Located in the foothills of Himalayas, the city of Darjeeling is situated at an altitude of 2042 m in West Bengal (unlike many peoples' misconception that it resides in Sikkim). The name Darjeeling comes from the Tibetan words - 'Dorje' and 'Ling'. Famous for its Toy Train and Tea Estates, there is a lot more to it and hence this place is on everyone's checklist. Be it the beautiful view of Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest peak in the world or the tranquility of Ghum Monastery.. the city is worth spending your time and money. Whats even more interesting is the local food. People love Momos, which is a local snack and can be found in every corner of the city. Secondly, hot chocolate is amazing. We probably had a glass of it with every meal for the 2 days we were there.
Planning a trip to Darjeeling?? Here is all you need to know..
How to Reach-
By train - You can take a train till New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP). There are several private as well as shared cabs available right from the station which will take approximately 3 hrs to Darjeeling. The frequency of cabs reduces generally after 6 in the evening so better you reach early.
By Air - Bagdogra Airport is the nearest to Darjeeling. You can get a direct cab till Darjeeling. If not, take a cab till NJP which will take about 40-45 mins and then change for Darjeeling.
Let me summarize it you. All the listings are in priority order according to me.
Places to visit -
1) Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park
2) Tiger Hills
3) Mountaineering Institute
4) Ghum Station and Monastery
5) Batasia Loop
Places to Shop -
1) Mall Market
2) Mahakal Market
3) Dragon Market
Places to Eat -
1) Kunga Restaurant
My 2 days in this culinary paradise..!