Darjeeling is every bit the romantic destination you’ve heard about. Darjeeling tourism will be a one-of-a-kind experience because it is nestled in the Himanchal range at a height of over 6,700 feet. Darjeeling, in West Bengal’s northern reaches, has a distinct cultural and linguistic heritage.
There is a lot to see and do here for visitors. Read on to learn more about Darjeeling in this travel guide. During the East India Company’s rule in India in the early 1800s, a sanatorium and a military depot were built in the area. Following that, large tea plantations were established, with tea growers developing black tea hybrids and developing new fermentation techniques.
Darjeeling tea developed into an internationally recognized brand that is now among the world’s most popular black teas. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which connects the town to the North Bengal plains, was completed in 1881 and is home to some of India’s last remaining steam locomotives.
Darjeeling has a number of private British-style schools that draw students from India and neighboring nations. The town’s culture reflects its ethnically diverse population, which includes Lepcha, Khampa, Kirati, Gorkha, Newari, Sherpa, Bhutia, Bengali, and other Indian ethno-linguistic groups. In the 1980s, the Gorkhaland movement was centered in Darjeeling and adjacent Kalimpong.
Darjeeling is a hill station that was once an official British administrator’s retreat in a hilly region of India with a moderate temperature; the name “station” was a military term for an administrative unit. The British felt able to develop these cities by the end of the 1810s, after the East India Company’s dominion had stretched to the greater part of the subcontinent; renowned hill stations such as Simla, Ooty, and Darjeeling were established between 1819 and 1840.
The “hill” was somewhat of a misnomer, since the cities were erected on high mountain slopes after their sites had been picked by Company officials for special strategic or financial value.
The northern Himalayan areas that had been annexed to British India after the Anglo-Nepalese War of 1814–1816 included Simla, which later became the summer capital of India, and Darjeeling, which later became the summer capital of the Bengal presidency. The summer capital of the Madras presidency was Ooty, which was located in peninsular India.
Darjeeling’s history is connected with Sikkim’s, Nepal’s, Bhutan’s, and British India’s. The territory around Darjeeling was under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Sikkim for much of the 18th century, with the settlement comprising of a few Lepcha houses. The Chogyal of Sikkim had been fighting the Gurkhas of Nepal with little success. The Gurkhas attempted to conquer Darjeeling multiple times starting in 1780.
They had conquered the Terai and had overrun Sikkim as far east as the Teesta River by the turn of the nineteenth century; the area was annexed to Nepal. During this time, the British Army was tasked with keeping the Gurkhas from crossing the northern Indian border.
The tensions culminated in the Anglo-Nepalese War in 1814, which saw the Gurkhas defeated and the Sugauli Treaty signed in 1816. The land between the Mechi River and the Teesta, which Nepal had previously seized from the Chogyal, was surrendered to the East India Company (EIC) under the provisions of the treaty. The East India Company reinstalled the Chogyal of Sikkim in 1817 through the Treaty of Titalia, returning the area between the Mechi and the Teesta to the Chogyal and ensuring his sovereignty.
A party of EIC officials paused in Darjeeling in 1828 on their route to the Nepal-Sikkim border, thinking the location would be perfect for a sanatorium for British soldiers. In 1835, the Company leased the land west of the Mahananda River from the Chogyal. The Chogyal imprisoned EIC Superintendent Archibald Campbell and explorer and botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker in the region in 1849.
To release them, the EIC dispatched an army. The British acquisition of 1,700 square kilometers (640 square miles) of territory in 1850 was the consequence of continued friction between the EIC and the Sikkim authorities.
Darjeeling’s mild temperature caused it to be built as a hill station, or a resort, for British citizens wishing to escape the heat of the Indian plains in the later decades of East India Company rule. A sanatorium was shortly established. The company’s surgeon, Arthur Campbell, and Lieutenant Robert Napier were the ones to blame.
Between 1835 and 1849, Campbell made an effort to entice immigrants to farm the slopes around Darjeeling and boost trade, resulting in a hundredfold rise in the region’s population. Between 1839 and 1842, the first road connecting the town to the plains below was built. A military base for British soldiers was established in 1848, and the settlement was incorporated as a municipality in 1850. Tea was first commercially grown in the region in 1856, and it attracted a number of British colonists.
The tea industry grew quickly under the British Raj, which began in 1858, and by the turn of the century, there were more than 100 tea estates employing an estimated 64,000 people. Bhutan’s rulers and the British signed the Treaty of Sinchula in 1864, under which Bhutan relinquished to the British the passages leading through the highlands and Kalimpong. After 1864, Darjeeling was designated as the Bengal Presidency’s summer capital.
The Darjeeling hills, roughly corresponding to the present-day districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, were conquered by the Raj in 1866, encompassing an area of 3,200 square kilometers (1,234 sq mi). Scottish missionaries built schools and welfare centers for the British settlers, setting the groundwork for Darjeeling’s reputation as a center of learning.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which opened in 1881, expedited the region’s development. Darjeeling was shaken by large landslides in 1899, wreaking havoc on the town and the local populace.
Although princely nations were prohibited from owning land in Darjeeling, this prohibition did not apply to Indian inhabitants of British India, the British-controlled provinces. Darjeeling had become a favorite vacation resort for the Bengali upper classes by the turn of the century, with many of them having learned the British language, customs, and manners.
In Darjeeling, wealthy zamindars such as the Raja of Darbhanga and the Raja of Burdwan built homes. Rabindranath Tagore, a landowner and Bengali writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, spent his summers in Darjeeling or adjacent Kalimpong. In the vicinity of the British, famous Calcutta barristers established holiday residences in Darjeeling.
The Darjeeling area was previously deemed a “Non-Regulation Territory,” or an economically less developed district in British India, and hence did not automatically fall under the British Raj’s rules and regulations. The area was designated as a “backward tract” in 1919. Darjeeling is the capital of the district and the main town of the Sadar subdivision.
It’s in the Darjeeling Himalayan hill region, at an elevation of 2,000 meters (6,700 feet), in the Darjeeling-Jalapahar range, which starts in the south from Ghum. The range is Y-shaped, with two arms separating north of Observatory Hill and the base lying at Katapahar and Jalapahar. The north-eastern branch abruptly falls and terminates in the Lebong ridge, whereas the north-western arm crosses via North Point and terminates in the valley near Tukver Tea Estate.
The snowcapped Himalayan ranges tower above the town from afar, while the hills are snuggled amid higher peaks. The most visible mountain is Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak at 8,598 meters (28,209 feet). Mount Everest, 8,848.86 m (29,031.7 ft), Lhotse, 8,516 m (27,940 ft), and Makalu, 8,485 m (27,838 ft) can all be visible from Tiger Hill on clear days.
Darjeeling’s hills are part of the Lesser Himalaya. The soil is primarily made up of sandstone and conglomerate formations, which are cemented and upheaved waste from the Himalayan range. The soil, on the other hand, is frequently unconsolidated (the region’s permeable sediments do not absorb water between rainfall) and thus unsuitable for agriculture. During the monsoons, the area’s steep slopes and loose soils cause regular landslides.
The city is located at the convergent boundary of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates, and is subject to frequent earthquakes, according to the Bureau of Indian Standards (on a scale of I to V, in order of increasing proneness to earthquakes). Darjeeling’s yearly mean maximum temperature is 17.2 °C (63.0 °F), while the mean lowest temperature is 8.5 °C (47.3 °F), according to the India Meteorological Department.
The lowest temperature ever recorded was 7.2 degrees Celsius (19.0 degrees Fahrenheit) on 30 January 1971, while the highest temperature was 28.5 degrees Celsius (83.3 degrees Fahrenheit) on 21 August 1970. The average annual precipitation is 2,380 mm (94 in), with 105 days of rain on average each year.
The month of July has the most rain. The region’s high and concentrated rainfall, exacerbated by deforestation and irresponsible design, frequently results in deadly landslides, resulting in loss of life and property. Snowfall is uncommon, and the community can go years without receiving any.
Darjeeling is located in the zoo-geographic zone of the Eastern Himalayas. Sal, oak, semi-evergreen, temperate, and alpine forests can be found in the Darjeeling area. A great variety of unique orchids can be discovered in the dense evergreen forests of sal and oak that surround the town.
The Lloyd’s Botanical Garden is dedicated to the preservation of common and unusual plant species, while the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is dedicated to the conservation and breeding of endangered Himalayan species. Increased demand for wood fuel and lumber, as well as increased motor traffic, are causing deforestation in Darjeeling and the surrounding region.
The Divisional Forest Officer of the West Bengal Forest Department’s Territorial and Wildlife wing manages and protects the district’s forests and wildlife. Darjeeling’s biodiversity includes various kinds of ducks, teals, plovers, and gulls that pass through on their way to and from Tibet.
Small Indian civets, mongooses, and badgers are among the small mammals present in the area. The Darjeeling Zoo’s TA conservation centre for red pandas opened in 2014, adding on a previous captive breeding effort.
In the area, the Himalayan newt Tylotriton verrucosus, one of two salamander species known in India, can be found in wetlands. The Himalayan relict dragonfly Epiophlebia laidlawi, one of only four species in the Epiophlebiidae family, was discovered in the region for the first time.
Darjeeling Municipality and the Tukvar Tea Garden make up the Darjeeling urban agglomeration. Established in 1850, the Darjeeling municipality manages the civil administration of the town, covering an area of 10.60 km2 (4.09 sq mi) (4.09 sq mi).
The municipality consists of a board of councillors elected from each of the 32 wards of Darjeeling town as well as a few members nominated by the state government. The board of councillors elects a chairman from among its elected members, and the chairman serves as the municipality’s executive head. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has control of the municipality since 2022.
The Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council was in charge of the Gorkha-dominated hill parts of Darjeeling district from 1988 to 2012. (DGHC). The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration took over the DGHC in 2012. (GTA). GTA members are elected to run some aspects of the hills, such as education, industry, and land revenue, but they are unable to legislate or impose taxes.
The district police force, which is part of the West Bengal Police, is responsible for maintaining law and order in Darjeeling town; a Deputy Superintendent of Police is in charge of the town’s security and law enforcement. Darjeeling and Jorebungalow are the two police stations in the Darjeeling municipality area.
The majority of Darjeeling’s water comes from natural springs in the Senchal Range. Water is collected and channeled through stone conduits to two lakes built in 1910 and 1932, from where it is piped to the town after being purified at the Jorebungalow filtration facility. Water is piped from Khong Khola, a neighboring tiny permanent creek, during the dry season when springs are insufficient.
Increased demand has resulted in a severe water shortage; just about half of the town’s residences are linked to the municipal water system. Several attempts to increase water supply, including the construction of a third storage reservoir in 1984, have failed to meet expectations. The town has an underground sewage system that collects domestic waste and transports it to septic tanks for disposal.
It covers roughly 40% of the town area. Solid garbage is dumped in a nearby landfill, which also houses the town’s cremation. Garbage collection at the curb, as well as the separation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste, has been in place since 2003. Vegetable waste is vermicomposted with the assistance of non-governmental organizations. In June 2009, the council suggested a ban on plastic carrier bags and sachets in the town in order to decrease trash.
Darjeeling was the first town in India to be powered by hydroelectricity from the neighboring Sidrapong Hydel Power Station, which operated from 1897 to the early 1990s. The West Bengal State Electricity Board now obtains electricity from different sources. Many families use voltage stabilisers since the town frequently has power outages and the electrical supply voltage is unreliable.
Darjeeling Gorkha Autonomous Hill Council now manages almost all of the basic schools. Within the municipal region, the total length of all types of roads is around 134 km (83 mi). The town’s emergency services are provided by the West Bengal Fire Service.
Tourism and the tea business are the two most important contributors to Darjeeling’s economy. Darjeeling tea has a distinct natural flavor that is worldwide renowned and recognized as a geographical indicator, thanks to the unique agro-climatic conditions of Darjeeling. The office of the Darjeeling Indian Tea Association (DITA) is located at Darjeeling.
Darjeeling produces about 9,000,000 kilos (20,000,000 lb) of tea per year, accounting for 7% of India’s total output. Tea produced in other parts of India, as well as other nations such as Nepal, has posed a threat to the tea business in recent years. Widespread fears of labor disputes, layoffs, and estate closures have harmed investment and productivity.
Several tea estates are run as worker cooperatives, while others are being developed as tourist resorts. Women are favored for picking tea leaves, accounting for more than half of all tea plantation employees. Maize, millets, paddy, cardamom, potato, and ginger are some of the most widely grown crops.
Darjeeling has already established itself as a popular tourist destination by 1860. It is said to be the only place in eastern India where considerable numbers of foreign tourists gather. Political unrest in the region had a negative impact on tourist influx, and agitations in the 1980s and 2000s wreaked havoc on the tourism business.
Darjeeling has experienced a continuous inflow of both domestic and foreign tourists since 2012. Darjeeling’s reputation as the “Queen of the Hills” continues to this day, with over 50,000 foreign and 500,000 domestic tourists visiting each year. Darjeeling is the third most Googled travel destination in India, according to an India Today study published on December 23, 2015.
In addition, it is a favorite filming location for Bollywood and Bengali films. Satyajit Ray, a well-known Bengali film director, shot his film Kanchenjungha (1962) here. Aradhana (1969), Main Hoon Na (2004), Parineeta (2005), and Barfi! (2012) were among the Bollywood films shot in the town.
Darjeeling is accessible via the 88-kilometer (55-mile) Darjeeling Himalayan Railway from New Jalpaiguri or the 77-kilometer (48-mile) National Highway 55 from Siliguri. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a 600 mm (2 ft) narrow-gauge railway that was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 for being “an outstanding example of the influence of an innovative transportation system on the social and economic development of a multi-cultural region, which was to serve as a model for similar developments in many parts of the world,” making it only the second railway in the world to receive this honor.
Darjeeling is connected to Siliguri by bus and hired vehicles, and it also has road connections to Bagdogra, Gangtok, and Kathmandu, as well as the nearby towns of Kurseong and Kalimpong. However, landslides frequently impair road and railway connectivity during the monsoon season. Bagdogra Airport, 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Darjeeling, is the nearest airport.
Walking is the most common mode of transportation within the town. For short distance travel, residents also use two-wheelers and hired taxis. The Darjeeling Ropeway, operable since 1968, was blocked in 2003 after an accident killed four people. It reopened in February 2012.
Darjeeling’s culture is diversified, encompassing a range of traditional rituals and festivals, and it is separate from the rest of India. The biggest festivals include Dashain (Vijayadashami), Tihar (Diwali), Holi, Lakshmi Puja, Maghe Sankranti, Losar, Buddha Jayanti, and Christmas.
Tibetan Buddhism is practiced by Tibetans, Lepchas, Bhutias, Sherpas, Yolmos, Gurungs, and Tamangs, with the Tibetan new year festival Losar, Saga Dawa, and Tendong Lho Rumfaat being the most popular. Hindus venerate renowned Hindu pantheon symbols such as Durga, Kali, and Shiva, as well as deities with Hindu and Buddhist influences, such as Manjushri and Macchindranth, popular among Newars, and Gorakhnath, worshipped by Gorkhas.
The area’s Tibetan Buddhism, or Lamaism, is known for the centrality of gompas, or monasteries, in the followers’ community life. Intermarriage and mixing of ethnic groups has resulted in hybrid cultural forms and practices. The Darjeeling Carnival is a ten-day carnival held annually during the winter with the major focus of portraying the Darjeeling Hill’s musical and cultural legacy. It was founded by a civil society movement known as The Darjeeling Initiative.
Cottages, Gothic cathedrals, the Planters’ Club, the Raj Bhawan, and several educational institutions are examples of colonial architecture in Darjeeling. Pagodas can be seen at Buddhist monasteries. Nipponzan Myohoji, a Japanese Buddhist organization, created a Peace Pagoda in 1992.
The predominant ingredients in the cuisine are rice, noodles, and potatoes. Momo, a steamed flour dumpling filled with meat or veggies and served hot with soup and spicy tomato sauce, is the most popular local snack meal.
Thukpa, a Tibetan delicacy, is a popular dish. Thukpa is a pork, egg, and vegetable noodle soup made at home. Kinema, Chhurpi, Gundruk, and Sha phaley are also popular foods.
A large portion of the population consumes fermented foods and beverages. Soybean preparations, bamboo shoots, milk, and rice-based Sel roti are examples of fermented foods. Tea is a popular delicacy, especially butter tea. Tongba, Jnaard, and Chhaang, all varieties of a local beer created from fermenting finger millet, are alcoholic beverages.
How To Reach Darjeeling
Darjeeling, located in the far northwestern section of West Bengal, is a tranquil and peaceful town with beautiful views of the Himalayas. Tea manufacturing is one of the most important industries in this hill town, and Darjeeling tea is well-known around the world.
So, when in Darjeeling, don’t forget to sip a cup of tea while admiring the misty morning vista of the mountains. Here’s a full advice on how to get to Darjeeling for those of you who have made up your mind to visit this lovely hill town.
1. By Road
Interstate bus routes connect almost all significant cities to Siliguri. Aside from government-run services, there are numerous private transportation companies that provide reasonably comfortable journeys. You can take another bus or, better yet, a shared jeep from Siliguri to Darjeeling, which is 70 kilometers away. There are numerous private cabs that run between Siliguri and Darjeeling.
2. By Train
Darjeeling is served by two railway stations. Both of these stations have extensive wide-gauge links to cities all over India. NJP, or New Jalpaiguri, is the principal railway station, located 88 kilometers from Darjeeling. NJP serves as a stop for a number of long-distance trains.
The other station, Siliguri Junction, is 80 kilometers from Darjeeling but has fewer trains. NJP and Siliguri are twin cities with an 8-kilometer distance between them. To get to your destination, you can take a taxi or the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways’ small gauge toy train from these two places.
3. By Air
Bagdogra Airport is roughly 94 kilometers from Darjeeling. Bagdogra is served by regular flights from all major cities. You will have to rent a private cab after you land at the airport since shared taxis and buses are not available at the airport. Darjeeling is around 3 hours away from Bagdogra airport.
You can alternatively take a taxi to Siliguri, which is only 12 kilometers from Bagdogra Airport, and then take a bus or shared jeep to Darjeeling, although the trip would take much longer. A minimum of 3.5 hours spent alone on the bus.
4. Getting Around in Darjeeling
Taxi Service: In Darjeeling, taking a cab from one location to another is the most convenient and pleasant mode of transportation. There are many fixed-rate taxi services accessible in Darjeeling, so you won’t have to worry about haggling.
Toy Train: Take a ride on the toy train all across the city while taking in the sights. It’s every bit as thrilling as it sounds! So get aboard the Toy Train and have a pleasant and unique Darjeeling experience.
Weather In Darjeeling And The Best Time To Visit
Darjeeling, in West Bengal, is a well-known hill station in India, known for its picturesque surroundings. At 2042 meters above sea level, the city is situated. The Kanchenjunga range surrounds it, and most people come to witness the breathtaking views of these majestic peaks.
You can also visit the well-known tea estates that dot the Darjeeling landscape. The city attracts a great number of visitors, who are increasing year after year. Summers are warm and windy, while the monsoons are cool and refreshing, with misty mountain air and rainfall. The temperature ranges from 6 to 18 degrees Celsius in the winter, and the area is swamped with tourists due to the ideal weather conditions. Continue reading for a comprehensive information about Darjeeling weather and the best time to visit.
1. The season of summer (April to June)
This is the busiest time of year for tourists in Darjeeling, as the weather is still decent. The temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius, which is ideal for sightseeing and admiring the hill-natural station’s beauty. Light cotton clothes are more than enough for this weather.
2. Monsoon season (July to September)
During the monsoon, the city experiences severe rainfall, which can result in landslides in some regions. However, if the heavy rains do not dissuade you, this may be a fantastic time to visit the area to appreciate the lush green beauty, which makes for some very great photographs if you are interested in photography.
Temperatures range between 13 and 19 degrees Celsius. September is considered an excellent month to visit Darjeeling because the rains have subsided and the weather has become more predictable due to the lower rainfall. Following the showers, the valley appears green and vivid.
3. The season of winter (October to March)
Winter begins in late October. The valley is blanketed in a continuous chill, with temperatures ranging from 5 to 7 degrees Celsius. While some people dislike the cold in the mornings, the brightness in the afternoons is ideal. For New Year’s and Christmas celebrations, there are a lot of tourists.
For individuals who aren’t used to hill winters, this time of year can be too much, so take the required precautions. Despite the fact that Darjeeling never receives snow, the temperature drops below -2 degrees Celsius. No one wants to be out in the open late at night, so businesses and cafés close by 8 p.m. If you’re dressed appropriately, this is the ideal weather for a romantic stroll across the city beneath the stars.
Tourist Attractions in Darjeeling
Darjeeling, a Himalayan city in the state of West Bengal, is the ideal retreat for those who enjoy a pleasantly chilly climate. What could be better than wandering through lush vegetation and clean air that the rest of the world is unaware of?
As long as you walk through Darjeeling’s rolling plains and hills, you can kiss all your worries away. The biggest tourist attractions in Darjeeling range from Tiger Hill to the Himalayan Railways, Rimbik to Observatory Hill.
1. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
What better way to start your Darjeeling adventure than with a trip to the Himalayas? The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is one of Darjeeling’s most popular destinations. The institute, which was founded by the late Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, who ascended Mount Everest, still displays all of the equipment used on that climb. Feast your eyes on the Himalayas’ splendor and be humbled by their power.
2. Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park
This park, also known as the Darjeeling Zoo, is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. This zoological park is named after late Padmaja Naidu, the governor of West Bengal and daughter of India’s nightingale, Sarojini Naidu.
It is home to the lovely Red Panda and Snow Leopards. This zoo is a must-see for anyone interested in the Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Salamander, or Tibetan Wolf conservation breeding programs.
3. Tiger Hill
Take in the first rays of the sun as it chastely kisses the summit of Mount Kanchenjunga, softly but steadily illuminating it. The play of light and shade is amazing, and for someone with a poet’s heart, viewing the sunrise from Tiger Hill is a must-do experience.
Of course, you’ll have to get up at 3 a.m. to make it in time for the dawn and secure a decent viewing spot amid the throngs of visitors; but once your eyes scan the golden hued horizon, the effort will be well worth it.
4. Japanese Peace Pagoda and Buddhist Monasteries
Take a little time out to fulfill your spiritual inclination and visit the world-renowned Japanese Peace Pagoda and the numerous other delicate Buddhist monasteries.
Explore the area and marvel at the majesty and serenity of these structures. The Peace Pagoda, which was built by the Japanese Buddhist Nipponzan-Myohoji Order, has always enchanted and called to Buddhists. The many monasteries, such as the Ghoom and Dali Monasteries, will humble you with their simplicity, while also embodying silent glory and opulence, unblemished by time.
5. Batashiya Loop and The War Memorial
Batashiya Loop is a massive railway loop where the toy train makes a complete 360-degree turn, as the name says. So sit tight as this bend could just make you a wee bit shaky! A picturesque little area with numerous photo-ops, Batashiya Loop takes pride of place with the War Memorial, created in honour of all the heroic warriors who sacrificed their lives for the country.
Soak in the historic and all-natural ambiance of Batashiya Loop and be sure to splurge a little bit on all the hand-made treasures, like handbags, bags and other decorative items.
6. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
A coveted tourist haunt, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) is this narrow gauge train track that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling.
The 88 km covered are picturesque and wonderful. You get to explore this natural mountainous grandeur in a toy train that has been recognized a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These railways, which date back to 1879, are the Himalayan Railways’ main attraction.
7. Nightingale Park
Nightingale Park is a public park in Darjeeling’s Richmond Hill. It is primarily known for providing breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga Peak. The rich foliage, which is present throughout the year, makes Nightingale Park even more desirable to inhabitants and visitors alike, instilling a calm, serene feeling in your chest. This park was once Sir Thomas Tartan’s private courtyard, and it was once a part of his home. It is now open to the public and features a Shiva monument as well as a musical fountain.
It’s a little town in Darjeeling that’s part of the Singalila National Park. This hamlet is popular with hikers and trekkers since it is located near several popular routes, including the Sandakphu route and the famous Singalila National Park route. These are some of the best east Indian hikes. In addition, the town is scenic and lovely, providing opportunities for rest and good food, as well as strolls through its charming streets. The finest times to visit are in the spring and summer.
9. Singalila National Park
Singalila National Park features some of the best trekking routes, as you already know. But did you know that Singalila National Park is the highest national park in the world and home to the rare red panda? I’m sure you didn’t! So, here’s the deal: Singalila National Park is one of Darjeeling’s most popular tourist destinations. It’s one-of-a-kind, with gorgeous Rhododendron trees, majestic Himalayan mountains in front of your eyes like a picture window, and the Himalayan Black bear wandering around. Between June 16th and September 15th, the park is closed.
10. Peace Pagoda
Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist sanctuary where a white building with gold trimmings rises to house the four incarnations of Buddha. It is one of only 30 shrines of its kind in the world. The Maitreya Buddha sculpture is particularly lovely. Peace Pagoda was built in the late 1800s and took about three years to complete. Nichidatsu Fuji, a Japanese monk, began construction with the goal of spreading the message of peace, compassion, hope, and harmony. This spot, which is located on Darjeeling’s West Point, is ideal for a morning trip.
11. St. Andrew’s Church
St. Andrew’s Church in Darjeeling is an architectural wonder as well as a religious center. St. Andrew’s Church, which dates back to the colonial era, is full of old world elegance and history. In 1843, it was given the name Saint Andrew after Scotland’s patron saint, and it quickly became a famous tourist destination for both locals and foreigners. It is recommended that you dress modestly and respect its hallowed aura due to its Anglican nature.
12. Ghum Monastery
The Ghum Monastery, at 8000 feet above sea level, is the town’s oldest Tibetan monastery. It was once known as Yiga Choeling. Ghum Monastery is known for its spectacular Maitreya Buddha statue in the main hall, as well as its collection of Buddhist documents, paintings, and rare manuscripts.
13. Happy Valley Tea Estate
The Happy Valley Tea Estate is a joy to behold. Especially for tea connoisseurs. As you approach this 437-acre estate, you can smell the lovely wet scent of tea from the road itself. It owns and operates one of the world’s highest tea plantations, as well as a processing factory. An English gentleman created this estate back in 1854 and it has been flourishing ever since.
14. Rock Garden
Rock Garden is a famous picnic place here, filled with waterfalls, lush hills, flowers and an artificial garden with some indigenous species. The Chunar Waterfall is ideal for a hot summer afternoon, and the mountain stream bubbling through the thickets evokes Panchtantra tales. The garden is open from 10 in the morning to 4 in the evening, every day.