Traveling in Darjeeling is
like walking along the memory lanes during the time of the
British Raj. Located in the cozy and inviting lap of the
Kanchan Junga, Darjeeling the dramatic land is amazingly
blessed with the superb beauty of the nature, fantastic
sightseeing places, ornamental monasteries, mystic hill,
alluring tea gardens, refreshing and healthy climatic
condition and warm hospitality. Darjeeling is truly a gem in
the crown of the Himalayas that invites the foot falls of
thousands and thousands of tourists from across the globe.
Darjeeling in true sense is a
paradise on earth as the showers of blessing from the heaven
in poured in Darjeeling in the form of the natural beauty,
blissful ambiance and the cool weather conditions that keeps
this scenic hill town pure and pristine all the year round.
So due to the copious natural beauty, cool climatic
condition, tempting culture and friendly hospitality,
tourist throngs the year round to for holidays in
Darjeeling tourism has great potential the hill town
supports varieties of tourism options including tea tourism,
monsoon tourism, medical tourism, wildlife tourism, flowers
tourism and culture tourism, which have their own
resemblance, but different from rest of the world. So come
and soak in the heavenly beauty of the nature as well as
explore the fascinating charm of tourism in Darjeeling with
much pleasure, fun and joy.
Beside the inviting tourist places, the speciality of
Darjeeling tourism lies in the tea gardens, which are not
just the main tourist attraction but are the back bone of
Darjeeling tourism. The vast stretches of the emerald green
tea gardens are the main source from where the world’s best
tea leaves are obtained and are made ready for the
international market supply. Darjeeling Himalayan railway is
also the iconic attraction which is also the major tourist
attraction and the iconic symbol of Darjeeling tourism.
Talking more on Darjeeling tourism, the hill town has its
own unique culture and festivals like Tihar, Dasai, Losar
(Tibetan Festival), Makar Sankranti and Durga Puja is
celebrate with great enthusiasm by all the local
communities. More of all Darjeeling is the gastronomy
paradise, where one can satisfy the appetite by enjoy the
verities of delicious Himalayan cuisines and specialities
including “Momos”, “Thukpas”, Sael Roti and mood making
local wine called Chhaang and Tongba. So in short,
Darjeeling tourism has everything that makes the vacation a
complete package packed with fun delights, thrill, adventure
and lots of happiness.
Darjeeling : The town and hill station of Darjeeling
lies in northern West Bengal, India. Darjeeling district
lies between 26° 31' and 27° 13' north latitude and between
87° 59' and 88° 53' east longitude.
Altitude : Comprising mainly of mountain terrain,
Darjeeling stands at a height of 2134m (7053 ft) on a
Area : Darjeeling town covers an area of 11.44 sq. kms.
Population : About 100,000.
Languages spoken :
English, Nepali, Hindi, Tibetan and Bengali.
Climate : Almost every year Darjeeling's temperature
drops below freezing during the Winter season, from November
to February. In Summer, Darjeeling is delightfully cool with
the maximum temperature reaching about 20°C.
Rainfall : Rain falls mostly during months from June
to September. The annual recorded rainfall in Darjeeling is
Clothing : Light woollen for summer and heavy
woollens for winter.
Best months to visit : March to mid-June and
September to mid-December.
Darjeeling the quaint little town is located in the cozy and
inviting lap of the Kanchan Junga. It is a picturesque town
studded with inviting natural beauty, exciting tourist
places and amazing sightseeing attractions that engulf the
heart of every single visitor with delightful memories.
Darjeeling is visited by thousands and hundreds of tourist
all the year round and so there is an easy and comfortable
means of transportation facilities. Reaching Darjeeling is
very easy but still tourists and travellers always have the
doubt how to reach Darjeeling. So below the brief
description about how to reach Darjeeling by the means of
transportations are mentioned below:
Reaching Darjeeling by means of air is one of the convenient
and easy methods. Bagdogra is the nearest airport located at
the distance of around 90 kms from Darjeeling. From here
regular taxis and cabs runs that make the accessibility much
easier and comfortable.
Darjeeling is well connected by the railways from all the
important cities and town of India. The Northern Railway
connects Darjeeling and the nearest railhead is NJP New
Jalpaiguri. From here local taxis connect to Darjeeling
which is around a journey of 3 hours. You can also enjoy the
train toy journey right from Siliguri to Darjeeling.
Travelling by Road is one of the easiest and more convenient
means to reach Darjeeling. From Bagdogra and NJP railway
station regular taxis ply that connect plains to the
Himalayan region of Darjeeling. The journey of three hours
from the plains of Siliguri to the Himalayan region of
Darjeeling is full of adventure, thrill and happiness.
Located at the height of 6982 ft from the sea level,
Darjeeling is a picturesque town known mostly for its
evergreen natural surrounding and exciting tourist
attractions. It is the land where the nature rules and so is
the reason; tourist all the year round flocks in huge number
to enjoy holidays in this blissful and heavenly land of
Darjeeling also lovingly called Queen of Hills.
Well Darjeeling weather is cool and pleasant all the year
round. Due to its pleasant weather conditions, this hill
town was the summer capital during the time of the British
Raj. The balmy summer starts from April and last till the
end of May. In this month tourists from the plains come in a
huge number to escape the scorching summer May and June, as
the temperature in Darjeeling even during the peak summer
season ranges 20 degree centigrade to 25 degree centigrade.
After summer season the Darjeeling experiences monsoon
season and during this time the life in this town takes a
break. The heavenly drizzle paralysed the hill tourism and
tourists hardly come here as it becomes very difficult to
travel to the tourist’s places. Monsoon season in Darjeeling
starts from June and lasts till September.
After that slowly the town slips towards winter season. In
October the weather is fair and bit cold while the whole of
Darjeeling gets in a jubilious mood busy preparing for the
Grand Dusshera and Diwali festival. After the celebration in
Darjeeling gets over, the winter arrives making the Weather
in Darjeeling cold and from December till February mid it is
freezing cold. Sometimes in between there is a heavy
snowfall which brings sharp downfalls in the temperature.
After all, Darjeeling is a Himalayan town and so weather is
bit cold and so it is advisable to the tourists to carry
woollen cloth even if you are travelling during the summer
season. Woollen cloths and warm jackets are mandatory for
tourists visiting Darjeeling during the winter season.
Places of Interest
Entering Darjeeling is like travelling back in time to the
days of the British Raj, a vertical Victorian London - like
town populated with oriental faces. Church spires and brick
chimneys dominate the skyline.
Dhoom Gompa, Darjeeling:
About 8 kms from Darjeeling is the Dhoom Gompa. Here a very
beautiful statue of the Maitrayie Buddha is established. The
Monastery has also preserved some of the rare handwritten
The Mall is Darjeeling's popular commercial street. It is
lined with Tibetans selling hand-knitted sweaters and
souvenir shops chock-full of Himalayan artifacts and both
real and imitation antiques. Photo shops carry
turn-of-the-century photos as well as specialising in
hand-painted black and white prints with glowing oil colours.
The Mall leads to Chaurasta, a square, which doubles as a
bandstand, a pony riding arena for children and a haven for
The Chowrasta, meaning crossroad, is a hive of commercial
activity. The Mall Road originates and culminates at the
Chowrasta. This is the heart of Victorian Darjeeling. Here
hotels, restaurants and shops brush against each other. The
shops and stalls are a veritable paradise for souvenir
collectors. The Bhutanese sellers display their wares.
Woollen garments, tribal ornaments, Thankas, rosaries, brass
statuettes and Gorkha daggers are kept on display for sale.
Foreign goods are also available in some shops. Local
handicrafts are much in demand.
The oldest site in Darjeeling is Observatory Hill, known
locally as “Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan”. According to legend, a Red
Hat Buddhist Monastery called Dorje Ling, or 'place of the
Thunderbolt', stood at this very spot. The Nepalis destroyed
it in the 19th century. The Shivas and Buddhists share the
temple that stands there today.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute:
A spot not to be missed is the Himalayan Mountaineering
Institute created by the late Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who
conquered Mt Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953.
A display of equipment used on the climb is one of the
highlights. A zoological garden nearby has an assortment of
wildlife such as yaks, Siberian tigers and red pandas who
call the region their home.
Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway:
At North Point about 3-km from the town, this is the first
passenger ropeway in India. For reservation of ropeway seats
please contact - officer in-charge, Darjeeling Rangeet
Valley Ropeway Station, North Point, Darjeeling. Regular
share taxi service is available from Market Motor and Taxi
Stand is to the Ropeway Station.
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Tibetan Refuge Camp:
The area in and around Darjeeling is a treasure chest of
interesting destinations. The Tibetan Refugee self-help
scheme produces traditional artifacts, jewellery and carpets
for tourist consumption.
Lloyd's Botanical Garden:
Lloyd's Botanical Garden displays a fine collection of
Himalayan fauna for those with an interest, and for punters
there is horseracing at Lebong, the smallest and highest
racecourse in the world.
Situated at an altitude of 2,590m (8,482 ft.) and 13-km from
the town, this spot has earned international fame for the
magnificent view of the sunrise over "Kanchenjunga" and the
great Eastern Himalayan Mountains. Even Mount Everest, the
world's highest peak, is visible from here.
Phalut & Sandakphu:
A week's smallest-trip of Phalut and Sandakphu will get one
within reach of the high peaks; for the onlooker it affords
a more spectacular panorama than at Tiger Hill. Giant
flowering Rhododendron trees, a pointillism of reds pinks
and whites Dwarfs comprise of the en route trail. On
attaining heights of over 3,048m, one is surrounded by
skeletal trees devoid of leaves and branches, which are
especially eerie when the clouds roll in and envelop the
Further afield, in Pashupati on the Nepal border, one can
purchase foreign goods at reasonable prices, view wildlife
such as the endangered one-horned Rhino, Deer, Gaur, and
wild boar while seated atop an Elephant's back at Jaldapara
Game Park; learn of the Lepcha legend at the confluence of
the Teesta and Ranjeet Rivers; relive Kalimpong's past glory
as a trading post by visiting the market filled with
traditional Tibetan medicine, spices, musk, wool and silk;
or for the truly adventurous-hire some ponies and a crew and
take to the hills.
Kurseong is mid-way between Siliguri and Darjeeling. The way
from Darjeeling to Kurseong is generally open through out
the year. So, the toy train is not coming to Siliguri then
one can come up to Kurseong. This place is equally beautiful
and is full of natural splendour.
Mirik is 52-km from Siliguri and 55-km from the nearest
Airfield of Bagdogra. Mirik is being developed as a new hill
station in the mountains. Tea estates, orange orchards and
cardamom plantations surround Mirik. It has all the
facilities to fulfill the needs of a tourist.
Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri:
The twin Cities of Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri are the
departure point to Darjeeling, Sikkim and the North Eastern
States. Being the nodal point this place has become very
busy and crowded. Siliguri also acts as a transit point for
Nepal. Tourists come to Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri mainly
to change bus or catch trains. Kalimpong:
Kalimpong is within Darjeeling province and is a
sub-division of Darjeeling. It is a small but bustling town
in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal - Kalimpong is at
an altitude of 1,250m. This bazaar town was originally a
part of Bhutan but later it was taken over by the British
and finally it settled down with West Bengal.
Batasia Loop, Darjeeling
This railway loop is an interesting example of engineering.
At this loop the toy train takes a very unique turn. This
loop is just five kilometer from the main town of
Darjeeling. This place also has a very good market where you
can buy the purses, bags and other decorative items made by
the local women at very reasonable price.
Happy Valley Estate, Darjeeling
We all start our day with tea but we seldom know how the tea
is processed. Here one can watch the tea from the gardens
being processed. One can spent a few hours here. Entry is
only allowed to persons who have permission from any officer
of the estate.
Natural History Museum, Darjeeling
A great place to be at, for all those who have great
interest in knowing about the history.The museum has a
collection of over 4300 specimen . Established in 1903, this
natural history museum packs in its folds a rich collection
of fauna found in the Himalayas and in Bengal. Among the
attractions are included the estuarine crocodiles. This
unique museum also has a good collection of butterflies. The
mineral forms of various stones are displayed in a very
attractive manner in the museum.
Kanchenjunga View, Darjeeling
From Darjeeling one can have the best, uninterrupted view of
the worlds third highest peak. Bhan Bhakta Sarani provides
one of the enthralling views of these snow capped peaks. The
Chowrasta also gives you a good sight to the Kanchenjunga
Darjeeling Zoological Gardens
The zoo is situated two kms form the main town. This
zoological garden of Darjeeling houses some of the rare
species of animals and birds. This is the only zoo in India
having the Siberian Tigers. Apart from these the rare Red
Panda is also there. The Snow Leopards, Great Grey Birds,
Snow Yaks are some the animals which are attracting tourist
in great numbers.
Observatory Hills, Darjeeling
This point provides one of the breathtaking views of
Kanchenjunga peaks. This place is also very sacred for the
Hindus and the Buddhists as there are temples and
monasteries at this place. The Kali temple is decorated with
the colorful flags. Be aware of the monkey groups as some
them are very aggressive.
Botanical Gardens, Darjeeling
This place is worth a visit for its exotic and exclusive
collection of a variety of Himalayan plants, flowers and
orchids. This place is near the Darjeeling taxi stand. The
gardens also has a green house.
Monasteries in around Darjeeling generate tremendous
interest among visitors, be it in the form of architectural
extravagance or the spiritual message embodied in them.
Bhutia Busty Monasteries, Darjeeling
Founded in 1879, this monastery follows the Vajrayana school
of both Kargyud and Nijingmapa order, known as red hat.
Samten Choling Monasteries, Darjeeling
This Monasteries belongs to the Gelukpa sect of Vajrayana
Buddhism, also known as the yellow hat. This is the seat of
ven. Dromo Geshe rinpoche, the second. A 26 ft. tall stupa
has been built recently in memory of Lama Anagarika Govinda,
a great scholar from Germany well known for his book on