Darjeeling is known as East India’s Queen of the Hills. Encompassed by verdant tea plantations and perched atop a steep ridge, the town offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Darjeeling was one of the best-known summer capitals during the British Raj. Even today, the lofty architecture and daily lifestyle bear testimony to Darjeeling’s colonial heritage – including high teas in the afternoon! The landscape has been shaped by its aromatic and flavorful black tea which is a world-renowned export. With a stunning backdrop formed by the majestic Himalayas, Darjeeling has yet another gem to offer – the narrow meter gauge Himalayan toy train that rolls through the valleys along Teesta River to the foothills.

Highlights

  • Tiger Hill
  • View of Hill Kanchenjunga Peak
  • Ghoom Monastery or Yogachoeling Gompa

 Places to stay

Exterior of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, India

Mayfair Darjeeling

Hotel Style: International

Originally the summer palace of the Maharaja of Nazargung with a distinct British colonial style, the Mayfair Darjeeling is a perfect luxurious getaway amidst serene and tranquil settings of fir and pine trees.  See Hotel

The garden of Elgin Hotel in Darjeeling, East India

New Elgin Hotel

Hotel Style: Heritage

The Elgin Heritage Hotel is a quaint and charming 120 year old residence, reminiscent of the period of typical British clubs with it's Burma teak furniture, oak floor boards and panelling, crackling log fireplaces, candle-lit dining tables and the wafting soft melodious strains of the playing piano - each having a story to tell.  See Hotel

 Things to do

White Water Rafting

Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy adrenalin pumping white water river rafting in the turbulent waters of the Rangeet river. Its multidimensional rapids provide rafters of all age groups with a variation meant for professionals.

Jorepokhari Sanctuary

The Jorepokhari Salamander Wildlife Sanctuary comprises a small lake that provides safety to the Himalayan newt, an amphibian protected in India under the Wildlife Protection Act. Its famous salamanders are the rarest and oldest amphibian creatures and well worth observing in their natural habitat.

Jaldapara Sancturay

Visit the Jaldapara National Park (formerly Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary), sitting at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in Jalpaiguri District. It lies 142km/5.5hrs from Darjeeling, and is home to the famous one-horned Rhino and many other varied and endangered wildlife species.

Tea Garden Visit at Dajeeling

Laced by emerald-green tea plantation ribbons over a steep mountain ridge, Darjeeling is engulfed by the mighty Himalayan peaks and offers a picture-perfect backdrop. Enjoy a half day visit to the tea garden, where you can observe the actual processing and manufacturing of the world renowned Darjeeling tea.

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