For ten of thousands of visitors from Kolkata and the steamy plains Darjeeling has been the place to get away from the summer heat. Built on a crescent-shaped ridge Darjeeling is summoned by hills which are thickly covered with coniferous forests and terraced tea gardens. The idyllic setting, the exhilarating air outside town, and stunning views of the Kangchendzonga range - when you can see through the clouds - attract plenty of trekkers too.
Place to Stay Hotels in Darjeeling
For many people, the somewhat erratic
narrow gauge Toy Train between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling, with its 0.6 m gauge track which used to be hauled by sparkling tank engines, is a rewarding experience. The brainchild of East Bengal railway agent Franklyn Prestage,
the train promised to improve access to
the hills from the sweltering humidity
of the Kolkata plains in the summer. read more
Local Guide Restaurants, Shop & See
Treat yourself to an old fashioned ways of the British Raj, with great ambience and varied cuisines at these fine dining restaurants.
Place to Eat
Cafe & Restaurants There are countless small eating places serving local fare, Tibetian apart from Continental and Chinese, and almost all uniformly good.
The Darjeeling Tea Quali-tea brew An ancient Chinese legend suggests that 'tay', or tea, originated in India, although tea was known to have been grown in China around 2700 BC.
Sight seeing TheTibetan Refugee Self-help Centre After the Chinese invasion, thousands of Tibetan refugees settled in Darjeeling and the rehabilitation centre was set up in 1959 to enable them to continue to practice their skills and provide a sales outlet. You can watch them at work (carpet weaving, spinning, dyeing, woodwork, etc) during the season, when it is well worth a visit (closes for lunch). The shop sells carpets (orders taken and posted), textiles, curios or jewellery, though not cheap to buy.
The trek along the Singalila Ridge to
Sandakphu and Phalut is one of the most
popular ones in the Eastern Himalayas
due to the grand vistas of the
Kangchenjunga range and the Everest
range which can be seen from the ridge,
and also for the seasonal wildflower
blooms and birding.