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Jaw-dropping locales, mesmerising sunrises, the untouched beauty of the hills, the old-world charm of the past, and the welcoming smiles of the local people all add up to make Darjeeling one of the most beautiful hill stations in Eastern part of India. Spread over a steep mountain ridge, nestled amidst acres of lush green tea plantations, Darjeeling stands at the height of 2,050 meters above sea level, thus boasting of cool climes all year round. This scenic hill station is the perfect getaway for a romantic honeymoon and is just around 700 kilometres away from Kolkata.
A respite from the hot and humid summers of India, Darjeeling is a popular tourist destination in North-East India. Providing a heady mixture of splendid tea gardens on rolling mountain slopes, meandering toy train rides through the picturesque city, and delectable traditional Tibetan cuisine, Darjeeling works wonders to cater to the gorgeous panorama of the Himalayas.
There is a reason the city is known as the 'Queen of the Himalayas'. The lush green slopes dotted with women plucking tea leaves is a sight as mesmerising as no other. There are over 86 tea estates in Darjeeling that are responsible for producing the worldwide famous 'Darjeeling Tea'. Have a cup of locally brewed chai at the tea estate, or get down amidst the plantations to pluck a few tea leaves yourself, you are free to take your pick!
A previous summer capital of India under the British Raj, Darjeeling has come off age as one of the most sought after hill stations in India. Famous for its beautiful tea plantations and the quality of Darjeeling tea, Darjeeling is a delight for all kind of tourists. The toy train established back in 1881, still runs in this part and is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Beautiful colonial architecture including mansions and churches dot this little beautiful town. Filled with people from Tibet, Nepal, nearby Indian states and the Gorkhas, Darjeeling is brimming with cultural diversity. The third highest peak in the world and the highest in India, the Kanchenjunga peak is clearly visible from here and you can enjoy a panoramic view of the peak. Some of Darjeeling's most popular attractions include monasteries, botanical gardens, a zoo, and the Darjeeling-Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway cable car which happens to be the longest Asian cable car. Darjeeling is a wonderful place to walk around and explore the tea estates, villages, and markets.
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The weather is often pleasant there so picking an appropriate time for a trip will be easy. You can watch the sunrise and sunset from behind snow-capped mountains. I recommend finding appropriate drinks to keep you warm if you are a teetotaler; and using the Toy Train for sight seeing for the quintessential hillstation experience.
Darjeeling completely justice its other name, "Queen of hill stations" as it serves one with lush green hills, beautiful serene monasteries, tea plantations and amazing toy train running in between the hills. Having the Cuppa Tea in Darjeeling is priceless. Famous cafes to visit are the Gatty's cafe, Sonam's kitchen and Foodsteps.
- Avoid going to Darjeeling during monsoon season so you can get clear views of the magnificient viewpoints.
Awesome place, just loved every bit about it. From reaching there to enjoying the view was mind blowing loved the view from Batasia Loop and Tiger hill. Will soon visit again.. Check out my video on where I cover all the points of Darjeeling - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cFxYkoEKyU
Darjeeling is a backpacker's delight, an unembellished canvas of natural beauty. Once I visited this place, it only took me seconds to fall in love with the "Queen of the Hills." The first thing I did was that I woke up before the crack of dawn and made my way to Tiger Hill to witness the most spectacular sunrise ever. Next up was Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, aptly nicknamed the "toy train," which is no less than a fairytale ride covering 13 stations. Do visit the Darjeeling Zoo which houses many endangered species seldom seen anywhere else in the country. I also enjoyed touring the Glenburn, Makabari and Happy Valley tea factories wherein I got to taste the Darjeeling tea often called the "champagne of teas."
Close to Siliguri which is well connected by rail and air. Excellent view of Kanchenjunga. Colonial heritage. Good food.
Slightly congested and traffic jams. Gets crowded in peak seasons.