Darjeeling is synonymous with aromatic tea gardens, which earned Darjeeling the international fame. Enveloped in captivating natural beauty, Darjeeling is a hill station in the culturally rich state of West Bengal. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Darjeeling is an amazing destination for enjoying the pristine natural beauty. The town is dotted with various tourist attractions. It is also one of the famous honeymoon destinations in India.
Attractions of Darjeeling
Flora and Fauna In Darjeeling
Darjeeling is a hot spot for Eco-tourism in India. One can sight a wide variety of animals and plants here. Some of the flora spotted here are the Himalayan newt (a rare species of salamander), mutiac (barking deer), civet cats, the Himalayan Black bear, the Snow Leopard and around 600 varieties of beautiful butterflies. The flora here encompasses around 139 species of Rhododendrons, magnolia flowers in white, pink and magenta and orchids of different varieties.
Tiger Hill is a wonderful location in Darjeeling which offers breathtaking views of sunrise. Attracting tourists in great numbers, the Tiger hill is located at an elevation of 2590 m.
Darjeeling is renowned the world over for its quality tea. Stroll through the tea gardens and smell the aroma of the fresh tea leaves. Enjoy a cup of Darjeeling tea and take back home some packets of tea leaves. There are around 70 tea gardens in Darjeeling and the most famous one is the Happy Valley Tea Estate.
Buddhist Monasteries In Darjeeling
There are several Buddhist monasteries in Darjeeling and the oldest one is the Yiga Chilling Monastery, which is located 8 km from the town. It was built in 1875 and belongs to the Gelugpa Sect. Other monasteries are the Samten Cholling Monastery, the Drukpa Kargyud Monastery, the Dali Monastery and the Bhutia Busty Monastery.
Museum of Natural History
The Museum Of Natural History houses a rare collection of the fauna of the Himalayan region.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
Founded in honor of Tenzing Norgay(who conquered Mt. Everest), the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is known for imparting excellent training in mountaineering.
Himalayan Zoological Park and Snow Leopard Breeding Center
These high altitude wildlife parks are the homes of the Siberian Tiger, Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Snow Leopard, Red panda, Tibetan Wolf and the Himalayan Pheasant.
Lloyds Botanical Garden
This garden is flooded with a rich collection of rhododendron, magnolia, orchids of the Eastern Himalayas, alpine flowers and medicinal plants.
Adventure in Darjeeling
Offering sheer adventure, the Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway is a must-visit destination of Darjeeling. Enjoy the cable car ride, which passes over the mesmerizing tea gardens and offer captivating views of the mountains. Darjeeling is a wonderful destination for trekking and river rafting.
How To Reach
The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport located 88 km from Darjeeling. The regular flights from here connect Darjeeling with the main cities of India.
New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station located 88 km from Darjeeling. The railway station is connected with the major cities of India.
Darjeeling is well connected with the main cities like Kolkata, Kalimpong, Kurseong, Gangtok, Bagdogra and Siliguri by road.
Darjeeling is famous for its beautiful handicrafts such as town-brass statues, religious objects, jewelery, wooden carvings, woven fabrics and Tibetan carpets. The best place for shopping in Darjeeling is the Hayden Hall, a women's co-operative, opposite the State Bank of India on Laden La Rd.