are in Darjeeling you have to try toy train which is listed in UNESCO's World Heritage. I will suggest take train from Ghoom Station to Kurseong as Darjeeling will take little longer to reach by toy train.

Most of the hotel owners and cab drivers are very helpful. they will charge reasonably but little bargaining doesn't hurt any one ;)

Since its an hilly area its advisable to start your day early because markets are closed by 7.30 to 8 pm. Keep cash as most ATMs are closed at night.

I have travelled Darjeeling in all seasons, but I avoid visiting during Durga Puja because of holiday rush, and hotels are overcrowded.
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"Mesmerizing Darjeeling and heavenly Kanchenjunga"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Darjeeling our first outing after our marriage that's why it is so special and it is worth it. First thing you will notice is eastern sun. Sun rises in at 5 AM. Shops and Restaurants usually closes by 8 PM. So no night life. Darjeeling is very cool place. It lies in some of the highest parts of west Bengal.

Naidu Himalayan zoo has some rare species to see. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute has good collection of expedition artifact and chronology.

Best part is beautiful and peaceful monasteries around town and above all Beauty of KANCHENJUNGA highest peak of India. White and orange shades of Himalayas actually Mesmerise your inner being.
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