Top 24 Tourist Places to Visit in Darjeeling

Top 24 Tourist Places to Visit in Darjeeling



Darjeeling is one of the most famous hill stations in India due to its extensive tea industry, stunning combination of snow and mighty Himalayan ranges with encircling walks and more. Darjeeling's spectacular views, tranquil landscape and green hills will give you a trip that will stay in your memories forever. Tourist places in Darjeeling attract tourists from all over the country with their natural beauty.



24 Best Tourist Places in Darjeeling:


Here are some of the most popular tourist spots in Darjeeling that you should check out if you are looking to visit the popular holiday spot in Bengal. From zoological gardens to monasteries, Darjeeling has a lot to see.





1. Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway :

Darjeeling Ropeway Established in 1968, Darjeeling became a popular tourist attraction on India's first cable car network. It offers an experience of breathtaking landscapes, lush green tea estates and beautiful valleys dotted with magnificent snow-capped mountains. Because it is the most attractive place for travelers. The ropeway also provides access to tea plantations in valleys that are not easily accessible. There are sixteen cable cars and each car can carry six people. The route runs from Singamari, the north point, to Singla Bazar, the Ramman river which flows at an altitude of 7500 feet. The gently moving gondolas allow passengers to enjoy spectacular views, creating the most memorable photos.

Highlights of the tour:

Aerial view of a bird's eye view of the hill town.

Take a stroll through the beautiful tea gardens.

Flowing waterfalls.

Activities to do:

Photography.
hiking

Best time to visit : March to September.

Entry Fee: 175 rupees for adults and 90 rupees for children.

Timings:

Tuesday to Saturday - 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
Sunday to Monday - 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Peak Season: Summer and Autumn.

How to reach:

There are several private jeeps as well as shared jeeps that depart from Chowk Bazar, using which you can reach Darjeeling Ropeway in just 15 minutes.
Ideal travel time: 40 minutes round trip.
Other nearby attractions : Estates for tea, trekking.





2. Dali Monastery :

One of the most important ashram sites in West Bengal is Dali Monastery also known as Druk Sangag Choling Monastery. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in Darjeeling. KyabjeThuksey Rinpoche founded this monastery in 1971. Dalai Lama started it in 1993. It is the residence and headquarters of Drukchen Rinpoche, the XII head of the Kagyu sect. The ashram is home to 210 monks and depicts the lives of Lord Buddha in red colors.

Highlights of the tour:

Visits to the Math during prayers.

What to do : Pray.

  Best time to visit: Anytime throughout the year.

Entry Fee : Free.

Timings : 7 AM to 7 PM.

Peak Season : All year round.

How to reach:

Darjeeling Railway Station is the nearest train station to the ashram.

Bagdogra Airport Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport to Math.

Ideal travel time : 3 hours.



3. Rock Garden :

Rock gardens are among the most popular tourist spots in Darjeeling. It's a man-made rock garden with bridges and waterfalls with a variety of plants and lots of things to do. In addition to this, there is also a rock garden. The Rock Garden is a beautiful area for picnics, surrounded by a natural fall. 10 km from Darjeeling is Chunu summer-fall. It is situated in the middle of a magnificent hill stream running along the slope. It has different levels of seating and is covered with beautiful flowers. It is also covered with beautiful flower gardens. Rock Garden is also known as Barbote Rock Garden.

The road to Darjeeling Rock Garden offers an unforgettable view apart from the place itself. This rock garden lime is a solace between summer autumn and clouds.


Highlights of the tour:

Picnic on the rocks.
Pony riding.
They took photos and wore local clothes.
Photography, hiking.

Best time to visit : March to September.

Entry Fee : Free.

Timings : 8 AM to 5 PM.

Peak Season: Summer and Autumn.

How to reach:

Siliguri and Takda Bus Stand. Along with Siliguri Takda Bus Station is 7 km from Darjeeling Rocks Garden.

You can reach the rock garden by bus or taxi.

Ideal Tour Duration : 40 minutes.

Other Attractions : Rock Garden Viewpoint.




4. Mall Road :

Another popular tourist attraction in Darjeeling is Darjeeling's Mall Road. Mall Road in the center of Darjeeling is a few kilometers away from the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station. It is an ideal place for shopping or for a wonderful sightseeing. A square is also called "chow" meaning four and "rasta" meaning road. Chowrastha Mall is where four roads meet. Mall means crossing four roads so it got the title Chowrastha.

Tour Highlights:

Country Festivals

Heritage walk.

Activities to do:

Shopping.

Sit on the benches and take advantage of the sun's rays.

Pony ride.

Best time to visit : March to September.

Entry Fee : Free.

Timings : 7 AM to 8 PM.

Peak Season : Throughout the year.

How to reach:

It is near Darjeeling Railway Station.

  Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport near Mall Road and has connections to all major cities.

Mall Road is in the center of the city and can be reached by bus or taxi.

Ideal tour duration : 20 minutes.

Other Attractions : Kanchenjunga Viewpoint, Observatory Hill Viewpoint, Himalayan Tibet Museum.



5. Darjeeling Clock Tower :

Steeped in British colonial history and rich historical history, Darjeeling Clock Tower is known as a landmark of historical importance for the British colonial rule. Many other monuments, churches, parks, faculties, clubs and parks have existed in the area since the 1800s.

Tour Highlights:

Sprawling tea estates.

Enjoy the old colonial charm.

Things to consider:

Visit the nearby towns like Kurseong, Meghma, Meli Dara to take a trip to the Clock Tower.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

Timings : 24 hours.

Peak Season: Summer to Monsoon.

How to reach:

You can take taxis or cabs to reach the clock tower. It can be reached from Darjeeling station.

Ideal Tour Duration : 1 hour.

Other Nearby Attractions : Tiger Hill, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.



6. Lamahatta Eco Park :

There are several rooms having 34 beds with all necessary facilities including mattresses, furniture toilets and more. on one side. Another has a “roadside garden” called “Lamahatta Eco Park.” You can see a vast expanse of beautifully landscaped garden surrounded by thick pine and dhupi wood on the slopes.

Tour Highlights:

Trekking.

Walk along the mountain path.

Things to consider:

Trekking.

Go to Zor Fokhari Lake.

Best time to visit : Throughout the year

Entry Fee : 10 INR per person.

Timings : 6 AM to 5 PM.

Peak Season : All year round.

How to reach:

The eco-tourism area of the park is 23 km from Darjeeling and 73 km from Siliguri. The park can be reached by taxis or by public transport.

Ideal tour duration: Two hours.

Other Nearby Attractions : Tiger Hill, Kanchenjunga.



7. Pagla Jora Falls :

Pagla Jora Falls is the most popular tourist attraction in North Bengal (Darjeeling). The region gets its name from the frequent landslides during heavy rains. Pagla Chora is home to many beautiful waterfalls and endless waterfalls, silvery rivers and exotic birds, peaceful surroundings and lush green vegetation.

Highlights of the tour:

Fauna and flora of the region.

Silver streams and waterfalls overflow.

Explore the peaceful surroundings.

Activities to do:

Bird watching.

There are birds and exotic animals.

Best time to visit : November to April.

Entry Fee : 20 INR per person.

Timings : 24 hours.

Peak season: Rainy season.

How to reach:

Kurseong is the nearest city to Paglajora. However, since the roads are very rough, the best option is to hire a skilled driver to take your taxis to take you there.

Ideal tour duration: Two hours.

Other attractions nearby : Trekking, tea estates and cave temple.



8. Chunnu Summer Falls :

Chunnu Summer Falls is a recently added beautiful tourist spot in Darjeeling located in Barber Rock Garden, 6 km from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Natural waterfalls and rock gardens make for a memorable experience for locals and tourists alike. The best part of the park is that it is built from different levels of rock.

Highlights of the tour:

Rock garden.

Waterfalls.

Things to consider:

Relax and enjoy the natural waterfalls.

Best time to visit : November to April.

Entry Fees : INR 10 for Indians and INR 50 for Foreigners.

Timings : 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Peak Season: Autumn to Summer.

How to reach:

It is just 6 km from Darjeeling Railway Station. You can book taxis and cabs

Ideal tour duration: Two hours.

Other Nearby Attractions : Gjum Monastery.



9. Bengal Natural History Museum :

The Bengal Natural History Museum is located in the center of Darjeeling. It has an abundance of endemic species of flora and fauna. It is home to many preserved remains of animals, reptiles and mammals. The museum displays the birds and butterflies found in the hills in small structures. Tibetan jackals, Himalayan wood owls, toddy cats, panthers and many other animals that represent the Eastern Himalayas make Darjeeling one of the most popular tourist attractions.

Highlights of the tour:

Diverse fauna of the Himalayas.

Activities to do:

Souvenir hunting.

Best time to visit : March to September.

Entry Fee : 60 rupees per person.

Timings : 8 AM to 7:30 PM. (It is closed on Sundays).

Peak Season: Summer to Autumn.

How to reach:

Bengal Natural History Museum is 1 km from the nearest railway station. You can walk from there. You can also take a taxi from Darjeeling town center to the museum.

  Ideal Tour Duration: An hour to two hours is the ideal time for the tour.

Other attractions: Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.



10. Famous Ghoom Monastery (Yiga Choling Monastery) :

Yoga Choling Monastery is another tourist attraction located below the Ghoom Railway Station in Darjeeling. Ghoom Railway Station is also known as Ghoom Monastery. Ghoom Monastery. The monastery reflects the old beauty of the Buddhist tradition and is considered one of the oldest places in the region.

Highlights of the tour:

Study hall, library and prayer room.

Activities to do:

A place to visit.

You can eat momo and thukpa available outside the monastery.

Best time to visit : March to September.

Entry Fee : Free.

Timings : 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Peak Season: Summer to Autumn.

How to reach:

The Math is located below the Ghum Railway Station and can be reached from this location by walking between 10 and 12 minutes.

It takes around 40 minutes by car from Darjeeling town centre.

  Ideal Tour Duration : 1 hour.

Other attractions : Shanti Pagoda, Tiger Hill, Rock Garden.



11. Observatory Hill Darjeeling :

This hill is located above Chaurasta Square Observatory hill in Darjeeling is one of the most popular Darjeeling tourist spots. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station is located just 2 km from the observation hill. Additionally, many Hindu, as well as Buddhist temples, can be found on the hills of the observatory, making it one of the most beautiful places to visit. It is a Tibetan temple of the monument, Mahakal Temple and Kanchanajanga Temple and the Mahakal Memorial Mandir is one of the most famous temples found in the region.

Highlights of the tour:

Explore the sacred space thoroughly.

Things to consider:

A place to visit.

Best time to visit : March to September.

Timings : 7 AM to 7 PM.

Peak Season: Summer and Autumn

How to reach:

There are several trains connecting West Darjeeling with other parts of the state as well as other parts of the country. You can also use taxi service to reach the place.

  Ideal Tour Duration : 1 hour.

Other Nearby Attractions : Mahakal Temple, Chowrastha, Mall.



12. Happy Valley Tea Garden :

Happy Valley Tea Garden is the most famous tourist spot in Darjeeling and without it, your Darjeeling excursion is meaningless. Tea Estates is a highly regarded hill station and one of the oldest tea plantations in the city. Tea plantations add beauty to the town. It is possible to understand the tea making process and buy some tea for yourself.

Location : Near Lebong Cart Road, Chowk Bazar, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101

Highlights of the tour:
hiking

Understanding the process of making tea

Things to consider:

Photography.

hiking

Best time to visit : March to September.

Entry Fee : INR100 per person for factory tour.

Timings : 8 AM to 4 PM.

Peak Season: Summer to Autumn.

How to reach:

    You can take taxis or cabs to reach the tea plantations from Darjeeling. Darjeeling is a great place to visit. Darjeeling district is well connected to all major cities of the country.
      Ideal Tour Duration : 2 hours.
          Other nearby attractions include: Tea Gardens, Nightingale Park, Bengal Natural History Museum and Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.


                  13. Mahakal Temple :
                    Mahakal Temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Darjeeling, situated on top of a hill that houses an observatory. The temple offers a magnificent view of the entire city. The temple is important to both Hindus and Buddhists as it was built in the middle of an earlier Buddhist monastery. It is also surrounded by smaller temples dedicated to Durga, Ganesh and Hanuman. The Shiva Lingam in this temple is home to many different Buddha statues as the temple is a mixture of Hinduism as well as Buddhism. The simple and minimalist design of the temple makes it stunning to look at.
                      Highlights of the tour:
                          The view of the hill with the observatory and surrounding temple is spectacular.
                            Activities to do:
                                Get amazing views of the mountains.
                                  Beautiful cottages.
                                    Trekking.
                                        Best time to visit : Anytime throughout the year.
                                          Timings : 4:00 AM to 11:00 PM.
                                              Peak Seasons : Throughout the year.
                                                  How to reach:
                                                      Darjeeling is well connected to major cities of the country. You can also take a taxi to the temple
                                                          Ideal Tour Duration : 1 hour.
                                                            Other attractions : Mahakal Cave and Hanuman Temple are nearby.


                                                                    14. Famous Senchal Lake :
                                                                      No trip to Darjeeling is complete without a visit to the famous Senchal Lake in Darjeeling. It is a must-see place in Darjeeling that allows you to witness the best of nature's wildlife and flowers. The sanctuary covers an area of 40 sq. km. There is Himalayan black bears and barking deer as well as rhesus monkeys Himalayan flying squirrels as well as high altitude animals include numerous birds. Senchal Lake is the best place for animals and nature people and source of drinking water for the entire town.
                                                                        Highlights of the tour:
                                                                            hiking
                                                                              Boating.
                                                                                Cycling.
                                                                                  Activities to do:
                                                                                      Explore the area yourself by taking a bike ride.
                                                                                        Boating.
                                                                                          Best time to visit : March to September.
                                                                                              Entry Fee : Participants Rs. 50.
                                                                                                  Timings : 6 AM to 6 PM.
                                                                                                      Peak Season: Summer and Autumn.
                                                                                                          How to reach:
                                                                                                              The lake is 3 km from Ghum and 11 km from Darjeeling. Hence it takes 40 minutes to reach the lake by vehicle from Darjeeling.
                                                                                                                You should reserve an Uber for the return journey as finding a taxi can be a problem
                                                                                                                    Ideal Tour Duration : Three hours.
                                                                                                                      Other Nearby Attractions : Tiger Hill, Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary,


                                                                                                                            15. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling :
                                                                                                                              It is the most visited place in Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling. It is considered as one of the top mountaineering schools. Many ambitious mountaineers and novices visit this place to learn and conquer the mountains. The spectacular backdrop of the mountain peak is another reason why it is an important tourist destination.
                                                                                                                                Highlights of the tour:
                                                                                                                                    A wonderful sight.
                                                                                                                                      Things to consider:
                                                                                                                                          Photography.
                                                                                                                                            hiking
                                                                                                                                              Best time to visit : March to September.
                                                                                                                                                  Timings : 5 AM to 9 PM.
                                                                                                                                                      Peak Season: Summer and Autumn.
                                                                                                                                                          How to reach:
                                                                                                                                                              One can hire taxi cabs or use any other local mode of transport to reach the institute. Additionally, Darjeeling is well connected to all the major cities of the country.
                                                                                                                                                                Ideal Tour Duration : 2 hours.
                                                                                                                                                                    Other nearby attractions: Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.


                                                                                                                                                                            16. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway :
                                                                                                                                                                              One of the most popular tourist attractions in Darjeeling is the Toy Train which starts at New Jalpaiguri and ends at Darjeeling. The destination of the magnificent station is in the Himalayas. Furthermore, the railway station has been used for the filming of several movies and documentaries. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                                                                                                                                                                                Highlights of the tour:
                                                                                                                                                                                    Toy trains.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Greenery of the countryside.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Things to consider:
                                                                                                                                                                                            Train journeys
                                                                                                                                                                                              Best time to visit : March to September.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ticket Price : INR 360 onwards.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Peak Season: Summer and Autumn.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          How to reach:
                                                                                                                                                                                                              New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station to Darjeeling. Additionally, it is connected to all the major cities of the country.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                You can also hire cabs or taxis to reach your destination.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ideal Tour Duration : Seven hours.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Other nearby attractions: Observatory Hill.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                              17. Sandakfu :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sandakphu Peak, the highest peak in West Bengal, is close to the Nepalese border. It is located near the Singalila National Park. The mountain offers viewpoints of four of the five highest peaks, with Mount Kanchendzonga offering the best view you can get. You can start trekking or hire a vehicle to reach there. Sandakphu is also known as the "Mountain of Poisonous Plants" because of its large number of Himalayan Cobra Lilies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Highlights of the tour:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Trekking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A wonderful view of the surrounding area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There are over 600 orchid species.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Things to consider:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Trekking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Best time to visit : October to December.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Peak Season: October to December.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How to reach:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The base camp for the trek is at the NJP rail head. From there, you can hire taxi or bus services and travel to Darjeeling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ideal Travel Duration: Ideal travel time is three to five days

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Other Nearby Attractions : Kanchangunga Peaks, Phalut, Tonglu, Meghama, Tumling.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                              18. Kalimpong :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kalimpong is a popular tourist attraction near Darjeeling in West Bengal. Because, during the British period, this hill station used to be a place of trade with India and Britain. Many adventure trails are popular for this place. Kalimpong is a joy to explore because of its Buddhist monasteries and spectacular views. Kalimpong is a must for anyone who wants to see amazing views. Buddhist influence is a major factor in this region. It was maintained by the Bhutanese emperors and served as an advanced post until the 19th century. It was then handed over to its successor, the Bhutanese Army.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Highlights of the tour:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Get amazing views from this hill. Darpin Dara hill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Explore the wildlife of Neora Valley National Park.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Experience the spooky atmosphere of the Haunted Morgan House.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Activities to do:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Explore the most exotic flowers in the cactus nursery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shop at Hot Bazaar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Explore colonial-era architecture in crockery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              See the paper making process at the Himalayan Handmade Paper Industry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Best time to visit : March to May or September to November.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Entry Fee : Some locations charge entry fees and some are completely free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Peak Season : Monsoon and Winter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How to reach:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Darjeeling is connected to most important cities of the country, it is possible to reach the city by taxis, cabs or other local transport.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The ideal time for the trip is estimated to take three to seven days to cover the entire Kalimpong.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Other attractions nearby : Hot Bazaar, Durpin Gompa, and Shanti Kunj.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                              19. Alubari Gompa Monastery :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Alubari Gompa Monastery, also known as Magh-Dhogyolmova Monastery, is one of the must-visit places for tourists on the Old Military Road in Darjeeling. It is considered to be one of the oldest monasteries in Darjeeling. It was established in 1914 AD and is managed by Sri Sangai Lama. The construction of the monastery coincided with the beginning of the world conflict. The Mag Dog signifies "avoidance of war," so this monastery promotes peace throughout the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Highlights of the tour:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A quiet time with the family.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Things to consider:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              prayer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Best time to visit : March to September.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Entry Fee : Free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Timings : 9 AM to 4 PM.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Peak Season: Summer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How to reach:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Darjeeling is easily connected to all the major cities of the country, it is also possible to use local transport services like cabs or taxis to reach this area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ideal tour duration: Two hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Other Nearby Attractions : Mayfair.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                              20. Mirick :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nestled in the serene hills of West Bengal's Darjeeling district, Mirik is a serene hill station. Darjeeling is a popular tourist destination worth visiting. The name Mirik is derived from the Lepcha word Mir York, meaning "place burned by fire." Natural beauty, ease of access and comfortable environment make Mirik one of the most popular destinations for tourists.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sumendu Lake, surrounded by a lush garden on one side and linseed trees on the other, forms the heart of all the excitement. Sumendhidhap is another draw of Mirik with 5 acres of flat landscape. You will also have a chance to see the Kanchenjunga and enjoy pony and boat rides that you can enjoy. Additionally, there are many temples, monasteries, tea plantations, sunsets, sunrises and other landscapes that you can explore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Highlights of the tour:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Myrick Lake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tingling perspective.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              He inquired about the arts and culture of the people of that area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Things to consider:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Horse riding in Myrick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Feeding the fish in Mirik Lake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Best time to visit : March to June.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Peak Season: Summer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How to reach:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tourists can hire a cab or bus to go to Mirik at nearby Bagdogra Airport in Mirik.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There is a railway station at New Jalpaiguri which is the nearest railway station to Mirik and is easily connected to all major cities of India.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To reach Mirik city, you can travel by bus or hire taxis to Darjeeling, Kurseong or Siliguri.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Actual travel time : 3-7 days.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Other attractions nearby : Mirik Tea Gardens and Boker Ngedon Chokhor Ling Monastery.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  21. Lava and Lolegaon Tours :
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Most of the unexplored places in Darjeeling with hidden treasures are in North Bengal. Lava Lolegaon Rishap Kolakham Tour is one of the most attractive tourist destinations. With alpine trees dotting the landscape, the sun is playing a game of peekaboo. Lava can be described as a small charming town. Mist resembling low-flying clouds enhances the beautiful scenery. At Jhandi View it is possible to see Mount Kanchenjunga and relish the memories of Mahananda River Valley.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Highlights of the tour:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Beautiful views of some amazing roads.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A breathtaking panorama of Mount Kanchenjunga is the highest point.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The crystal clear water from Changi Falls is a stunning picture.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A market in the local area stocked with local produce.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Things to consider:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Check out the Land of Red Pandas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Walk along the hanging bridge.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Discover the lives of locals in the famous Neora Valley National Park.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Best time to visit : September to June.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Peak Season : Late March to late June.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How to reach:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        New Jalpaiguri station is approximately 105 km away by train. Kalimpong district takes about three hours by car.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It takes about four hours to reach Lava from Bagdogra by air.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ideal Tour Duration : Take 3 to 5 days to cover the entire Lava and Loligaon tour.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Other attractions: Lava Math, Chancery Falls and Mahananda River Valley are nearby.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        22. Japanese Peace Pagoda :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Japanese Peace Pagoda is a wonderful tourist attraction near the Nipponzan Maihoji Buddhist Temple in Darjeeling, which is a reflection of the depictions of four Lord Buddhas. It is a place of spiritual peace and unconditional love for everyone and a magnet for people of all faiths. NichidatsuFujii officially opened on November 1, 1992. The foundation stone was laid on 3rd November 1972.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Highlights of the tour:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Panoramic bird's eye views of Darjeeling.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It includes a view of Kanchenjunga from the pagoda at the top.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Things to consider:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A place to visit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Best time to visit : March to September.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Entry Fee : Free.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Timings : 4:30 AM to 7 PM.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Peak Season: Summer and Autumn.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          How to reach:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Darjeeling is easily connected to major cities of the country by air, rail and road.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Local taxis and cabs can be hired to go to the Pagoda for Peace.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ideal Tour Duration : 2 hours.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Other attractions : Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery are nearby.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  23. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is one of the must-see places in Darjeeling, which is home to many amazing and rare species of fauna and flora. The zoo has the largest number of snow leopards in the world and is located on the lower slopes of the Jawahar road. Formerly known as the Himalayan Zoological Park, the zoo was established on 14 August 1958 as a joint venture between the Government of India (Science and Technology Department) and the State of West Bengal (Education Department). .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The zoo is named in honor of former Governor of West Bengal late Mrs. Padmaja Naidu. Indira Gandhi, in 1975. The zoo is known for its breeding programs to replace the red panda, Himalayan newt, and snow leopards. The Tibetan Wolf and other highly endangered animals of the Eastern Himalayas are recognized as the only zoo in India.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Highlights of the tour:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Visit the breeding center.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                See Tibetan wolves, clouded leopards, Himalayan bears and red pandas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Activities to do:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A place to visit.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Best time to visit : March to September.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Entry Fee: INR twenty for Indians or INR 50 for non-Indians.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Timings : 5 AM to 9 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How to reach:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can reach your destination at Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park by taxi, but only at the zoo entrance. From there, you have to walk.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There are battery-powered carts that run from Gorkha Bhavan and Zoo from 10 am to 4 pm, charging Rs 20 per person.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ideal tour duration: Two hours.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Other Attractions : Himalayan Mountaineer Institute.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          24. Tiger Hill Darjeeling :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tiger Hill is one of the most visited tourist spots in Darjeeling and from there you can see Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga together. It is 11 km from Darjeeling via Ghum and you can take your vehicle to reach there or hire a vehicle. Sunrise at Tiger Hill is a special attraction that must be experienced.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Highlights of the tour:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sunrise view

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wide angle view of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Best time to visit : October to December and March to April

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          How to reach : To reach Tiger Hill from Darjeeling, you can use your own vehicle or you can book a car.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Best place to rest:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Darjeeling is a great place to offer to hungry pilgrims and who wouldn't love to watch the sun dance, enjoy the beauty from the Kanchenjunga range or sip hot tea at Tiger Hill to welcome the new day? Kids also love Darjeeling and the proof of this is the famous toy train, Bollywood trains too.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What is the best time to visit Darjeeling?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Darjeeling is open to visitors throughout the year, hence it is known as Darjeeling, the Queen of Hill Stations. From the rich and abundant tea estates to the blend of ethics and culture and meeting the people of the region over a cup of hot, piping Darjeeling tea, you can't say it's not time to visit the region.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Generally, when it rains in Darjeeling, most of the visitors come to this area. Many come for the weekend, others explore the entire region, and others take a relaxing break exploring the treks, rafts and mountain ranges. It is a time when temperatures fluctuate between 15 to 20 degrees Celsius, creating a kind of mystical atmosphere as well as a lot of fog and humidity due to the heavy rains around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you are not a big fan of rain, you can visit Darjeeling from early September to late June. It lasts through autumn, winter-spring and summer and spring months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Temperatures range from 20 to 25 degrees in October and November. And if you're longing for winter, hold off until November, when temperatures drop below 15 degrees and higher. From December to January, it can drop down to a degree in some cases and stays at 8 degrees Celsius, perfect for couples who want to spend a romantic weekend!



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Summer in Darjeeling :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The summer months in Darjeeling are brief and temperatures soar up to twenty-five degrees on a hot summer day. The summer season runs between April and June. There are plenty of cool breezes to make sure you're comfortable.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Monsoons in Darjeeling :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          July to August is the peak of the rainy season in this hill town. This is also the time when tourists attracted by the rains come to this hill station.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Winter in Darjeeling :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ideal for families of lovers and honeymooners, as well as small or large groups of friends, winter is cold and very cold, but they are also fun. The hill station is shrouded in fog and snow showers. Temperatures have also dropped below zero in recent years. Winter is in the air from early November to late February.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Precautions to be taken while traveling in Darjeeling:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here are some important points that you should keep in mind while visiting tourist places in Darjeeling:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Based on the number of days you want to stay make sure you check the places you want to see on those days. Plan your days accordingly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you are traveling to Darjeeling for the first time, contact an agent who can advise you on the best places to go and book your accommodation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Read reviews and ratings of the homestay or hotel and make sure that all your needs are met within the budget you have set.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Don't be afraid to contact your travel agent if you need any changes to your itinerary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Whichever season you decide to visit Darjeeling keep an eye on the weather so that you don't get any unpleasant surprises.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Since Darjeeling is located at the foothills of the Himalayas, bring warm clothes if you want to visit Darjeeling in winter. Take a waterproof bag along with an umbrella when visiting the city during monsoons and mild summers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          While traveling to any part of the country, do not forget to carry your government-issued original identity document. It is important to have hard or soft copies as well as xerox copies to protect yourself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In case of an emergency, it is always best to have an emergency medical kit. Also, keep anti-vomiting pills handy when you visit Darjeeling, as the roads in the city have a variety of twists and turns that can induce nausea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          With online transactions readily available, many people do not feel the need to carry money. However, it is always prudent to carry some cash to be safe in case of online transactions failing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Although Darjeeling is very safe in any season, it is advised not to travel alone late at night or to remote areas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Darjeeling is one of the most preferred places to visit in West Bengal, with its wonderful weather throughout the year. The rich history accumulated over time is displayed in all the tourist attractions of Darjeeling. If you want to visit this wonderful place, check out our list of tourist destinations in Darjeeling included in the article. Don't forget to tell us if you found this post helpful!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Frequently Asked Questions:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Budget to travel to Darjeeling and how many days are required to complete the tour?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Answer: Generally a one week trip to Darjeeling per person will cost around Rs. 16,277 will be. Therefore, two to three days are enough if you want to enjoy a memorable vacation in Darjeeling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. What are some popular dishes to try in Darjeeling city?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Answers: The most famous and delicious foods from Darjeeling that you must try are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Traditional Nepali Thali.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tukpa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Churpy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Naga cuisine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Momos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chang.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rotis are being sold.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Aloo Dum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. When is the best time to go to Darjeeling?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Answer: The best time to go to Darjeeling is between April and June. But some honeymooners prefer winter, which is from October to December.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. What are the best tourist activities for Darjeeling?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Answer: Here is a list of things to do in Darjeeling that will lift your spirits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rafting on River Teesta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Trekking to Sandakphu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sunrise over Tiger Hill.

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