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Things to do in Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a beautiful hill station in the foothills of the Himalayas, located in the West Bengal state of India. It is popular for its tea plantation and beautiful landscape. There are plenty of sightseeing places in Darjeeling and one can just spend as many days here. On your trip to Darjeeling, here are some unforgettable experiences to try.

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Joyful ride on the Toy Train

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The toy train ride in Darjeeling is a romantic experience. Along with the panoramic view of the hills, you can halt at places to eat the local delicacies. The preferable ride junctions are Ghoom and Kurseong.

Mountaineering

You can try and learn mountaineering at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute located at Jawahar Parbat in Darjeeling. There are ongoing courses on free climbing, ceiling repelling, bungee jumping, etc. of duration ranging from days to month. You can also take one-day exposure course here.

Munch Churpi

Churpi is a type of chewing bar, which the locals keep munching to keep themselves warm. It is not sweet and has a unique taste, which is good and worthy to roll in the mouth. You can also take home some churpi for winters. It is available in almost all street shops in Darjeeling.

Shopping at Bhutia Market

Unlike it sounds, Bhutia market is not about the ghosts, but the local community of people. The market includes temporary stalls along the Chowrasta and next to Nathmulls. You can buy handwoven and traditional winter wear for the entire family from this market. The price is reasonable and you can bargain for more number of items. Next to shopping for winter wear collection, you can take home special Darjeeling tea from the Nathmull market.

Get Inked

You can find the tattoo artists in every nook and corner of the town. How about getting inked and taking home the memories of Darjeeling in a different way. There are options for both permanent and temporary tattoos.

You can also book a cab for a day in Darjeeling and enjoy the scenic beauty.

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5 Offbeat Places to visit near Darjeeling

If you are looking for a weekend getaway or a day tour near Darjeeling, then you have landed upon a right place. This page is all about 5 offbeat locations and least crowded tourist destinations.

Siliguri

It is a beautiful city on the foothills of Himalayas. It is a less explored tourist spot as the majority of the crowd heads to Darjeeling. Siliguri matches Darjeeling in terms of natural beauty. The main attractions in this place are-

Salugara Monastery

Iskcon temple

Sports museum

Bengal Safari Park

Distance from Darjeeling: 62 kilometers, 2.5 hours

Book cab from Darjeeling to Siliguri

Kalimpong

It is located again in the Himalayan foothills in the West Bengal state of India. You can find many colonial era buildings here. The top sights include-

Delo Park

Mangal Dham

Tinchuley

Durpin Monastery

Kalimpong science center

Distance from Darjeeling: 50 kilometers, 2 hours

Book cab from Darjeeling to Kalimpong

Namchi

Namchi is located in Sikkim. The term Namchi in Sikkimese translates to “Sky High”. The popular sites in this place are-

Samdruptse

Tarey Bhir

Ngadak Monastery

Namchi Rock garden

Distance from Darjeeling: 45 kilometers, 2.5 hours by road

Book cab from Darjeeling to Namchi

Pelling

Pelling is a small, peaceful town in the Sikkim state of India. The place is located in the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga. The top sights in this place include-

Pemayangtse Monastery

Tashiding Monastery

Rabdentse ruins

Kirateshwar Mahadev temple

Kanchenjunga falls

Distance from Darjeeling: 72 kilometers, 4 hours by road

Book cab from Darjeeling to Pelling

Gangtok

It is a capital city of Sikkim and is also an established Buddhist pilgrimage site. It is a preferred place for bikers, hikers, and trekkers. Popular sites in Gangtok are-

Rumtek Monastery

Hanuman Tok

Enchey Monastery

Ganesh Tok

Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park

Distance from Darjeeling: 98 kilometers, 2.5 hours by road

Book cab from Darjeeling to Gangtok

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Best places for Shopping in Darjeeling

Darjeeling is famous for its tea estates. Needless to mention, on your visit to Darjeeling, you can carry loads of authentic Darjeeling tea and freshly plucked tea leaves. But, there is more to shop in Darjeeling. Following suggestions would help.

Tibetan Refugee market

This is a perfect place to buy Traditional Kurtas, Nepalese woolen clothes, stoles, and jackets. The market closes by evening, so you can plan to visit this market before 5 PM in the evening.

Ghoom Monastery market

If you ride the toy train in Darjeeling, you will encounter this market. In this place, you can find Buddhist prayer wheels and flags, singing bowls, wall paintings, etc.

Batasia Loop Market

Now, this will be a different shopping experience for the non-locals of Darjeeling. The market sets on the railway track of the toy train. The best time to visit this market is before 09:00 AM. Even if you are not shopping, you should wait and watch the people winding up their makeshift stalls so rapid as soon they get a clue about the train arriving.

What to shop from this market?

Well, it is a flea market, you may or may not find worthy items, but surely at dirt cheap price. The vendors usually have woolen clothing and utility items.

Bhutia Market

Unlike it sounds, Bhutia market is not about the ghosts, but the local community of people. The market includes temporary stalls along the Chowrasta and next to Nathmulls. You can buy handwoven and traditional winter wear for the entire family from this market. The price is reasonable and you can bargain for more number of items. Next to shopping for winter wear collection, you can take home special Darjeeling tea from the Nathmull market.

You can also book cab for a day in Darjeeling and enjoy the local market.

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5 popular and exclusive food in Darjeeling

Darjeeling caters a mix of West Bengal cuisine and Tibetan cuisine. One can also observe the influence of Nepali tradition in their food preparation methods. Following are some of the typical dishes in Darjeeling.

Thukpa

Thukpa is a popular Tibetan dish. It is a hot noodle soup made from meat. You can also get the vegetarian and eggitarian version of this dish. Though it sounds like a starter dish, yet it is fulfilling and sufficient for an average meal. Try thukpa at Kunga and Dekevas restaurants in Gandhi Road.

Momos

Momos are the dumplings made of flour and stuffed with vegetables, noodles, or meat. You can also try steamed momos in hot noodle soup. Some of the great places to try momos are Kunga and Dekevas restaurants in Gandhi Road and Hasty Tasty in Nehru Road.

Dalle

Dalle is a hot chili pickle in Darjeeling. It is also served with momos. You can eat and take home Dalles from Darjeeling. Some of the best places to find Dalle include keventers, Chowrasta, and Chowk Bazaar. While at keventers do try their sandwich toast, it is just awesome.

Kinema and Kakra ko Achar

Kinema is a preparation from fermented soy beans. Kakra is cucumber and Achar is a pickle. Kakra ko Achar is prepared from julienned cucumber, a pattern similar to making Kimchi (Japan and China). You can find this dish at the stalls in Zakir Hussain road.

Churpi

Churpi is a type of chewing bar, which the locals keep munching to keep themselves warm. It is not sweet and has a unique taste, which is good and worthy to roll in the mouth. You can also take home some churpi for winters. It is available in almost all street shops in Darjeeling.

Apart from these dishes, given there is time, we suggest to try Dum Aloo and Nepali Thali. You can also book cab for the entire day in Darjeeling and enjoy the food trail.

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