If you plan for a trip to see to beauty of nature then go to Darjeeling, because Darjeeling is a best tourism place where you can see snow peaks of Kanchenjunga, beautiful tea gardens on the slopes of rolling hills and cute Himalayan toy train whistling its way through the mountains and you can enjoy the combine all that with great sightseeing tours, food, shopping and other exciting activities.Just to give you a head start about the place, Darjeeling hill town is located at an altitude of 6,710ft in north east India and is part of the state of West Bengal. The nearest airport is Bagdogra and the nearest major railway junction is New Jalpaiguri (NJP).The large numbers of inhabitants being Buddhist there are lots of old monasteries are present along its length and breadth. The vivid landscapes, tea plantation, eternal weather and the slopes make it one of the most popular tourist destinations of the India. Darjeeling is the highest tea exporter and thus, tea tourism in Darjeeling attracts many visitors during the plucking season.
Darjeeling lies in the north of the state of West Bengal and is situated in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. The district of Darjeeling shares its boundaries with countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. It is one of the scarcely populated districts of the state with the total population being 1,842,034 and the density of population is 413 persons per sq km. located at an altitude of 2134 meters above the sea level and is surrounded by various Buddhist monasteries and the mighty peaks of Himalayas.
The Mall– the popular Mall road is Commercial Street lined by the Tibetans selling hand-knitted cardigans and is clustered with lot of shops selling souvenirs along with both imitation and real antiques. While exploring the Mall road leads the guest will lead to Chowrasta which is pony riding arena for children.
Observatory Hill– Observatory Hill is locally known as “Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan” is the in Darjeeling. The ancient legends reveal that a Red Hut Buddhist Monastery presently called Dorje Ling stood at this spot. The Dorje Ling was destroyed in the 19th Century. In the present time this observatory Hill is perched by both the Shivas and Buddhist believers.
Chowrasta– chowrasta is the place from where the Mall road originates and finishes. Situated in the heart of Victorian Darjeeling it is a major paradise for the shopping lovers and souvenir collections. The major shopping items to shop for are tribal ornaments, rosaries, woolen garments, Gorkha daggers and brass statuettes. Local handicrafts are also available for shopping.
Place around Darjeeling
Take a drive to Pashupati located on the Nepal border where tourist can enjoy shopping for foreign goods at reasonable prices. Also visit exotic wildlife which includes the rare one-horned Rhino, Gaur, Deer, wild boar etc. also explore the market are to shop for the Tibetan medicines, musk, wool, silk and spices.
Tiger hill situated at an altitude of 2,590m is located at a distance of 13 km from Darjeeling and is very popular amongst the tourist for a magnificent sunrise view over the Kanchenjunga range. Standing atop this high mountain peak one can also enjoy the view of Even Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak.
Located at distance of 52 km from Siliguri is Mirik. This picturesque land is being developed as a new hill station. It is fondly popular amongst the tourist for its orange orchards, Tea estates and cardamom plantations. The mountains surrounding it are mesmerizing and amazing to view and make you close to Mother Nature.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Darjeeling is between the months of April to June with September to December. Darjeeling experiences a moderate climate during most of the year. In the summer the temperatures range between 14 degree C and 8 degree C and during winter temperature falls to freezing point of 6 degree C to as low as 1 degree C. during the monsoon Darjeeling experience heavy rain showers which at time leas of frequent landslides.
How to Reach
By Air: Darjeeling is well connected by air from all the major parts of the country by Bagdogra airport. It is the nearest airport is mere 3 hours drive away from Darjeeling.
By Train: those thinking to travel to Darjeeling by train can board the famous Darjeeling train from Sealdah and various other express trains from all around the country on a daily basis to reach the nearest railhead New Jalpaiguri. On reaching New Jalpaiguri one can board the famous toy train which chugs its way up or reaching.
By Road: Darjeeling is well connected to Siliguri, the terminal city as a fleet of state and private buses run overnight from Calcutta to Siliguri. After deporting at Siliguri, enjoy a 2 hours scenic drive while traversing through the forest and tea gardens either by boarding a luxury bus or private taxi to reach Darjeeling.