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Planning a trip to Darjeeling? It is a beautiful place in West Bengal primarily famous for its stunning views, tea gardens, and lively local culture. Thrillophilia Darjeeling tour packages offer well-curated itineraries especially tailored to your travelling requirements giving a unique experience and a blend of all the things Darjeeling has to offer. Whether you're visiting with friends, family, or your loved ones Thrillophilia's Darjeeling packages have something for each one of you.

Thrillophilia's North East tour packages offer comfortable accommodations and expert guides to ensure seamless travel. Darjeeling tour packages are cost-effective and also offer a customisation option, through which you can select activities and places you want to visit and eliminate the fear of fixed itinerary restrictions. The Sunrise view at Tiger Hill is a must if you are visiting Darjeeling as witnessing the magical light on the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga is a memorable experience and travellers love to soak up this view while enjoying the serene surroundings at Peace Pagoda.

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Darjeeling is an extreme northeastern city in West Bengal, situated at an altitude of 7,000 feet above sea level with a mild climate. Darjeeling can be a good place to visit in any part of the year as it has something to offer in every season.

1. Peak Season: From April to June, there is pleasant sunny weather with an average temperature between 11 and 19 degrees in the high season. The flowers are in full bloom, the sky is clear, and there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. This is also the perfect time for an amazing sightseeing experience.

2. Shoulder Season: During the rainy season from July to September, which can sometimes extend to October, there are lots of green fields and continuous showers that make the whole environment full of life and full of greenery. However, there are few tourists because they fear landslides, roadblocks, and high humidity. But with proper care and rain essentials, it is one of the most beautiful places to visit, especially for nature lovers.

3. Waning Season: October to March is the waning season. The air is cool, the Himalayas are visible, and the scenery is beautiful, making it ideal for snow lovers. Fall foliage adds to the scenic beauty, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

How to Reach Darjeeling:

1. By Air: The nearest airport to Meghalaya is Bagdogra Airport about 69 kilometres away. The airport operates flights from towns like Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai to Bagdogra Airport. So, as you plan your Darjeeling ride, keep this in mind. To tour Bagdogra airport from Darjeeling, you could hire a taxi which can take around 2 hours and forty minutes.

2. By Road: Start from Siliguri, West Bengal that will take around 2 hours to reach Darjeeling by road, covering a distance of approximately 70 kilometres. This road journey offers breathtaking views of mountains, making it an adventurous and picturesque route to this mesmerising destination.

3. By Rail: The nearest train station to Darjeeling is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) in Siliguri, which is about 74 kilometres away from Darjeeling. You can board a toy train if you want to take 7 hours and 35 minutes to reach New Jalpaiguri station from Darjeeling.

Places to Visit on Darjeeling Trip:

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

1. Batasia Loop

It is a beautiful train route that is perfect for photography lovers. Batasia Loop starts in the forested mountains and offers a view of the snow-capped peaks of Kanchenjunga. Along the way, you will see beautiful flowers from the train and a great view of Tiger Hill and the surrounding mountains.

Location: Batasia Loop, Ghoom, Darjeeling 734102, West Bengal

Timings: 5 AM to 8 PM

2. Nightingale Park

Also known as 'The Shrubbery', once served as the courtyard of Sir Thomas Tartan's mansion during the colonial era. Many couples visit Darjeeling on vacation because of its lush greenery and pleasant weather. This oval park has a covered entrance arch and charming cobblestone paths. Nightingale Park is home to a beautiful musical fountain and a stunning statue of Lord Shiva.

Location: 3736+F28, Richmond Hill, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

3. Tiger Hill

Located at an altitude of 2590 meters above sea level and is recognized by UNESCO for its panoramic views of mountains like Kanchenjunga and Mt. Everest. Tiger Hill is a famous vacation spot for sunrise views, adventure activities, tea plantations, and much more. Many new and experienced trekkers include Tiger Hill in their Darjeeling travel packages.

4. Darjeeling Peace Pagoda

Also known as Japanese Peace Pagoda, is a Buddhist monument in India surrounded by lush greenery. Situated between the serene Himalayan mountains, Darjeeling Peace Pagoda provides breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. It stands tall, spreading calmness and promoting harmony among people of different backgrounds

Location: 27H5+2HQ, West Point, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734102

Timings: 04:30 AM to 07:00 PM

5. Darjeeling Rock Garden

It is a picturesque spot surrounded by hills, flowers, and streams. It's perfect for picnics and is well-equipped with good seating arrangements for visitors. Darjeeling Rock Garden is also home to a wide range of exotic plants, beautiful bridges, and lovely waterfalls. You can do activities like trekking, horseback riding, and taking scenic photos.

Location: 26GP+GG9, Bloomfield Tea Garden, West Bengal 734102

Timings: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

6. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Popularly known as "Toy Train" is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is an impressive engineering marvel, stretching 88 kilometres in length which winds through picturesque landscapes of the Himalayas in West Bengal, offering breathtaking views of tea gardens and mountain vistas. This narrow-gauge railway is beloved for its charm and historic significance.

7. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

Also known as Darjeeling Zoo, it is a must for wildlife lovers in Darjeeling. Located at 7,000 feet, it is famous for its red panda and snow leopard breeding centres. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is known for its conservation and breeding efforts. Visitors can easily see animals like the Asian Black Bear, Himalayan Wolf, Red Panda, Sambar Deer, Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard Cat, and Eastern Pangolin.

Location: Jawahar Parbat, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734104

Timings: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

8. Ghoom Monastery

It is an old Tibetan Buddhist monastery at a high altitude of 8,000 feet established by Lama Sherab Gyatso in 1850. Ghoom Monastery is home to a magnificent 15-foot life-size statue of Maitreyi Buddha made out of clay sourced from Tibet and placed in the main hall of the monastery. Visitors can also immerse themselves in the mesmerizing views of Mount Kanchenjunga from the exterior of the Ghoom Monastery.

Location: 2762+M49, Hill Cart Rd, Ghoom, West Bengal 734102

Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM

9. Singalila National Park

Located in West Bengal, it is the highest national park in the state, sitting over 7,000 feet above sea level and covering around 78.60 square kilometres. Wildlife lovers often include it in their Darjeeling tourism packages. Singalila National Park boasts rhododendron forests, orchid beds, and rare animals like the Himalayan black bear and red panda. Visitors can enjoy trekking, camping, bird watching, and animal spotting during their visit to Darjeeling.

Address: 23PG+VF5, Singalila Forest, West Bengal

Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM

10. Rimbik

The 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 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. Cable Car Ride in Darjeeling Ropeway: One of the most fun and safe adventure activities that you can enjoy with a Darjeeling holiday package is a Darjeeling Ropeway ride. It starts in Singamari and goes to Tukvar and back. During the drive, you can see the beautiful Ramman River, Little Rangeet, tea gardens, and snow-capped mountains. It's super fun and safe!

2. Visit Tea Gardens: Tea gardens are one of the most famous attractions in Darjeeling, and you must include them in your Darjeeling tour package. The Darjeeling Tea Gardens offer a panoramic view of lush greenery and clean, fresh air mixed with the scent of tea. You can also enjoy the cool breeze on your face and visit the nearby tea factories and watch them do different things, from picking the leaves to processing them. It is a paradise for photogenic people, offering picturesque views for perfect photos. If you want to spend the night in the middle of the tea gardens, Rainbow Valley Resort and Tathágata Farm are some of the affordable options where you can stay and enjoy guided plantation walks.

3. Take a Ride in Toy Train: The Darjeeling Train, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a pleasant journey through the stunning landscape along with the iconic Batasia Loop, where you can stop to admire the Gurkha Infantry Conflict Memorial. After a quick stop at Ghoom, discover the interesting railway museum, making this a perfect day out for families, friends, and couples, especially those looking for a unique Darjeeling experience.

4. River Rafting in Teesta River: Experience the fun of rafting on the icy Teesta River! Whether you are new to rafting or seasoned, you may not be able to resist here. As you flow, enjoy beautiful views of mountains, villages, farms, lush greenery, and colourful birds. The river has extraordinary degrees of rapids, from smooth to difficult, so everyone will have a good time. Don't miss out on adding this exciting adventure to your Darjeeling trip.

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5. Visit a Monastery: If you are looking for peace or you are exploring spirituality, then you must add a monastery visit to your Darjeeling tour package. There are many Buddhist monasteries in and around Darjeeling, as Buddhism is a big part of the region. These monasteries are beautiful, with colourful paintings, peaceful vibes, and impressive golden Buddha statues. Some of the popular monasteries to visit in Darjeeling are Bhutia Busty Monastery, Yiga Choeling, Guru Monastery, Samten Choeling Gompa, and Druk Sangag Choeling.

6. Learn Mountaineering at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute: If you are an adventure enthusiast or want to learn about mountaineering, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is your place to visit. You can learn about mountaineering and rock climbing in detail here, under the guidance of professionals. Also, it showcases a museum where you can discover tips for climbing Mount Everest and read about past expeditions. For a light adventure and a safe mountaineering experience, try indoor rock climbing or outdoor climbing at Tenzing Norgay Rock. Overall, it's a fun and informative experience for anyone who loves mountains.

7. Trekking in Darjeeling: Darjeeling offers some of the best treks with stunning views of mountains, valleys, and paths. No matter if you are searching for long, adventure-filled, challenging treks that last for a week or just short treks to enjoy the beauty of nature with your friends and family, Darjeeling has options for everyone. Some of the popular treks for which visitors especially visit Darjeeling include the Phalut Trek, the Srikhola to Sandakphu Trek, the Kamala Falls Trek, the Purbikhola Trek, and the Trek to Bamunpukhuri Jungle. Make sure to try at least one trek as per your comfort while you are on your holiday trip to Darjeeling.

8. Shop at the Local Market: Shopping at the local street market is the best fun activity as it gives you the benefit of interacting with the locals, and you can also collect souvenirs to make your trip more memorable. A popular place for shopping in Darjeeling is Chowk Bazaar, in the southern part of Darjeeling. It's quite a busy place, as locals also buy most things they need every day from here, though you can find lots of stuff like clothes, Buddhist things, and decorations for your home at good prices.

9. Experience the Thrill of Paragliding: Paragliding in Darjeeling is a super fun experience as it lets you discover the hidden scenic views of the Himalayas and sights like tea gardens and old buildings from above. Paragliding happens in Darjeeling from October to April. It is an adventure-filled experience that lasts approximately 15 to 30 minutes each time you go. If you're new to paragliding, you can try tandem paragliding, which means you'll fly with an experienced instructor.

10. Try Local Food: Darjeeling has a list of delicious, tasty local food items, most of which are influenced by Nepalese and Tibetan flavours. Momos are at the top of the list; they are steamed or fried and served with soup sauce or pickles. Thupka is also a must-try on your trip to Darjeeling. It is a noodle soup with veggies, eggs, or meat. At last, Churpee, Shaphalay, and Gundruk are things you should not miss. Also, if you are into drinks, Chaang beer is something you must try.

What to Eat in Darjeeling:

1. Churpee: Churpee is a delicious cheese from the Himalayas, made from yak or cow's milk. It is loved as a snack in Nepal, Bhutan, and India for its chewy and salty flavour and by locals and vacationers for its vitamins and energy.

2. Momos: Momos are yummy dumplings that began in Tibet and are cherished all over Asia. They are the product of dough with a filling along with meat, greens, or cheese and can be steamed or fried. People revel in them with spicy sauces, which is a pleasant desire for street meal lovers and meal lovers around the arena.

3. Thukpa: Thukpa, a delicious Tibetan noodle soup, is loved in locations like Darjeeling within the Himalayas. It is cooked with a delicious broth, noodles, veggies, or your preference of meat, along with fowl or pork, and seasoned with garlic, ginger, and chilli for a pleasing deal.

4. Naga Cuisine: The Naga cuisine of Northeast India mixes fiery spices with unique elements along with bamboo shoots and fermented fish, reflecting the rich culture of the Naga country. It includes smoked meat, spicy stews, and crammed rice dishes.

5. Chaang: Chaang is a conventional drink from the Himalayan region, especially popular in places like Nepal, Bhutan, and components of India. Made from fermented millet or rice, it has a slightly sour taste and is frequently enjoyed at some point during festivals and celebrations.

6. Sael Rotis: Sael rotis are smooth Indian flatbreads made from wheat flour batter, cooked in a pan, and served hot. They pass properly with curries, vegetables, or chutneys and are loved by many for their simplicity and flexibility in Indian cooking.

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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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 flavour 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 its delicious tea. The tea is also exported to various parts of the world from Darjeeling.

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