Darjeeling-Queen of hills in India

Written by Shirshendu Sarkar

Have you ever been to Darjeeling yet? If you have visited then you must know that it is a heavenly feeling for mountain lovers. But, if you have not visited yet, then you are missing something very beautiful sight of mountains.

The breathtaking sights of huge mountains, tea gardens, and valleys will just blow your mind. In short, it is a perfect holiday as well as a honeymoon destination. If you are planning for a mountain tour then you should definitely include Darjeeling in your wish list now.

Lists of places you can visit in Darjeeling:

  • Tiger Hill
  • Batasia Loop
  • Himalayan Railway Station
  • Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park
  • Peace Pagoda
  • Ghoom Monastery
  • Rock Garden
  • Nightingale Park
  • Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
  • Singalila National Park
  • Happy Valley Tea Estate
  • Tinchuley
  • Darjeeling Observatory Hill
  • Bengal Natural History Museum
  • Darjeeling Ropeway
  • Bhutia Busty Monastery
  • Lloyd’s Botanical Garden
  • Mag-Dhog Yolmowa Monastery
  • Senchal Lake & Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Surya Sen Park
  • St. Andrew’s Church
  • Kali Temple
  • Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center


So, let’s see where it is located:

Darjeeling, nestled among the Great Himalayan Ranges surrounded by the White Beauty, Kanchenjunga, and rolling Tea Gardens along the hills is one of the best budget-friendly tourist destinations for all those seeking for spending a few days in between the serene and calm environment away from their busy lives.

Darjeeling, a town in the north-east Himalayas, located at an altitude of 6,710 ft. in the state of West Bengal is a paradise for most vacationers and tourists with its green landscape, rolling hills, orchids, pines forests and not to mention the exotic Rhododendrons, which blooms only in this part of India.

How to Reach?

The nearest airport is Bagdogra and Railway Station, New Jalpaiguri (NJP) from where Darjeeling is 3 or 4 hrs by car or bus.

Alternatively, tourists often prefer for Toy Train ride all the way up to Ghum in Darjeeling soaking in the scenic sites of the Himalayas in a long 7hrs lazy journey from Siliguri.

Yes, the time may be almost double but the experience is worth it. The main places of tourist attractions are – Tiger Hill, where you can experience the beautiful sunrise, the peaceful Japanese Peace Pagoda, Tinchuley Valley, from where you can have a beautiful view of the Tea Gardens, Batasia Loop, The Ghum Museum and Ghum Monastery located in Ghum the place said to be the house of clouds and the World Heritage Toy Train.

Other than that the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is the home to some of the rare and exotic North east Himalayan species like the Snow leopard, Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf, etc, Mahakal Temple, Lamahatta Eco Park, Nightingale Park famous for the giant statue of Lord Shiva and a musical fountain, The famous Rock Garden in the lap of the mountains.

When to visit Darjeeling?

The average temperature of Darjeeling is 5-10 degree centigrade in winter, and in summer it is between 15-22 degree centigrade. The best time to visit there is March to June.

For tourists who love adventure, Darjeeling is the perfect destination for them as well. Starting from Paragliding to River Rafting and from Ropeway rides to Tracking and Rock Climbing, Darjeeling has all the means of entertainment to offer.

Last but not the least; don’t forget the Mall of Darjeeling. No vacation is completed without shopping and Mall is the like the City Centre. From handmade jewelry to woolen clothes to beautiful hand-crafted showpieces and not to forget the food, northeastern and Tibetian delicacies that will pop all your taste buds for sure.

So don’t waste time thinking, just pack your bags and come with us to explore Darjeeling, the mountain Heaven. Be it a short trip or long, just visit once, I am sure you will just love the place.

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