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Darjeeling

The Land of the Thunderbolt

14.1/5(715 Ratings)

Darjeeling Tourism

Darjeeling is famous for

Darjeeling is one of India's most famous holiday destinations. 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, a visit to the famous Rangit Valley and a ride on the cable car.

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Very good view & amazing place

Very good view & amazing place  Video Review
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Tiger Hill

Vilas Sawant
3rd Nov 17

A beautiful place to relax

A beautiful place to relax  Video Review
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Shrubbery Nightingale Park

Sayan banerjee
15th May 16

Latpanchar forest, Darjeeling

Latpanchar forest, Darjeeling  Video Review
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Latpanchar

Swakhar Pachal
9th Jan 18

A wood at the lap of Himalaya

A wood at the lap of Himalaya  Video Review
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Latpanchar

Susanta Sadhukhan
9th Jan 18

Ahaldara, sunrise view point

Ahaldara, sunrise view point  Video Review
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Ahal Dara View Point

Swakhar Pachal
9th Jan 18

Mahananda wild life Sanctuary

Mahananda wild life Sanctuary  Video Review
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Latpanchar

Swakhar Pachal
9th Jan 18

Coronation Bridge

Coronation Bridge  Video Review
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Coronation Bridge, Siliguri

Susanta Sadhukhan
8th Jan 18

A bridge near siliguri

A bridge near siliguri  Video Review
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Coronation Bridge, Siliguri

Swakhar Pachal
9th Jan 18

Darjeeling mall 360 view. Popular as chourasta

Darjeeling mall 360 view. Popular as chourasta  Video Review
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The Mall And Chowrasta

Iam Sbk
3rd Jan 18

Nipponjan Myohoji Buddhist temple

Nipponjan Myohoji Buddhist temple  Video Review
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Peace Pagoda

Sarath Kumar
2nd Jan 18

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Reasons to go to Darjeeling

1For its Man made wonder, Himalayan Railway
For its Man made wonder, Himalayan Railway

HolidayIQ Reviewer Husain Parvez says, “The romantic Himalayan Railway DHR is a world heritage site and a man-made wonder.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Swakhar Pachal shares, “Full with scenic beauty and different landscapes go all along the Singalila range.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Pritesh Mehta says, “Offers a beautiful view of the scenic mountains on the way. It is very amazing journey

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2For its beautiful Tiger Hills
For its beautiful Tiger Hills

HolidayIQ Reviewer Anil Mathur shares, “ Tiger Hill, Darjeeling...without a visit to Tiger Hill the visit to Darjeeling is tasteless. ...Plan a day before in advance as you have to book a tourist jeep in the evening for next day's trip. The time to depart for Tiger hill is 4 am, so be ready as the vehicle will reach sharply at 3:45 am. Before starting, the drivers make sure that sky is clear from hilltop to view the sunrise. It takes an hour or so to reach there after driving through the serpentine roads making it thrilling and enjoying. Once you are at the top you will find the whole world under your feet. Wait along with thousands of other tourists in the Glasshouse, take breakfast, chat, take selfies, inhale fresh air of the mountains and keep your fingers crossed for a clear view of the sunrise.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Vidyakar Mishra says “Darjeeling - A paradise on earth; Darjeeling, a northeastern Indian town is laden with nature's bounty aesthetic values with an augmentation of Indian Himalayan railways makes it paradise on earth. The Himalayan railways were established in 1879 and still this heritage is an exemplary human intelligence and beauty through the gigantic Himalayan ranges and waterfalls. Beautiful climate and fascinating tea garden are so soothing for a person. Rock climbing, paragliding, driving through udankhatola (virtual flying machine) are expeditions in the town. Mountaineering School, Museum, and the Zoo (which has peculiar animals) adds icing to the cake. It is a must visit hill station which happens to be a resort in English regimes. Come and Enjoy nature's bounty.”

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3Click pictures of the clearly visible Kanchenjunga
Click pictures of the clearly visible Kanchenjunga

Hill | Sunrise | Mountain | Garden

HolidayIQ Reviewer MANISHA adds, “It is a good place for photography lovers as you will get a very clear view of mountains from here.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Avijit Chatterjee says, “It was a chilly morning and still dark... Dawn set in and suddenly I was awestruck. There was Kanchenjunga looming large. It appeared as if it was smeared with gold. click, click, click, the camera shutters sounded. I gazed on and on, and then the sun started rising. What a beauty it was! It was indescribable unless you see it yourself! I thanked god for creating this manifesting nature. It appeared as heaven has descended on earth or is this heaven?

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4A train-ride of a lifetime
A train-ride of a lifetime

Sunrise | Mountain | Nature | Heritage

HolidayIQ Reviewer Husain Parvez says, “The romantic Himalayan railway...Getting down at Darjeeling railway Station in the afternoon gives you a once in the lifetime experience. This narrow-gauge railway journey in DHR is one amongst the few mountains railways in the world where the slow speed train gives you a chance to interact with the Himalayan flora and fauna. DHR has featured in many old and new Indian films”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Thulaseedharan Achary says, “Darjeeling Himalayan railway. DHR started toy train service some 100 years back. Diesel Engine service started to New Jalpaiguri which is at a distance of 78 km from Darjeeling. But due to landslide the new Jalpaiguri service is cancelled for the time being & is only toy train. The first train starts service on 0800 hrs on a diesel engine. Then alternately steam engine & diesel engine The charge of steam engine service is high compared to diesel. I booked a ticket for the first journey on 29/9/15 through online irctc. Ticket charge Rs/-630/- The train starts from Darjeeling stops at Batasia loop which is 3 km away & allows passengers to enjoy the natural beauty from Batasia loop; At Batasia hilltop a beautiful garden a Gorkha war monument & beautiful scenes of Kanchenjunga, Indo- China, Indo- Nepal boundary etc are visible. After 10 minutes visit there the train starts and reaches ghoom railway station which is at a distance of 7 km from Darjeeling. Ghoom station is at a height of 7407 feet & there is a park & Darjeeling Himalayan railway Museum. All histories behind Himalayan railway service are exhibited through photos pictures & graphics. Very informative & interesting. After 30 minutes waiting at ghoom, the train returns to Darjeeling. During the return trip engine failure was there & the train stopped service at a distance of 1. 5 km near to Darjeeling. & from there we reached the station in tata sumo. There were 25 passengers on the toy train. The toy train ride was a memorable event in the Darjeeling tour program”

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5To Experience A New Culture Like In Darjeeling
To Experience A New Culture Like In Darjeeling

The experiences of a new language, food and festivals will enrich you in one way or the other.

HolidayIQ Traveller Monojit from Delhi shares, “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 keventer's, 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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Reviews (715)

"It is certainly that Darjeeling in the post modern era comprises of six T?s -Tea, Teak, Tourism, Toy Train, Tiger Hill and Trekkers? paradise."

Amitabh saxena

Amitabh saxena3.6/5

2 reviews

Sikkim and Darjeeling - A comparison

Sikkim was just great in Cleaniness and hospitality as against Darjeeling which is very dirty and not so good in helping others. Likewise, Sikkim have great views to offer anyway you go - Nathula, Lachung, Pelling and Namchi (the places I visited). In comparison Darjeeling has only Tiger Point to offer which also show much on Cloudy days. A famous point is Ghoom Monastry. However much scenic in variety is Dali Monastry which tour guides do not frequent. Japanese Pagoda is just another good point to visit. A visit to tea garden is mandatory but due to private involvement it is much better planned than other excursions The negative points for both is the traffic in Gangtok and Darjeeling during Season. On narrow winding roads, both way traffic make traffic snarls and going across city make a laborious process. Need is for making one way traffic across these cities and strictly enforcing. At many points, where there was marking that it is a one way road, both side traffic was going on and there appeared no enforcement ( Darjeeling). In Gangtok, the redeeming point was Horn' throughout the city and strict enforcement by both - Drivers voluntarily and by traffic police If one wants to relax, not worthwhile to visit during peak season. Enjoying the mountains, the best season is during off season and off monsoon .

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Navpreet arora

Navpreet arora5.0/5

2 reviews

Mesmerizing views and must try local food items.

I was on a solo trip to Darjeeling and Sikkim . Darjeeling has beautiful places to visit . Must try toy ride . Tiger hill . Moreover the people are wonderful and friendly . This place has honest people .
  • Mesmerizing views and must try local food items .
  • Mesmerizing views and must try local food items .
  • Mesmerizing views and must try local food items .
  • Mesmerizing views and must try local food items .
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Recommended Duration in Darjeeling

Number of days to spend in Darjeeling as recommended by our travellers.

1 day

1.8%

2 days

12.5%

3 days

60.7%

4 days

12.5%

5+ days

8.9%

Darjeeling Overview

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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Darjeeling, West Bengal

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Avinash gupta

Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling, West Bengal

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Avinash gupta

Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling, West Bengal

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Avinash gupta

Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling, West Bengal

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Avinash gupta

Darjeeling, West Bengal

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