Surrounded by majestic tea plantations and set atop a steep ridge of the mountain, Darjeeling is everything dreams are made of. The Khangchendzonga, combined with british-era architecture and buddhist monasteries, Darjeeling is a camping enthusiast’s heartthrob. There are so many activities you can do here, especially its fun and enjoyable camping tours in Darjeeling. Mountaineering, trekking, hiking, mountain biking, etc are some of the most popular activities tourists undertake here. The thing about camping on the mountains is that you have to have ample time on your hands, as all the camping trips from Darjeeling last from six days to about a fortnight. You are going to cover quite a distance before you camp at different places for the night, and will see the picturesque beauty of the hills like never before. Some of the famous treks that attract thousands of tourists and campers from all over the world every year are the Sandakphu trek, Goechala trek, Yuksom Dzongri trek, Tosar lake trek, Mount Thingchinkhang trek, the Everest Singalila trek, Tholung trek, Neytham Holy Cave trek, the Khangchendzonga etc.
While you will see stunning flora and fauna and beautiful scenery on the treks, and you will also camp in the woods and have bonfires in the evenings while making merry, you will need to take certain precautions too. While you are camping ensure your safety by listening to your tour guide and do not venture out at night away from the camp. The Goechala trek is one of the most difficult treks, apart from Sandakphu and Yuksom Dzongri. You will be covering about ninety kilometres on the Goechala trek, and therefore, ensure that you are well rested when you get to the camp and carry all the essential items with you, which include medicines, warm clothes, dry fruits etc. Food and other amenities will be provided to you at the camps. So set out and discover the best camping tours in Darjeeling for your vacation here.
One of the most popular places to visit in Darjeeling, DHR is approximately a 2 feet narrow gauge train track that covers the distance between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling. This 88-km long railway track is best known for its toy train which gushes amid the misty hill side and offers absolutely gorgeous views of the valley. The construction of this historic railways began in 1879 and took about two years for it to be finished. For its significance as a popular tourist spot, it was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The ride in the toy train of Himalayan Railways Station is both adventurous as well relaxing in nature.If there is one thing that you shouldn’t miss during your time in Darjeeling, it’s a ride in the toy train. No wonder it tops the list of the best tourist attractions in Darjeeling. Location: New Jalpaiguri and DarjeelingEntry Fee: - INR 600 for diesel engine ride- INR 1,000 for steam engine ridesTiming: 8 AM to 12 PM
The most famous mountain peak in Darjeeling, Tiger Hill is best known for its trekking routes and panoramic views of Mt. Everest and Kanchenzonga. One needs to walk or drive through the oldest tea plantations, in order to reach Tiger Hill. It is recommended to witness the first rays of the sun on Mt. Everest. Don’t miss capturing it in your camera as well because it will be a majestically rich experience. Another interesting thing about this place is that it is the summit of Ghoom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as the highest railway station in Darjeeling. The best time to visit Tiger Hill is generally around the months of October, November and December in winter and February to April in Autumn. Location: Senchal Forest, Senchal Road, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734123, IndiaEntry Fee: No entry fee. However, it costs about INR 1200 -1800 to book a cab to the HillTiming: From sunrise till sunset
It is a mesmerizing toy train pathway that was brought into existence to reduce the elevation of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Set amidst the lush green mountainside, Batasia Loop offers beautiful views of the valley and snowy abode of Mt. Kanchendzonga. When the toy train meanders its way through the loops of the track, everything about this place seems dreamy. Also, the surrounding tunnels, hill-locked valley and little shops in the area makes Batasia Loop one of the top places to visit in Darjeeling. It is recommended to visit the Loop after witnessing the sunrise at Tiger Hill. This is because the carpet of flowers that leads to Batasia Loop is quite splendorous, especially to the eyes that have witnessed the most beautiful sunrise ever. Additionally, the spiral railway track is a sight to behold for dreamers and artists. The entire scenery of the place often inspires people to create an art of their own. Location: Ghum, West Point, Darjeeling 734102 IndiaEntry Fee: INR 15 per personTiming: 5 AM to 8 PM