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Things to Do in Darjeeling
The Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling - The Japanese Peace Pagoda on the slopes of Jalaphar Hill is a short distance from the town and showcases the four avatars of Buddha, including the Maitreya Buddha. It is open to people of all races and creeds and is purposely made to propagate peace and prosperity in the world.
The Ghoom Monastery in Darjeeling - The Ghoom Monastery, built in 1875 by a lama called Sherab Gyatso, is the largest in Ghoom (8 kilometres from the city of Darjeeling) and holds the statue of the Maitreya Buddha, believed to be ‘The Buddha to Come’.
Tea Plantations in Darjeeling - A visit to a tea plantation is a must when in Darjeeling. There are more than 86 gardens that produce the famous Darjeeling tea. Visit tea estates and take a guided tour and learn all that goes in to processing tea.
Tiger Hill in Darjeeling - Tiger Hill, the highest point, a short drive away from the town is ideal for hiking and trekking through the day. Besides amazing views of the Kanchenjunga Range, the Tiger Hill renders perfect views of the sunrise.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Zoo in Darjeeling - The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was established by Tenzing Norgay, the sherpa who, along with Sir Edmund Hillary, reached the summit of Mount Everest.The Mountaineering Institute also has a small zoological park that houses various species of Himalayan animals.
Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary in Darjeeling - Lying in the Eastern Himalayan foothills in Jalpaiguri district, the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary offers 960.31 hectares of fabulous scenery and rare flora and fauna. The name of this wildlife refuge is derived from two words- 'Chapra'- meaning a variety of fish and 'Mari'- meaning abundance.
Best Time to Visit Darjeeling
October to March: October is when the monsoon season ends and a slight chill is observed in the weather. Winter season begins in full swing and it is during the months of mid-November to January, when the average temperature ranges between 7 and 5 degree Celsius. Snowfall is rarely seen in Darjeeling. But sometimes, the temperature can drop down to -2 degree Celsius, so make sure you pack some woollens.
April to June: These months constitute the summer season in Darjeeling which is quite pleasant and not harsh. The maximum temperature is around 25 degree Celsius. Bright sunlight packed with windy air in the evenings make for a great vacation in Darjeeling amidst the picturesque surroundings. This time is also good for sightseeing and other tourist activities. :
July to September: Starting July till August, heavy rainfall is observed in Darjeeling. It might not be the best time to visit the place during the monsoons as you can come across some roadblocks. However, if you love the rains, don’t miss the lush-green environ drenched in rain water which calls for great photographic shots as well. That said, September is a good time to visit the place as there’s less rainfall and the greenery remains intact.
How To Reach Darjeeling
By Air - Bagdogra Airport is the nearest air connection which is 96 kilometres away from Darjeeling. Many carriers like Air India, Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Indigo, Go Air run direct flights from Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata to Darjeeling. Delhi and Kolkata airports are well-connected with international cities across the globe.
By Bus - The regular bus service from Siliguri (which is approximately 70 kilometres away) to Darjeeling is quite slow but economical. Similar bus services are also available from neighbouring towns like Kurseong and Kalimpong which is 31 and 50 kilometres away respectively.
By Train - The Darjeeling railway station is administered by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR). The nearest railway station in Darjeeling is at New Jalpaiguri (62 kilometres from the main town) which connects major Indian cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar and Cochin.
Road/Self Drive - The road network in Darjeeling is quite good and one can easily venture out to Darjeeling from nearby cities like Siliguri, Kalimpong and Kurseong. En route, you can also enjoy stunning mountain beauty as well as the green environs.