Also known as the Queen of Hills, Darjeeling is a famous tourist location in West Bengal. The steep and pointed mountain ranges here have the best tea estates. It is around 2050 m above sea level. This hill station is ideal to get away from the scorching heat. It is an ideal place for backpackers, families, honeymooners, trekkers, hikers, etc.
How to reach Darjeeling
The nearest airport is in Bagdogra. Flights connect Darjeeling with the major cities of India. New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station. Trains from Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Guwahati, and other major cities connect this railhead. Cars can be rented from New Jalpaiguri to reach Darjeeling. It can also be connected by road. Bus services from Kalimpong, Gangtok, and other major cities in West Bengal are available.
Best places to visit in Darjeeling
- Tiger Hill - This location is right in the middle of the Himalayan ranges offering a beautiful view of Kanchenjunga during the sunrise.
- Batasia Loop - It is a spiral track made for short-gauge trains that has a 360-degree turn. By completing the loop, the toy train covers an altitude of 1000 feet.
- Darjeeling ropeway - A cable car journey over the hills and jungles amidst snowcapped mountains and valleys here will give you chills.
- Nightingale Park - The small flat park offers a beautiful view of the surrounding ranges and excellent flora. It also has a musical fountain.
Do’s and don’ts of traveling to Darjeeling
Traveling with a local guide is necessary for remote locations. Always follow a designated path during trekking or hiking. Carry winter clothes. Check whether taking photographs is allowed or not. Do not throw plastic or any garbage anywhere.
Major activities to do in Darjeeling
You can do river rafting in the Teesta River. Trekking is very common in Sandakphu. Explore wildlife in Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park. Never miss the chance to ride on the toy train and cable cars in Darjeeling. Visit a tea estate with the help of a local guide. You can also learn rock climbing at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.
Best time to visit Darjeeing
The best time to visit Darjeeling is March-May and September-November.