Darjeeling is located at an altitude of 6,700 feet high in West Bengal, India. Darjeeling, which is located at 6,700 feet in the Indian state of West Bengal, is cold year-round. It is known for its beauty, tea, and railways. The stunning beauty of Kanchenjunga, Darjeeling’s highest peak, and the sunrise at Tiger Hill are just a few of the many tourist attractions that draw thousands of tourists every year to Darjeeling.
Darjeeling has many places of interest
Tiger Hill: This is the view from Tiger Hill of the stunning sunset. Tourists should not miss the chance to view Kanchenjunga’s magnificent view from Tiger Hill. For extra tourists, the daily limit on tourist vehicles has been increased.
Batasia Loop: This gigantic railway loop is located about 5km from Darjeeling. It’s a circular track that allows the Toy train to make a 360-degree turn. Batasia Loop is a park where the Toy Train travels in a loop-like pattern. You can see Darjeeling from Batasia Loop, with the Kanchanjunga (and other snow-capped mountains) as the background.
Darjeeling Toy Train: The Darjeeling Himalayan Rail is a small steam-engine powered toy train that travels from New Jalpaiguri along the twisting roads and bends in Darjeeling. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Darjeeling. The train ride is a magical experience in Darjeeling. In many movies, you will see amazing scenes of the train. Darjeeling has been elevated to a new level by this toy train.
Darjeeling Zoo: Also known as Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling Zoo. You can see the Himalayan snow leopard, Himalayan Wolf, Leopard, Black Bear, and Red Panda in this zoo. There are also rare birds and reptiles. Tourists will also enjoy the Wildlife Museum.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute: This institute is recognized as one of the most respected mountaineering institutions in the world. Its primary purpose was to encourage people to climb. Here, mountaineers from all walks of the globe come to learn their skills. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is now a popular tourist destination. It is truly amazing to see Kanchenjunga from this place, which is the third highest peak in the world.
Happy Valley Tea State: This is the second oldest tea garden in Darjeeling. It was established in 1854. This tea garden has panoramic views over Darjeeling. You can also see the tea-making process. You can also buy tea leaves and have your tea here if you wish.
Pagodas & Monasteries: The Ghum Monastery and other famous pagodas are both in Darjeeling. This ancient temple is located at an elevation of approximately 10,000 feet above sea level and has a 15-foot tall Buddhist statue. It would be a great honor to see the Peace Pagoda, which consists of four Buddhist statues. This symbol of peace is well-known. Many Japanese Buddhist Monasteries will be able to view pagodas and monasteries built in traditional Japanese style.
If time allows, you can also visit Darjeeling Ropeway (the memorial to Tenzing-Rock, the first Everest conqueror), Tibetan Self-Help Center, and the Darjeeling Gorkha Stadium. Also, see the Ava Art Gallery. Dirdaham Temple, Rock Garden, and many other places.
The best time to travel to Darjeeling
Darjeeling’s best weather is between April and June, and October to December. These six months are the best time to visit Darjeeling. You will also see an amazing view of Darjeeling during the monsoon. There is greenery everywhere and incredible mountain rain.
How to reach Darjeeling
By Train: New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station to Darjeeling. It connects the city to all major regions of the country. You can take a train from many cities, including Kolkata, Delhi, and Guwahati as well as Mumbai, Bengaluru (Bhubaneshwar), Guwahati, and Chennai. It takes approximately 90km to get from New Jalpaiguri, India, to Darjeeling by road. Available from New Jalpaiguri Station: Reserved or shared car
By Air: Bagdogra, the closest airport to Darjeeling, is served by several daily flights departing from Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Guwahati. It takes 3 hours to drive from Bagdogra, India, to Darjeeling.
By Road: Darjeeling has good connections to major cities nearby such as Gangtok and Siliguri. It takes approximately 14 hours to get from Darjeeling to Kolkata, which is 651km away.
Darjeeling Tour Plan.
Day 1: Arrive in New Jalpaiguri/ Siliguri/ Bagdogra, and then drive to Darjeeling. Check-in at your hotel upon arrival in Darjeeling. Afternoon, visit the famous Darjeeling Mall. Night stay in Darjeeling
Day 2: The reserve car will take you to the major off-beat attractions near Darjeeling after breakfast. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant. In the evening return to your hotel. Do your shopping or any other activity. Get to bed earlier.
Day 3: Visit Tiger Hill early in the morning. Enjoy the stunning view of Kanchenjunga (3rd highest mountain in the World) from the top. You can then take a look around to see if there are any other sights or visit Rock Garden. In the evening, return to the hotel.
Day 4: The day of Return
Where to stay at Darjeeling
Darjeeling offers a wide range of homestays and hotels. Hotel Elgin is one of the most popular Darjeeling hotels.
You can also choose to stay in homestays such as Hidden Wood Homestay, Suma Aavaas Farm and Homestay, or Chammun Homestay. These homestays are very popular. The Darjeeling Tea Estate Bungalow is also available.
Restaurants in Darjeeling.
Among the restaurants in Darjeeling, you will find Thai, Indian or Bengali food as well as local food of Darjeeling in restaurants like Keventers, Kunga, Hasty Tasty, Penang, Sonams Kitchen, Glenary’s, Shangri-La, Lunar. Darjeeling’s popular local dishes are “Gandrak” (fermented mustard leaves), “Momo” (meat or vegetable cake), “Thupka” (meat, noodles, egg, and vegetable soup), and “Chang” (local beer). And of course, don’t forget to drink a cup of Darjeeling tea and eat Darjeeling’s oranges. Some best Darjeeling tea brands, Goodrick, Tata, Vahdam, etc.
You will find several shops and markets along Laden-La Road, Darjeeling. These markets offer a safe place to buy winter clothing, gloves, mufflers, and sweaters as well as Nepali shawls. Shares are also available. Leather shoes are also available. You can also purchase souvenirs.
Darjeeling Tea Estates – It is cheaper to buy tea leaves from an estate than from your local shop. You’ll get tea leaves of various grades at lower prices, and also enjoy lower prices.
These are some travel tips for Darjeeling.
When visiting a hilltop tourist spot, wear sandals or slippers of good quality.
You will find better products and less chance of cheating if you shop at a large shopping mall or market in Darjeeling.
The peak season is full of tourists so it’s important to book your hotel well in advance.
Before you book a Darjeeling hotel room, make sure that the hotel has hot water and a heater.
Darjeeling should be kept as clean as possible. When you visit the zoo, please do not disturb any animals.
Darjeeling Rock Gardens is quite far from food restaurants so you may want to bring your own food.
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