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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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