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What You Should Know More About Darjeeling

  • Travel Advice

    • Avoid traveling during rains as the roads here get really muddy and slippery.

    • Stay Hydrated and drink bottled water that is sealed.

    • Avoid street food.

    • Wear footwear that is comfortable and water resistant.

    • Keep your phones, laptops and iPods in a secure waterproof case as it can rain anytime.

    • Power cuts are frequent here especially during the summer months. So, keep the mosquito coils, matchboxes and candles handy.

    • Double check all the bills for errors or over estimation.

    • Don’t use any valuable, jewelry or extra cash in hotels. Make use of the room safes wherever available.

    • Keep daily cash and change handy.

    • Don’t flash your valuables or large sum of money in public.

    • Never pay for anything upfront especially to the drivers.

    • Keep touts at bay.

    • Avoid exchanging the money in the black market.

    • Whenever and wherever you get currency exchanged, ask for a receipt.

    • Carry small currency notes – INR 5, INR 10, INR 20, INR 50 and INR 100 when you are traveling in public transportation or eating in a street stall.

    • Monkeys are troublesome here. Don’t flash food when you see a monkey around.

    • When walking in the secluded area, keep a walking stick handy.

    • Hold tightly onto your camera, purse, etc.

  • Drinking Laws

    In West Bengal, the legal drinking age is 21. However, selling or serving of the liquor in any form at hotels or restaurants to individuals who are aged below 25 is illegal.   

    Here are some days that are regarded as dry days in Darjeeling as well as in whole of West Bengal:

    • Jan 26: Republic Day

    • Holi

    • Mahavir Jayanti

    • Independence Day

    • Gandhi Jayanti

    • Dussehra

    • The 9th and 10th day of Muharram

    • Eid ul-Fitr

    • Eid al-Adha

    • Durga Puja’s Second Day (Maha Ashtami Day)

    • Dol Jatra

    • Kali Puja 

    • Besides this, alcohol is also not served during election days.

  • What you will like there?

    Mount Kanchenjunga
    Darjeeling is endowed with the overwhelming Kanchenjunga range which is the third largest peak in the world. The view of the tea gardens, rolling hills and the horizon is sheathed by the mighty Himalayas. Darjeeling indeed offers the most breathtaking views of this range.

    Sunrise
    Tiger Hill is an exclusive point in Darjeeling from where you can view the hills of Nepal, China and Sikkim as well as the mountain ranges of Everest and Kanchenjunga apart from the platonic sunrise. 

    The Zoo and Mountaineering Institute
    The zoo in Darjeeling is the key breeding centre for some of the most endangered species from the Himalayas. It has been lauded with international awards for breeding some exotic species. The key attractions at the zoo are snow leopards and endangered red pandas. Fauna found here is also varied. There is a mountaineering institute adjacent to the zoo and there are only two of these in whole of the country. 

    The Ropeway
    This not just happens to be the longest cable car rides in Asia but is also the one that passes through the rolling tea estates. The entire ride will take about 40 minutes with Sikkim on the right and tea estates right below you. 

    The Walks
    Short hikes around the town to explore the tiny tea stalls, hidden trails and the monasteries of Darjeeling can help you understand the non touristy side of Darjeeling.

    The Joy Ride
    The steam engine of Darjeeling is really very special. It has been declared as the UNESCO World Heritage and spans for about 2 hours. This is indeed going to be a once in a lifetime experience. 

    The Food
    Darjeeling has its own authentic cuisine that deserves a try. The food here is a unique potpourri of flavors from Nepali, Indian and Tibetan food. Restaurants in Darjeeling range from the British era cafes to the small wooden structures serving nothing but hot and spicy momos. Be it the full scale English breakfast or the pastas and the authentic Nepali meals, you can get it all in Darjeeling. You know what’s better? You’ll never find bad food in Darjeeling. 

    Tea
    Yes, TEA! We all know what Darjeeling is fondly popular for across the globe? Tea! Some of the choicest teas in the world is extracted from these hills. 

  • Recommended reads for destination (Govt. websites, travel forum articles)

    Website :

    Book :
    Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World's Greatest Tea

  • What is the best time to visit Darjeeling?

    Darjeeling manages to be as beautiful as the royal princess of the old times ornamented with its green pearls throughout the day, from dawn to dusk and dusk to dawn and till the earth completes one more revolution of the sun.

    April-June:

    Summers are the best times to be in Darjeeling when the days are not too bright and the evenings are calm down with a hint of winters in them. With maximum temperature not going above 25 degrees Celsius, Darjeeling is a surreal destination for backpackers in summers as the windy air and the picturesque surroundings make it all worth a lifetime experience.

    October-March:

    When the monsoon decides to leave, leaving the soil a little moist and the wind a little humid, Darjeeling decides to get prettier with a perfect blend of beautiful weather, clouds and awaiting fog. In the months of November and January, there is dew on the grass, fog on the glass and flakes of cloud wrapping you up in the arms of nature. Winters could be too cold here with a temperature going to as below as -2 degrees Celsius. So, if winter is your love, do not forget to carry your woolens.

    July-September:

    Darjeeling experience heavy downpour in monsoons and this could make the traveling a little tough but for the lovers of monsoon, no place on the map could fit in as Darjeeling. It glistens into a new life with droplets of rain making music while falling from the leaf of a tea plant amidst the dark forests of a lush-green valley.

  • How to reach Darjeeling?

    Darjeeling has already opened up its heart to various cultures and traditions ages back, people from all the places have turned into this land of epic essence. You can travel to this beauty in ways more than one:

    By Air:

    The nearest Airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra Airport, a drive of 96 kilometers which can be covered in 3 hours in a taxi or a share cab. Bagdogra connects to all big cities of the country which makes it an easy reach even for a traveler from across the globe.

    By Road:

    The city is well-connected with the nearby towns with roads taking you through a scenic beauty across the stunning mountains landscape. You can drive down to Darjeeling from all nearby cities like Siliguri, Kalimpong and kurseong. There is a regular bus service from Siliguri to Darjeeling, a distance of 70 kilometers with a breathtaking view of amazing hills covered in a green blanket. There are buses from Gangtok too but the shared cab is more preferable.

    By Train:

    The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, 62 km from the main town. It connects all the major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Cochin, Chennai, etc. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railways' famous toy train service starts at New Jalpaiguri and will get you to Darjeeling in about 7 hours.

  • Which are the best places to visit in Darjeeling?

    You wake up on an early morning and you see that it’s still dark out there and you stand near the window with a cup of tea in your hand as you watch that sky taking up the light slowly and gradually with a little misty wind and hazy view finding glitter through the dew drops over the leaves of a plant that is now smiling to the sun. You wish to walk across such a land every morning when you wake up. Darjeeling is such a beauty and it will gift you something as amazing as the sunrays of hope. Explore "The Queen of Hills" while you hold your breath to some of the best views of this planet in these amazing Places to Visit in Darjeeling

    •         Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – A joyride on a toy train that carries your ecstasy across the landscapes of a beautiful countryside is an experience that you cannot miss.
    •         Tiger Hill – Tiger hills give life to a painting with rivers flowing down and the first rays of sun falling on the twin peaks of Kangchenjunga, with a panoramic view of the Everest where the orange and white blend into each other to make a spectrum of fantasy.
    •         Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary - Another nearby attraction to find the various high-altitude animals and birds.
    •         Batasia Loop: A circular 360 degrees that takes the toy train descending by 1000 ft.
    •         Japanese Peace Pagoda - A glistening white structure influenced by the Japanese monks.
    •         Rock Garden – where the rocks have been carved out to find a place for you to sit and enjoy the beauty of the greens.
    •         Nightingale Park – A great scenery housing Lord Shiva and the musical fountain.
    •         Sandakphu Peak - The highest peak in West Bengal, almost near the border of Nepal is a picture of snow capped mountain across the mist clouds.
    •         Padmaja Naidu Zoo- A house to the only collection of Siberian Tigers in India and few other exotic animal species, such as Red pandas, Snow leopards and, Himalayan black bears.
    •         Singalila National Park – A paradise to trekkers and adventure lovers, national park of India in Darjeeling, located on the Singalila Ridge at a height of 7000 feet above sea level is a treat to your eyes.
    •         Observatory Hill - Atop the Mall road is the Observatory hill, of religious importance, hosting the famous Mahakal temple and the original shrine of Bhutia Busty monastery.
    •         Monasteries – Visit the various monasteries of old times and of their own importance.

  • What things can I do in Darjeeling?

    Darjeeling, the quintessential bucket list destination for all backpackers in India, remains a melancholic abode for those seeking wander lust in a tight budget in the lap of Himalaya where local life flows with color in her alleys. Find below a list of things to do in Darjeeling:

    •         Watch the mesmerizing colors of sunshine from the Tiger hills
    •         Dooars: The Sea of Tea Leaves - witness the sprawling beauty yourself and sip on that refreshing ‘Darjeeling Tea.
    •         Feel the Thrill of White Water Rafting at Teesta River
    •         Trek to Sandakphu, the Highest Point of West Bengal
    •         Himalayan Mountaineering Institute: Match your Mountaineering Skills
    •         Tattoos: The Hippie Factor of Darjeeling
    •         Visit Kalimpong: A Perfect Amalgamation of Serenity & Spirituality
    •         Take a toy train ride
    •         Visit the Rock garden
    •         Roam in the misty woods and wilderness
    •         Batasia Loop: A Fascinating Blend of History & Patriotism

  • Which are some best resorts to stay in Darjeeling?

    Darjeeling provides you ample options to stay where comfort collides with luxury embracing within the arms of nature unwinding you in the hills:

    •         Crescent Resort
    •         Cedar Inn
    •         Pine Tree Spa Resort – Holidaying the class-apart way
    •         The Elgin
    •         Goomtee Resort
    •         R.J Resort
    •         Singtom Tea Estate and Resort
    •         Central Heritage Resort and Spa
    •         Central Nirvana Resort
    •         Central Gleneagles Heritage Resort
    •         Little Tibet
    •         Darjeeling Gymkhana Resort
    •         Rhododendron Dell Exotic Resort
    •         Khush Alaya
    •         Dekeling Resort at Hawk’s Nest

  • Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Darjeeling?

    Darjeeling has scrumptious answers to your food cravings with a rich taste of different cultures speaking in various cuisines. Your Darjeeling Tour is incomplete without trying the tasty options from British style breakfast to the traditional North Indian and South Indian foods. Enjoy the delicacy of Darjeeling street food like Thukpa, momos  and the unique Churpi:, a local treat to kill The Winter Blues.

    •         Keventers Restaurant: For a Tempting Start to the Day
    •         Glenary's
    •         Shangri-La
    •         Park(Thai Restaurants)

  • What are the best public transport modes to commute around Darjeeling?

    The best option to explore any hill is to stroll down the place on your feet capturing all that it has stored for ages in its girth.

    There are other transport options that keeps the Darjeeling moving like private or reserved taxis, shared taxis (operating on per person fare), public buses etc. Even the toy trains of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway serve as local transportation on specific routes.

  • What are the best places of shopping in Darjeeling?

    Enjoy a beautiful evening with a cool breeze brushing your hair while you stroll down the  colors of Darjeeling local market.

    •         Chowrasta: Shopping, Relaxation, & Fun
    •         Bhutia Market: An Unforgettable Shopping Experience
    •         Nathmulls – to buy an enormous stock of tea from an array of shops

  • What are the best tea estates to visit in Darjeeling?

    Besides the amazing and alluring vistas, there is a huge range of charming and aromatic tea estates that stands apart in this valley to make this valley stand apart. A reminiscent of the British culture that brought tea to Darjeeling soil, Darjeeling now holds tea in its root as its very own signature, a character of significance that has risen of history and became the favorite morning brew across the world. Explore the following tea gardens, taking an endless walk through the Himalayan city on a misty morning when the sunrays fall over the blooming tea leaves smiling with dewdrops on their faces.

    •         Glenburn Tea Estate
    •         Makaibari Tea Estate
    •         Happy Valley Tea Estate
    •         Chamong Tea Estate
    •         Gomtee Tea Resort

  • What are the must visit monasteries in Darjeeling?

    The land of history of diverse cultures, traditions and ethnic values, Darjeeling is a home for various monarchs who found their faith in the times of beginning and flourishing, in the calmness of this beautiful valley.

    •         Bhutia Busti Monastery
    •         Old Ghum Monastery
    •         Dali Monastery
    •         Samten Choling Monastery
    •         Aloobari Monastery
    •         Tashiding monastery

  • Which are the best treks near Darjeeling?

    Trek through the verdant meadows and dense forests with flowers like rhododendrons, magnolia, orchids and varieties of wild flowers swinging in life full of colors. Trekking in Darjeeling provides you with sweeping view of four out of the five highest peaks of the world that includes Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Lhotse, all in a single stretch.

    •         Sandakphu & Singalila Trek
    •         Phalut Trek
    •         Singalila range
    •         Village Tour & Trek
    •         Sikkim Trek - Dzongri & Goecha La
    •         Trek from Tonglu and return to Manebhanjan via Tumling.
    •         Tiger Hill summit.

Traveller Tales from Darjeeling

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Ajit Khan

29 March 2016

Dzongri Goechala Trek in Sikkim is one of the best treks in the town. It had been a great trek. I had a lovely time there. It was awesome. I loved it totally. One should definitely try this to know how it had been. It was definitely a nice and fun trek.

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Satyen Naik

15 December 2014

After this trek, I realized why everyone recommended me for Darjeeling and Sikkim. Truly a paradise and this trek reveals more about these places.

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Divjot Sinha

23 November 2014

A big big thankyou to my friends to accompany me, our tour guide to led us the beautiful heaven and my parents to finance this holiday trip, really I loved being there!!!! Otherwise I would have missed such an awesome experience of my life. The mountains peaks should not be missed at any costs. Moreover Up and above the clouds, this trek is a mixed affair of fascinating heights, lush greeneries, exotic wildlife and scenic villages. Enjoyed the panorama of the other peaks and the evergreen valleys.

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Pulkit Gurnani

11 February 2015

For me, this was a treasure trove journey. Though Sandakpu is the main attraction, I also enjoyed the panorama of the other peaks and the evergreen valleys. Terrains might get difficult at times and to overcome them, you have to be quite careful and attentive towards the guides and instructors. Do not miss the sunrise view over the Kanchenjunga Peak at any cost.

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Anjushree Namboothiri

11 September 2015

This was my first trip in any northeast India, and now I proudly suggest everyone that this is the place everyone should visit, atleast for once.I gaurantee you will experience the heaven.

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Deependra Devar

12 September 2014

We were glad to be the part of the trip, tosar lake looks so beautiful in evening, moreover the trekker was fantabulous....just can not explain the joy of being there.

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Mahendra Mehta

24 February 2015

After this trek, I am truly, madly and deeplyy in love with Darjeeling and Sikkim. Truly a paradise and this trek reveals more about these places.

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Chetan Dwivedi

06 September 2015

It was a fun trek overall. However, I just wish it could have been better planned. I had a really great time with the beautiful backdrop. I just feel that there is something that made it look a little unorganized. I wish it could have been better.

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Tanya Reddy

31 December 2015

It was an overrated trek. I wouldn’t call it a great trek; it was just about fine. I had a fine trek. It was well-organized but it is not worth all the hype. It is worth trying only once. There are more than this trek in Sikkim to visit.

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