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Darjeeling – The Queen of Hills || Travel Guide.

Darjeeling is located at an altitude of 6,700 feet in the Indian state of West Bengal. Darjeeling is cold all year round and admired all over the world for its natural beauty, tea, and railways. The unique beauty of Kanchenjunga in Darjeeling and the sunrise of Tiger Hill as well as the innumerable tourist attractions thousands of tourists to visit Darjeeling every year.

Places of interest in Darjeeling. 
Tiger Hill : The view of the sunset from Tiger Hill is breathtaking. Tourists do not miss the opportunity to see the magnificent view of Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill. Recently, the number of tourist vehicles per day has been fixed for extra crowds.
Batasia Loop : The Batasia Loop situated almost 5 km away from Darjeeling is a gigantic railway loop where the Toy train makes a 360-degree turn. Batasia loop a garden like a place through which the Toy Train passes in a loop like a pattern. From Batasia Loop you can get a panoramic view of Darjeeling with the Kanchanjunga and other snow-capped mountains in the backdrop.
Darjeeling Toy Train : Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a small steam engine powered toy train traveling from New Jalpaiguri through the winding roads and bends of Darjeeling is one of the major tourist attractions in Darjeeling. This train journey is an enchanting experience of Darjeeling. You will see excellent scenes of this train in different movies. This toy train has taken Darjeeling tourism to another level.
Darjeeling Zoo : Darjeeling Zoo also called Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. In this zoo, you can see the Himalayan Snow Leopard, Himalayan wolf, Leopard, Black Bear, and Red Panda, along with some rare animals and birds and reptiles. The Wildlife Museum in this park is another special attraction for tourists.

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute : Recognized as one of the world’s leading mountaineering institutes, the primary goal of this institute was to encourage the general public to climb. Mountaineers from all over the world come here to develop their skills. And now the institute has gained a lot of popularity as a tourist spot. The view of Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world, from this institute is truly breathtaking.
Happy Valley Tea State: The second oldest tea garden in Darjeeling, established in 1854. This beautiful tea garden offers panoramic views of the entire Darjeeling. Here you can see the tea production. If you want, you can have tea here and buy tea leaves.
Pagodas and Monasteries : Famous pagodas and monasteries in Darjeeling are the Ghum Monastery. Situated at an altitude of about 10,000 feet above sea level, this ancient temple has a 15-foot-tall Buddhist statue. The Peace Pagoda of the four Buddhist statues, known as the symbol of peace, would be much appreciated. Japanese Buddhist Monasteries will have the opportunity to see several monasteries and pagodas built in the traditional style of the Japanese.
Also, if time permits, visit Darjeeling Ropeway, the memorial of Tenzing-Rock (the first Everest conqueror), the Tibetan Self-Help Center, the Darjeeling Gorkha Stadium, the Ava Art Gallery, the Dirdaham Temple, Rock Garden, and so many places.

Best time to Travel Darjeeling.
The best weather in Darjeeling is from April to June and from October to December. And so these six months is the most beautiful time to visit Darjeeling. But if you come to Darjeeling in monsoon, you will see a unique look, with greenery all over the hills and amazing mountain rain.

How to Reach Darjeeling.
By Train : The nearest railway station to Darjeeling is New Jalpaiguri which connects the city with all the major parts of the country. There are a number of trains from cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, and Kochi. From New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling just approx 90 km by road. Reserve or Shared car available from New Jalpaiguri Station.
By Flight : Bagdogra is the nearest airport of Darjeeling and there are several daily flights from Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangaluru, Guwahati etc. From Bagdogra to Darjeeling 3 hrs car journey.
By Road : Darjeeling is well connected to some of the major cities close by such as Siliguri, Gangtok, and Kalimpong. The city is also connected with Kolkata which is 651 km away and it takes around 14 hours to reach here.

Darjeeling Tour Plan.
The idea of a small tour plan to visit Darjeeling.
Day 1 : Arrive New Jalpaiguri / Siliguri / Bagdogra and proceed to Darjeeling by car. Arrive at Darjeeling & check-in hotel. Afternoon visit famous Darjeeling Mall. Night stay in Darjeeling.
Day 2 : After breakfast, the reserve car will tour the main attractions of Darjeeling. Complete your lunch in a restaurant. Return to the hotel before evening. If you have to do shopping or anything else, do it. Go to bed early.
Day 3 : Visit Tiger Hill very early in the morning. Watch the sunrise from there and enjoy the amazing view of Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest mountain in the world. Then you can take a look around if there is anything more to see around or go to Rock Garden. Back to the hotel in the evening.
Day 4 : The day of return.

Where to stay in Darjeeling.
Darjeeling has a variety of hotels and homestays. Hotel Elgin, Mayfair, Sammit Grace, Cedar Inn, Hotel Sonar Bangla, R J Resort, Hotel Nirvana are some of the best Darjeeling hotels.
And if you prefer homestays, you can stay at Happy valley Homestay, Himshikha Homestay, Himalayan Inn Homestay, Hidden Woods Homestay. These homestays are quite popular. You can also stay at the Darjeeling Tea Estate Bungalow.
When booking rooms online, check out sites like OYO, Fab Hotels, Treebo, etc. You will find many hotels according to your needs. You can also see the reviews and various facilities of these sites to know the details about any hotel.

Restaurants in Darjeeling.
Among the restaurants in Darjeeling, you will find Thai, Indian or Bengali food as well as local food of Darjeeling in restaurants like Keventers, Kunga, Hasty Tasty, Penang, Sonams Kitchen, Glenary’s, Shangri-La, Lunar. Darjeeling popular local dishes are “Gandrak” (fermented mustard leaves), “Momo” (meat or vegetable cake), “Thupka” (meat, noodles, egg, and vegetable soup), and “Chang” (local beer). And of course, don’t forget to drink a cup of Darjeeling tea and eat Darjeeling’s oranges. Some best Darjeeling tea brands, Goodrick, Tata, Vahdam, etc.

Shopping in Darjeeling.
There are several small and large markets and shops on Laden-La Road in Darjeeling. You can safely buy winter clothes, gloves, mufflers, sweaters, leather jackets, Nepali shawls, shares, leather shoes, and gift items for loved ones from these markets. You can also buy souvenirs, among other things.
Where to Buy Darjeeling Tea : When it comes to buying good tea leaves, it is better to buy from a tea estate than from a local store. You will get lower prices and you will also find tea leaves of different grades.

Some Travel Tips for Darjeeling.
Wear good quality slippers or sandals when visiting a tourist spot located on a hill.
If you shop from a big shopping mall or market than the local shops in Darjeeling, you will get better things and the chances of cheating will be less.
There is a huge crowd of tourists during the peak season and so you must book the hotel in advance to avoid the complication of getting a room in the hotel.
Before booking a hotel room in Darjeeling, check if the hotel has hot water and room heater.
Keep Darjeeling as clean as possible. While visiting the zoo and do not disturb any animals unnecessarily.
Food restaurants are quite far from Darjeeling Rock Garden so it is better to take food with you when you visit here.

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