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.

Interests

  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Wine & Food

Highlights

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

Places to Stay

Glenburn Tea Estate

Style: Boutique

With the Kanchenjunga, spectacularly green tea estates and tropical green forests for neighbors, it is no surprise that the Glenburn Tea Estate in Glenburn has been selected as one of the 101 best Hotels of the World, by the Tatler travel Guide for 2006.

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Mayfair Darjeeling

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.

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New Elgin 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.

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Trekking in Darjeeling

Style: Guest house

Trekking through picturesque trails meandering through serene forests and ancient villages.

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Activities in Darjeeling

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.

Darjeeling Trekking

Avid adventurers can enjoy great treks through Darjeeling’s famous mountain trail from Sandakphu to Phalut. Take pleasure in observing scenic views of the Kanchenjunga and Everest peaks. Trek via colorful rhododendron and silver fir forests that offer panoramic views of the mighty mountain ranges. Visit the famous tea plantations that were first started by the British.

City Highlights in Darjeeling

Visit Tiger Hill (8,515ft/2,500m), a mecca for visitors that is located just 15km from Darjeeling. On a clear day at dawn you can view the world’s third highest mountain – Kanchenjunga, and the peaks of Mount Everest and K2. Explore Ghoom Monastery, also called Yogachoeling Gompa. Built in 1875, it is considered one of the holiest monasteries as it has been personally blessed by the renowned Tomo Geshe Rimpoche of Tibet. It also houses a statue of the ‘Coming Buddha’ called ‘Maitreye Buddha’. Enjoy the toy train ride up to Ghoom and back.

Included activities at Glenburn Tea Estate

(Only if staying at Glenburn Tea Estate) Visit the aromatic tea estate and factory with a guide who will give a brief overview of how the tea bush is grown, cared for, how to pluck the ‘two leaves and a bud’, how the leaf is brought in from the fields, weighed, and then processed – Withering, Rolling, Fermenting, Drying, Sorting…followed a tea tasting session. Enjoy leisure nature walks and bird viewing through private forest areas and along riversides, followed by a picnic-hamper lunch. Perhaps take day trips to explore Darjeeling Town and Kalimpong.

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