Darjeeling is probably the main tourist destination in West Bengal and certainly the most famous of the old colonial hill stations. Situated in the eastern Himalayas. Its cool and fresh atmosphere attracts many visitors to escape the heat during the summers. The town is well known internationally for its tea plantations and for fabulous views of the world's thirds highest mountain peak Kanchenjunga. Reach the town is an experience in itself, as tourists can take the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or Toy Train. This train still runs on steam from New Jalpaiguri/Siliguri to Darjeeling and makes for a charming activity in itself. The narrow gauge railway built by the British is a really great way to look at the scenery and enjoy every minitue.
Darjeeling is a mixture of bustling local markets and winding streets with shops selling everything from trekking gear to jewelerry and camera equipment to the famous Darjeeling Tea. There are also plenty of good restaurants and roof top cafes affording views across the town to rolling hills and on a clear day, the Himalayas beyond.
Darjeeling has several British-style public schools, which attract pupils from India and neighboring countries.The different culture of the town reflects its diverse demographic background consisting of Nepalis, Bhutia, Lepchaand other Indians.
Tibetan Refugee Centre is another interesting place to visit in the city. This was set up by the Dalai Lama's sister and not only provides tourists with an interesting place to look around and buy Tibetan made handicrafts, but an income for the Tibetan community, schooling and healthcare for their children and a place to live. You are free to walk around the workshops where you can watch all manner of things being made from high quality rugs and carpets to woolen produce, bags, wooden carvings and clothes.
Toy Train is the famous UNESCO World Heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway still running on steam from Siliguri to Darjeeling and makes for a great train journey.
Japanese Peace Pagoda This impressing building is part of a grid of around 30 pagodas spanning the whole globe. Constructed by the Japanese Buddhist Nipponzan-Myohoji on the outskirts of Darjeeling was made sacred in 1992. If you're woken up due to the sound of drumming in the streets of Darjeeling in early mornings, these are the monks of the Japanese temple having their early morning walk.
Tea Plantations is something you should not miss while in Darjeeling.
Kanchenjunga Views from Tiger Hill - One of the increasingly popular attractions in Darjeeling is a jeep ride up to Tiger Hill for sunrise. This is not just for Western tourists, but Indian, Nepali and Tibetan people also go to this spectacular viewpoint to worship the sun or just welcome the new day and enjoy the view.
Mountaineering Institute Museum has the oldest mountaineering Museum of the country which was established in 1957.It has a rich collection of models, paintings, sculpture, photographs, manuscripts, autographs, books, and mountaineering equipment belonging to famous mountaineers, dresses and other cultural belonging of hill folks.
Festivals In Darjeeling
Losar February – Tibetan new year
Dalai Lama's birthday mid June
Diwali between mid-October and mid-November
Darjeeling Carnival November – This annual 10-day carnival portrays Darjeeling Hill's musical and cultural heritage.
Christmas 25 December
How To Reach Darjeeling
The nearest airport is at Bagdogra, which is around 93 kilometres from Darjeeling. Bagdogra is connected with Kolkata, Guwahati and Delhi by regular flights.
The nearest railway station is at New Jalpaiguri/Siliguri. The narrow gauge scenic 'Toy train' is the best way to reach Darjeeling from Siliguri. Train timings and fare can be checked at Indian Railways website.
Regular buses connect Darjeeling with the nearby towns such as Bagdogra, Siliguri, Kalimpong and Gangtok. Shared taxis and mini-buses are also available from Siliguri and the journey takes around 3 hours.
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