Darjeeling is a Himalayan city and the hill town headquarters of the Darjeeling district. Darjeeling is a popular tourist destination widely renowned for its highly fragrant and subtle tea ‘Darjeeling Tea’ and its toy train, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is an UNESCO, enlisted World Heritage Site. This charming little town also served as summer capital of India during the British era when Calcutta served as the capital of India, remnants of the region’s glorious past is still reflected among the various colonial buildings found at Chowrasta and other regions of Darjeeling.
Sitting at the foothills of the Lesser Himalayas, at an average elevation of 6,710 ft above sea level, Darjeeling enjoys a panoramic view of the surrounding regions. Darjeeling adorned with rich natural beauty and pristine environment provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of cities. There are quite a few tourist attractions in Darjeeling a majority of which are natural but, nevertheless are worth a visit. Some of the tourist attractions of the region include the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Himalayan Zoo, Buddhist Monasteries, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Tiger Hill, Observatory Hill, Rock Garden and Batashia Loop among others. In addition to sightseeing there are quite a few adventure sports activities offered in the region for instance trekking, hiking, mountaineering, rappelling and much more.
A must do in Darjeeling is to try out mountain biking, trekking at the Singalila National Park, witness the sunrise at Tiger Hill, hop in local markets and also dig into the various gourmet delights offered in the region.
Darjeeling being a popular tourist hub of West Bengal it attracts a large number of people from the state and also from other regions of the country and also world and as such there are many hotels in Darjeeling spread out in various categories ranging from the luxury hotels to the budget hotels offering quality lodging facilities along with various services and facilities, thus catering efficiently to the tastes and needs of the various travelers visiting the region.
Darjeeling enjoys a pleasant weather during the summers and becomes frigid cold in the winters and as such the hill station is best visited in the summer season.
Darjeeling is also well connected to the rest of the region by means of rail and road. The nearest airport is located in Bagdogra, while the nearest broad gauge is the New Jalpaiguri railway station. Other than that there are numerous state and private buses along with jeeps easily available from outside the airport and railway station for Darjeeling.