Darjeeling FAQs

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Area geography

Darjeeling has an average elevation of 6,710 feet (2,050 metres) and is located on the Darjeeling-Jalapahar range of hills. These hills render perfect views of surrounding snow-clad mountains. These mountains are home to the world's third-highest peak, Kanchenjunga. It is 28,209 feet (8,598 metres) high and is distinctly visible. On clear days, you might also catch a glimpse of Nepal's Mount Everest, which is 8,848 metres high. Owing to loose topsoil and steep slopes, the area is very prone to landslides during monsoons.

Notes currencies cards

Credit cards are acceptable everywhere. ATMs of the following banks are accessible in Gangtok:
SBI
HDFC Bank
Punjab National Bank
Bank of Baroda
Corporation Bank
Axis Bank

Cellular service for tourists

Mobile phone connectivity in Darjeeling is not a problem. You can buy local calling cards to save on your roaming charges. Airtel is one of the best service providers here. However, that doesn’t mean that others won’t work well.

Wifi internet

Wi-Fi internet connectivity is available but only if you are staying in a hotel. While some come with free Wi-Fi connectivity, others will charge for it. Other than hotels and resorts, some cafes too offer Wi-Fi services. One of them is the Nathmulls tea shop on the Mall Road.

Drinking laws

Selling liquor or serving it in restaurants/hotels to individuals below 25 years of age is prohibited. The following days are classified as dry days in Darjeeling and the whole of West Bengal:

Jan 26: Republic Day
Holi
Mahavir Jayanti
Independence Day
Gandhi Jayanti
Dussehra
The 9th and 10th day of Muharram
Eid ul-Fitr
Eid al-Adha
Durga Puja’s Second Day (Maha Ashtami Day)
Dol Jatra
Kali Puja
In addition to these, alcohol is not sold or served during election days.

Tipping

Tipping is not expected anywhere in Darjeeling; not in hotels, not for taxis, not at restaurants. It is solely at your own personal discretion.

Safety

Darjeeling is a fairly safe place to be. Taking general safety precautions will get you by easily. The locals are very helpful. Stay away from flashing too much jewellery or cash. And stay close to touristy areas.

General information

Languages spoken

Nepali, Bengali, English

Time zones

India (UTC + 5:30)

Major religions

Buddhism, Lepcha, Bhutia, Hinduism

Domestic international calling codes

+ 91 - 354

Electricity standards

220VAC; 50Hz

Common greetings

Hello: Namaste

Good Morning: Namaste

Good Evening: Namaste

Goodbye: Namaste

Thank you: Dhanyavaad/ Shukriya

Sorry: Maaf kijiye

Do you speak English? Kya aap angrezi bolte hain?

I do not understand: Mujhe samajh nahi aaya

No: Nahi

Yes: Haan

I don’t know: Mujhe nahi pata

How are you? Aap kaise hain?

What is your name? Aapka naam kya hai?

My name is: Mera naam hai…

Where is the washroom? Shauchalaya kahan hai?

Is this vegetarian? (point to a dish in a menu card): Kya yeh shakahari hai?

Where is this? (point to a monument, amenity on a paper/map): Ye kahan pe hai?

How much does this cost? Yeh kitne ka hai?

Too expensive! Bahut mehenga hai!

A little cheaper: Thora sasta kariye

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Emergency numbers

Police (Sadar Thana Darjeeling): +91-354-2254422

Hospital: +91-352-2252131

Ambulance: +91-354-2256352