Discover this hill station and you will forget the way to your home! Darjeeling has so much to offer that you will get lost in those emerald green tea farms and would never like to go back. When it comes to where to go and what to do in Darjeeling the list is endless. Darjeeling goes beyond a list of attractions.
What is Darjeeling famous for?
Darjeeling is a beautiful hilly district of West Bengal. It is around 7000 feet above sea level. It is famous for its tea and its Himalayan railway, which has a steam engine train still running and its a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
What language do they speak in Darjeeling?
The official language of this district is Nepali while the official state language (of West Bengal) is Bengali. More than 50% of the people speak Nepali. Almost all understand and speak Hindi as well. Another great attraction of Darjeeling is its varieties of local ethnic foods.
Darjeeling: Sip the most Tasteful tea Over the edge of beautiful hill station
A city popular for its wonderful tea gardens and of course the tea is gorgeously beautiful in all its ways. Darjeeling is more like a beautiful poem curated with love and words that would remain in your head and heart forever. The hills, the steam engine train and the lush green gardens will leave you at the utmost peace you have always been looking for!
The magnificent tea gardens on the slopes of rolling foothills, the orchids, pines & rhododendrons, the charming Himalayan toy train finding its way into the mountains coupled with great sightseeing tours, food, shopping and other exciting activities, there’s so much that this stunning town has to offer.
Explore as much as you can around the town but here are some of the best places that are must visit on your Darjeeling tour.
1. Tiger Hill
Tiger hill looks stunning at those peak hours of sunrise and sunset. The way the sunlight falls on those snow-capped peaks of Kanchenjunga, it gets illuminated it in sumptuous colours, that makes for the landscape look naturally wonderful. These snow-capped hills amongst cotton clouds are the best possible view one can imagine. Experience nature at its best as you breathe the freshest air on your way to Summit nearby.
2. Batasia Loop
Batasia loop is a narrow gauge railway track where the Toy Train passes by taking a sharp descent towards Ghoom. At this point, it’s a scenic luxury. This place will leave you stunned with manicured gardens, streams and falls, from where you can get a wide view of the Darjeeling’s landscape, Kanchenjunga snow peaks and the other Eastern Himalayan tops.
3. Happy Valley Tea Estate
Get used to with the tea estates as this is something you will see almost everywhere around the town. After all you are in the city of tea! Happy Valley is definitely a place to stop by as it is one of the most famous tea estates in Darjeeling that was established by British planters in 1854 and it is inhabited only 3 KM away from the lower town.
Wouldn’t you like to know the overall story of the origin of tea plantation in this city? If yes, then go ahead you are at the right place.
You will be amazed to know that many tea bushes here are older than your grandmother. Yes! Some of the tea bushes here are 100 years old and looks younger than you. Puns aside, the vast expanses of lush green tea gardens over the slopes of hills are literally the best thing to see here!
4. Kanchenjunga Hill
Experience the mesmerising beauty and high ranges while trekking to this hill station. If you are an enthusiastic mountaineering expert or love to trek, the slopes and heights of Kanchenjunga are sure to make you feel high! For the factual part, it is the third highest mountain in the world at an altitude of 8586 meters. Though serenity and adventure can’t go hand in hand, Kanchenjunga is also known for its regular avalanches and thunderstorms.
5. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Another hot-spot amongst many places to visit in Darjeeling, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is historically magnificent. It looks like an old movie where a steam engine chugging on one of the world’s oldest and highest train route with magnanimous and serene snow-capped mountains in the backdrop, passing into numerous stations and tunnels, and offering breath-taking views of the enormous Himalayas is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
6. Observatory Hill
One of the popular and oldest tourist place in Darjeeling is Observatory Hill. It is commonly called as MAKAL-BABU-KO-THAAN. You will be fascinated by the very interesting story the people tell about this hill. They say that there used to be a legend Lord Indra’s (Dorje) who believed that the symbol of his thunderbolt has fallen at the place where the Observatory Hill now stands. Darjeeling thus descends its name from the Tibetan words ‘Dorje’ and ‘ling’.
Know the whole story on your trip to Darjeeling.
7. Dow Hill
4 KM away from the beautiful Kurseong town, the famous hill station Dow Hill is quite a place! Filled with attractions like Deer Park, Forest Museum and a mini amusement park, Dow Hill is fun. The Forest museum is carefully managed by the assigned forest department keeping all the insights of flora and fauna that existed in the area.
Beyond the topmost hills and tea estates, Darjeeling offers a beautiful package filled with endless ways to keep you at peace. Get delighted by the best foods, best views and of course the best cup of tea!
How many days are enough for Darjeeling?
5 to 7 Days are sufficient to have a leisure time in Darjeeling and around Gangtok. Keep Darjeeling in the beginning and Gangtok later in the loop of your trip. 2 days in Darjeeling and 2 days in Gangtok are enough for sightseeing. Nathula,Changu lake is just a one day tour from Gangtok.
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How can I reach Darjeeling? Or How to reach Darjeeling from Delhi
The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra which is approximately 95 km away from the city. There are some direct flights from the cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati to Darjeeling. From the airport, one can reach the city by hiring taxis. It will take almost 3 hours to reach Darjeeling from the airport.
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Embrace yourself, travellers!