It is a north-eastern district of West Bengal. Darjeeling is listed in most of the travelers’ diary because of some awesome things which makes it stand apart from other tourist spots.
People easily get attracted to this place by its pleasant view of nature in the lap of Himalayas. Hence, it is popularly known as the “Queen of Hills” at the height of 6700 ft.
It was the capital of Gorkha but in the 19th century, it was handed over to the British by the King of Sikkim. After a certain period of development, Darjeeling soon became popular as the Summer Capital of West Bengal.
The list of sightseeing locations in Darjeeling is quite lengthy. The view of the sunrise from Tiger Hill, the zoo, the mount climbing institute and its museum, ride in ropeway and the most interesting ride of Toy Train, the options are endless.
How to reach Darjeeling?
Darjeeling is connected by road to Siliguri which is the gateway of Northern-East India. It is well connected through rail, air, and the road to the rest of India.
By Rail – The New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is at a distance of 88kms. Darjeeling Passenger, the World Heritage Toy Train 52541 departs from here at 9:00 am to Darjeeling Station. This is the single train which connects Darjeeling to Siliguri by train.
By Air – Bagdogra Airport, the nearest airport to Darjeeling is at a distance of 94kms.
By Road – There are many buses run by NBSTC available. Private buses, rented jeeps and cars are easily available from Siliguri Junction.
Planning a tour to Darjeeling during Summer:
Only a well-planned tour gives worth to your Darjeeling vacation. Because a well planned tour covers all of the renowned locations in Darjeeling where you can make great memories.
Packages must contain:
Some of the must-visit locations which you should include in your itinerary are –
- The view of Kanchenjunga
- Batasia Loop & War Memorial
- The Toy-Train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR)
- Darjeeling Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) & Museum
- Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park
- Rock Garden & Ganga Maya Park and
- The Tea Gardens
The view of Kanchenjunga:
The entire town of Darjeeling commands breathtaking views of the world’s 3rd highest peak, Mount Kanchenjunga. But nothing compares to the view of the majestic peak from Tiger Hill (2590km) which is 11km ahead from Darjeeling. At the time of sunrise, the view of the morning sun rays climbing out of the mountain’s crest gives goose bumps to the tourists. The snow-covered peak shines wonderfully at the time of dusk and dawn when the warm reddish sunlight kisses it. This mind-blowing view attracts many to recall their memories.
Batasia Loop & War Memorial:
A railway loop is at a 5 km distance from the town of Darjeeling town. It is a great example of architectural finesse and beauty, designed and given form by seasoned British engineers. The loop winds through a curvy pathway, circling the memorial pillar and offer astounding 360 degree views of the Kanchenjunga mastiff. A lovely Eco Garden with flowers is around the railway track where the local Gorkha dresses are available for rent. This is a new thing to try for all to makeover for a moment and keep it forever.
War Memorial is a statue of an armed soldier which has been created in the center of this garden to honor the Gorkha soldiers who fought for the independence of the country.
The Toy-Train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR):
No one should miss the fun ride in Toy-Train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR). It is a World Heritage site honored by UNESCO (1999). The 82 kilometer ride is roughly 6-7 hour long which gives a huge time to capture the flawless beauty of nature. The train passes through the forests, waterfalls, over deep valleys, the mountains and tunnels. There are daily 2-hour joy rides available from Darjeeling Railway Station. It’s a round trip from Darjeeling-Ghoom.
Darjeeling Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) & Museum:
It is the oldest mountaineering museum in India which is located on the West Jawahar Road in Darjeeling. It contains a museum of mountaineering gears and instruments and the specimens of Himalayan flora & fauna. It also provides a vivid knowledge of the Himalayan range, its peaks and their position in worldwide and the local culture, their habitats, etc. HMI runs courses for mountaineering. The record of attempts to conquer Mt. Everest has been precisely maintained here. The renowned Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was the Director of this institute for a long time and he was cremated near the Institute (1986).
Zoological Park, situated 2kms apart from the main town of Darjeeling is fully named as Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park established in 1958. It consists of an area of 67.5 acres at approx 7,000 ft (2133m) altitudes. It has the widest collection of high altitude birds and animals of endangered species in Himalayas. Animals like Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, Snow Yaks, Tibetan Wolf, Snow Leopard and Birds like Great Grey Birds, and lot more. This is the single zoo in India where the Siberian Tigers are kept. In Nov 2014, this zoo has announced to be one of the best zoos in the world.
This is an adventurous attraction in Darjeeling situated at the bank of Ramman river. The wide view which is over the green tea garden, ice cherished mountains and a lovely view of Rangeet valley are some of the best sights to witness from inside the ropeway cabin. This ride covers a distance of 8kms in more or less 45 minutes.
Rock Garden & Ganga Maya Park:
Rock Garden, a park which is made by cutting rocks differently for the creation of different levels of steeps for tourist attraction located 10kms below the Darjeeling Valley. The roads have very sharp bends. The wonderful waterfall comes from the top of the rocks giving tourists an actual view of a hill region.
Ganga Maya, another park, located more downwards approx 3kms which are surrounded by hills and a natural stream. It is newly created to draw the tourist’s attention. Beautiful small bridges are built over the stream for enjoying the view of crystal clear water which flow over the rocky bed. There is a small lake where tourist enjoys boating on paddle boats.
The Tea Gardens:
Darjeeling is actually positioned in the lap of the soft green tea gardens & snowy mountains. It does not only give the mind a refreshing scenario but also presents unmatched tranquil. We all know the renowned Darjeeling Tea which is famous for its aroma. Makaibari Tea Estates and Happy Valley Tea Estates are the famous tea gardens in Darjeeling.
There are many questions can arise after going through this site, the most commons are as follows:
What is the favorable time to visit Darjeeling?
As large numbers of tourists choose their holiday destination in Darjeeling for escaping from the summer so the month of September to June will be the best time.
The whole trip of Darjeeling takes how many days?
The entire trip to Darjeeling may be completed within 2days. Some of the travelers are completed their trip within 1day by omitting the Tiger Hill spot.
What are the important things should be known about Darjeeling?
At the time of the rainy season, the trip is not fully safe for tourist. Because sometimes the roads are blocked by the rocks and the communications are disturbed.