Darjeeling is also known as ‘Queen of the hill’ is the province of magnificent snow-capped mountain peaks and divine beauty of nature upholds unique and diverse culture. It is a beautiful hill station which is being one of the spectacular tourist spots. The slopes of Darjeeling are covered in the lush tea gardens which look more greenery in monsoon and allure visitors from all over the world. Furthermore, the oaks, maples, chestnuts, and rhododendrons add more charm to the immense beauty of Darjeeling.
Why should you visit Darjeeling in the monsoon?
Not only during the season of spring and autumn but monsoons also attract a huge number visitors too. The duration of the monsoon season in Darjeeling stays from the month of June to September. If the monsoons do not prolong, you can explore that Darjeeling starts to clear off of the fog. A pristine white blanket envelope this quaint hill station during monsoon and it becomes foggy and picture-perfect for the visitors.
The temperature ranges from -13°C to 19°C during the monsoon.
Reasons behind that Darjeeling is the perfect place to visit in the monsoon-
There are several benefits if you visit Darjeeling in the monsoon-
- Almost all the hotels in Darjeeling offer budget-friendly rooms.
- The service in hotels gets vastly improved as there are far lesser guests to entertain.
- You will not have to face is any shortage of water supply during monsoon.
- The cab drivers also offer lower rates.
- You don’t need to wait for a table in your favorite restaurants.
- Nature at its best with its green and lush foliage.
Access to Darjeeling-
By air: You can reach here easily by taking a flight to the nearest airport, Bagdogra Airport which is around 95 km away from Darjeeling. Then you can hire a taxi or rent a car which naturally takes 3 hours to reach Darjeeling.
By rail: The nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station at a distance of 70 km from Darjeeling. Then you can opt for a rental car or shared jeeps to reach the destination.
By Road: There are numerous state buses are available to Darjeeling from Siliguri and Gangtok. You can also self-drive to enjoy the beauty of the green hills and curvy roads on the way.
What to do in Darjeeling during the rainy season-
There are a lot of things you can do in Darjeeling in the misty weather of monsoon. Here we have entailed the pieces of information which are described below:
1. Drive down Hill Cart Road:
Monsoon is the best time to explore the beauty of nature. While you driving along the Hill Cart Road, you will come across some awe-inspiring views of the Paglajhora Falls. Nestled in the foothills of Himalayas and covered in lush green landscapes, Darjeeling becomes all the more scenic and beautiful. The most unique part of this town that you will face one moment when you’ll find the town covered in white mist and another moment is it clears away to give breathtaking views of the lush environs.
2. Take leisure Stroll on the Mall Road:
In monsoons, you will see a lesser number of guests and hence, you can enjoy peaceful strolls along the Mall Road with stunning views of misty hills with your close one. You should always keep an umbrella as you might encounter sudden showers and flaunt your gumboots as you set out to explore this hill town.
3. Indulged in the beauty of lush green tea plantations:
Your Darjeeling trip is incomplete without experiencing the alluring view of the tea estates of this town. This green tea estate covers a vast area of forests, valleys, rivers. Enjoy the surreal vistas at this Mecca of tea. Get amazed by watching the tea pickers’ work around the beautiful plantations. And obviously, do not forget to taste the Darjeeling Tea.
4. Enjoy the Toy-Train Ride:
When in Darjeeling, do not miss the ride on the heritage toy train of Darjeeling. Experience the mind-bloggers moment during your toy-train ride as the train takes you through the steep slopes of the mountains. You will get soaked in the beauty of the mountains during your ride in this mini-train of Darjeeling.
5. Savor steamy dumplings in the Mall road:
Sip a cup of the famous Darjeeling tea and hog steamy momos with a spicy chutney in the mall road while the rain pours on tinned roofs of the local food stalls. There can be no better way to enjoy this blissful weather than savor the hot street food which furthermore warms you up in the cold rainy weather.
6. Shopping in the markets of Darjeeling- a hub for shopaholics:
You can find a lot of exquisite handmade articles in the markets of Darjeeling such as-
- Tibetan masks
- Fabric paintings
- Local jewelry
- Ornate Gorkha knives
At the Bhutia Market, you can also shop for hand knitted woolens and colorful umbrellas which is perfect shopping things in the rainy season. Moreover, you can go to the Chowk Bazaar where you can shop for local art and handicraft items.
7. Get immersed in the views from Batasia Loop:
Batasia loop offers eye-catching views of the drenched landscapes of Darjeeling in monsoon. Enjoy the lofty snow-capped mountain peaks of the majestic Kanchenjunga from here. This loop also houses a beautiful garden where you will get vast information about the plantations in Darjeeling.
8. Explore the Old Ghoom Monastery:
The Ghoom monastery in Darjeeling harbors one of the oldest as well as the biggest statues of Buddha. It is almost a 15-foot statue of Lord Buddha, also and is known as The Maitreya Buddha. The uniqueness of the statue lies in its construction which is made of clay. This quaint monastery houses a large collection of Buddha’s manuscripts. The monastery too offers enchanting views of Mt. Kanchenjunga.
9. Get mesmerized by exploring wildlife at the Darjeeling Zoo:
The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling is the largest high altitude zoo of India at 7,000ft above sea level. Here, you can explore many vulnerable and endangered species of the Tibetan Wolf, Red Panda, and Snow Leopard. This zoo is an ideal place for animal lovers and is also serves as a home to rare species of reptiles, birds, insects, fishes etc.
10. Fill your soul with peace at Peace Pagoda:
The Peace Pagoda is bound to overwhelm you with its pearl white structure which looks brighter in the monsoon. It offers four avatars of Lord Buddha. It is another point of Darjeeling from where one can enjoy stunning panoramic views of nature. The top of the Pagoda is where you can witness the splendid views of the Kanchenjunga range.
Some Tips you should keep in your mind while visiting Darjeeling in the monsoon-
- You should carry woolens as the temperature goes down during the night.
- Pack an umbrella with you as you might face sudden showers.
- Do not panic as the way is steep with sharp turns.
- Take board games or your choiceable time pass items if you get stuck in your hotel room.
- Wear shoes instead of sandals and avoid wearing heels.
- Keep some salt with you as leeches are common during rains.
- Do not stroll out late as the city sleeps early.
Get in touch with an ideal travel agency for your comfortable trip-
Darjeeling is the most alluring places to explore in the West Bengal. So, make your holiday trip with family or friends in Darjeeling. If you want to visit all the places of local sightseeing in Darjeeling at a reasonable rate, make us your first choice. Shah Tours is one of the famous travel agencies in Siliguri providing the best Darjeeling sightseeing packages at a pocket-friendly rate along with comfortable accommodations and delicious food.