Located in the state of West Bengal, close to Nepal and Tibet, Darjeeling is surrounded by the Himalayas. The
quaint town of Darjeeling was earlier only a small village, but now a popular hill station in northeastern part of India. Darjeeling is known for its tea production. With lush green tea estates and white snow clad mountains of Himalayas, the panoramas of Darjeeling will leave you in awe.
HOW TO REACH-
New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest railway station, 90 km from Darjeeling.
The nearest airport is Bagdogra, 70kms from Darjeeling. From here, you can hire a cab or shared taxi to
WHEN TO VISIT –
While summer is an apt time to visit a hill station, many visitors also prefer to visit during winter. During the rainy season, it rains heavily, so there are chances of landslides.
PLACES TO VISIT-
1. THE MALL –
Mall Road in Darjeeling, also known by the name Chowrasta, is the heart of the town. A Lot of
stay options is available, where all the commute starts and stops.
2. DARJEELING HIMALAYAN RAILWAY
The Locomotive Steam Engine that makes a Darjeeling – Ghum – Darjeeling round trip is a
UNESCO World Heritage Site. Batasia Loop in Ghum is a spiral track created to minimize the
elevation. The train halts here for half an hour for a Gorkha War Memorial visit. Batasia Loop
offers panoramic views of Darjeeling, so be click-ready!
3. HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINEERING INSTITUTE
Founded by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa along with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953, this place trains
mountaineers. The nearby museum shows all the recorded information and historical facts.
Basic and advanced mountaineering courses can be learned here.
4. TIGER HILL
This post is to urge you to visit this place, where you can see the mighty Himalayan Mountains,
especially Kanchenjunga and even Mt. Everest. Rise early and head to Tiger Hill to catch the first
sunrays on these mountains. To get an unobstructed view, plan your visit when the sky is clear.
5. ZOO AND NATIONAL PARK
The Zoo, known as Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, is the largest high altitude zoo in
India. Snow Leopards and Red Pandas are the major crowd pullers here.
Singalila National Park is a reserved forest area full of oaks, silver firs, orchids, rhododendrons
and animals like Red pandas, barking deer, etc.
6. GARDENS –
The Barbatia Rock Garden in Darjeeling is fully made of rocks and there is a waterfall by the name
Chunnu Summer Falls. Near the Rock Garden, there is Gangamaya Park, where natural streams
flow through and nice for walking around. Another park in Darjeeling is Nightingale Park.
7. JAPANESE PEACE PAGODA
Spiritual place of worship for Buddhists, Japanese Peace Pagoda is located on a small hillock. After
a hectic day of sightseeing, take a gentle trek to this place to meditate and feel calmer.
8. HAPPY VALLEY TEA ESTATE
With a sprawling 437 acres area, Happy Valley Tea Estate is the Darjeeling’s oldest. Hardly 3-4
km from the town, it is easily reachable. The splendid views of unending tea plantations with
the backdrop of mountains make you HAPPY! 😉
Mirik is a small hill station near Darjeeling. The main attraction of Mirik is the Mirik lake, which
is surrounded by Dhupi trees. Also rich in flowers and trees, this place makes an ideal picnic-
spot. There are viewpoints, from where you can see the majestic Kanchenjunga.
50 minutes short from Darjeeling is a town in the Shivalik range by the name Kalimpong.
Kalimpong is famous for monasteries and bright flower markets.
Lamahatta is a small village in the outskirts of Darjeeling. This place is being developed by the
locals with the help of the state government. The place has some nice views of the Tea Gardens,
a lake, and a forest.
I hope this guide helped you plan to tick Darjeeling off your list. Enjoy your visit!