A honeymoon in Darjeeling provides the perfect backdrop with Kanchenjunga looming over quaint homestays and is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India. This article delves into our favourite things to do and places to visit when on a honeymoon in Darjeeling!
Top Things to Do When on a Honeymoon in Darjeeling:
1. Visit Ghoom MonasteryFounded in 1875, Yiga Choelig, otherwise known as the Ghoom monastery, is one of the oldest remaining Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Darjeeling. The temple contains sacred Buddhist scriptures and is also well-known for a 15 ft high statue of Buddha. Share the sight of the brightly coloured temple and its bright gold detailing with your loved one.
Timings:12:00 AM - 12:00 PM daily
Address:Yiga Choeling Monastery, PO Ghoom, District Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park a specialized zoo renowned for its success in its breeding programs of critically endangered Himalayan animals. There are red pandas, snow leopards, Tibetan wolves, and other Himalayan animals under the protection of the zoo. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to marvel at these majestic and rare mountain animals with your beloved during your honeymoon in Darjeeling.
Timings:- 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Entry Fees: Indian and SAARC nationals - INR 20 per person, Foreigners - INR 50, Camera - 10 INR
3. Meditate at the Peace Pagoda
The Peace Pagoda is a monument to the values of Buddhist tolerance of all races and religions, and the elegant beauty of it is sure to inculcate these virtues in both you and your loved one. Located less than a 10-minute drive away from the center of Darjeeling town, this tranquil monument is a must-visit for all happy couples.
Timings: 4:30 AM - 6:30 PM daily
Address: West Point, Darjeeling, West Bengal
4. Walk Through Happy Valley Tea Estate
Take a romantic stroll through the lush tea estates of Darjeeling and go on a guided tour of one of Darjeeling’s oldest and largest tea estates. Spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Himalayas and the vibrant green tea plantations ensure that this is no ordinary tea plantation visit. Guided tours give visitors a unique insight into how the world-famous Darjeeling tea is farmed, cultivated, and finally processed. No honeymoon in Darjeeling would be complete without purchasing some of this Internationally-acclaimed tea at the factory boutique to take some home.
Timings: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tour Prices: INR 100 per person
5. Watch the Sunrise at Tiger Hill
A short 13 km drive away from Darjeeling, watch the sunrise with your spouse from the summit of Tiger Hill as both Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest come to life. This is one of the most recommended experiences during a honeymoon in Darjeeling!
6. Step Back in Time on Darjeeling’s ‘Toy Train’
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway runs for about 90km and is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It snakes up between Siliguri and Darjeeling offering spectacular views of the mighty Himalayan mountains. The experience of riding in a steam engine built first in the late 1800s will surely keep you talking about your honeymoon in Darjeeling.
Ticket prices: Diesel Engine Rides: INR 805/-. All first class seats.
Steam Engine Rides: INR 1,405/-. All first class seats.
7. Ride a Yak at Tsogmo Lake
Take your honeymoon in Darjeeling to the next level, literally, by visiting one of the highest lakes in India. Situated above an altitude of more than 12,000 feet, Lake Tsongmo becomes a frozen wonderland during the winter season and is a popular destination for tourists looking to experience snow. The lake reflects different colours during the different seasons of the year. Take a yak ride along the beautiful lake and immerse yourself in the stunning mountain landscape as you and your partner get a unique perspective of the area.
8. Shopping for Local Handicrafts at Mall Road
Chowrasta or Mall Road in Darjeeling begins at a junction of four roads, rounds Observatory Hill, and comes back in a loop to the beginning of Mall Road once more. The lifeblood of the town of Darjeeling, Mall Road sees many locals doing their morning exercises and beginning their day here. Vendors selling aloo dum and the many benches spread out through the roads allow anybody to take a moment and breathe in the crisp mountain air. Many small kiosks selling local handicraft and artisanal work populate the side of Mall Road, making it the perfect place to shower yourself and your loved one with gifts as souvenirs of your honeymoon in Darjeeling.
9. Take a Stroll Along Lover's Road
With a name like Lover’s Road, it would be remiss for a honeymooning couple not to take this beautiful walk. Panoramic views of the Kanchenjunga range are sprinkled through this 3 km narrow mud road that skirts the side of a steep hill. Named Lover’s Road for the scores of local teenage sweethearts that frequent this walk, it is a chance to share a quiet and intimate walk with your loved one. Beginning near the Ropeway Station and continuing until the Tibetan Refugee Centre.
Which of these activities would you visit on your honeymoon in Darjeeling? Let us know in the comments below!