- Travel to Darjeeling hillstation in Indian Himalayas which is full of
amazing sights, blessed with all the natural bounties, surrounded by
towering peaks, trekking and hiking trails, a popular honeymoon
destination and known for its immense natural beauty all over the world.
Duration: 06 Nights - 07 Days
Duration: 07 Nights - 08 Days
Duration: 08 Nights - 09 Days
Duration: 09 Nights - 10 Days
Duration: 11 Nights - 12 Days
Duration: 05 Nights - 06 Days
90-km From Siliguri, West
|Main Attractions :
Toy Train, Tea Gardens,
|Best Time To Visit :
April To June &
October to November
Travel Darjeeling to Explore the Victorian Charm
Darjeeling is the Queen of India's hill stations. Its setting is one of
incomparable beauty. A Victorian town of old world charm 'discovered' by the
British, it is almost completely surrounded by fragrant tea gardens which
seem to flow over the layered slopes like emerald swells on a rough sea.
These are in turn interspersed by untamed jungle of Fern and Bamboo, groves
of sweet smelling Coniferous trees and hamlets lost and which may be the
finest this earth has to offer, It hits one like Darjeeling's true name, "Dorje
Ling", or 'Place of the Thunderbolt'.
Part Victorian holiday resort, part major tea-growing centre, Darjeeling
straddles a ridge 2,200m up in the Himalayas and almost 600-km north of
Kolkata. Its been more than 50 years since the British departed, still the
town remains as popular as ever with holiday-makers from the plains, and
promenades such as the Mall and the Chowrasta still burst with life.
Toy Train & Tea Gardens of Darjeeling India
one can reach Darjeeling after-hour drive up a steep and winding road from
Siliguri, the most exciting and nostalgic form of transportation is the Toy
Train. This ' marvel of engineering' was inaugurated in 1881 and is the
world's highest track railway. The miniature steam train huffs, puffs and
toots as it wrestles its way up a vertical track of blind curves and loops
in nine hours. Your Darjeeling travel is incomplete till the time you enjoy a ride in this toy train.
Tea gardens blanket the lower slopes. To the world's tea fanciers,
Darjeeling is a name synonymous with prized perfection. Introduction in the
1840s, there are now 84 gardens of which Happy Valley and Lopchu are
instantly recognisable to the connoisseur for their special fragrance. As
the train nears Kurseong, the mid-point of the journey, it parallels the
road, which is lined with tiny shop-houses, and tea stalls. Most,
leach-infested forests of Oak, Ilex and Magnolia trees, dripping moss and
brilliantly hued Orchids, encroach at every turn.
The Trans-Himalayan Backdrop
Ghoom, as the town's name seems to
suggest, is gloomy and dank with perpetual fog. At this Tibetan village,
which is at an altitude of 2,276 m (7,470 ft), one can hear the foghorn-like
sounds of Buddhist monks blowing their giant Gyeling pipes from the rooftops
of the nearby Yiga-Choling ' Yellow Hat' Buddhist Temple.
Ghoom is the jumping off point for an excursion to Tiger Hill, which should
not be missed if the weather co-operates. For a truly magnificent view of
the Himalayas, one must arrive before the sun rises and the clouds roll in.
Inky darkness gives way to a gauzy mauve dawn and the peaks are unveiled in
all their glory. Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makaly, Kabru, Kanchenjunga,
Siniolchu and Chomolhari can all be seen with the forbidden peaks of the
Tibetan Trans-Himalayan as a backdrop.
Places of Interest in Darjeeling India
Darjeeling is like travelling back in time to the days of the British Raj, a
vertical Victorian London - like town populated with oriental faces. Church
spires and brick chimneys dominate the skyline. Explore the tourist places of darjeeling on your darjeeling travel.
The Mall is Darjeeling's popular commercial street. It is lined with
Tibetans selling hand-knitted sweaters and souvenir shops chock-full of
Himalayan artifacts and both real and imitation antiques. Photo shops carry
turn-of-the-century photos as well as specialising in hand-painted black and
white prints with glowing oil colours. The Mall leads to Chaurasta, a
square, which doubles as a bandstand, a pony riding arena for children and a
haven for lovers.
The Chowrasta, meaning crossroad, is a hive of commercial activity. The
Mall Road originates and culminates at the Chowrasta. This is the heart of
Victorian Darjeeling. Here hotels, restaurants and shops brush against each
other. The shops and stalls are a veritable paradise for souvenir
collectors. The Bhutanese sellers display their wares. Woollen garments,
tribal ornaments, Thankas, rosaries, brass statuettes and Gorkha daggers are
kept on display for sale. Foreign goods are also available in some shops.
Local handicrafts are much in demand.
The oldest site in Darjeeling India is Observatory Hill, known locally as "Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan".
According to legend, a Red Hat Buddhist Monastery called Dorje Ling, or
'place of the Thunderbolt', stood at this very spot. The Nepalis destroyed
it in the 19th century. The Shivas and Buddhists share the temple that
stands there today.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute:
A spot not to be missed is the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute created
by the late Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who conquered Mt Everest with Sir
Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953. A display of equipment used on the climb is
one of the highlights. A zoological garden nearby has an assortment of
wildlife such as yaks, Siberian tigers and red pandas who call the region
Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway:
At North Point about 3-km from the town, this is the first passenger
ropeway in India. For reservation of ropeway seats please contact - Officer
in-charge, Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Ropeway Station, North Point,
Darjeeling. Regular share taxi service is available from Market Motor and
Taxi Stand is to the Ropeway Station.
Darjeeling India has a number of attractions in its nearby vicinity. So travel Darjeeling not only to explore the attractions within the city but also its nearby destination.
Nearby Attractions from Darjeeling India
The area in and around Darjeeling is a treasure chest of interesting
destinations. The Tibetan Refugee self-help scheme produces traditional
artifacts, jewellery and carpets for tourist consumption.
Lloyd's Botanical Garden:
Lloyd's Botanical Garden displays a fine collection of Himalayan fauna for
those with an interest, and for punters there is horseracing at Lebong, the
smallest and highest racecourse in the world.
Situated at an altitude of 2,590m (8,482 ft.) and 13-km from the town, this
spot has earned international fame for the magnificent view of the sunrise
over "Kanchenjunga" and the great Eastern Himalayan Mountains.
Even Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, is visible from here.
Phalut & Sandakphu:
A week's smallest-trip of Phalut and Sandakphu will get one within reach of
the high peaks; for the onlooker it affords a more spectacular panorama than
at Tiger Hill. Giant flowering Rhododendron trees, a pointillism of reds
pinks and whites Dwarfs comprise of the en route trail. On attaining heights
of over 3,048m, one is surrounded by skeletal trees devoid of leaves and
branches, which are especially eerie when the clouds roll in and envelop the
Further afield, in Pashupati on the Nepal border, one can purchase foreign
goods at reasonable prices, view wildlife such as the endangered one-horned
Rhino, Deer, Gaur, and wild boar while seated atop an Elephant's back at
Jaldapara Game Park; learn of the Lepcha legend at the confluence of the
Teesta and Ranjeet Rivers; relive Kalimpong's past glory as a trading post
by visiting the market filled with traditional Tibetan medicine, spices,
musk, wool and silk; or for the truly adventurous-hire some ponies and a
crew and take to the hills.
Kurseong is mid-way between Siliguri and Darjeeling. The way from
Darjeeling to Kurseong is generally open through out the year. So, the toy
train is not coming to Siliguri then one can come up to Kurseong. This place
is equally beautiful and is full of natural splendour.
Mirik is 52-km from Siliguri and 55-km from the nearest Airfield of
Bagdogra. Mirik is being developed as a new hill station in the mountains.
Tea estates, orange orchards and cardamom plantations surround Mirik. It has
all the facilities to fulfill the needs of a tourist.
Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri:
The twin Cities of Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri are the departure point to
Darjeeling, Sikkim and the North Eastern States. Being the nodal point this
place has become very busy and crowded. Siliguri also acts as a transit
point for Nepal. Tourists come to Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri mainly to
change bus or catch trains.
Kalimpong is within Darjeeling province and is a sub-division of
Darjeeling. It is a small but bustling town in the Himalayan foothills of
West Bengal - Kalimpong is at an altitude of 1,250m. This bazaar town was
originally a part of Bhutan but later it was taken over by the British and
finally it settled down with West Bengal.
Adventure Sports for Darjeeling Travel
Gymkhana Club Ltd.:
One of the most well equipped Clubs of the region with facilities of Indoor
and Outdoor games. Visitors may become temporary members over here.
This is popularly known as the Planter's Club and has the best possible
location in town and has a breathtaking view of the mountains and valleys.
Approachable directly by car and has parking area. Limited number of rooms
and available for temporary members but permanent members have the first
claim. Fully equipped kitchen, bar and other indoor game facilities are
This 9-hole Golf Cource is one of the highest Golf Cource in the world
(altitude 8,150 ft). It is near Tiger Hill and has a Club House and a
Lebong Race Course:
About 8-km from the town, it is one of the smallest and highest Race Course
in the world. Races are held during Spring & Autumn season under the
management of local Gymkhana Club
Trekking in the Darjeeling Hills began almost a century ago. Infact, the
first organised trekking route in India was established here along the
Sangalila range. The trek begins in Darjeeling and proceeds through
Maneybhanjyang, Tonglu, Sandakphu and ends in Phalut. The alluring natural
beauty is replete with countless varieties of Rhododendrons, Magnolias,
Orchids and Wild Flowers. The dense forests, the verdant meadows, the savage
mass of Mt. Everest, the everlasting beauty of Kanchenjunga, the rugged
Lhotse or the mysterious Makalu - all in one sweeping glance, present an
experience that can never be equaled.
There are trekker huts under the management of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill
Council Tourism Department all along the route to Sandakphu. For further
information contact Tourist Bureau, Darjeeling.
How To Get There
The nearest airport to Darjeeling in Bagdogra, 100-km south. ADGHC bus
leaves the tourist lodge and club side around 8 am each day to connect with
flights; tickets for the bus can be booked at the tourist bureau.
The toy train runs to Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri, weather and landslides
permitting, but takes an angst-inducing nine hours. Railway reservations for
selected mainline trains out of NJP can be made at Darjeeling's station
a couple of days before departure. They have tourist quotas for trains to
Delhi, Kolkataa, Bangalore, Cochin and Thiruvananthapuram.
Buses and minibuses run every thirty minutes or so to Siliguri from the bus
stand at the bazaar. Buses leave for Mirik every thirty minutes. Two
minibuses run each day run to Gangtok and one minibus leaves every day for
Kalimpong. Although it's possible to buy bus tickets for Kathmandu,
tourists still have to change buses at Siliguri.
Jeeps run to Gangtok, Siliguri, Mirik, Kalimpong and Jorethang, and are the
most efficient and comfortable way to travel. Book in advance or just turn
up at the jeep stand. The Gangtok service runs frequently between 7.00 am
and 2.00 pm. Private Taxis and Landrovers are also available for local
sightseeing purposes in and around Darjeeling.
Tourist Cars and Buses, Tourist mini coaches and Taxis are available for
transfer of passengers between Darjeeling and Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri
Junction / Bagdogra, and also for sightseeing at fixed rates and may be
reserved through Tourist Bureau, Govt. of West Bengal, Darjeeling.
DISTANCE FROM MAJOR CITIES
Travel Packages of Darjeeling