Darjeeling also known as
Darjeeling also known as "Queen of The Himalayas" is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Eastern part of India that has jaw-dropping locales, mesmerizing sunrises and the untouched beauty of the hills. Darjeeling stands at the height of 2,050 meters above sea level, thus boasting of cool climes all year round. Spread over a steep mountain ridge, nestled amidst acres of lush green tea plantations, this scenic hill station is the perfect getaway for a romantic honeymoon and is just around 700 kilometres away from Kolkata.
Darjeeling is a popular tourist destination in North-East India providing a heady mixture of splendid tea gardens on rolling mountain slopes, meandering toy train rides through the picturesque city, and delectable traditional Tibetan cuisine. The lush green slopes dotted with women plucking tea leaves is a sight as mesmerizing. There are over 86 tea estates in Darjeeling that are responsible for producing the worldwide famous 'Darjeeling Tea'. Have a cup of locally brewed chai at the tea estate, or get down amidst the plantations to pluck a few tea leaves yourself, that is your choice.
A previous summer capital of India under the British Raj, Darjeeling is famous for its beautiful tea plantations and the quality of Darjeeling tea. The toy train established back in 1881, still runs in this part and is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The third highest peak in the world and the highest in India, the Kanchenjunga peak is clearly visible from here and you can enjoy a panoramic view of the peak. Some of Darjeeling's most popular attractions include monasteries, botanical gardens, a zoo, and the Darjeeling-Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway cable car which happens to be the longest Asian cable car. Darjeeling is a wonderful place to walk around and explore the tea estates, villages, and markets. A visit to the city of Darjeeling is incomplete without a joyride at the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway toy train. Moving at a snail pace over the hilly terrain, it is an experience that you should have once in your life time.
The major attraction of Darjeeling are Tiger Hill, Batasia loop, Japnese Peace Pagoda, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute,Nightingale Park and many more.
Tiger Hill which is lying at an altitude of 2590 meters and a distance of 13 kilometres away from the Darjeeling, is most famous for its splendid sights of the morning sunrise from where you can see the peaks of Kanchenjunga illuminate before the sun is seen at lower elevations.
The magnificent view of snow capped mountains sitting amidst cotton clouds attracts tourists to Tiger Hill from all over the country. Interestingly, this is also the summit of Ghoom, which is the highest railway station in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Batasia loop which is located around 5 km from Darjeeling, is a spiral railway track where the toy train takes a complete 360 degree turn. The toy train descends by 1,000 ft. as it completes the loop through a large circular area.
You see the Japnese Peace Pagoda which is a glistening white structure standing out. The Peace Pagoda, one of the 70 odd such structures built under the guidance of Japanese monk Nichidatsu Fujii, is worth a visit during the daily pujas.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is recognized as one of the best mountaineering institutes in the world which is located in the hill station of Darjeeling. It was established on 4th November 1954. The primary purpose of this initiative was to encourage, enhance and support the interest of the people in the sport of mountaineering, to channel the abundant energy of the youth into a productive and self-awarding sport. Aspiring mountaineers from all over the world come to this institute to develop their skills.
The magnificent view of the 8586-meter high peak of Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, from this institute is genuinely mesmerizing. Because of the picturesque setting in the hill station of Darjeeling, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute has become a significant tourist attraction.
Nightingale Park was earlier called 'The Shrubbery' when it was a private courtyard. There is a giant statue of Lord Shiva, a musical fountain along with the great scenery.