Darjeeling, also known as the “Queen of the Hills” is a municipal town and headquarters of Darjeeling district of the state of West Bengal. It is located at the height of 6710 feet in the Lesser Himalayan Ranges. Darjeeling is a beautiful Hill Station which still retains the old world charm and provides an enchanting view of the snow clad mighty Kangchenjunga Peak. The place has numerous tea gardens in the area which make the look of the place picture perfect.
The British had established a cantonment and a sanatorium at this majestic hill station in the mid-19th century.
How to reach?
Darjeeling is well connected by road. The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra (IXB) which is located at a distance of 90 km. New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest Railway Station on the broad gauge and is located 88 km from Darjeeling. Darjeeling can be reached by a narrow gauge railway line (Darjeeling Himalayan Railway) or toy train from NJP. Siliguri is the nearest town on the National Highway 55, and it is 77 km away from Darjeeling. Gangtok, the capital of the state of Sikkim, is a 4-hour drive from Darjeeling. Thus a trip to Darjeeling can be combined with a visit to the picturesque Gangtok.
Best time to Visit
Darjeeling has Temperate Climate, and the place is lashed with heavy rains during the monsoons. The place gets rains for about 120 days in a year. The best time to visit Darjeeling is March to mid-June and October to December. Some tourists who enjoy the rains, visit the place during the rainy season also to roam around amongst the clouds and mist which make the place magical.
Clothes to be carried
Heavy woolen clothes must be carried for a visit to Darjeeling in winters. Summer clothes with light woolens are suitable for a visit during other seasons. A raincoat or umbrella must be taken during the rainy season.
Places to visit
Darjeeling is a small hill town with extreme scenic beauty. The place also has several tourist attractions located in proximity. Some of the places of tourist interest in and around Darjeeling are as follows:
Tiger Hill It is the highest point in the area providing an enchanting view of Kangchenjunga and Mt. Everest.
Ghoom Monastery It is an old Buddhist monastery which houses some rare, handwritten Buddhist texts.
Senchal Lake The lake is the source of drinking water for the Darjeeling town. Located around 10 km away, it is a very popular picnic spot for tourists.
Darjeeling Zoo The Zoo is a very popular tourist spot, and it is famous for snow yaks and Siberian tigers.
Chowrasta (Darjeeling Mall) In the center of the town, located on top of Nehru Road is a flat land that offers breathtaking views. The place is lined with pine trees on one side and boutique shops on the other. It is a beautiful lounging place in the town for visitors and locals alike.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) It is a one of a kind mountaineering institute housing a museum and also artifact shops. It is a must visit place for all mountain climbers and persons interested in the sport.
Local Population or demography Nepali-speaking Gorkhas are the main inhabitants of Darjeeling. Other demographic denominations include Marwaris, Anglo-Indians, Chinese, Biharis, Tibetans and Bengalis. People of the area speak English, Hindi, Nepalese and Bengali.
Darjeeling is famous for Tea, Teak, Tourism, Toy Train, Tiger Hill and is considered a Trekkers’ Paradise.
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