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Experience the stunning beauty of Darjeeling with Thrillophilia’s carefully curated Darjeeling travel packages. Darjeeling is a pretty place in West Bengal, India, famous for its nice views, tea gardens, and lively culture. These attractions make it a popular destination for tourists. Our packages unlock the gateway to this stunning destination which is a perfect blend of nature, culture, and adventure.

Thrillophilia’s North East tour packages offer well-curated itineraries, comfortable accommodations, and expert guides to ensure seamless travel. See the sunrise from Tiger Hill and witness the magical light on the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga, enjoy serene surroundings at Peace Pagoda and much more with our Darjeeling holiday package. Also explore Batasia Loop, this sight is a signature attraction of our unique holiday packages for Darjeeling.

Explore local culture with visits to monasteries, temples, and colonial architecture that tell the town's interesting history. Visit Darjeeling's tea plantations for stunning views and the aroma of freshly brewed tea. Experience the wonders of nature and different cultures with Thrillophilia's Darjeeling package.

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Best Time for Darjeeling Tour:

You can book your Darjeeling tour package anytime for a variety of unique experiences throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Darjeeling depends on your personal preferences and interests.

Peak Season: The ideal time to visit is typically from March to May. During this period, the weather is pleasant and the flowers are in full bloom. This is the perfect time for an amazing sightseeing experience.

Shoulder Season: In the summer, there are lots of green fields and not many tourists around. But sometimes it rains a lot because of monsoons, which can make the weather favourable for the monsoon lovers.

Waning Season: September to November is the waning season. The air is cool, the Himalayas are visible, and the scenery is beautiful making it perfect for snow lovers.

How to Reach Darjeeling:

By Air: There are no direct flights to Darjeeling as it doesn’t have an airport. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport which is approx 69 kilometres away. The airport operates flights from cities like Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai to Bagdogra Airport, Siliguri. You can hire a taxi which will take around 2 hours and 40 minutes to reach Darjeeling.

By Road: To reach Darjeeling by road, a scenic drive from Siliguri is the common route. It takes around 2 hours to reach Darjeeling, covering a distance of approximately 70 kilometres. This road trip offers breathtaking views of mountains, making it an adventurous and picturesque route to this enchanting destination.

By Rail: No direct trains are operating to Darjeeling. The nearest train station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) in Siliguri which is approximately 88 kilometres away. From here, you’ll board a toy train which takes approximately 7 hours to reach Darjeeling.

Places to Visit on Darjeeling Trip:

Here are some of the famous places to visit in Darjeeling:

1. Darjeeling Himalayan RailwayThe structure is an impressive engineering feat, stretching 88 kilometres in length. Its construction took place over two years, specifically from 1879 to 1881. This challenging job required careful planning, ample resources, and the joint work of many skilled workers.

2. Tiger HillThis beautiful spot is recognized by UNESCO for its amazing views of mountains like Kanchenjunga and Everest. Situated at an elevation of 2590 metres above sea level, it's a favoured destination for trekking. Many people, both beginners and experienced trekkers, include Tiger Hill in their travel plans to Darjeeling. Visitors can soak in unmatched sunrise and sunset views at Tiger Hill.

3. Batasia LoopThe Batasia Loop in Darjeeling is a beautiful train route that is great for photography lovers. The designers uniquely designed this train pathway to wind around itself, passing through a tunnel. In Ghoom, the Batasia Loop begins in the forested mountains and offers a view of the snowy Kanchenjunga peaks. The Batasia Loop railway has beautiful flowers and offers great views of Tiger Hill and the mountains during your train ride.

4. Nightingale ParkMany couples frequently incorporate Darjeeling into their holiday itinerary due to its verdant surroundings and agreeable climate. This park, once known as 'The Shrubbery', served as the patio of Sir Thomas Tartan's residence during the colonial era. This oval-shaped park has a covered archway at the entrance, which leads to the charming pebbled walkways. Nightingale Park is home to a picturesque musical fountain and a magnificent statue of Lord Shiva.

5. Darjeeling Rock GardenAlso known as Barbotey Rock Garden and encompassed by a picturesque hill stream and flower-clad slope, the Darjeeling Rock Garden is one of the best places to go picnicking on Darjeeling tours. The breathtaking garden is well-equipped with good seating arrangements for the visitors. The Rock Garden is also home to a wide range of exotic flora, stunning bridges, and photogenic waterfalls. Visitors to the Rock Garden can engage in activities such as trekking, horseback riding, and scenic photography.

6. Darjeeling Peace PagodaThe Darjeeling Peace Pagoda lies peacefully atop a hill, overlooking the picturesque city of Darjeeling. It radiates peace and attracts visitors seeking comfort and inner peace. Designed to promote harmony among all people, it is a symbol of harmony and understanding. Visitors climb the mountain in awe of its simple yet profound architecture. Monks chant prayers enveloping the surroundings with a spiritual aura. The pure white building of the pagoda shines in the sunlight, a beacon of hope and tolerance. Visitors reflect on life’s challenges in the tranquil atmosphere of the pagoda and find solace in its message of peace and goodwill.

7. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological ParkThe Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, alternatively known as Darjeeling Zoo, is a must-visit spot for wildlife enthusiasts on Darjeeling trips. Situated at an elevation of 7,000 feet, this zoo is renowned for its red panda and snow leopard breeding centre. It has gained fame for its conservation and breeding initiatives. In this zoological park, visitors can effortlessly observe animals like the Asiatic black bear, Himalayan Wolf, Red Panda, Sambar Deer, Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard Cat, and Eastern Pangolin.

8. Ghoom MonasteryGhoom Monastery is an old Tibetan Buddhist monastery at a high altitude of 8,000 feet and is an essential stop on the Darjeeling tour package. Established by Lama Sherab Gyatso in 1850, the monastery is home to a magnificent 15 feet tall statue of Maitreyi Buddha. They made this life-size statue out of clay sourced from Tibet and placed it in the main hall of the monastery. Visitors can immerse themselves in the mesmerising sweeping vistas of Mount Kanchenjunga from the exterior of the Ghoom Monastery.

9. Singalila National ParkSituated at an elevation exceeding 7,000 feet and sprawling over approximately 78.60 square kilometres, the widely renowned Singalila National Park holds the distinction of being the loftiest national park in the state of West Bengal and is a must-visit destination on a Darjeeling tour. Often found in the Darjeeling holiday package of wildlife enthusiasts, this national park is home to rhododendron forests, orchid beds, and exotic animals. Tourists visiting Singalila National Park can spend time trekking, camping, bird watching, and spotting the Himalayan black bear and red panda.

10. RimbikThe small, quaint village of Rimbik is one of the most off-beat places to include in your Darjeeling tour package. This village, located in the area of the Singalila National Park, is famous for its exotic flora, cool whispering breeze, and stunning views of Mount Kanchenjunga. Offering unmatched peace and privacy, the least explored Rimbik is a paradise for honeymooners. Rimbik provides several budget-friendly homestays and is also famous for offering excellent stargazing experiences at night.

Things to Do on Darjeeling Tour:

Here are some of the best things to do in Darjeeling:

1. Take a ride in Toy Train: Skipping the globally renowned toy train ride on a Darjeeling trip is unforgivable. Operating on the highly acclaimed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway route, the toy train transports you from the town of Darjeeling to Ghoom via the Batasia Loop. You will halt for around 10 minutes at Batasia Loop and get the opportunity to witness the war memorial built in memory of the Gurkha soldiers of Darjeeling. Upon reaching Ghoom, you will also get to see the intriguing railway museum.

2. River Rafting in Teesta River: Feel an intense rush of excitement with a thrilling rafting adventure on the icy Teesta River. As you raft down on the waters of River Teesta, you can soak in the enchanting panoramic views of the mystical mountains, quaint hamlets, cultivated farmlands, lush green vegetation, dense jungles, and colourful exotic birds. No matter if you are a beginner or a seasoned rafter, you can enjoy rafting in the safe rafting stretch of the Teesta River. The river has three grades of rapids, ranked from 2 to 4 and the best thing to add to your Darjeeling travel packages.

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3. Cable car ride in Darjeeling Ropeway: One of the most fun-filled and safest adventure activities to enjoy with the Darjeeling holiday package is the Darjeeling Ropeway ride. Your boarding point will be Singamari and the ropeway ride will take you to Tukvar and back. On your ropeway ride, you can soak in the views of river Ramman, Little Rangeet, lush tea estates, and majestic snow-clad mountains.

4. Explore the Tea Gardens: You will never want to bid Darjeeling goodbye without exploring the lush, green tea gardens. So, while you are in the hill town of Darjeeling, do plan a tea estate visit with a Darjeeling tour package. You can leisurely walk through the plantations, smell the aroma, feel the cool fresh breeze kissing your face, soak in the breathtaking views, click a host of pictures, and learn the process of tea processing. One of the best ways to explore the tea gardens of Darjeeling is by staying on a tea estate. Rainbow Valley Resort on Kalej Valley Tea Estate and Tathagata Farm are some of the budget places that offer you accommodation amidst the tea gardens and also arrange guided plantation walks for you.

5. Relish Some local food: The cuisine of Darjeeling is too flavourful for you to wind up your tour without sampling some. Strongly inspired by Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine, the food of Darjeeling is worth trying on a Darjeeling trip. One of the most popular local delicacies that no tourist wants to miss is Momos. They serve momos either steamed or fried, with a clear soup, sauce, or pickles. A noodle soup mixed with vegetables, eggs, or meat, Thukpa is another popular dish to enjoy in the mountains of Darjeeling. Churpee, Shaphalay, and Gundruk are other recommended dishes to try on your food tour in Darjeeling. The locally brewed beer Chaang and the world-famous Darjeeling Tea should also be on your list.

6. Visit a Monastery: If you are a spiritual or peace seeker, you will definitely love to include a monastery visiting tour in your Darjeeling packages. You will find a host of Buddhist monasteries in and around Darjeeling, owing to the predominance of Buddhism as a religion in the region. These monasteries will astound you with their vibrant murals, peaceful aura, and magnificent life-size Golden statues of Lord Buddha. The closest monastery to the town of Darjeeling is the Bhutia Busty Monastery, which dates back to the 19th century. Other popular monasteries that you can visit in Darjeeling include Yiga Choeling Monastery, Guru Monastery, Samten Choeling Gompa, and Druk Sangag Choeling Monastery.

7. Learn Mountaineering at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute: Learning mountaineering and rock climbing at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is one of the top activities found in the Darjeeling tour packages of avid mountain lovers. You can visit the museum of the institute and gather information about the tricks to hike Mount Everest. You can also learn about the expeditions that have been undertaken previously to climb Everest. You can also attempt to climb the indoor rock wall or experience outdoor rock climbing at Tenzing Norgay Rock.

8. Trekking: Darjeeling has beautiful mountains, valleys, and passes that offer great trekking experiences. Whether you want a short one-day trek or a longer week of hiking, Darjeeling has it all. The terrain varies from easy slopes to steep ones, so both beginners and experienced trekkers can enjoy it. Some popular trekking routes include Phalut Trek, Srikhola to Sandakphu Trek, Kamala Falls Trek, Purbikhola Trek, and Trek To Bamunpukhuri Jungle. Don't miss out on these amazing trekking opportunities when you visit Darjeeling.

9. Explore the Local Market: All shopaholics should incorporate a visit to the local market in their Darjeeling itinerary. To shop like a local, you can go to Chowk Bazaar, situated in the southern part of Darjeeling. As you walk through the busy market, you can see locals buying everyday items at cheap prices. While you are on a shopping spree at Chowk Bazaar, you can shop your heart out for a wide range of local produce including tea, spices, carved boxes, rugs, textiles, fur caps, Buddhist artefacts, shoes, brassware, silverware, and home decor items.

10. Experience the Thrill of Paragliding: Paragliding in Darjeeling is exciting and reveals hidden mountain treasures. You can see amazing views of the mountains, tea gardens, and colonial buildings. Paragliding is available in Darjeeling from October to April and each session lasts 15 to 30 minutes. Beginners can try tandem paragliding, where they fly with a professional instructor.

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Darjeeling Tour FAQs

How much does a trip to Darjeeling cost?

The cost of a trip to Darjeeling can cost anywhere between Rs. 9,000 to Rs. 22,000, depending on the Darjeeling tours opted for. If booked through Thrillophilia, hefty discounts can also be availed on several Darjeeling packages.

What language do they speak in Darjeeling?

There are a number of languages spoken in Darjeeling including Nepali and Bengali. English is also one of the most common languages spoken in the town. If you choose any Darjeeling packages by Thrillophilia, you will have the added advantage of a companion with you who can converse for you with the locals there.

However, if you are on your own you can speak to the localities in English and they will be able to reply. You can also speak in Hindi at some places in the city. Although the Hindi language is not common here, many vendors in the main city can converse in it.

What is the climate in Darjeeling?

The climate in Darjeeling is generally cozy and comfortable throughout the year with an average temperature ranging between 7°C to 18°C and a precipitation ratio of about 4 - 710mm. Rain in Darjeeling is fairly common after the summer season between the months of July and September.

However, the best time to visit the town is in Summer (April to June) when the temperature is about 17°C with a bit of rain. So, if you are going to take a Darjeeling tour packages make sure it is between April and June.

Is the Darjeeling toy train worth it?

Yes, the Darjeeling toy train is absolutely worth it. One of the most prominent inclusions in Darjeeling tour packages, taking the toy train ride between Ghoom and Darjeeling is an absolute must for tourists.
A designated World Heritage Site, the steam train of Darjeeling meanders through the scenic mountain roads as it makes its way to the stunning Batasia Loop in Ghoom. The train ride also includes a tour of the historic train museum in Ghoom.

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Can we see snow in Darjeeling?

Yes, you can see snowfall in Darjeeling only if you book your Darjeeling holiday packages during the winter season. While it’s not guaranteed, the town occasionally experiences snowfall, transforming the landscape into a winter wonderland. During this time, you may witness the magical sight of snow-covered hills and enjoy the chilly, picturesque ambiance.

How do I plan a trip to Darjeeling?

Packed to the brim with exciting options, the Darjeeling tour packages offered by Thrillophilia include expansive sightseeing tours of the hill station, fun adventure activities and much more.

A trip to Darjeeling will include a ride on the famous Himalayan Railway, a visit to Tiger Hill, or a tour of the stunning landscaped gardens here. Activities like hiking and boating can be done here. Do not miss out on a trip to Darjeeling Is famous Mall Road, with its quaint little cafes and antique stores.

Is it safe to visit Darjeeling?

Yes, Darjeeling is completely safe to visit in all seasons. However, being a hill station, the area gets pretty secluded during the late evening hours and night. It is best to avoid the streets and remain indoors during this time.

Which are the famous Heritage sites in Darjeeling?

Darjeeling is one of the oldest towns in the country with a ton of historic background. This also means that the place is embedded with a number of Heritage sites.

1. Bengal Natural History Museum: A delight for nature and wildlife enthusiasts, Bengal Nature History Museum holds an exhibit of various tropics and creatures of the Himalayan region from ancient to recent times and a best places to visit on Darjeeling trip..

2. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park: A celebrated sightseeing spot for tourists, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is home to a number of exotic creatures including Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Siberian Tiger among others.

3. Dali Monastery: Home to tens of years of Buddhist heritage, Dali is a Tibetan style monetary known for its serene ambiance and spiritual wealth.

4. Old Ghoom Monastery: Built-in 1975, Old Ghoom Monastery is one of the ancient monasteries and temples found in Darjeeling. Established at a great height, the view from the place is also enticing and absolutely dazzling.

How many days are enough for Darjeeling?

It completely depends on various Darjeeling packages. If you are visiting only Darjeeling, your trip can range between 3-4 days. However, if you are visiting Darjeeling and its neighboring places including Gangtok, you would need at least 7 days.

These days will be divided into - visiting sightseeing places, wildlife sanctuaries, gardens, tea plantations, monasteries, and shopping centers among other attractions. If you include trekking in your tour then the days may also extend for up to 8-10 days.

Which is better: Darjeeling or Gangtok?

Both Darjeeling and Gangtok are extremely beautiful places in their own rights. However, the sightseeing opportunities at Darjeeling are more than that in Gangtok, offering expansive Darjeeling tour packages. The natural beauty of Darjeeling, with its stunning blue hills and tea plantations, is also more resplendent than that of Gangtok.

How can I go to Darjeeling by flight?

Darjeeling is not directly accessible through flights. The nearest airport to Darjeeling is in Bagdogra, which is around 68 kilometers away.

Direct airlines connect Bagdogra to different parts of the country, including Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and more. From here, you can either hire a car, take a bus or take a taxi to Darjeeling.

How far is Bagdogra to Darjeeling?

Bagdogra is around 68.3 kilometers away from Darjeeling. It takes about 2 and a half hours to reach Darjeeling from here via Hill Cart Road, when traffic conditions are moderate.

What is Darjeeling famous for?

Darjeeling is famous for a number of things. From it's cozy atmosphere to the breathtaking natural beauty the place holds, everything about Darjeeling is tantalizing. Places like Batasia loop, Nightingale Park and Tiger hills are highly celebrated for hosting picturesque landscapes and mesmerizing views of Valleys.

Whether it is a picnic at the gorgeous rock garden or enjoying river rafting at Teesta river and more, adventurous can find themselves at home, here, at Darjeeling. And it doesn't stop there, if you are looking for some peace, the ancient montensoties in Darjeeling will help you with a surreal experience.

Darjeeling is also widely celebrated for it's assorted collection of special tea leaves. One can enjoy an excellent shopping experience, buying a variety of tea, handicrafts and various other regional souvenirs. All in all, there is no reason you should not visit beautiful Darjeeling.

Why is Darjeeling's tea so famous?

From its aroma to the taste, Darjeeling's tea is no doubt, one of the best tea you will ever drink in India or internationally. Also called the "Fine Wine" of Tea, the taste of Darjeeling tea is often associated with Champagne.

It is said that the fruitylicious flavor of the tea combined with the confections aroma makes the tea taste exclusively like Champaign. One of the main reasons why people from around the globe visit Darjeeling is to enjoy it's delicious tea. The tea is also exported to various parts of the world from Darjeeling.

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What are the best places for shopping in Darjeeling?

There are a ton of places in and around the city where one can enjoy excellent shopping experience.

1. Nehru Road: A great opportunity to grab affordable items, Nehru Road is popularly known for its sweet shops established by the localities in the city. You can find various handicrafts, paintings, and souvenirs among other things from here on your Darjeeling trip.

2. Batasia loop Market: Found at Batasia loop, the Batasia loop market is known for various items including bags and jewelry. If you know how to bargain, you can grab some really cool stuff at mind-blowing rates here at the Batasia loop market.

3. Groom Monastery Market: From regional, hand made jewelry to ornaments found only on the streets of Darjeeling, Groom Monastery Market offers an exclusive shopping experience.

4. Pashupati Nagar Market: If you are looking for some hip woolen clothes, Pashupati Nagar Market is the place to be. From scarfs to shawls, you can find it all here on your Darjeeling trip.

What should I buy in Darjeeling?

When it comes to shopping in Darjeeling the list is just endless. You can shop a lot from Darjeeling but there are some very specific items that you must not forget to buy.

1. Darjeeling Tea
If you are on Darjeeling trip, you have got to taste the tea here and buy as many packets as possible. Either you can buy these from the local market or from areas with high tea plantations.

2. Handicrafts
One of the best handicrafts you can find in India is in Darjeeling. The unique design of handicrafts in the place resembles the rich culture and heritage.

3. Carpets
Tibetian carpets are world-famous. Once they are exported their price hike tremendously. An excellent piece for your home decor, buying a carpet here will cost you way less. You will also be presented with a number of options with various styles and partners in Tibetan carpet that you won't find anywhere else.

4. Woolen Clothes
The woolen clothes in Darjeeling have a trademark of themselves. From cozy scarfs to comfortable sweaters, you have a number of options to choose from. If not clothes, you can simply buy a shawl.

Which are the most adventurous trekking sites in Darjeeling?

With conveniently nestled in the beautiful Himalayas, Darjeeling is ought to possess some of the best trekking routes as well as places. Some of the popular trekking that you can take up on Darjeeling tours are as follows:

  • Trekking to Tiger Hill
  • Phalut Trek
  • Sikkim Trek - Dzongri and Goecha La
  • Trek to Tumling
  • Sandakphu & Singalila Trek
  • trek to Tonglu & Tumling
  • Darjeeling Kanchenjunga Trek
  • Trekking in Kurseong area
  • Trekking to virgin villages located in Kalimpong area

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