Darjeeling is blessed with a diverse and distinct culture. There are several ethnic groups and communities, each having their own set of festivals. New year is celebrated in the month of January/February and is called Losar. Other festivals include Maghe Sankranti, Tendong Lho Rumfaat and Chotrul Duchen. Darjeeling Carnival is another festival where people exhibit their talent by participating in various functions. Famous local rock bands also perform in this carnival. Darjeeling has a scrumptious cuisine which includes momos, gundruk, kinema and sinki. Thukpa, a type of noodle served with meat/vegetables, is also very popular. A trip to Darjeeling is incomplete without tasting the famous Darjeeling tea. The residents of the town are great admirers of rock music, with Nepali rock being popular among the youngsters.
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