Darjeeling is spread in the ribbons over a steep mountain crest. The beauty of this definitive hill station of India is amplified by the majestic Khangchendzonga (8598m) that surmounts it and emerald green tea plantations that add to its supremacy. Dating back to the British era, Darjeeling is undoubtedly the premier attraction of West Bengal. It assures some prepossessing exploration for the inquisitive beings. When you aren’t left agape admiring the beauty of Khangchendzonga who can well explore the bewitching colonial era architecture that is deep rooted in the monuments and buildings of Darjeeling. Do spot red pandas and snow leopards at a nearby zoo and visit Buddhist monasteries, when here. On the hilly and the bustling streets that wind you through the town, you can find yourself lost amongst the myriad of Himalayan faces from Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan. Finally, when exhausted from all the exploration, indulge in the Darjeeling’s brew that can be more than just reinvigorating.
Usually, tourists swamp Darjeeling in the spring months from mid March to mid May and autumn months of October and November when the temperatures are pleasant, skies are dry and panoramas are clear. Winters here are extremely cold. So, when you visit during the months of December to February, you must carry with you an extra jumper. The rainy months from June to September are wet, slippery and muddy. So, better avoid these months for travel.
Darjeeling reclines over a west facing slope in its perplexing web of steep flights of steps and zig zag roads. If you arrive at the jeep stand or a train station, you can expect an uphill hike to reach your hotel. The two prominent squares of Darjeeling – Clubside Junction and Chowrasta are interconnected by the pedestrianized Nehru Rd. This doubles up as the key shopping street of the town.