Darjeeling is a popular tourist destination in West Bengal and is a part of the Lesser Himalayan Range at a height of 6710ft. Darjeeling is famous its tea industry; its is also known for its beautiful and scenic landscape. Darjeeling is fondly called ‘Queen of the Hills’. The flora and fauna here are unique to this region, with temperate and alpine forests. Darjeeling also has several British-style boarding schools which attract students from all over India.
Places to Stay
There are many beautiful hotels in Darjeeling. Some of the popular places to stay are Darjeeling Tourist Lodge (Tariff – Rs.600), Capital Hotel (Tariff – Rs.600), and Red Rose Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000 onwards).
The official language of Darjeeling is Bengali. Nepali, Tibetan, Hindi, and English are spoken as well.
Darjeeling, due to its varied culture, celebrates several important festivals every year. The Tibetans celebrate Losar- their new year- in February or March, Lord Buddha’s birth anniversary is celebrated with great grandeur in June, and Dusshera- an important festival for Hindus is also celebrated with enthusiasm.
Places of Interest
Tiger Hill, Yiga-Cholang Buddhist Monastery, and Rock garden are very popular tourist spots. The Zoological park and wildlife sanctuary are also beautiful places to visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Darjeeling is in Bagdogra (88 km) and is well connected to all the metros in India.
New Jalpaiguri (88 km) is the nearest railway station with most trains heading to north east India passing through this station.
Several bus services connect Darjeeling to Siliguri on a daily basis. However, jeeps and shared vehicles are also an alternative here. Making use of bus ticket offers are the best way to save money while travelling.