A steaming hot cup of aromatic tea, cold breeze, breathtaking panoramas – Could life get any better? Darjeeling and its divine beauty never fail to charm us. This small emerald green hill town is like the perfect weekend gateway. Bordered by Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan this town is a magical blend of different cultures. The colorful houses of Darjeeling portray its vibrant and lively character. Darjeeling is full of warm-hearted people who make you feel no less than home. Walk around the town and feel its magic in every step. Darjeeling has a lot to offer you in case you are looking forward to explore your taste buds.
A visit to Darjeeling would go incomplete without sipping a strong cup of black tea. Head to the Happy Valley Tea Estate for a detailed tour of their tea factory. Darjeeling’s tea is famous for its rich flavor and fragrance and is exported to various corners of the world. For international cuisines you can try a warm bowl of Thukpa or a plate full of mouth-watering momo. You can also get a taste of Britain cuisine out here. British cucumber sandwiches and cream scones can satisfy all your food cravings.
Best Time to Visit Darjeeling with Experience Bengal Homestays:
Best time to visit Darjeeling is during the autumn season. Avoid visiting Darjeeling in the rainy season as this area is prone to landslides. Also make sure to carry some winter clothing for the night time, as temperatures tend to get as low as 10 degree Celsius.
How to reach Darjeeling?
New Jalpaiguri, which is well connected to most of the major cities in India, is the nearest railway station from Darjeeling. On the other hand Bagdogra airport is the nearest one in case you prefer the air mode. From Siliguri you can also reach Darjeeling by road. Cabs are very easily available. You can even enjoy the Toy train ride for an enchanting experience.
Darjeeling attracts tourists from all over the world. Apart from being a picturesque hill town Darjeeling allows you to witness the twin majestic peaks Kanchenjunga and the Everest.
Tiger Hill has carved out fame for its spectacular sunrise view. One cannot miss the chance of visiting Tiger hill when in Darjeeling. You can witness the magnificent Mount Everest if you are lucky enough. With the sunrise, the peaks of Kanchenjunga are illuminated, which is an amazing view to speculate.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or the toy train runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling. The train moves at a very slow pace and provides you with some amazing camera worthy sights. Visit to Darjeeling is definitely incomplete without a joy ride at the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
As the name suggests, it is a loop of a narrow railway track where the very famous Toy train negotiates a sharp descent from Ghoom. Located on Hill Cart Road one can enjoy a panoramic view of Darjeeling’s dignified glory.
Happy Valley Tea Estate
For all those tea lovers Happy Valley Tea estate is like heaven on earth. Situated at an altitude of 6800 feet, the Happy Valley Tea Estate is the second oldest tea estate in Darjeeling. One can go for a detailed factory tour for learning the procedures of producing different varieties of tea.
The mall road or Chowrasta, as the name defines is a place where four roads converge. People usually sit here and relax and enjoy the surrounding view or maybe they visit the local markets around for some shopping.
Japanese Peace Pagoda
It is a temple built in Japanese style and is a symbol of peace and tranquility. This glistening white Pagoda was built under the guidance of Japanese Monk Nichidatsu Fuji and is a must visit during the daily puja. Join the prayers and feel the essence of spiritualism.
The Rock Garden
Located at a distance of 10 kilometers away from the city, this Garden showcases some beautiful flower beds and gorgeous waterfalls. The benches in the garden have been carved out of rocks.
Singalila National Park
The Singalila National Park is one of the highest in the entire West Bengal. You can visit this park for a panoramic view of the gigantic Himalayas from Nepal to Sikkim and up to Bhutan. This also a part of a trekking route and is no less than heaven for adventure lovers. It is home to the very rare Red Panda and Himalayan black bear.
Ghoom Monastery is one of the oldest Buddhist monastery in Darjeeling. One can view images of various Buddha deities and lamas in here. The walls of the monastery are full of paintings depicting the arts of Tibetan Buddhism.
It is the highest peak in West Bengal and gives you the view of four highest peaks in the world. Trekking to Sandakhphu is very common. The trek route is quite a challenging one and it is advisable to go for it only when you are completely fit. Sandakphu is home to Himalayan Cobra lilies and hence is also known as the “Mountain of poisonous plants”.
Darjeeling indeed is your home away from home. Tick it off your bucket list this year itself. They say you must pay attention when the mountains are calling. So why wait? Visit Darjeeling and Kalimpong and explore the unexplored side of yours.