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. read more

Place to Stay
Hotels in Darjeeling

The Budget traveller
Budget hotels in Darjeeling
This hill station has a featured of budget hotels, guest houses and youth hostels for stay.
Room rates per night starting from
rupee300 onwards

Economy hotels in Darjeeling
Toy train, Darjeeling
Memorable Experience; The Toy train
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.
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Local Guide
Restaurants, Shop & See

Place to Eat
Dinning at the best places
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
The Tibetan 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.

Adventure Travel
Trekking in Darjeeling

Meghma village on way to SandakphuKanchendzonga from sandakaphu

Singalila trek

The 160-km Singalila trek starts from the small border town of Manebhanjang, 26 km from Darjeeling. 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.

Trekking the Singalila