Darjeeling, located in the state of West Bengal is famous for its tea industry. The lies in the foothills of the lower Himalayas which are also known as the Mahabharat range. This town was Developed by the British in the mid 19th century and was famous for its hill stations. Only later they came to know that this region was suitable for tea plantations and preparation for that began, the town soon became the tea hub in India and was said to produce the finest tea leaves in the country.
Initially, this town was controlled by Sikkim until it was taken over by the Gorkhas from whom the British then took over. Perched at an altitude of 2050 metres, Darjeeling is gifted with a rich history, culture and an abundance of natural resources. There is no wonder that Darjeeling is known as the Queen of hill stations in India.
It is also a popular tourist destination with many Darjeeling tour packages because of the pleasant climate all year long. due to its pleasant climate all year round, is a popular tourist spot. Summers, spring and autumn are pleasant and cool in Darjeeling and that is considered the best time to visit Darjeeling.
For people who would like to experience a chilly climate and monsoons in a hill station, the monsoon and winter months would be suitable for travel to Darjeeling. Choose from some of the best tour packages for Darjeeling that we have to offer. Holidaying in Darjeeling means taking in all the beauty of the snow-capped mountains, beautiful valleys and lush tea gardens and forests, the picturesque flower plantations along with other activities, great food and stay with our affordable Darjeeling holiday Packages suitable for every tourists’ interests, time constraint and budget.
Below is a list of the best places to visit in Darjeeling;
● Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway which also famously known as the “Toy Train” is the most famous attraction in this region. The train runs between Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri on a narrow-gauge rail which is about 2 feet in width. Construction of the tracks began in the year 1879 and was completed in the year 1881.
In the year 1999, the UNESCO declared the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway as a World Heritage Site which made it the second railway in the world to receive this honour the first being Semmering Railway in Austria. Darjeeling tourism definitely takes pride in this world-famous honour and hence travelling on the Toy train is a must experience activity on Darjeeling tour packages.
● Singalila National Park
The Singalila National Park which is situated at an altitude of 2130 metres above the sea level and it is known to be the highest region of West Bengal. This park is famous for its panoramic view of the lesser Himalayas and also for the astonishing view of the snow-capped peaks. There is a lot of vegetation, birds and fauna that can be found in this park hence it also a trekkers paradise.
Some of the wildlife that can be spotted in this park are black bear, tigers, leopards, serow, barking deer, wild boar, red panda, takin and pangolin.
● Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
the Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park is known for its breeding program of Red Panda and the Snow Leopard. This park is spread over approximately 67 acres of land and is situated at an altitude of about 2124 metres above sea level which makes it the only largest high altitude zoo in India. Here you can spot some of the rare and endangered species such as snow leopards, Himalayan salamanders, Tibetan wolf, red pandas, Himalayan mountain and the Siberian tigers.
● Tiger Hill
the Tiger Hills is one of the most renowned peaks in the whole of Darjeeling and it can be reached by foot or by a jeep which takes you through some of the regions oldest tea estates in Darjeeling. This hill is famous as a trekking spot and upon reaching its peak you can have a spectacular view of the Mount Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest.
Tiger is very famous and will indefinitely be available to visit on the best tour packages for Darjeeling.
● Observatory Hill
the observatory hill is situated near the Chowrarasta Square and it is a well-known viewpoint and a tourist attraction in the town of Darjeeling. From here too, you can see the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga and an ancient temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
● Batasia Loop
While you travel on the famous Toy Train you will be going through a looped track through some really beautiful parks, that is when you can see the Batasia Loop. There is a Gorkha war memorial which is quite famous in the region and you can also observe a 360-degree panoramic view of Darjeeling. This Batasia loop is spread across 50,000 square feet and the tracks go through tunnels, hillocks and landscaped parks at an altitude of 1000 feet high.
There is a local craft market in the area which is a must visit.
● Happy Valley Tea Estate
the Happy Valley Tea Estate spans over a massive area of 430 acres and it is situated at an altitude of about 2100 meters above sea level. This is one of the main tourist attraction in Darjeeling and is present amongst some of the most spectacular environment in India.
The highest tea factory in the world is here in this estate and it was established in the year 1854 by a British man which was later acquired by an Indian aristocracy.
● Joey’s Pub
this English pub which was launched in the year 1948 is a prime attraction for tourists who love to relax after a long tiring day of exploring the town of Darjeeling. This pub offers some of the finest finger foods in the town and as you enjoy the food you can listen to the light classic rock and blues music in the background.
● Japanese Peace Pagoda
a Japanese monk named Nichidatsu Fuji built this Pagoda in the years 1885 and this is Japanese Peace Pagoda is one among the 30 such Pagodas present around the world. this Buddhist Shrine is constructed of white stone with beautiful golden sculptures and is set amidst some really interesting locations. This is a beautiful place to visit on Darjeeling tour packages if you love this kind of spots to admire beautiful structures.
● Neora Valley National Park
the Neora Valley National Park which is about 88 square kilometres in area is considered one of the richest biological zones in the north-eastern region of India. The Neora Valley National Park is home to the largest population of the Red Panda species in India. This park was founded in the year 1986 and has housed many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna from across the nation.
With such a pleasant climate, all year round, Darjeeling is the most preferred holiday destination among other north east tour packages during the summer season, and that too especially for tourists who hail from cities which experience extreme summer. The cities culture which has been accumulated over the years with a rich history has made the place a most sought after hill station in the whole of India.
Darjeeling is known as the queen of hill stations in India and is the most popular in the Himalayan region. The famous attraction of this city is the view of the Kanchenjunga peak that can be seen from the city itself. The ambience of the city is rustic given its past with the British rule and this city is also home to some chic restaurants and cafes.
Ghoom monastery and the Japanese pagodas are must-visit spots in Darjeeling where you can find various Buddha statues in different positions. Do not miss the sunrise at tiger point when in this beautiful city. It goes without saying, that Darjeeling has some of the finest teas in the country. Don’t miss tasting the authentic Darjeeling tea here and what better way to reminisce your trip to Darjeeling by carrying some tea powders and leaves from here! Check out our awesome Darjeeling holiday Packages to choose one that best suits you and your family.