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On a summer day, the fragrance of tea leaves lifts off the hills and hover over Darjeeling like a hat and the wonderful things breathes unsaid inside that, like the bent trees, the happy earthworms, the reluctant tea-colored puddles, flowering Rhododendrons and Magnolia plants and the wild garden flowers blooming in different colors of rainbow and a British bungalow growing a fragile façade of greenery for ages amidst a sprawling tea garden. Darjeeling tour packages offer an enchanting experience amidst the mesmerizing beauty of its tourist places, leaving travelers awestruck and captivated.

And when the heavens’ open up to hammer the water down, the grass looks wet-green and pleased, loose earth shapes off its edges, the washed off dust-green trees smiles afresh and the green countryside glitters in the traces of sunshine.Covered with the dense evergreen forests of Sal and Oak, with ducks and teals creating waves in water, and with rare breeds of orchid spreading colors on a moist soil, Darjeeling, a previous summer capital of India under the British Raj holds the incredible panoramic views of Kanchenjunga snow peaks, beautiful colonial architecture including mansions and churches, an influence of diverse cultures in the majestic craft and cuisine, a beautiful women, the taker of the seeds with a yellow scarf on her head and tea-bag on her shoulders, and a vast expanse of Tea estates in its root.

This “Mecca of Tea” with over 80 operational tea gardens spread across acres of land, writes on a foggy day sitting inside a vintage Toy Train from 1880s, a whimsical poem, of what is delightfully read as the "Champagne of tea". The northwest winds visit Darjeeling to tear it full of holes but the new beautiful things come in the first spit of spring on the northwest wind, and the old leaves go, not one lasts but the beauty stays with the new and lasts for eternity. Darjeeling is a beauty that won’t let your heart stop, from beating in ecstasy, and the tourist places in Darjeeling shall always ensure that!

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Darjeeling FAQ's

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.

Which are the best places to visit in Darjeeling in 2 days?

Nightingale Park: Known as The Shrubbery during the British-era, this lush park offers views of Mount Kanchenjunga and other peaks. Surrounded by pine trees and rows of flowers you can see cultural performances every evening, a Lord Shiva Temple, a waterfall, and an artificial lake.

Rock Garden: This unique place is made by cutting rocks in several shapes to make seats & viewpoints. Surrounded by dense shrubs & flower patches is the scenic Chunar waterfall inside that is a must-see.

Peace Pagoda: The place depicts 4 avatars of Lord Buddha in sitting, sleeping, meditating, and standing phases and is also the tallest freely-standing structure here. This is the ideal place to see snow-capped Himalayan peaks amidst the serenity of nature.

Ghoom Monastery: This 18th-century monastery is famous for a 15 ft. high statue of Buddha and stunning traditional Thangka paintings, bells, and drums adorning its walls. It houses Tibetan translations of ancient Sanskrit scriptures like the Meghdoota, etc.

Singalila National Park: Spot the elusive Red Panda, Himalayan Black Bear, and snow leopards amidst the beautiful rhododendron covered expanses of this national park. It also offers stunning views of high peaks and valleys.

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute: This iconic place is a must-visit especially for people who love the mountains and adventures. This 1954 once used to have Tenzing Norgay as its field teachers and is known to inculcate the highest levels of endurance amongst mountaineers. 

Which are the best places to visit in Darjeeling at night?

Mall Road: Where once the British used to take leisurely walks, is now a popular nightlife spot. The road is famous for offering beautiful views of the mountains, Tibetan food shacks, tea houses, and bars. This is the best place to pick up local handicrafts and souvenirs like Buddha statues, handmade woollens, etc.

Joey’s Pub: No trip to Darjeeling is complete without visiting this British-style pub that looks like an Englishman’s cosy house. The oldest pub in Darjeeling, it gets lit up in candlelight during the evenings and offers great drinks, English food, and selection of music.

Tiger Hill: This highest point of Darjeeling located at 8482 metres is famous for offering views of Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga together as well as rivers like Teesta, Mahananda, Mechi, and Balason. The hill is famous for its stupendous sunset views on these majestic peaks.

Is Darjeeling worth visiting?

Yes, in fact, Darjeeling, known for its verdant lush beauty, beautiful culture, and exotic Himalayan wildlife, is a once-in-a-lifetime place! Its cool & misty weather, expanses of tea plantations, and food attract lakhs of people from all over the country.

What is Darjeeling famous for?

Darjeeling is famous for being one of the few places in the country to offer views of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga together from Tiger Hill. Its Toy Train is now a famous UNESCO Heritage Site. The tea produced at the lash plantations here is famous the world over. Darjeeling is famous for offering authentic Bengali, Tibetan, and Nepali food.

How many days do you need in Darjeeling?

3 nights and 4 days are perfect to enjoy the mountainside beauty of Darjeeling along with its Toy Train, viewpoints, national parks, and the mall road. In this time, you can also explore a range of North-Eastern cuisines and shop for beautiful local artworks.


What is the best time to visit Darjeeling?

Darjeeling enjoys the most pleasant window of weather in summers (April-June) when one can enjoy bright & sunny days and cool breeze. The temperatures range between 18-25°C making it the perfect time to be outdoors, enjoy the food, and sightseeing.  

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Amey Khot
Reviewed: 28 Dec 2023
5.0/5
In this trip, We visited east, south and west Sikkim and then Darjeeling and places around it. All the hotel bookings were great and the set itinerary was good as well. This trip provided us a much private and customizable experience which we wanted. I am especially thankful for Tilak ji, our driver... Read More
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Reviewed: 03 Apr 2023
5.0/5
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Reviewed: 28 Apr 2024
5.0/5
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Ananth Kolli
Reviewed: 06 Jul 2022
5.0/5
This was first tour with thrillophilia and enjoyed every part of the trip. Support team answered all queries before the trip. Tour operator continuously was in touch throughout the trip. Stay was okay for budget. Places given in itinerary were covered. Cars assigned were decent and in proper conditi... Read More
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Danasudan Danasudan
Reviewed: 17 Oct 2023
4.0/5
The trek was so refreshing and challenging. The guides were down to earth and so humble in their hospitality. 👍🏻 Coming to the trek, it was not fulfilled and we were asked to skip Phalut due to continuous rains. Disappointment on the views, yet thumbs up to team Thrillophilia and the operator
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Reviewed: 04 Jan 2023
5.0/5
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Experience with Thrillophilia was excellent, I would like to provide special thanks to Sathyabhasini from Ops team, Manisha (ground support team), Yogesh Gurung from Bella Casa hotel in Gangtok, cab crew Vinod, Nikesh, Lakhpa from Gangtok and Bijay, Lakhpa from Darjeeling. Thanks to the staff team o... Read More
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