Home to mesmerising sunrises, Darjeeling is an emerald green hill station in India. The hill town boasts of a cool climate throughout the year thereby making it a perfect gateway in all seasons. Comprising of mighty Himalayas, pristine valleys, monasteries and tea gardens, Darjeeling is one of the most beautiful hill stations. Also known as the 'Queen of Himalayas', it is a paradise for tourists of all kind.
Darjeeling’s culture is not just diverse but also very unique. It is dominated by two religions - Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism. Some of the main festivals celebrated are- Dashain, Tihar, Buddha Jayanti, Holi, Christmas and Ram Navami etc. The cuisine of Darjeeling is also quite diverse with a variety of food options.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
A UNESCO world heritage site, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or rather DHR was built between 1879 and 1881. Standing at a height of 2200 m, Ghum is the highest altitude station on the DHR track. It is among one of the top tourist attractions in Darjeeling and the Toy Train starts from New Jalpaiguri and ends in Darjeeling.
Singalila National Park
Perched high at a height of 7000 feet, the Singalila National Park is the highest national park in Bengal. Famous for its breathtaking views, this national park is home to a large number of rare species and orchids. One can easily spot the very exotic and rare Red panda and Himalayan Black Bear in here.
Batasia Loop is located just below the Ghoom station and is yet another must-visit place in Darjeeling. It was built back in the year 1919, to lower the inclination of ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways. This tourist spot offers with panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and various other Himalayan peaks.
At an altitude of 2590 meters, Tiger Hill offers with the most spectacular sights of sunrise. It is always the first choice for tourists who are visiting Darjeeling. Tiger Hill is also the summit of Ghoom, which is the highest railway station in Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
Happy Valley Tea Estate
This tea estate is the second oldest in the emerald green town of Darjeeling. It is said to provide with breathtaking views of the Himalayas and is a popular tourist attraction. When in Darjeeling, do not forget to take a guided tour through the fragrant factory of Happy Valley Tea Estate.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
Also known as HMI, Darjeeling, this institute was established to encourage the sport of mountaineering in India. Mountaineers from all over the globe visit this institute to enhance their skills. Besides being one of the best mountaineering institutes, it is also a major tourist attraction.