DARJEELING – A premium summer getaway
Over the past few decades post colonialization, Darjeeling has witnessed a huge influx of migrants from diverse communities. Despite the communal variation, sincere and friendly people of the place have thrived in symbiotic harmony & worked together towards the up liftman of this beautiful hill station. Various travel agency in Darjeeling has contributed to this endeavor too. Darjeeling has preserved the pride that comes with the title of "Queen of the Hills".
What to expect?
So fancy a trip to Darjeeling, you must be lured by the dazzling snow-covered peaks of the Kanchenjunga overlooking this tiny hill hamlet. A local tour operator in Darjeeling takes you through this snug hill station that is decorated with a World Heritage which chuffs on the high elevation tracks. A regular Darjeeling Tour Package takes you for an extensive session of local sightseeing in Darjeeling. Darjeeling is a gem of a place known for its youthful vibe combined with the modern as well as with the colonial charm. You can plan & design your tour here in the hills but this task can be tricky without the technical assistance of a well- experienced travel agent in Darjeeling. So pick a right one! Read more about Darjeeling
Awaken To A Different World
Places you cannot miss
Participating in the tour towards the Tiger Hill before the break of dawn is a must. As the sun crawls up the steep slopes of Khangchendzonga, witnessing the stark white peaks get colored in crimson is an experience that will simply speak for itself. Don’t miss on the live workshop run by Tibetan refugees that sell avant-garde handlooms at shoe-string prices and step inside the Bhutia Busty Gompa to rotate the pious Buddhist bells for good luck, amidst the colorful hand painted thankas &prayer flags that are bound to awe you with their artistic finesse & meticulous craftsmanship. And if that is not enough, we won’t let you miss out on securing a window seat for an exclusive joy ride on a World Heritage.
More places to explore –
- Dhirdham Temple
- Batasia Loop
- Lloyd Gardens
- Peace Pagoda
- Observatory Hill
- Senchal Lake
- Ghoom Monastery
Darjeeling is famous for its tea. But don’t miss out on the variety of authentic recipes and ingredients that remain exclusive to this place. Apart from momos, deep fried wontons with assorted meat fillings known as Saphalay is a very common dish found here. Leafy vegetables are sun dried & fermented, and are called Gundruk. They are cured to add that extra pungency and flavor into regular vegetable and meat stews. Dried yak cheese toffees called churpi is a sensation. Take home a bottle of traditionally preserved chilli-vinegar & cucumber/radish-sesame pickles that will give you a run for your money.
With a population of around 132,016 in the hustling town, Darjeeling mainly consists of Lepchas, Bhutias, Gorkhas, Nepalis, Bengalis, Muslims & Biharis who follow Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism & Christianity.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Darjeeling is during Spring & Autumn. Spring starts from March and lasts till April when the weather is ideally cool to the liking and flowers are in full bloom. Autumn stays during the months of October and November when there’s minimal rainfall and the skies are relatively clear for uninterrupted sightseeing of the Himalayan ranges.
The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra, which is well connected with the international airport of Kolkata. From Bagdogra, Darjeeling is a three-hour scenic ride.
North Jalpaiguri Railway Station is the nearest railhead that connects all the major cities of India. From NJP, it’s a three-hour ride on public/reserved vehicles to Darjeeling again.