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Darjeeling Tour Guide - Best places & Best time to visit, Best things to do

Darjeeling Tour Guide - Best places & Best time to visit, Best things to do

Darjeeling tourism

Darjeeling is a famous hill station of India located in the state West Bengal. Darjeeling is famous for its tourism and tea.

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How to reach Darjeeling?

You can reach Darjeeling by flight, train or road. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport, Siliguri. From the airport, you can hire a taxi to reach Darjeeling.

Bagdogra Airport to Darjeeling

Darjeeling is 95 km away from Bagdogra Airport which is in Siliguri. It will take approximately 3 hours to reach Darjeeling from the airport.

Darjeeling Railway Station

The nearest railway station from Darjeeling is New Jalpaiguri.

Best Places to visit in Darjeeling & Best things to do in Darjeeling

If you are planning a Darjeeling tour then it is important for you to know about the best locations and best things to do in Darjeeling. Here is the list of some of the best places to visit in Darjeeling :

Best tourist places of Darjeeling 

Batasia Loop in Darjeeling

Batasia Loop is located on Hill Cart Road which is approximately 3 km from Darjeeling city. It is one of the best places of Darjeeling where you can see a wonderful view of Kanchenjunga and Eastern Himalayas covered with snow. There is a garden between Batasia Loop and a toy train track is laid around the loop. If you want to enjoy the ride of a toy train then you can buy tickets from here.

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Batasia Loop War Memorial

A War Memorial is built in the centre of Batasia Loop which was opened in 1995. This War Memorial is dedicated for the Gorkha Soldiers who sacrifice their lives. The garden is full of grass and beautiful flowers. There is an Eco Garden where you can get information about the plantation and organic farming.

Tiger Hill in Darjeeling 

Tiger Hill is a popular destination of Darjeeling which is very famous among the tourists. You can see the mesmerising view of the sunrise from Tiger Hill. You have to choose the right season to view Sunrise at Tiger hills because sometimes there is fog all around and the peaks are not clearly visible.

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Best time to visit Tiger Hill, Darjeeling

The best time to visit Tiger Hill is March to April. To view the snow-covered peaks the best season is October to December. But you have to wake up early in the morning to witness the amazing moment of Sunrise. As Tiger hill is about 11 km away from Darjeeling city. So it will take almost 1 hour in reaching this place. It is really a breath-taking moment. One can't describe the beauty of that moment in words. You have to just feel it.

Japanese Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling

Japanese Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist temple and a monastery. This temple shows the four avatars of Lord Buddha. It will take around 10-15 minutes to reach here from Darjeeling city. Japanese Peace Pagoda is definitely an ideal destination for meditation. The peaceful environment of this temple is beyond the words.

Ghoom Monastery (Yiga Choeling Monastery)

Ghoom Monastery is popular for the high statue of Maitreya Buddha whose height is 15 ft. Ghoom Monastery is also known as Yiga Choeling Monastery or Old Ghum Monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries of Darjeeling.

Ghoom Monastery Darjeeling

Ghoom Monastery is approximately 8 km from Darjeeling city. You can explore it in 1-2 hours. There is no entry fee in Ghoom Monastery. It is one of the famous Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.

Bhutia Busty Monastery

It is one of the most popular monasteries of Darjeeling. It is the best place to spend some time in the peaceful environment. The calmness of this place touches the heart. An awesome place for meditation. In this peaceful environment, one can easily feel positive vibes. You can get to know a lot more information about the history of Buddhism from here.

Darjeeling Toy Train (Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, DHR) 

Darjeeling Toy Train is a steam engine which is declared as a World Heritage by UNESCO. That's why it is a major attraction among tourists. Every tourist wants to take a ride on the Toy Train.

Darjeeling Toy Train Route

It is a round trip of almost 2 hours where you will cover 14 km from Darjeeling to Ghum and then back to Darjeeling again. The Train also stops at Ghum for 30 minutes to visit Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Museum.

Darjeeling Toy Train Ticket Fare

The ticket price of the Steam Engine Toy Train is 1310 Rs and 850 Rs for the diesel engine joyride trains. There is no ticket required for the children who are below the age of 5 years. You can also book tickets online.

Darjeeling Toy Train Timings

The timing of the Darjeeling Toy Train is scheduled from 7.30 am to 4.20 pm. There are total 18 rides scheduled from morning till evening.

Darjeeling Toy Train Joy Ride

The train completes a loop around the beautiful garden of Batasia. The experience of riding on a Toy Train is wonderful. Sitting on a train and viewing the beautiful mountains and greenery of Darjeeling is really a magnificent feeling for anyone.

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Tenzing Rock in Darjeeling

It is a natural rock that is named after Tenzing Norgay. A first Indian who climb Mount Everest with Edmund Hillary. They climb the Mount Everest in 1953.

Gombu Rock in Darjeeling

Gombu Rock is named after Nawang Gombu. Gombu is the first Indian who climb Mount Everest two times. He climbs Mount Everest first time in 1963 and then in 1965.

Rock Climbing in Darjeeling

Tenzing and Gombu Rock both are located on Lebong Cart Road. It will take almost 25 minutes to reach here from Darjeeling city. Both these rocks are opposite to each other. There is a board on the top of Tenzing Rock which says "HMI Rock Climbing Training Area". If you want to climb these rocks then you can try it with the help of Guides there.

Observatory Hill in Darjeeling

Observatory Hill is located in The Mall. One can see the splendid view of Kanchenjunga Mountain and 12 other peaks laid with snow from here. It is one of the major attractions in Darjeeling among tourists because of its natural beauty and picturesque landscape.

Mahakal Temple in Darjeeling

There is also a temple in the Hill which is known as Mahakal Temple. A cave is in the temple. To reach inside the cave you have to climb down the stairs.

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Rock Garden (Barbotey Rock Garden) in Darjeeling

Rock Garden is also known as Barbotey Rock Garden. Rock Garden is almost 10 km from Darjeeling city. If you are a nature photography lover then Rock Garden is the perfect destination for you. This garden is built by cutting rocks that's why it is known as Rock Garden. There is an amazing waterfall in the garden.

Ganga Maya Park in Darjeeling

There is a lake inside Ganga Maya Park where you can enjoy a ride of paddled boats. Both Ganga Maya Park and Rock Garden open from 10 am to 4 pm daily and you have to buy tickets for entry in both of them. Ganga Maya Park is 3 km away from Rock Garden. You can hire a taxi to reach here.

The Mall or Chowrasta in Darjeeling

Chowrasta is popularly known as The Mall in Darjeeling. Chowrasta is made by adjoining two words 'Chow' and 'Rasta'. 'Chow' means four and 'Rasta' means Road. So Chowrasta is the place where four road meets with each other.

Darjeeling Mall or Chowrasta

There are many benches in the Mall Road where people sit and relax. There is a statue of Bhanubhakta Acharya in the Mall Road. He was a Nepali Poet.

Shops in Darjeeling Mall Road

There is a series of shops on the road which is known as Tibet Art. There are Nathmulls Tea Store and Sunset Lounge on the left of Tibet Art where one can enjoy the famous Darjeeling Tea.

Shopping in Darjeeling

Oxford Book and Stationery are one of the oldest stationeries of Darjeeling that is located on the Mall Road. So, in the Mall Road, you can do a lot of Shopping.

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling

The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was established on 4 November 1954. It came into existence to encourage the interest of people in mountaineering as a sport. 

There are 3 types of courses provided by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

  • Adventure Mountaineering Course 
  • Basic Mountaineering Course 
  • Advanced Mountaineering Course Himalayan  Mountaineering Institute Museum

There is a museum inside the institute which is known as the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Museum. This museum has 3 sections :

  •  A panorama of Himalayan Life 
  •  Mount Everest Expedition 
  •  Mountaineering History 

Tibetan Refugee Help Centre in Darjeeling

It is a rehabilitation centre located in Lebong for Tibetan Refugees. Tibetan Refugee Help Centre was established in 1959. Tibetan Help centre is also known as Hermitage. The main activity of Tibetan Refugee Help Centre is the production of Handicrafts.

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (Darjeeling Zoo)

Darjeeling Zoo is located at an altitude of 7000 ft. It was established in 1958. The total area of the Zoo is almost 68 acre. Darjeeling Zoo is also known as Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. There is also a museum inside the Darjeeling Zoo.

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park animals

One can see herbivores, reptiles and Carnivores in the Darjeeling Zoo. The Indian Tiger is the major attraction among the tourists.

Best time to visit Darjeeling Zoo

The best time to visit the Darjeeling zoo is from November to June. The Zoo remains closed on Thursday. The timing of the Darjeeling Zoo is from 8.30 am to 5 pm.

Darjeeling Zoo entry fee

The entry fees in the Darjeeling Zoo is 60 Rs. while free entry for the children below the age of 5 years. For Foreigners, the entry fees of the Darjeeling Zoo is 100 Rs.

Darjeeling Tea Garden

There are almost 87 tea gardens in Darjeeling which produce four types of Darjeeling Tea. You can also purchase Darjeeling tea from here.

  • Darjeeling White Tea 
  • Darjeeling Black Tea 
  • Darjeeling Organic Green Tea 
  • Darjeeling Oolong 
List of popular Tea Estates (Tea Garden) of Darjeeling

  • Steinthal Tea Estate 
  • Happy Valley Tea Estate 
  • Chamong Tea Estate 
  • Puttabong Tea Estate 
  • Singbul Tea Estate 

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Happy Valley Tea Estate in Darjeeling

Happy Valley is located 3 km away from Darjeeling city. It is the second oldest tea estate of Darjeeling established in 1854. It opens from Tuesday to Saturday at 8 am in the morning till 4pm in the evening. Happy Valley is a famous tea garden in Darjeeling.

Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary in Darjeeling

Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary is located 10 km away from Darjeeling city. Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the oldest wildlife Sanctuary of Darjeeling.

Senchal Lake in Darjeeling

Senchal Lake is a beautiful picnic spot and it is a part of Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary. Senchal is located at an elevation of 2490 ft. It is surrounded by forest and mountains. There is also a Golf Course on the hill which is one of the highest golf courses of the world.

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Mirik Lake Darjeeling

Mirik Lake is one of the favourite picnic spots among the tourists who came to visit Darjeeling. Mirik Lake is located at an elevation of 5800 ft and 49 km away from Darjeeling city. It is 0.5 km long. Mirik Lake is also known as Sumendu Lake.

Bagdogra Airport to Mirik Lake

Mirik Lake is 55 km away from Bagdogra Airport. The best season to visit Mirik Lake is March to June during the summer season and September to December in winter.

Rangeet Valley Passenger Car Cable Car (Darjeeling Ropeway)

Darjeeling Ropeway is known as Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway. This ropeway covers the distance between Darjeeling city and Rangeet Valley. Darjeeling ropeway gives an amazing view of Darjeeling Tea Garden, temples, Monasteries etc. The ride is for 40 minutes.

Dali Monastery

Dali Monastery is located 5 km away from Darjeeling city. It provides a calm and peaceful atmosphere. There is an open terrace in Dali Monastery where one can sit and spend some time in watching the beauty of nature. You can also get a chance to watch the lifestyle of monks living in the Monastery.

Best time to visit Darjeeling

The peak season to visit Darjeeling is from March to June and September to November. The weather remains pleasant in these months.

Darjeeling Temperature

In the months of December, January and February there is freezing cold in Darjeeling. Darjeeling temperature can dip to -2°C during the winter season.

Darjeeling Weather

The spring season is from March to April. The summer season is from May- June. It is one of the best seasons of Darjeeling. The monsoon season is from July to August.

Snowfall in Darjeeling

Snowfall in Darjeeling is rarely seen in the past years. But there are many other places which are at a higher altitude. Some of these places where you can get a chance to view snowfall.

Darjeeling Snow Point

Sandakphu and Tumling are the places where you can get a chance to watch the snowfall. Sandakphu is one of the famous places to watch the snowfall. This place is at an altitude of 12000 ft. 

Snowfall in Sandakhpu

The breath-taking view of mountain Kanchenjunga and other peaks covered with snow can also be seen from here. Sandakphu is a right place for trekking. That's why it is called "Trekkers Paradise". The best time to visit Sandakphu is from December to February for snowfall.

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Best Food of Darjeeling

There are many varieties of food available in Darjeeling. You can enjoy these delicious food items in Darjeeling. Here is the list of some of the best and popular food of Darjeeling :

  • Momos of Darjeeling
  • Thupka of Darjeeling
  • Shaphalay of Darjeeling
  • Chaang in Darjeeling
  • Dum Aalu of Darjeeling
  • Dalle of Darjeeling
  • Bengali Thali of Darjeeling
  • Nepali Thali of Darjeeling
  • Darjeeling Tea 
  • Churpee of Darjeeling

Best things to buy from Darjeeling 

There are some best things which one can buy while doing shopping in Darjeeling. Here is the list of the best things that one can buy from Darjeeling :

  • Darjeeling Tea 
  • Carpets from Tibetan Refugee Help Centre 
  • Books from Oxford Book and Stationery in Darjeeling
  • Handicrafts of Darjeeling
  • Hand knitted items of Darjeeling

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Things to carry while travelling Darjeeling

  • Photocopies of your documents like identity proof, passport size photographs.
  • Woollen Clothes
  • First Aid Kit
  • Skin care products
  • Carry some equipment like Camera, headphone, Charger etc.

So, this was all about the beautiful hill station Darjeeling.

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