You go to Darjeeling to enjoy the atmosphere of the British Raj, the lush green tea plantations, the magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga and the colourful hill people of the Northeastern Himalayas.
During the British Raj in India, Darjeeling’s temperate climate led to its development as a hill station (hill town) for British residents to escape the heat of the plains during the summers, becoming known as the Summer Capital.
What to see
- Ava Art Gallery;
- Batasia Loop;
- Bhutia Basty Monastery;
- Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway;
- Dhirdham Temple;
- Drukpa Kargyod (Monastery);
- Happy Valley Tea Estate,;
- Hayden Hall;
- Himalayan Mountaineering Institute;
- Lal Kothi;
- Lebong Race Course;
- Observatory Hill;
- Lloyds Botanical Garden;
- Mungpo, Natural History Museum;
- Padmaja Naidu Hirnalayan Zoological Park;
- Sain’s Himalayan Art Gallery;
- Samtencholing Monastery;
- The Shrubbery;
- Tenzing Rock & Gombu Rack;
- Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre;
- Tiger Hill;
- YIGA: Choling Buddhist Monastery Ghoom.
Air: Bagdogra, the nearest airport 96 kms is connected by Indian Airline flights with Calcutta, Delhi and Guwahati.
Rail: Darjeeling is connected by the famous toy train to New Jalpaiguri 87Km, which in turn is connected with major cities in India.
Road: Darjeeiing is connected by road with Calcutta via Siliguri 651 Km, Gangtok 100 Km, Guwahati 500 Km, Kalimpong 52 Km, Kathmandu via Siliguri & Kakarvitta 544 Km, Kurseong 32 Km, Mirik 49 Km, Mumbai via Siliguri 2218 Km, Patna 550 Km and Siliguri 80 Km.
Area 11.44 sq.kms Altitude 2134 m Population 345669 (90-91) Climate Summer:- Maximum 14.890°C Minimum 8.590°C Winter:- Maximum 6.110°C Minimum 1.50°C Rainfall 320 cms annually Best Season March to mid June & September to mid December Clothing Summer - Light woollens Winter - Heavy woollens Languages Spoken English, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi, Tibetian
Senchel Lake (10 Km): A picnic spot and the source of water supply to Darjeeling.
Singlal (10 Km): It is connected by the Darjeeling - Rangeet Valley passenger ropeway.
Majitar (21 Km): A picturesque picnic spot. Swimming & angling is allowed.
Takdah (26 Km): Famous for its Orchid Culture Centre with l 10 varieties of orchids.
Bijanbari (38 Km): A picnic spot at an altitude of 762 mts, near the little Rangeet river.
Sandakphu (58 Km): Sandakphu is an excellent trek from Darjeeling.
Siliguri (80 Km): Siliguri is rightly called the gateway to North Eastern India. It is the main transit point for Darjeeling, Kalimpong and the seven sisters (north east states of India).