West Bengal, India

Altitude : 7320 ft.

Airport : Bagdogra

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Rail : New Jalpaiguri

Best Time : Sep - Mar

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Darjeeling, Queen of Himalayas ...

Darjeeling, ‘the Queen of the Hills’ attracts tourists around the world for a Scenic view of Kanchenjunga as it is a treat for the eyes. Darjeeling Himalayan Railways is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.

Tea and Darjeeling are synonymous. Darjeeling Tea is world-renowned for its flavor, which is unmatched by other tea-producing areas of India and the world. Trekking and adventure in the Sandakphu are one of the most popular reasons to visit.

chowrasta mall darjeeling

The name ‘Darjeeling ‘ is derived from the Tibetan words, ‘dorje’ meaning thunderbolt and ‘ling’ meaning a place or land. Hence the name ‘Darjeeling ‘means ‘the land of the thunderbolt’.

Darjeeling was formed as a part of Sikkim, before its acquirement by the East India Co. in 1835. The Hill areas of Darjeeling District are located in the Sub – Himalayan belts of the Eastern Himalayas. The area is surrounded by Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west, and the Sikkim in the north.

Sunrise on kanchenjunga from darjeeling

The original residents of the Darjeeling Hills area were Lepchas. The larger mass of the people in the Hills is Gorkhas. The Gorkhas, renowned for their military competency all over the world, thus find jobs both in the British and Indian armies. They carry the ‘Khukri’- a curved ornamental knife as the traditional weapon.

Among the population Sherpas are also the best known to the world. They are well famous for their bravery, stamina, and their immense contributions to Mountaineering. Also, there are the Bhutias and a larger number of Bengalee.

New Jalpaiguri Station

How to Reach Darjeeling ...

By Air: The nearby airport to Darjeeling is at Bagdogra, about 90 Km from Darjeeling. There are straight flight links with Kolkata, Delhi, and other key cities. After reaching Bagdogra Tourists can catch taxis/cabs to Darjeeling, a 3:30 hour drive or you can go Siliguri first and get a taxi there.

By Train: Nearest  railway stations are Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri, adjacent to each other. These railway stations about 80 km from Darjeeling and have direct railway links with Kolkata, Delhi, and other key cities. Tourists can catch taxis/cabs to Darjeeling, a 3:30 hour drive.

By Road: Siliguri is the main access to Darjeeling and Siliguri is well connected to all major cities of India. From ‘Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus, Siliguri’, bus services can be availed for Siliguri to Darjeeling. nevertheless, it is more suitable to  travel in smaller vehicles from Bus terminus, airport and rail station. which are available on seat sharing basis also. 

Darjeeling Town from Top

Where to Stay at Darjeeling ...

Darjeeling has lots of different types of Hotels and Homestays, mostly near Darjeeling Mall. During season time most good hotels get fully booked three months before. It is preferable to book your hotel prior to visiting Darjeeling.

Clothing and Accessories for Darjeeling...

During Darjeeling visit you must carry heavy woolen garments along with a full body inners, scarf or muffler, a woolen cap to cover the ears, socks and gloves for winter season and light woolen garment for the summer season.

You must prefer to use Sports shoes since it could be a comfort during walks as some of the roads are steep. To visit during the summer and monsoon season, Umbrellas and raincoats are very helpful.

Sun glasses, sunscreen as the sun can be scorching and other travel accessories could be added. On the other hand keep your luggage light and trendy for comfortable transfers.

Night view of Batasia Loop

Itineary in Darjeeling...

For a complete Darjeeling trip, you will need 4 days / 3 nights. However, to enjoy more you can continue more days if you want. Here is an itinerary for 4 days / 3 nights.

First Day: Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling via Rohini. Take your lunch at the hotel. A step towards Darjeeling mall in the afternoon. Try local street food and take dinner in a restaurant and return back to the hotel after having your dinner.

Second Day: Start with a beautiful sunrise at Tiger hill. Then Visit Ghoom Monastery, prefer your breakfast around Ghoom Monastery. Visit Batasia Loop, Dali Monastery, Peace Pagoda, rock garden. Then take your lunch and visit Zoological Park, HMI, tea garden. After that return back to the hotel, take some rest and then in the evening spent some quality moments at Darjeeling Mall.

Third-Day: Start with a morning walk around the mall with spectacular Mt. Kanchenjunga. Take breakfast at Keventers Today prefer to visit Rangeet Valley ropeway, enjoy rock climbing, Mahakal temple, and nightingale Park. In the afternoon, visit local markets to buy woolen garments, local handicrafts, and souvenirs.

Fourth Day: After starting the day with Darjeeling tea, pack your luggage. Take breakfast and book a cab towards Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri via mirik. Enjoy the spectacular scenic beauty of this journey. visit Lepchajagat, Simana View Point, Gopaldhara Tea Estate, Mirik Lake, Tingling View Point. Prefer to take lunch at Mirik.

Best time to visit Darjeeling...

The best time to visit Batasia Loop is generally around the months of October – November in autumn, December – January – February in winter, March – April in spring. However, tourists used to visit Darjeeling throughout whole year. Darjeeling is nice and not very hot from April through June. The maximum temperature is 20 to 25 degrees. The bright sunlight makes it perfect for touring tourist attractions.

Darjeeling Weather and darjeeling trmperature
A cup of Darjeeling tea with A serene landscape of Darjeeling

Foods and Drinks in Darjeeling...

Foods and drinks of Darjeeling is rich and distinctive as many other Indian cuisines. Here you get Tibetan, Nepalese and Bengali cuisine. Influence of Nepal and Tibet can be noticeably seen in the cuisine. In addition, the geographical and climatic conditions of Darjeeling have also had an impact on the way and kind of foods and drinks prepared in the Darjeeling. There are many kinds of restaurant and can also rely on street food. You will get Tea available in every corner of Darjeeling.

Darjeeling tea : Darjeeling tea occupies a place of pride for the whole of India. Pamper your taste buds with the best quality of tea. The aroma and taste of Darjeeling traditional tea is unmatched in the world. Darjeeling still uses the original methods of tea manufacture, identified as the “Orthodox” tea manufacture. ‘Organic tea’ is grown using natural manure and there is no use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in an organic tea garden. In recent times growing demand for the organic tea has driven some tea gardens of Darjeeling to produce organic tea. There are a total of 78 tea estates in the Darjeeling region, producing over 90 lakh kg of tea.

Momo : Momos are exceedingly accepted in Darjeeling and can be found in every restaurants to street vendors. Momo is a type of  steamed Meat , vegetable or cheese filled dumpling and accompanied with tomato and mayonnaise dip, a bowl of lucid tomato soup, soybean and sesame soup and aachaar. You can try different variations of momos, like Steam-momo,  fried momo, Jhol momo, Kothey momo, C-momo, Fry-momo, Open-momo.

Thukpa : Thukpa is essentially a Himalayan noodle soup, generally served with meat and is truly mouth-watering with lean chicken. Thukpa is basically a dish of Darjeeling but finds its roots in the Tibetan cuisine.  It is one of the most accepted dishes within the town and is available at almost all the restaurants and roadside stalls.

Sha phaley : shaphaley are widely loved in the Tibetan community, like momos. Also known as Shabhaley, is Incredibly delicious, a Tibetan “meat bread” dish is hot, savory, juicy meat pies. meat and cabbage stuffed bread, is then twisted into semi-circular or circular shapes and is either deep fried or pan fried. Usually served with lunch or dinner, often with a soup.

Tibetan tea : Tibetan butter tea (po cha) is an acquired taste, since it is salty rather than sweet, and has a entirely surprising aroma. habitually, it is made from tea leaves, water, butter, and salt. Many people don’t care for it much at first, but come to love it when it is allied with warmth on a cold day and good times with Tibetan friends with the adventure of travel in Himalayas. You may feel of it as a sort of light soup rather than as tea. like so, your mind isn’t so surprised when you drink it! .

Tongba : It is Local alcoholic beverage made from millet and usually sips through a bamboo straw. Sherpa households still prepare homemade tongba that accommodate backpackers around the Himalayas also available in local restaurants in surrounding regions.

Aloo Dum : The most characteristic dish in Bengali cuisine, along with the other cuisines, is Aloo Dum. This dish is created by boiling potato slices in a gravy composed of spices such as ginger, garlic, chopped onions, red chilli powder, and tomato sauce. It holds a particular place in the favourite dish of the town’s residents. The dish is finished with garnishes of coriander leaves, green chillies, and bhujia. Aloo Dum is available at almost all restaurants as well as local sellers around Mall Road.

As Darjeeling is a popular destination among foodies, it is packed with lovely dining restaurants. Here is some of the best restaurants in Darjeeling.

  • Keventers : This rooftop restaurant is the most popular restaurant among tourists. This restaurant is at the beginning of the Darjeeling shopping centre. Popular dish: chicken and pork dish, Ham, Hot chocolate.
  • Glenary’s : This is the best place for you to dine if you are a lover of cake and baking confectionary.  Popular: Hamburger, Cake, and Confectionery.
  • Kunga : The best restaurant for Tibetan cuisines. This restaurant is located at the entrance to Gandhi Road. Popular dish: Steamed momo, chicken thenthuk soup, chicken wanton soup, Bhakthuk, Tibetan Tea.
  • 16 Ana Bangali : You should visit this restaurant, If you are looking for bengali cuisine. This is located on the mall road. Popular dish: Hilsha, vetki paturi, galda chingri, pubda jhal.

Sightseeing at Darjeeling...

Here are some most popular sightseeing places at Darjeeling

Shopping at Darjeeling ...

Shopping in Darjeeling, particularly in its tiny marketplaces and old-school malls, will give you a good sense of the town. Whether you go to Chowk Bazaar or The Mall Road, you will have a fantastic day shopping in Darjeeling. Aside from packs of Darjeeling tea leaves, one may also purchase for local handicraft goods, woollen scarves and hats, fake jewellery, and a variety of other items at the city’s marketplaces. 

Top Shopping Destinations in Darjeeling:

  • Nehru Road Market : Darjeeling tea, Souvenirs, woolen items of clothing as jackets, shawls, and sweaters, handicrafts, books, paintings, and Buddha statues.
  • Batasia Loop Market : Home décor, woollen clothing, and women’s accessories
  • Ghoom Monastery Market : Tibetan antiques such as singing bowls, prayer wheels, prayer flags, Thangkas (Tibetan wall paintings), and women’s purses.
  • The Mahakal Market : Fine jewellery, woollen textiles such as shawls, jackets, scarves, and sweaters, Tibetan masks, and other handcrafted gifts.
  • Chowk Bazaar Market : Exotic carpets, handwoven fabrics, fur hats, brassware, copper crafts, tableware, beautifully carved boxes, masks, and silverware may be found.
  • Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center : Tibetan carpets, woollen clothing, ornate woodwork décor, fashionable footwear, wood carved objects, and paintings are available at the.

Darjeeling’s colourful marketplace is a fantastic shopping destination, with each market giving a completely distinct buying experience. So, plan a vacation to create memories among the gorgeous views of a city with a great history. Travel here between October and March to enjoy the beautiful weather, wander the streets, and shop till you drop.

FAQ about Darjeeling ...

Close to Siliguri which is well connected by rail and air. Excellent view of Kanchenjunga. Colonial heritage. Good food.

April to June are the best months to visit Darjeeling. However, a lot of people also prefer visiting the place during the winter months from October to December.

The months from October to March see a sudden change in the weather, as by the end of October a slight cold reigns in the area. Winter is at its peak from mid- November to January and the temperature ranges between 7 degrees to 5-degree Celcius. 

April to June marks the offset of summers in the city. Darjeeling during these months is pleasant and not very hot. The temperature reaches 25 degrees at the max. The gushing bright sunlight makes it ideal for exploring the tourists’ spots. 

The months of July to August welcome the showers. With heavy rainfall, a lot of roadblocks are observed in the hill station and hence visiting Darjeeling during these months is not very advisable. September again is an excellent time to visit as there is less rainfall and the greenery is at its best at this time of the year.  

The nearest rail is New Jalpaiguri. This is well connected to most of the major cities in India. The town of Darjeeling is approachable from Siliguri, nearly 80 km away, by Darjeeling Himalayan Railway also known as Toy Train. The nearest airport is Bagdodara, near Siliguri. Cabs are easily available from Bagodara to Darjeeling.

The top things to do in Darjeeling are Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Darjeeling Ropeway, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Nightingale Park. You can see all the places to visit in Darjeeling here

The packages for Darjeeling start at INR 8375 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

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Offbeat Places

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Stories of Darjeeling ...

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