Scenic view from atop the towering hills

Scenic view from atop the towering hills | Photo credit: Pranav Bhasin

The untouched beauty of Darjeeling, a picturesque hill station

The untouched beauty of Darjeeling, a picturesque hill station

A stunning aerial view of the majestic snow-covered peaks

A stunning aerial view of the majestic snow-covered peaks | Photo credit: Pranav Bhasin

Darjeeling, a stunning abode of lush tea plantations

Darjeeling, a stunning abode of lush tea plantations

Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • Culture Vultures
  • Adventure Buffs
  • Lovebirds
  • Family Fun
  • Something Different
    • Language

      Nepali, Bengali, English
    • Altitude

      2,050 metres (6,730 feet) above sea level
    • Time zone

      India (UTC + 5:30)
    • Theme

      Mountains, Heritage

In Darjeeling, ride the Toy Train, schuss down its valleys through verdant tea plantations, climb up the Tiger Hill for magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga, and stroll down the Mall for a hearty Tibetan breakfast along with a cup of exotic Darjeeling tea.

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You will like

  • Weather

    Darjeeling wasn't named the Queen of the Hills just like that. The weather during the tourist season is so pleasant that you wouldn’t want to leave it for the world.

  • Views of Kanchenjunga

    While the views of the Kanchenjunga are absolutely stunning from Darjeeling on a clear sunny Day, the ones from Tiger Hill are clearly the best. Think clouds descending down in the valleys under you as you enjoy perfect views of the sunrise and the snow covered mountains.

  • Tea Plantations

    Darjeeling is famous for its tea plantations the world over. With over 86 gardens producing the famous Darjeeling tea, this is the place to enjoy guided tours amid verdant tea estates and enjoy tea tasting sessions like a true connoisseur.

Be prepared

  • Traffic Jams

    With the Toy Train crisscrossing the already narrow paved roads of Darjeeling, traffic jams have become inevitable. However, the short stoppages will only give you more time to soak in the beauty and the local culture of this lovely hill town.

Describing It

Right at the foothills of the Himalayas, Darjeeling attracts all those who wish to experience life as it once was before the days of modernization. While lovers and honeymooners travel to the town and book themselves in cozy cottages to enjoy private time away from the city, the tired travellers go soul searching in the hills.

The most popular activities in Darjeeling were once trekking, camping and bird watching, but over the years, a new discovery has been made. White water rafting is fast becoming the most popular activity in Darjeeling. Unmatched in thrill and action, this is the best way to experience the gushing waters of the Teesta and Rangeet rivers.

With the incredible views of the Kanchenjunga from the Tiger Hill, the quaint monasteries of Darjeeling and Ghoom, and that spiritual shopping experience you’ll enjoy at Tibetan Refugee Centre and the curio shops on the Mall, there’s way more to Darjeeling than one may think.

We recommend finding yourself a quiet corner to spend your afternoon reveling in solitude and peace. Watch the sun set over the hills bathing the evening in ethereal light. Don’t forget to mark a perfect ending to your Darjeeling tour - with a ride on the Toy Train watching the hills amble by as the train chugs through the mountainside. It's pure magic.