A land of breathtaking beauty surrounded by rolling green tea plantations along with the majestic Kanchenjunga ranges towering above, Darjeeling is definitely one of the premier attractions of West Bengal. Darjeeling is arguably one of the most beautiful hill stations of India and is fondly known as the Queen of Hills. Darjeeling tourism is thriving and this hill station is visited by a lot of tourists round the year.
The height of Darjeeling is about 6,710 feet. It is a place where the cool mountain air scented with the fragrance of the flowers gently caresses your face. The flaming red rhododendrons, sparkling white magnolias, miles of emerald green hillsides sear your senses and the brilliant blue sky is gently draped by specks of clouds against the austere grandeur of the mighty Kanchenjunga. All this beauty has greatly enhanced Darjeeling tourism, making it one of the most coveted destinations of eastern India.
Darjeeling literally means ‘the land of thunderbolt’. In 1829, two British officers landed in Darjeeling and fell in such deep love with the place that they transformed it into a British settlement for the British in 1835. Today Darjeeling tourism beckons all types of tourists and travellers for a leisurely respite from the heat and dust of the plains. If you are not gaping at the beauty of the Kanchenjunga, then you can stroll around the picturesque town and admire its colonial architecture. You can cover the Darjeeling tourist spots, visit the Buddhist monasteries or head out to spot the unique red panda at the Darjeeling Zoo. Adventure enthusiasts can trek the Sandakphu peak and also indulge in some rock climbing in Darjeeling. In fact the holy grail for mountaineering, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, is also located in Darjeeling.
The Mall or Chowrasta is the centre of the town. It is a pedestrian-only zone where no vehicles are allowed. All the major shops are found in this area and it is one of the best places for shopping in Darjeeling and collecting souvenirs for home. It is a place for relaxing after you are tired of exploring the winding roads of Darjeeling. On a clear day, you can even see the Kanchenjunga range clearly from Chowrasta.
The bustling bazaars of Darjeeling are full of colourful masks and local knick-knacks from Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, making it a must visit place A visit to Darjeeling will also be incomplete without a ride on the famous toy train, a major highlight of Darjeeling tourism. Whether you are a tourist, trekker, traveller or lone backpacker, Darjeeling tourism welcomes you with open arms and shows you the best of the eastern Himalayas.
Best time to visit Darjeeling is from March to June and from September to October