Darjeeling Tourism

Darjeeling - A tryst with the hills

If West Bengal is the dessert capital of the country, Darjeeling is the sweetest treasure of the state. Going right through the clouds in cable cars, with lush green tea estates below you, you will wish you had more than two eyes to take in the beauty of this town.

Darjeeling Tourism: A Quick View of the City 
State West Bengal
Official Language Nepali, Bengali and English
Dial Code 354
Population 1.32 Lakhs
Currency Indian Rupee (INR)
Time Zone UTC+05:30 (IST)
Area 10.57 square kms

Highlights of Darjeeling: Chaai pe charcha


Nature and wildlife

With its pristine beauty and the hills beckoning to you, you will want to explore and be a part of the picturesque vision of this town. Do not miss out on the sun-dipped, snow capped mountains of Kanchenjunga visible from locations such as Tiger Hill and Darjeeling War Memorial. With a height of 8586 metres, the Kanchenjunga mountain is the third highest in the world. In case you are looking for an adventure as soon as you get off the train at New Jalpaiguri, do head to the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary. You might just get lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Royal Bengal Tiger! For the bird watchers, you will get to see peacocks, parrots and green pigeons too. This place will present to you a mixture of rich flora and fauna of Darjeeling.


Cuisine

The local cuisine of Darjeeling comprises potatoes, rice and noodles. If you are somebody who feels too many spices overpower the original flavour of the food, you are in the right place. A plate of momos in the hills, accompanied with a hot, mustard and chilli sauce is a popular snack of Tibetan origin. However, the authenticity of this dish would be greater in Kunga at Gandhi Road; a small joint run by a Tibetan family. Another dish that you must try is Thukpa. You could call this dish food for the soul since it is a hot noodle soup mixed with egg, meat and vegetables. This dish is served in a huge bowl and is extremely filling.


Explore and shop

If you are curious about Darjeeling’s culture and lifestyle, head to the Mall Road.  Observe and walk amidst the locals and various shops on that road. If you are a tea enthusiast, do not miss out on the varieties of Darjeeling tea available at Golden Tips Tea and Nathmulls Tea.  You are free to explore the Mall Road any time from 8 am to 8 pm. If you are looking for a journey as beautiful as the destination, do drive up to the quiet and serene tourist spot, Mirik. Drive through beautiful rivers and endless green meadows. Give your body and mind some rest as you sit by the Sumendu lake. If you are looking to engage in some activities, boating and trekking are popular options. There are many trails that you could follow to explore the exquisite forests.

 

Interesting facts about Darjeeling: Pahaado mein chaai

  • With the number of tea estates that the town has, it is indeed a paradise to tea lovers. The aromatic Darjeeling tea will fill your senses even if you aren’t a tea connoisseur.
  • Did you know your favourite actor, Benedict Cumberbatch aka Sherlock Holmes, taught English in a Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling?
  • If you are an adventure enthusiast, do head to Teesta to participate in river rafting. Not for the faint hearted, the river has rapids ranging up to level four.
  • If you are or have been brave enough to climb Everest, do not be surprised to see your pictures hanging on the walls of the Everest Museum!
  • Darjeeling has an abundance of both flora and fauna. 

 

Location: In the embrace of hills

A quaint, little town amidst the hills, Darjeeling is in the northern parts of West Bengal. Set on the foothills of the lesser Himalayas, this city is bordered by the states of Sikkim, Bhutan and Nepal.

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Timings: Best time to visit

Though the climate remains temperate throughout the year, Darjeeling can be best enjoyed in the summer season. With temperatures ranging from 15C to 20C, the weather remains moderate and the skies are clear. March to June is the best time to visit this sweet treasure in case you are planning to go on a trek. However, if you would rather feel the cold breeze and droplets of rain caress your skin, as you take a ride on the toy train, visit during the months of June to September. If you want a view of the snow-capped mountain of Kanchenjunga, visit during the months of November to January.

 

How to get to Darjeeling: The beautiful valleys

By Road: Darjeeling is well connected to major cities such as Gangtok and Kalimpong. Kolkata is around 14 hours away from Darjeeling and many tourists come to the city from there because of its proximity. However, the nearest bus stand to Darjeeling is in Siliguri, 36 kms away.

By Rail: The closest railway station to Darjeeling is located at New Jalpaiguri. There are trains from major cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi and Bengaluru. Cabs and taxis are easily available from the station to Darjeeling.

 

By Air: The nearest airport to the hill town is Bagdogra airport, which is a three-hour drive from Darjeeling. Taxis and cabs are easily available from the airport to take you to Darjeeling. Keep an eye out for misty mountains and the lush greenery as you make your way to the town.

 

History of Darjeeling: The sweet treasure of West Bengal

 

An amalgamation of the two Tibetan words Dorze and Ling, this town, for the longest time, was a part of Sikkim. Soon enough, one third of the land was yielded to the British, after which they set up a sanatorium and a military depot. The town’s pleasant weather in the summer season proved to be a relief from the heat for British residents living in the plains. Soon enough commercial tea planting was initiated after which many tea planters settled in that region. The population soon started to increase. After Independence, Darjeeling remained in West Bengal, however the tea plantation industry was still thriving and continues to do so even today. 

 

Language Spoken

Nepali, Bengali and English

Currency used:

Indian Rupee (INR)

JUL-SEP 14oC
MAR-JUN 16oC
NOV-FEB 3oC

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Darjeeling Tourism Guide

With the spectacular views of Kanchenjunga and tea gardens, Darjeeling is a perfect gateway to experience the harmonious nature. Located in the Lower Himalayan Range in West Bengal, Darjeeling is a hill station that is devoid of the additional hustle-bustle of the tourists. After the purchase of Darjeeling tourism packages, you can explore the delectable food, small tours, adventures, and much more. Planning a day out to Gangtok from Darjeeling would be a great add-on program along with new Darjeeling tourism packages.
 
Darjeeling has many places to visit in its bucket list, some of which include Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Tiger Hill, Japanese Peace Pagoda, and Tenzing Rock. You can visit Happy Valley Tea Estate with affordable Darjeeling Tourism packages that equip you with an exciting experience of Darjeeling tourism. The view of the place while plucking of the tea leaves is in progress is breath-taking.
 
Tourists prefer to experience Darjeeling tourism in autumn and spring when the temperature is quite pleasant and skies are dry. Moreover, visiting this city in winters to experience Darjeeling Tourism can also be quite exciting. It depends on you to decide the best time to visit Darjeeling according to your plan.
 
Shopping is another exciting to do here with Darjeeling tourism packages. You can buy Tibetan curios and Buddha heads from Ghoom Monastery Market, cosmetics and clothes from Pashupati Nagar Market, and gifts, Nepalese woollen clothes, jackets and much more from Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre. Street shopping at Batasia Loop Market is another best and one of the interesting things to do in Darjeeling. Not only this, but you can also reach this market located along the train track around nine in the morning and see the toy train or popularly known as Darjeeling Himalayan Railway coming.
To grab the best deal for Darjeeling tour packages, Thomas Cook is here to provide you with affordable packages. Moreover, we also do the visa application process and currency converter for you. We make sure that you experience Darjeeling tourism to the fullest.

Surrounded by emerald-green tea estates and overlooked over by the great Kangchenjunga, Darjeeling is the most favourite Indian hill station. Dating back to the British era, it's certainly West Bengal’s best attraction. Every Darjeeling tour package comes with a promise of interesting exploration for the curious travellers. The lovely hill town is also known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’ because of its charm.

Darjeeling tours can take you through the rich colonial-era architecture that you will relish forever. The Toy Train of Darjeeling is one such engineering ingenious marvel which been bestowed the UNESCO World Heritage status also. There are many places to visit in Darjeeling like the famous Tiger Hills which offer you a mesmerising view of Kangchenjunga or the famous Kawlay Dara View Point in Mirik offering you spellbinding views of the snow-clad Himalayan mountain ranges and much more.

 

The lively streets of Darjeeling will allure an old world charm. The two main junctions – Chowrasta, near the topmost of town, and Clubside joint – are connected by pedestrian Nehru Road, which doubles as the main shopping street as well. If you love trekking, then Darjeeling packages can take you through the famous Singalila hike that offers awe-inspiring views.  You can also discover many hidden trails and tiny tea shops, along with the way.

 

A Darjeeling tour package gives you a glimpse into the rich culture and heritage of Himalayan Mountain range. It has also become a pilgrimage of sorts for tea enthusiasts.

Darjeeling is spread in ribbons over a steep foothill crest. To get the best of the place you can book customized Darjeeling tour packages from Thomas Cook. We assist you all the way throughout your journey right from flight tickets to hotel reservations. Let Darjeeling Tourism pamper you and your family with best of the world experiences.

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