Located at an incredible altitude of about 6,700 feet high at the lesser Himalayas, Darjeeling is one of the most stunning hill stations in the Indian state of West Bengal. Noted famously for its remarkable tea industry, the breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga which is the third highest mountain in India, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Darjeeling is a mesmerizing place to visit. You will be left spellbound by the sights Darjeeling offers you of gorgeous tea estates, remarkable Victorian era imprints, and the indescribably fresh mountain air. Away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life, Darjeeling is a heaven for those seeking to get away from stressful everyday life.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN DARJEELING
There are innumerable things to do and see in the stunning hill station of Darjeeling which will leave you no scope for boredom. However, when you arrive in this spectacular place on cheap flights, expect to be welcomed by some of the following attractions.
Places of worship
Not many are aware that apart from lush greenery, Darjeeling is home to several religious sites as well. The Mahakal Temple on Observatory Hill is one of the most popular ones in Darjeeling. Locals who flock to the temple are drawn by the presence of Buddhist as well as Hindu priests who perform rituals and readings pertaining to both these religions. The Dhirdham Temple which was founded in the year 1939 by the king of Nepal, Purna Bahadur Pradhan is another famous religious site here. The temple is famous for its architectural work which resembles the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. Other famous places of worship one can visit include Aloobari Gompa, Ghoom Monastery and Bhutia Gompa among several others.
Darjeeling is a nature lover’s paradise
The Snow Leopard Breeding Center is a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts who would like to lay eyes on the exotic animal. The center is dedicated to breeding, protecting, and conserving the elusive Snow Leopard species. Other places which offer incredible experiences include Shrubbery Park, Observatory Hills, Ganga Maiya Park, Badamtam Tea Estate, Lloyd Botanical Garden, Tiger Hill and Tenzing and Gombu Rocks among others. Offering countless trekking opportunities, the stunning natural beauty you will encounter as you trek among these scenic places will leave you spellbound for sure. Don’t forget to go on the incredible Toy Train Ride in Darjeeling!
WHERE TO STAY IN DARJEELING?
Darjeeling is dotted with numerous hotels and resorts meeting the budget requirements of all types of travelers. Some of the most popular places in Darjeeling you can consider for accommodation include Hotel Seven Seventeen, Hotel Sunflower, Windermere Hotels, Viceroy Hotel, Dekeling Hotel, Mayfair Hotel, and Shangri La Regency among others. You can check these online and see which one suits your budget the best. There are forest guest houses as well but you will need the permission of West Bengal Forest Department to stay in these.
WHAT TO EAT IN DARJEELING?
The most popular dishes to try in Darjeeling are Momos and Thukpa. Momos are delicious dumplings stuffed with meat and vegetables, served with a tasty watery soup called Thukpa. You will find these served at pretty much any restaurant in Darjeeling. Restaurants in Darjeeling also serve varied cuisines ranging from Chinese and Continental to Indian and Italian. However, the best places to eat at are the small eateries by the roadside which serve steaming, delicious local food. Nothing can beat that thrill of standing by the roadside and enjoying a plate of delicious hot momos while watching normal life in Darjeeling go by.
BEST TIME TO VISIT DARJEELING
With Darjeeling having a pleasant weather for most part of the year, pretty much anytime is a good time to visit this scenic hill station. However, monsoon months should best be avoided as they can interfere with your sightseeing plans in Darjeeling. Summers are a good time for hiking and other such adventurous activities. Winter months are great for exploring famed places in Darjeeling which barring a little cold, will see no other interferences.
Author Bio: Laxman is enthusiastic about traveling and then writing down his travel experiences to narrate them to people. He spends most of his time in the lap of mother Earth and also likes to listen to the stories of unknown people. His articles are sometimes inspired from strangers while others are very much his own tales to tell.