Darjeeling Hill Station

Darjeeling, a hill station with unparalleled natural beauty is actually a piece of heaven that has been cut from above and laid it on the ground. Its environment, the fresh air, the verdant greenery, the colourful mountains, the refreshing waterfalls all remind about the wonders of Gods. Indeed, coming here and exploring this Queen of Hill Stations will make you feel that life is very beautiful. No matter what age you are, you will have a strong desire to live as long as there is a life in this hill station. Come countless of centuries, this town will always remain young, and refreshing.

Darjeeling is a pride of West Bengal. It is perched at an elevation of 6,710 ft. on the lower range of the Himalayas. The British liked this place so much that a sanatorium, and a military depot were established here. The plantation of the now-famous tea of this hill station was also started at the same time. Today, the black tea grown here is famous around the world. Even the seeds of education that were sown during the colonial period are still offering results. The public schools set up on the British education system are the first choice of the rich and the famous from India and neighboring countries for their wards.

Darjeeling throws a fun-filled, thrilling, exciting and unforgettable vacation. This hill station with its distinctive charm and the friendly nature of the locals touches heart of any tourist coming from any part of the world. There are many places to see here. But one thing you must do here is take a ride in the toy train. The train is the only steam locomotive in India, and a lifeline of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The train covers 86 km from Siliguri to Darjeeling in six to eight hours. It starts from an elevation of 100 metres and rises up to 2000 metres till it reaches its destination. It marches ahead puffing all the way kissing all the beauty on the way. The zig-zag track, the marvelous waterfalls, the green valley, the lofty peaks and the numerous tunnels make it a lifetime journey.

Darjeeling hill station is one of the best places in the world that can be enjoyed by honeymooners, adventure lovers, photographers, nature lovers, and wildlife enthusiasts. No vacationers how far they may be coming from will ever regret their decisions to spend their holiday here. The first timers at this hill station would surely feel like they have taken the right decision of their lives. Here are few places to visit in Darjeeling.

Ghum is also spelt as Ghoom. A small hilly town that is 6 km from Darjeeling perched at 7,407 ft. The Ghum railway station at this height is the highest in India. The town has the famous Yiga Choeling Monastery. There are 15 images of Maitreya Buddha in the monastery which is managed by the yellow hat sect. The monastery has preserved several ancient texts written on palm leaves and paper manuscripts all in Tibetan script. From here, Tiger Hill is just 5 km, which is located at higher altitude than Ghum. The Kanchanjunga peak, which is the third highest in the world, is seen from here. The topmost peak of Mount Everest is also visible from the Tiger Hill.

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is in this town, which is known as the only breeding centre of the snow leopard. The park also has Ussurian tigers and the Himalayan black bear. Nearby is the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute one can visit to seek information on how and who conquest the Mount Everest. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the institute in 1954.

Kalimpong is another scenic town in Darjeeling at an altitude of 1250 metres. It is a tiny town but a virtual paradise. The first sign one can see after entering the town is the Mac Farlane Church. It was once a stronghold of the king's minister, and hence the town's name reflects the meaning. Second in the list of attractions is the Dr. Graham's Homes School. Dr. John Anderson founded this school in 1900. The school is three kilometers from the town. There is a place in the town offering a bird's eye view of the valley and the Himalayan Mountains. Besides, one can see several Buddhist monasteries here.

Mirik is one more attraction of Darjeeling tourism. This place is replete with tea gardens, and verdant greenery. In addition, the cool climate and a lake here irrigate the orange orchards. Enjoying the lush greenery, staying in the small and traditional cottages, fishing and boating in the big lake, and sipping the fresh orange juice are all offered here.

Darjeeling is also a paradise for trekking and shopping. There are shopping malls in the town selling hand-made goods from Nepal, Bhutan, and China. The locals are also experts in knitting sweaters, painting wall hangings, making fancy bags and hats. To enjoy trekking in this hill station, one must visit from April to May and October to November.

How to Reach Darjeeling

By Air

Bagdora Airport is the nearest which is 10 km from Siliguri.

By Train

Siliguri Railway Station is the nearest connected to all cities of India. The further journey to from this station has to be taken on Toy Train, which should not be missed.

By Road

The road journey to Darjeeling is also a pleasurable experience. One has to reach Siliguri first and then proceed further.

Not all the attractions in Darjeeling hill station can be explored in a few days. To cover all the places, it will take no less than two weeks.