About Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a town in the state of West Bengal located at the foothills of Himalayas. It is situated at the elevation of 6,700 feet and is the most beautiful hill station in the Eastern parts of India. Splendid tea gardens, mesmerizing sunrise points, delectable Tibetan cuisine and rolling mountain slopes makes it a must visit place for once in your lifetime.

Trivia: It is also known as the ‘The Queen of Himalayas’.
Why Go There: Cultural Heritage | Nature Walks | Architecture
Ideal For: Family | Friends | Solo Trips | Adventure Seekers | Trekking- Lovers
Things To Bring Back: Tibetan Masks, Bhutia Paintings, Toy Train Models, Thankas, Pashmeena Shawls, Khukri, Darjeeling Tea

Also Read: Things to Do in Darjeeling

Places To Visit In Darjeeling

10. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

The zoological park was established in 1958 and was named after the former governor of West Bengal, Padmaja Naidu. It houses a variety of wild animals and also some of the critically endangered species like Himalayan Wolf and Red Panda. Zoological Park is also known as ‘Darjeeling Zoo’ as it consists of many endangered species like Snow Leopard, Siberian Tiger, Yaks and much more. Also, you can enjoy the Himalayan flora at the zoo with your friends and family.

Distance from the city: 3 kms away
Time required: 1-2 hours
Best Time To Visit: All year round

9. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a 2-feet narrow gauge toy train that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling. It is an 88-kilometer-long railway line that was constructed in 1879-1881. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was declared the World Heritage Site on 2 December, 1991 by UNESCO. You can take a journey in this Toy Train and enjoy the sights of many beautiful hills, landscapes and local shops. The pace of the train is so slow that you can board or hop-on the train while its moving.

Distance from the city: 20 kms away
Time required: 1-2 hours
Best Time To Visit: All year round

8. Tiger Hill

Tiger Hills are situated at the elevation of 2590 meters above mean sea level. It offers the most splendid sunrise views where you can look at the illuminated peaks of Kanchenjunga. The snow-capped mountain view that seems to meet the cotton like clouds adds to a tourist’s experience. Thousands of tourists hover around to capture the glimpse of this pristine beauty.

Distance from the city: 22 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Best Time To Visit: Summers

7. Batasia Loop

Batasia Loop is the most picturesque train route of Darjeeling Himalayan Railways. It was initially created to reduce the gradient of mountain slope where train tracks are laid. Batasia Loop’s unmatched natural beauty is a wonderful sight that you can linger on later. It is once in a lifetime experience as the place consists of a plethora of local attractions like Eco Garden and War Memorial (Gorkha soldiers). It offers a charming view of the mountain slopes via the toy train.

Distance from the city: 3 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Best Time To Visit: November- March

6. Sandakphu Trek

Darjeeling Trek offers a scenic view of the four out of five highest peak in the world. You can enjoy Mt. Kanchenjunga, Everest, Makalu and Lhotse peaks and have a reviving experience.

Sandakphu Peak is situated at the height of 11,941 meters above mean sea level and is the highest peak in West Bengal. The trek is 51 kilo-meters long that stats from Manebhanjan. It is best suited for adventure seekers as it passes through different terrains, challenging valleys and the lush green gardens. These gardens consist of wild flowers that are poisonous in nature but their colorful sight is alluring. It is also called ‘mountain of poisonous plants’.

Distance from the city: 27 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Best Time To Visit: November- March

5. Himalyan Mountain Engineering Institute

Himalayan Mountain Engineering Institute is recognized as the best mountaineering institute in the world. It was established on 4th November, 1954 with a purpose to promote, enhance and support people to indulge in mountaineering. Besides the magnificent institute, it has become a tourist spot for people as it offers a picturesque view of the world’s highest peak, Kanchenjunga.

Distance from the city: 3 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Best Time To Visit: November- March

4. Singalila National Park

Singalila is the highest national park in West Bengal as it is situated at an altitude of more than 7000 feet above mean sea level. It is a paradise for trek-lovers and adventure seekers as it offers a route for trekking. The national park houses 120 different species of birds. Also, it consists other species of flora and fauna that makes it a perfect hotspot for wildlife enthusiasts. It is a safe place for animals as hunting, poaching and other activities that harms the region’s biodiversity is strictly prohibited.

Distance from the city: 20 kms away
Time required: 1-2 hours
Best Time To Visit: November-March and June- August

3. Monasteries

If you wish to experience the essence of Darjeeling, you should visit these monasteries as they have their own relevance.

  • Ghoom Monastry (statue of Maitreya Buddha)
  • Aloobari Gompa (oldest monastery)
  • Bhutia Busty Gompa (scenic views of mountain peaks)

Distance from the city: 2 kms away
Time required: 1-2 hours
Best Time To Visit: All year round

2. Happy Valley Tea Estate

The Happy Valley Tea Estate is situated at the height of 6800 feet and consists a wide expanse of 437 acres. It is the second oldest tea estate in the town with a history of tea plantation and production. The aroma of the tea invigorates a traveler and the lush green environment refreshes from within. You are allowed to take a tour in the factory with a guide who explains the process of tea production and manufacture. You can also buy Happy Valley Tea Products available at the shops.

Distance from the city: 2 kms away
Time required: 1-2 hours
Best Time To Visit: All year round

1.Bengal Natural History Museum

Bengal Natural History Museum is situated at the Zoological Park that consists of the preserved remains of various birds, reptiles, insects, fishes and much more. There are two sections of the museum, the basement and the ground floor. The museum also consists of a small library where one might find some interesting books about flora and fauna.

Distance from the city: 3 kms away
Time required: 1-2 hours
Best Time To Visit: All year round

Other Attractions That You Should Visit In Darjelling

  • Japanese Peace Pagoda
  • Rock Garden
  • Nightingale Park
  • Observatory Hill

How To Reach Darjeeling

Flight | Train | Road

Nearest Airport:
Bagdogra Airport (95 km away)
You can avail great deals on Flight tickets from: Goibibo Domestic Flights | Goomo | Musafir Flights 
Nearest Railway Station:
New Jalpaiguri Railway Station

Regular bus services operate from major cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Kochi, Bengaluru, etc. Buses can be easily availed as Darjeeling is a popular tourist destination.
You can book your bus tickets from: Mybustickets | Etravelsmart | Bobe

Where To Stay In Darjeeling

Hotel Sonar Bangla Darjeeling | Central Heritage Resort & Spa | Summit Grace Hotel

You can book your hotel and avail great deals by using: Trivago Coupons | Goibibo Hotel Coupons | MakeMyTrip Hotels Coupon Code 

Nearby Places To Visit (Weekend Getaways)

  • Gangtok (48 kms away)
  • Kalimpong (21 kms away)
  • West Sikkim (32 kms away)
  • Kurseong (17 kms away)
  • Mirik (18 kms away)
  • South Sikkim (18 kms away)
  • North Sikkim (58 kms away)
  • Jalpaiguri (74 kms away)

Hidden Gems

  • Street markets at Nehru road sell small souvenirs that you can take back home like curios, traditional boots, Khukri, jumpers, scarves and handicraft items
  • Goodricke Tea Estate offers different kind of tea with their usual aroma
  • Do not forget to gorge on the delicious momos from ‘Darjelling Momos’
  • Grab on some bottles of the local beer ‘Tongba’ at Teli Hotels

CashKaro Recommendation

  • Thukpa is the famous cuisine that contains diced vegetable and soup. Have a bowl of the soupy noodle at ‘Thukpa Noodle Soup’.
  • Do not forget to eat ‘Sael Roti and ‘Dum Aaloo’ at Teli Hotels.
  • You can buy dress material, clothes and household crafts from Chowk Bazaar.
  • Tirupati Handloom Emporium consists of different kinds of shawls, sweater and jackets

Most Fun Way To Travel

Darjeeling is well connected by road to most of the nearby cities. You can take your car and enjoy the scenic views of hill tops along the way. You can also take suitable halts to enjoy traditional Tibetan cuisine along the journey.

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