Fondly known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’, Darjeeling is a scenic hill station in the Eastern state of India, West Bengal. Darjeeling is located in the Mahabharat Range, also known as the Lesser Himalayas at a magnificent altitude of about 2050m.
Darjeeling, which is now known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, is also famous for its tea estates which produce delicious tea. There are a number of trekking tracks which cover both high and low altitudes, offering splendid views of Mounts Kanchenjunga and Everest. The railway which is popularly known as the ‘Toy Train,’ connects Siliguri town to Darjeeling. It runs for about 86km and at altitudes from 328ft to 7218 ft.
While at Darjeeling, do not miss the Tiger hill, which is located 2590m above sea level, especially at sun rise. From Tiger hill, you will be able to soak in the breathtaking view of Mount Everest along with the Kanchenjunga mountain ranges. Also visit the Batasia Loop which is a railway loop, located 5km away from Darjeeling. Upon reaching Batasia Loop, you will be amazed by the efforts that have gone into constructing this loop. There is also a war memorial in memory of the men who died for country while fighting for Independence. There are also shopping landmarks in Darjeeling, known as The Mall and Chowrasta. You should also visit the tea gardens where you can see how Darjeeling tea is manufactured. There are also many important Buddhist monasteries around Darjeeling, with the oldest one being the Yiga Chilling Monastery.
The best time to travel to Darjeeling is from March to May or September to November. This is when temperatures are pleasant and free of landslides, monsoon or extreme winters. As a tourist to Darjeeling, you will find a wide range of accommodation like hotels, international youth hostels, English style villas and estates and so on.