A popular tourist destination in India, a municipality and a town in West Bengal, Darjeeling is located in the lesser Himalayas. The highlights of the town are the world's third-highest mountain, the Kangchenjunga, its tea industry and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Darjeeling is the headquarters of the Darjeeling district.
Best time to visit Darjeeling
End of monsoon season and the beginning of winters is the best time to go to Darjeeling that is October to March. November to January is the time when winter is in full swing. Temperature ranges between 7 and 5 degree Celsius during the period.
Hotels in Darjeeling
You can choose your hotel from numerous hotels in the town. Classic as well as budget hotels are there in the city. The Elgin Hotel
, the Viceroy Hotel, Singtom Tea Estate & Resort
are some of the lavish hotels. The Elgin Hotel was built in 1887. The high-end hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and 6 km from the colorful Buddhist Ghum Monastery. Situated in the heart of the hill station, the Viceroy hotel near the Clock Tower gives you a 360-degree view of the Mt Kanchenjunga. Singtom Tea Estate is at a 4500 ft height from the ground level. The resort is surrounded by beautiful and refreshing tea gardens.
Summit Grace Hotel & Spa
comes in the list of cheap and affordable hotels. Some of the amenities at the hotel are ticket assistance, café, free Wi-Fi.
Restaurants in Darjeeling
The staple food is rice, noodles, and potatoes. Talking about some of the restaurants in the town, Keventers, Sonam’s Kitchen, Gatty’s Café are a few famous restaurants. Operating since 100 years, Keventers' Darjeeling has always been the hot spot for lip-smacking delicious food. The specialty is the delicious chicken served in breakfast. Located on Zakir Hussain Road, Sonam's Kitchen is a tiny eatery popular for breakfast and dinner. Despite being small in area, the food vendor has a good collection of books on travel and on countries like India, South America, Tibet.
Gatty’s café has cheerful ambiance with dim lights. Besides finger-licking food, the multi-cuisine café offers you to watch a movie with your friends in its lounge. In addition, witness a karaoke or a live-music gig if you are lucky enough.
Offbeat things to do in Darjeeling
• White water rafting:
Teesta river is meant for rafting and camping. The combination of the ultimate adventurous river rafting along with breathtaking view of the dense forests, mountains, fishes marks an unforgettable experience.
• Take the toy train ride:
You cannot miss it. It starts from Ghoom and goes through till Kurseong. The ride allows you to enjoy the delicious food while enjoying the picturesque landscape of the town.
• Taste thukpa and momos:
These food items are available at almost every street food joint of the town. Thukpa and momos are the specialties of this hill station.
• Visit Chow Rasta:
The Mall or Chow Rasta besides being the shopping hub is an ideal place to hang out.
• Bhutia Market:
The market is a combination of numerous stalls and is located next to Nathmulls. You can buy winter wear like sweaters, gloves, woolen caps, mufflers, jackets, jeans at reasonable prices.
Q. What are the domestic and international airlines that operate on the Delhi to Darjeeling route?
The major carriers flying from Delhi to Darjeeling route are SpiceJet
, Air India, Jet Airways
, GoAir, IndiGo, AirAsia India
Q. How is the Darjeeling Airport connected to the city?
Bagdogra is the nearest airport to Darjeeling. It is approximately 95 km away from the city. There are some direct flights from the cities like Kolkata, Delhi, and Guwahati to Darjeeling. You can reach the city from the airport hiring a taxi.
Q. What is the earliest flight from Delhi to Darjeeling?
The first flight between Delhi to Darjeeling is at 5.55 am.
Q. What is the last flight from Delhi to Darjeeling?
The last flight from Delhi to Darjeeling is at 12:20 pm.
Q. What are the airlines that provide direct flight from Delhi to Darjeeling?
AirAsia India, Vistara, Air India, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo, and GoAir are the most popular airlines that provide non-stop flights on this route.
Q. What are the hotels in the vicinity of Darjeeling airport?
The most popular hotels near the city’s airport are Summit Swiss Heritage Hotel, Barsana Hotel & Resort, Royal Sarovar Portico, Mount Milestone Hotel, and Banquets are some of the hotels near the airport.
Shopping in Darjeeling
The town is famous for its handmade stuff like paintings of Bhutia facial expressions on cloth, Tibetan masks, local jewelry items like brooches and pendants with carved-in gems, traditional boots, Khukri, woolen items including shawls & pashminas, scarves, caps, leather items, and lot more.
Nightlife in Darjeeling
There are some pubs and bars like Joey’s Pub, Golden Orchid- the lodge, Off Shop Daffy Munal.
Major attractions in Darjeeling
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute(HMI), Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Darjeeling Ropewalk, Japanese Temple are a few options.
About Delhi Airport
The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI), is 16 km from New Delhi city center and 5 km southwest of the New Delhi railway station. The nearest railway station is Palam railway station which is 18 km from New Delhi railway station and 6.5 km from IGI airport. The airport is connected by the 8-lane Delhi Gurgaon Expressway.
Q. What are the popular domestic routes from Delhi?
Many major cities of the country are linked to Delhi. Namely, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Goa, Ahmedabad, Patna, Guwahati.
Q. What are the popular airlines flying from Delhi Airport?
A. American Airlines
, BMI, Ethiopian Airlines
, Air Sahara, Air China, American Airlines, Alitalia, China Airlines
, JetAirways, AirCosta
, Air India Limited, Kingfisher Airlines serve Delhi.
Q. What are the prominent hotels near Delhi Airport?
A. Red Fox Hotel
, Hotel Delhi Airport
, RTS Hotel Kanak are a few hotels in the category.
Q. What are the key attractions in Delhi?
Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Lodhi Gardens, attracts you to the capital city.
Q. What is the best time to visit Delhi?
In Delhi, the weather is at its best between October and March. During this period flowers are at their blooming best, the weather is pleasant and enjoyable.