Darjeeling, West Bengal
Cuddled up among the undulating mountains with the radiant Mt. Kanchenjunga soaring over the sapphire sky, Darjeeling is aptly known as the "Queen of the Hills”. If you are looking for some peace and quiet and are a true appreciator of the nature, then Darjeeling is the perfect place for you.Well known for its renowned tea industry, Darjeeling is a serene place which is situated around the famous rivers namely Tista, Great Rangit, Mechi, Balason and Mahananda. The serene mountains, the timid sunlight of the dawn and the stunning tourist spots make Darjeeling one of the most prominent holiday destinations of India.
The flavor of the Darjeeling tea is admired by connoisseurs all over the world. A ravishing treat for all the senses, it leaves you spellbound and yearning for more. The flora and fauna pampers you with delightful surprises while the adventure sports like trekking and white water rafting unleash your wild side. And it doesn’t end here as the historical richness of the place will leave you captivated.
The peace pagoda welcomes you while the Sapramari Wildlife Sanctuary allows you to encounter the wild beasts at their wild best. Darjeeling also offers a magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga Mountain range and also stands tall to exhibit the War memorial which is reminiscent of the sacrifices made by the valiant sons of our motherland.
Darjeeling is a mixture of frolic and beauty, of panoramic views and overwhelming tea gardens, of adventure and patriotism. In short, it is the fusion of all the elements imperative to make a holiday an unforgettable one.
Why Visit Darjeeling?
Unlike other hill stations, Darjeeling offers the view of the mountains almost from every nook and corner of the town. No matter if you are travelling in the market or you are walking on the lane besides your hotel, mountains are visible from everywhere.
Another reason why you must visit Darjeeling is the treasure of fresh tea which is in abundance in the tea gardens here. Sit in the balcony of your room cuddled in clothes with a cup of hot tea in your hand and enjoy the panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga. You can also have loads to carry home for yourself and your loved ones.
The Toy Train
The toy train which takes a 360 degree turn from the Batasia Loop attracts not only kids but people of all tastes and ages. It’s a one of a kind experience which completes your visit to the majestic Hills of Darjeeling.
Wild life Sanctuaries and Gardens
Nature has showered its blessings on the Queen of Hills with the utmost variety of Flora and Fauna and this is certainly not to be missed.
If you visit Darjeeling in April – May, the place will embrace you and shower you with the best that it has got. The clear view of the hills and the full blossom of the flowers leave you awestruck. Also in the beginning of the month of May, the hill station starts getting the monsoon showers which make the vacations even more exciting. But September- October is also a great time to visit this place.
This colossal railway loop is famous the toy train is the ultimate attraction. It also witnesses the War Memorial which is erected in order to pay obeisance to the soldiers who sacrificed their precious lives in order to protect our nation.
The hill is located at a height of 2950 meters. Mainly famous for the splendid view of the sunlight at the crack of dawn, thousands of tourists gather at this hotspot just to have a glance of the hills turning golden by the touch of the shy sunlight. Mount Everest which is the highest peak of the world is also visible from this place.
Padmaja Naidu Himalyan Zoological Park
The rare Red Panda and the Snow Leopard wait for you as you visit this amazing Zoological Park which is house for many rare and extinct species of fabulous animals.
Barbotey Rock Garden
A perfect place to have a leisurely walk; it is a treat for the photo maniacs as it offers many views which admire a click. The stream and the stunning flowers leave you mesmerized and you cannot resist acknowledging nature’s craftsmanship.
A shoppers galore, it allures shopaholics from all over the world who are keen to collect knickknacks. It is also an ideal place to visit early in the morning and have a sip of the fresh and perfect Darjeeling tea.