Darjeeling Tourism

Visit Darjeeling, India – Queen of hills

Darjeeling is a charming blend of cultures and landscapes, nestled in the Himalayas. Its international atmosphere is evident in its architecture, markets, and people, reflecting influences from the British Raj, Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Exploring Darjeeling is best done on foot, starting with Observatory Hill for panoramic views. Walk down Chowrasta Mall for shops and cafés, and visit Bhotia Market for Tibetan goods. Don’t miss the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre for crafts and a glimpse into Tibetan life. To the north lies the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, founded by Tenzing Norgay, offering insights into mountain climbing history. For stunning views of the Everest range, head to Tiger Hill at dawn. One of Darjeeling’s highlights is the Darjeeling Mountain Railway, a historic toy train route. Ride it to Ghoom for picturesque vistas and a glimpse of its steam locomotive in action.

The optimal times to visit Darjeeling are during two distinct seasons. The first, from October to November, offers comfortable temperatures and clear skies, ideal for enjoying views of the Himalayas. The second season, from late February to May, marks the end of winter and the beginning of warmer weather. However, it’s best to avoid traveling to Darjeeling during June to early September due to the monsoon season, which brings heavy rainfall.

Darjeeling tours showcase a charming town nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, renowned for its bustling bazaars and stunning views of the sunrise over Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain globally. Established by the British in 1835 as their first hill station, Darjeeling quickly became famous for its tea industry, with opportunities for tea walks and tours, including visits to the picturesque Glenburn Tea Estate. Perched on a ridge, Darjeeling offers breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas, best enjoyed aboard the century-old Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, affectionately known as the toy train. Don’t miss visiting Ghoom Monastery, dating back to 1875, featuring a remarkable Maitreya statue. Nature enthusiasts will find paradise in the region’s abundant flora, with Lloyds Botanical Gardens boasting over 139 species of rhododendrons, magnolias, and orchids. Nearby Kalimpong is renowned for its orchids and monasteries, offering excellent opportunities for day walks.Darjeeling also serves as a gateway to Sikkim, a former independent kingdom renowned for its verdant valleys and snow-capped peaks, still retaining its distinctive charm.


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