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    Darjeeling Tour
    Photo Credit: Daniel Peckham - Flickr

    Darjeeling, popularly known as the “Queen of hills” is situated at an altitude of about 6,800 feet and is the only hill station in the state of West Bengal. A very popular destination among the tourists not only for its natural beauty, tea plantation and tea processing industries but also for many other activities including adventure sports one can undertake during the tour.

    With experience of having organized a number tours in this region,  Thrillophilia offers a bunch of well-laid out Darjeeling tours combining the best of facilities for a hassle free experience and plenty of places to be seen that is bound to make your adrenalin run high.

    Popular attractions in Darjeeling:

    Thrillophilia has designed some carefully thought-out itineraries to satisfy the tourists with a complete tour including some of the most visited attractions in the region.

    1) Tiger Hill

    Tiger Hill
    Photo Credit: by Pankaj Kaushal

    Tiger Hill in Darjeeling is located at the peak of Ghoom which is the topmost railway station in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The views of Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill are simply breathtaking and spectacular. The scenery of the sunrise from Tiger Hill which begins with the first rays of the sun shedding light upon the peaks of Kanchenjunga and turning them into a fascinating pink and later into a bright orange will mesmerise the viewers.

    2) Rock Garden

    Rock Garden Darjeeling
    Photo Credit: Damien Thorne - Flickr

    The Rock garden or the Barbotey Rock garden is located about 10 Kms. away from the town of Darjeeling. It is a comparatively new addition to the sightseeing places of Darjeeling Tour. It consists of multi-tiered place for picnic with a natural waterfall. A small mountain stream cascades over the sloping rocks with flower gardens and resting places strewn all around. A small lake adds to the beauty of the ambience.

    3) Peace Pagoda

    Peace Pagoda Darjeeling
    Photo Credit: shankar s -Flickr

    The Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling is essentially a Buddhist tomb constructed to promote world peace among the people of all creeds and races. The tranquil atmosphere of the place transports your feelings to a different plane far away from the bustle of city life. It contains four statues of Buddha where various stages of Buddha's life are depicted in the stone carvings.

    [Explore the tenderness of spirituality packed in our Orrisa Buddhism Tour]

    4) Singalila National Park

    Singalila National Park
    Photo Credit: Sudarsan Tamang - Flickr

    This national park is situated upon the Singalila Ridge at a height varying from 8000 feet to 12,000 ft. It lies on the Sandakphu trekking route. Originally a wildlife reserved sanctuary this was later converted to a national park. The amazing fauna and flora and the magnificent views of the Everest and Kanchenjunga in the Himalayan ranges draw huge tourists to this place. The deep forests are full of fern, silver fir, oak and bamboo trees and the flowering plants include rhododendrons, orchids, primula, magnolia etc.

    [Unwind and play with nature at our tailor-made Nameri eco camp tour,Assam]

    More than 600 types of orchids in full bloom claim to be the largest concentration in a single geographical location in the world. The park also boasts of some of the exotic and rarest fauna. Among the animals which are found here are Red Panda, the long-tailed Pangolin, wild boars, the Himalayan black bear, leopards and occasional tigers even.

    [Wanna know more about our adventurous Singalila trek package]

    5) Toy Train

    Toy Train Darjeeling
    Photo Credit: Dmitry Fesechko - Flickr

    Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or popularly known as Toy train made its debut run in 1881. The narrow gauge train connects Darjeeling town with the plains at New Jalpaiguri. A journey by the toy train will be cherished by all in memory for a long time to come as the astounding natural beauty of the mountain terrain and the snow-covered peaks unfolds before our eyes.

    The approximate distance of 69 Kms from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling is completed in roughly six and a half hours by the toy train. This is perhaps the only train which still now is hauled by a steam engine. The train ascends to the highest altitude in its ride at Ghoom from where it makes a descent to Darjeeling. Train Ride is must go for your Darjeeling Tour.

    6) Mountain Biking

    Mountain Biking
    Photo Credit: Ankit Agarwal - Flickr

    Mountain biking has almost come of age in Darjeeling as an adventure tourism. Though this was not done with any seriousness in the past day trips and recreational rides are organised in recent years. Outfits have come up which offer vastly improved imported mountain bikes and thus the adventure is being promoted rapidly. Mountain biking through the winding, contoured roads at a great height with the amazing beauty of the mountain peaks to keep company with you certainly charges up the adrenalin and stimulates your nerves.

    [Take a rivetting mountain biking expedition in the lofty and majestic Himalayas]

    7) Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

    Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
    Photo Credit: flowcomm - Flickr

    The institute which was founded in 1954 came into existence after the historic climb of Mt. Everest in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary. The institute trains students in mountaineering whether they adapt this as an adventure sports or for scientific exploration or for any other purpose. It also houses the giant telescope presented by Adolf Hitler to the Nepal king.

    8) Monasteries Around Darjeeling

    Monastry - Yiga Choeling
    Photo Credit: yigachoeling.com

    There are several monasteries in and around which could be a part of your Darjeeling tour, some of the popular ones are:

    • Guru Sakya monastery located at Ghoom which is about eight kilometres from Darjeeling. This is a historic monastery which was built in 1915.

    • Dali monastery was started in 1971 with the solemn promise for upkeep of Dharma, Tibetan traditions and culture. The newly built complex was inaugurated in 1993 by the Dalai Lama.

    • Bhutia Busty monastery is in possession of the Red Sect among the Buddhist Lamas. The name Darjeeling is derived from this monastery.

    • Yiga-Choling Buddhist monastery is situated at a height of about 8000 ft. The monastery is owned by the Yellow Sect in Buddhists. A 15 ft. statue of the Maitreya Buddha is worshipped here.

    • Japanese temple or the Peace Pagoda was opened in 1992 and offers a grand view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Darjeeling town.

    • Makdhog monastery was constructed by Sri Sangay Lama who was a much adored religious head. The monastery was completed in 1914.?

    Other places of interest near Darjeeling:

    9) Kalimpong

    Kalimpong
    Photo Credit: hceebee - Flickr

    Kalimpong at an elevation of 1250 metres commands a majestic view of the mysterious snow-capped mountains. The place enjoys a moderate climate. The forests at Loleygaon and Lava, the sprawling green valleys, the furious Teesta river and the refreshingly beautiful Samthar Plateau all make Kalimpong an ideal tourist destination.

    [Explore the culture and the beauty of the land of the hidden paradise - Kalimpong and Gangtok]

    10) Pedong

    Pedong
    Photo Credit: Sameer Karmarkar - Flickr

    Pedong is situated at a height of about 5000 ft and is about 21 Kms from Kalimpong. This is perhaps the greenest with deep and extensive forests covering from all sides. Earlier Pedong was an important place for Anglo-Tibetan traders and was a part of the famous Silk Route.

    11) Sandakphu

    Sandakhpu
    Photo Credit: Wikipedia

    Sandakphu is located at an elevation of 3636 meters on the Singalila Ridge between the borders of India and Nepal. This ridge takes you all the way to Kanchenjunga. You can have some breathtaking and beautiful views of the Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse as well as Mt. Kanchenjunga and other mountain peaks. The sunrise and sunset scenes will simply mesmerise you.

    [Breathe fresh air and see flowers in full bloom in our treks to Sandanphu]

    Facts and information on Darjeeling:

    Activities possible: Trekking, Mountain Biking, Rafting, Rock Climbing, Day Hiking.

    Best Season to visit: September to June.

    What to Expect in your Darjeeling Tour: World famous tea, beautiful local customs, amazing treks and toy train rides.

    Other popular places around Darjeeling:

    12) Gangtok

    Gangtok
    Photo Credit: Deepak Rao - Flickr

    Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim and situated an altitude of 5500 ft. You get a majestic view of the third highest peak in the world, the Kanchenjunga. At some point time it was the transit route for traders between India and Tibet. To-day the place is a busy cosmopolitan town where the old traditional cultures have seamlessly mixed into modernism.

    From a place Ganesh Tok you can get a panoramic view of the town sprawling under your feet and the Mt.Kanchenjunga and Mt.Siniolchu hovering in the horizon. The Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology offers rare collections of Tibetan, Lepcha manuscripts. The distance between Darjeeling and Gangtok is about 98 Kms.

    13) Shillong

    Shillong
    Photo Credit: sarit - Flickr

    Shillong is the capital city of another north-eastern Indian state, Meghalaya. The town is covered all around with pine-covered mountains. The town being located at a height of about 1500 metres has a rather temperate climate. The place is also known as the Scotland of the East and boasts of several waterfalls. Shillong has the dubious distinction of receiving heavy rainfall. Include Shillong in your Darjeeling tour package to make the most of your north-eastern tour.

    [Explore the beautiful natural caves around Shillong with our Meghalaya Caving Tour]

    14) Kolkata

    Kolkata
    Photo Credit: Dilip Muralidaran - Flickr

    Though it is quite far from Darjeeling at a distance of about 400 kms. one can include the capital city of West Bengal in their itinerary as it connects the north east of India to various other destinations across the country. Besides, there are also several interesting places of tourist interest in and around Kolkata.


Attractions

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Sandakphu Trek

If we have led you into believing that Darjeeling is purely a touristy place, that is far from the truth. Thanks to the position of Darjeeling in Himalayan foothills, there are a number of excellent trekking trails you can find around the city; Sandakphu being one of the popular ones. It is a moderate level trek that takes you through some extremely scenic landscapes until you finally reach Sandakphu at 11,929 feet.

This is probably the best trek you can undertake in the region if you are an experienced trekker. Sandakphu is the highest peak in West Bengal, so you can imagine the grand views of the grandest Himalayan mountains you can witness from here. Sandakphu Trek is an ultimate dose of thrill and amusement.

Location: Begins at Manebhanjan, West Bengal

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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

Treat yourself with the impressive fauna species of the Himalayan biodiversity by visiting Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park with your friends and family on your trip to Darjeeling. Opened in 1958, this zoo is the largest high-altitude zoo in the country, sitting at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Spanning across 67 acres, this wildlife abode houses exotic animals like snow leopard and tiger.

The other highlights here are endangered species like red panda and Himalayan wolf. All in all, with a unique range of Himalayan animals and birds on display, this place is an absolute delight for any nature or wildlife lover coming to Darjeeling.

Location:
 Darjeeling - Jorethang Road, Jawahar Parbat, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101

Timing:
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Entry Fee:
INR 30 per person

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Ghum Monastery

Yiga Choeling is the real name of this monastery belonging to Gelukpa sect of Buddhists. The vivid colours in the exteriors of the monastery complex and the fine architecture come together to create an enchanting atmosphere for visitors, especially architecture buffs. Built in 1850, this is monastery is one of the oldest ones in Darjeeling.

The highlight here is an idol of Maitreya Buddha that is 15 feet in height. Apart from being a very significant religious place for local Buddhists, Ghum Monastery is one of the most peaceful places to visit in Darjeeling for the tourists.

Location:
Ghum, Darjeeling

Timing:
10 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee:
No charges

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Peace Pagoda

A symbol of eternal peace among people belonging to all nations and religions, Darjeeling Peace Pagoda is one of the most iconic tourist places in Darjeeling.  In other words, Peace Pagoda is a temple symbolising ‘Unity for World Peace’. Due to its incredible design exhibiting the fine Japanese architecture, a visit to this place would be a treat for anybody who is interested in photography or architecture.

The temple complex houses a total of four golden Buddha statues, and the inner walls are adorned with carvings depicting different stories from the life of Lord Buddha. You can spend a day here soaking in the tranquil vibes of this peaceful place.

Location:
West Point, Darjeeling

Timing:
4:30 am to 7 pm

Entry Fee:
No charges

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Dooars

If you love being outdoors and surround yourself with the freshness and calm of nature, Dooars is the most ideal place for you to visit when you are in Darjeeling. Dooars is a place that defines ‘pristine nature’ with its untainted, lush green landscapes. It is a vast region of floodplains that encompasses tea gardens, hill slopes, undulating meadows, tropical forests, and ethnic villages.

The place is ideal for nature photography, wildlife exploration, and nature stay. The natural beauty of the region and the variety of experiences it has on offer make Dooars one of the most fascinating places to visit in Darjeeling.

Location: 
The Dooars region politically constitutes the plains of Darjeeling District, the whole of Jalpaiguri district and Alipurduar district and the upper region of Cooch Behar district in West Bengal and the districts of Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Goalpara and Bongaigaon in the state of Assam.
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Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Your Darjeeling tour is clearly incomplete if you do not indulge in the once-in-a-lifetime experience of taking a ride in the Toy Train that runs on Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Just grab a window seat, and get lost in a world full of amazing views and refreshing moments. If you are interested in photography, you will find the experience heavenly after all the breathtaking frames your camera captures during the journey.

One of the most exciting parts of being on this train is that you will be gaining a lot of elevation along the route from New Jalpaiguri at 100 m to Darjeeling at 2,200 m.

Location:
New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling

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Tiger Hill

Imagine watching the most spectacular mountain peaks in the world – Mt Everest and Mt Kanchenjunga – during sunrise. Imagine how the sky changes its shades every minute and paints the towering mountains in its own shades. Feels magical, right? Tiger Hill is the place where you can bring this fantasy to life. Boasting an elevation of 2,590 feet above the sea level, Tiger Hill is located above Ghum at a distance of 11 km from Darjeeling City Centre.

The site has an observatory where you can sit and enjoy the awe-inspiring Himalayas. Popular for the panoramic vistas you can enjoy from up here, Tiger Hill is one of the must visit tourist places in Darjeeling.

Location: 11 km from Darjeeling

Timing: 4 am to 6 pm

Observatory Fee: INR 10 to 40

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Batasia Loop

Located near Darjeeling, this is a spiral railway track engineered during the era of British India. When you are taking a journey on Toy Train in West Bengal, this is inarguably the most fascinating stretch you will cover. Due to its unique path where the train spirals over itself through a tunnel, Batasia Loop becomes one of the most interesting tourist places in Darjeeling.

The site also features a memorial dedicated to Gorkha Soldier of the Indian Army who laid down their lives in the post-independence India. You can enjoy a 360 degree panoramic views of Darjeeling from here.

Location: 
West Point, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734102

Timing:
5 am to 8 pm

Observatory Fee:
INR 15 per person

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Singalila National Park

West Bengal, being in the shadow of the Himalayas, boasts of being a place with rich collection of flora and fauna. And to find out the truth on your own, Singalila National Park is the best place to be. Ranging between at an altitude of 7,900 feet to 12,000 feet, located on the Singalila Ridge, this national park was established in 1986.

During a jeep safari here you will get lucky to witness some of the most unique species of flora and fauna. During winters, frequent snowfalls make the park appear surreal. Apart from wildlife, the park also gives you an opportunity to absorb in the magnificent views of Mt Everest and Mt Kanchenjunga.

Location:
37 km from Darjeeling

Timing:
6 am to 7 pm

Entry Fee:
INR 100 per person

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Mahakal Mandir

One of the best places to visit in Darjeeling for a spiritual trip, Mahakal Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built by Lama Dorjey Rinzing in 1782, this temple has a great reverence not among the local Hindus but also Buddhists. The temple complex houses three gold-plated lingams. Besides, the site features a cave called Mahakal Cave which makes it more intriguing for tourists.

Since the temple is located on the top of a hill known as Observatory Hill, the site also serves as a great vantage point which offers panoramic views of the natural beauty that surrounds it in addition to view of Mt Kanchenjunga.

Location: Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling

Timing: Sunrise to Sunset

Entry Fee: No Charges
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Rock Garden

Make the best of your time in Darjeeling by driving through the scenic route that leads to Rock Garden. The 10 km long hill route will refresh your senses even before you reach your destination, Rock Garden, which is a site full of surprises. This multi-level garden is created by cutting rocks, and is scenic in its very character.

Located near Chunnu Summer Falls, this spot is perfect for a day outing and family picnic. The garden is surrounded by verdant hills and features a peaceful ambience, ideal for relaxation. Snacks and beverages are also available here to add to your enjoyment.

Location: 
Rock Garden Rd, Bloomfield Tea Garden, West Bengal 734102

Timing: 8 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee: INR 10 per person

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Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

This mountaineering institute is nothing short of a pilgrimage for the lovers of Himalayas and adventure. The institute was established in 1954 with an objective to promote and support the sport of mountaineering. The institute offers various mountaineering courses to those who are willing to convert their passion into profession and develop themselves from hobbyist hikers to professional mountaineers.

You can learn a lot of interesting details about the sport and Himalayas by paying a visit to this place when you are in Darjeeling. Renowned all over the world as one of the top mountaineering institutes, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is among the interesting places to visit in Darjeeling.

Location: Jawahar Parvat, Darjeeling

Timing: 9 am to 5 pm

Entry Fee: INR 40 per person

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Tenzing Rock

Named after one of the first two mountaineers to make it to the summit of Mount Everest, Tenzing Norgay, Tenzing Rock is a rock near Darjeeling with his name inscribed on it. The rock is located opposite Gombu Rock, which is named after Nawang Gombu. If you are craving some mountain adventure in Darjeeling, visit Tenzing Rock, for it is a popular site for rock climbing.

If you are an experienced climber, you can climb up to a height of 500 metres here. As you reach the top of the rock, splendid scenery teeming with raw nature welcomes you. Besides, beginners also practise rock-climbing here.

Location:
Jawahar Parvat, Darjeeling

Timing:
8 am to 5 pm

Entry Fee:
INR 2000 per person

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Neora Valley National Park

Established in 1986, Neora Valley National Park, located in Kalimpong District of West Bengal is one of the best places to visit in Darjeeling for indulging in wildlife experience. The wildlife park spreads over a region of 88 sq. km and houses some exotic species of flora, fauna, and avifauna. The extremely charming valleys and hills at the park are soothing to one’s eyes, and call for a unique photography session.

The rich Himalayan biodiversity of Neora Valley National Park attracts wildlife enthusiasts from different parts of the country. The park is also famous for trekking trails that pass through it.

Location:
Neora Valley, 81 km from Darjeeling

Timing:
9 am to 4 pm

Entry Fee:
No Information

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Observatory Hill

If you want to relish the panoramic views of Darjeeling and its surrounding hills, Observatory Hill is the place that serves the purpose. A vantage point quite popular among locals as well as tourists, Observatory Hill is best known for being the place where the famous Mahakal Temple is located. So, you will find a mix of travellers and devotees here.

The observatory here also lets you see some of the most prominent Himalayan peaks including Mt Kanchenjunga and others. For the reason of being the place offering such diverse experiences, Observatory Hill is one among the best places to visit in Darjeeling. Summing up, Observatory Hill is a good place to visit with family.

Location: Near Chowrasta Square, Darjeeling

Timing: 7 am to 7 pm

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Darjeeling Ropeway

One of the most exciting things you can do in Darjeeling is take a cable car ride to observe the beauty of this place from a new perspective. Introduced in 1968, this was the first cable car system in the country. It is also popularly known as Rangeet Valley Passenger Cable Car. Ideal for people belonging to all age group, the activity lets you enjoy a touch of thrill while you are looking around to admire the scenic beauty of Darjeeling.

The cable cars run between the North Point of Darjeeling to Singla on the banks of the river Ramman. So, sit tight and keep a camera handy because the moments you capture here will become a lifelong memory for you.

Location:
Singamari, Darjeeling

Timing:
9:30 am to 4 pm

Entry Fee:
INR 200 per person

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