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.
The town has some of the best cafes & little joints tugged up on the road side with restaurants. Our top picks