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Darjeeling Travel Guide

Overview

Longing for a break in a serene hill town with shiny snow-peaks, lush green slopes of tea gardens spread till horizon, mighty waterfalls and pines & rhododendrons? … No further thoughts… it’s none other than Darjeeling calling. This hill-station in West Bengal will please you from within and relax your body & soul. A laid back ride in the Toy Train, will take you to this hill-station with a different note. Ringed by lush green tea plantations with a scrim of shimmering white Kanchenjunga peaks, Darjeeling is an arch-type hill station. When not admiring the Kanchenjunga peaks, you can visit the monasteries & religious shrines, colonial-era remains, art galleries & museums, viewpoints, far-flung tea estates on the mountain slopes, gardens, waterfalls, zoo and lot more. This place is a blend of youthful vibe and colonial charm. The town’s center is known as Mall or Chowrasta, which is a bustling bazaar with novelty shops, eateries that plate local delicacies and more. Darjeeling has numerable accommodation options, from home-stays to boutique hotels, the choice is yours on a India day tour to India.

How to visit:

By road: Bus services can be availed from Siliguri to Darjeeling, Mirik and Kalimpong from Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus, Siliguri. However, it is more convenient to travel in smaller vehicles which are available on seat sharing basis/hire, from near the Bus terminus, airport and railway station.

By rail: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest rail head and is about 88 kilometres from Darjeeling. NJP is also connected with all the major cities of the country with most of trains heading for the north-eastern states making a stop at this junction.

By air: The closest air port is Bagdogra airport (IXB) which is about 88 kilometres from Darjeeling and a three and half hour drive. It is connected by air with all the Metros in the country.

Fast Facts

Location - Sikkim, North East India

Places of Interest - Happy Valley Tea Garden, The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Tiger Hill, Dhirdham Temple Observatory Hill Chowrasta and the Mall

Best time to visit - Apr-May (Summer), June-Sep (Monsoon), Oct-Mar (Winter)

Language - Hindi, English

Festivals - Lohsar (Tibetan New Year), Dalai Lama Birthday, Orange Festival, Buddha Jayanti

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