Best Places to Visit in Darjeeling

The Tea City, Darjeeling has been tucked in the Lesser Himalaya. Darjeeling has attracted millions of travelers from all over the world. and see the best places to visit in Darjeeling.

This tea city is well known for its quaint colonial ambiance and hosts the Gorkha culture.

In India, the hill station, Darjeeling is the famous gateway to the popular trek, the Sandakphu-Phalut Trek in the Indian Himalayan region.

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It is the prominent place in India to visit from where you can capture the entire beautiful panorama of the Himalayan region which ranges from the Mount Everest to Kanchenjunga.

Several tea estates and evergreen forests are the best places to visit in Darjeeling, which offers a retreat and are ideal for leisure scapers.

Here is the list of some best places to visit in Darjeeling at which you will surely enjoy your Darjeeling trip.

Climatic Conditions in Darjeeling

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The Hilly towns of Darjeeling were taken over by the British. They annexed the area from the kingdom of Sikkim based on the fact that its subtropical temperature of highland climate provides the failing of low lying plains from tropical diseases in Bengal.

The summers are mainly cool from April to June, and the area becomes wet during the monsoon showers. The maximum rainfall gets noticed from July to September during monsoon season.

The winter months are incredibly cool from mid-November to February. The moderate temperature saw a range from 10 to 15 degrees Celsius.

Best Time to Visit Darjeeling

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The climatic conditions in Darjeeling stay cool throughout due to the rapid showers. The quick showers get noticed because the region lies near the Bay of Bengal. The perfect time to visit Darjeeling is around October till Mid-February.

It is the best time to visit because the climate is pleasant and rainfalls are less frequent, which helps the tourists to visit the town properly. It helps in enjoying the picturesque surroundings. 

How to Reach Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a hill station, and it is the capital of Calcutta. It gets connected adequately with major towns situated in West Bengal and the neighboring states. The airport is in Kolkata and Guwahati, and it is the nearest in the Assam.

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There are various domestic and international flights available from Kolkata and Delhi. The railway of Darjeeling is found well-connected with all kinds of the railway station in India. The train transport system is also available from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Kochi.

Many other transport systems are available like buses, shared taxis and jeeps for reaching the towns lying in the neighboring city of Siliguri. All the transport systems get used depending on the requirements of the people.

Exciting Places to Visit in Darjeeling

There are various places to visit in Darjeeling, and the site is well-crowded. There are following places to visit in Darjeeling-

Tiger Hill

The Tiger Hill is situated on the height of around 2800km from the sea level on the Eastern Himalayas and 14 km from the Darjeeling city.

From this hill, you can see every kind of scene of the city beautifully. Moreover, you can see the famous mountains near Darjeeling like Kanchenjunga mountain from here.

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And you can also see the highest mountain hill in the world, Mount Everest from Tiger Hill.

Tiger Hill is the highest peak point in the city, Darjeeling as it is the best place to visit in Darjeeling.

The other point from where you can view all these mountains is Phalut, which is at 3600m, and you can only reach there by trekking.

You can start trekking route for Phalut from Darjeeling which starts from Manebhanjan and goes through Giribas, Tonglu, Sandakphu, and Kalapokhri.

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While going through trekking way, you will also see Singalila National Park on the way which is another best place to visit in Darjeeling.

After all this, Tiger Hill is best known for the view Kanchenjunga mountain at the time of sunrise. It mainly takes 40-45 minutes to reach the city, Darjeeling from the hill.

Best things to do: trekking, Adventurous climbing

How to reach: by taxi or a cab from Darjeeling

Major attraction: theme park, lake

Ropeway

From Delhi Chownk Bajar to Singamari, this ropeway is 3 km in the way. This entire ropeway ride is of total forty-five minutes.

In the whole ride of 45 minutes, you travel from the height of 7000 ft to the height of 800 ft.

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This Ropeway of Darjeeling is the oldest cable car system of India. By sitting in this cable car, you can enjoy the beautiful mountains of Darjeeling, tea gardens, and the beautiful scenic view of Darjeeling.

Darjeeling Ropeway is even known as the Rangeet Valley Passenger Cablecar which offers a refreshing gateway to passengers.

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It is the best tourist places to visit in Darjeeling where you can spend your ideal hours in Darjeeling and enjoy the place.

Best things to do: Cable car ride

How to reach: you can take a cab or jeep from chowk Bazar and walk about 15 minutes to reach there

Major attraction: cable car

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoo

This Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoo is located at 3 km distance from the city Darjeeling. The whole zoo is distributed in around the area of 70 acres of land.

This zoo is home to the Red Panda, Siberian tiger, Tendua, and many animals of the world.

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Many tourists visit here from the entire world to see these living beings in the zoo.

The major aim of the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoo is to save all these animals from migrating and endangering.

Best things to do: getting experience by watching some endangered species. 

How to reach: you can walk from the Jawahar road from Mall road to reach the entrance of zoo

Major attraction: Himalayan black bear, Tibetan Wolf

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

This Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Yatra starts from Ghum to Darjeeling which is of 78 km. It is now as the facility of the mini railway in India.

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And also this yatra is famous and engraved in UNESCO heritage. By sitting on this train, you can enjoy the beautiful places in Darjeeling.

It is because the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the best place to visit in Darjeeling.

Best things to do: visit in the Himalayan railway 

How to reach: by cab or taxi

Major attraction: its cleanliness and sightseeing view

Japanese Peace Pagoda

Japanese Peace Pagoda is a beautiful temple which is situated almost ten km away from the Darjeeling city.

This temple is built with white marble similar architecture to the temples of Japan. This temple was built to keep silence in the world.

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You can see the beautiful scenic view of the entire Darjeeling city by standing here in the temple.

The Japanese temple in Darjeeling is the major Buddhist pilgrimage site which was inaugurated in the year 1972.

There is a picture of the founder and the model of Lord Buddha, who is Fujji Guruji.

Peace Pagoda is the place near to the Japanese temple, which is a monument built for peace to focus on people of every creed and race.

Its aim to unite all the people in search of world peace. This place was inaugurated in the year 1992.

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Peace Pagoda is the place in Darjeeling which is home to the four avatars of Lord Buddha.

You can watch a panoramic view of the entire landscape of Darjeeling town and the Kanchenjunga range from the top of the Peace Pagoda.

These two are the most top tourist places to visit in Darjeeling which you can’t miss while visiting Darjeeling trip.

Best things to do: worshipping in the shrine

How to reach: by car, you can easily reach the pagoda

Major attraction: Lord Buddha statue

Barbotay Rock Garden

This garden was made up of cutting of big mountain rocks. That’s why this garden is known as the rock garden.

Ten km away from the city Darjeeling, here is a beautiful and lovely picnic spot.

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Image Credit: Barbotay Rock Garden

Barbotay is the best Darjeeling tourist place. There is a small beautiful waterfall in the Barbotay rock garden. The Chunnu Summer Falls makes the garden more scenic.

Best thing to do: picturing the beautiful view, eating at food stalls.

How to reach: you should book a taxi or a cab for reaching the spot

Major attraction: waterfall, Ganga Maya park

Batasia Loop

This place was established to tribute the people who were died in the wars before India got independent. Other than this, the famous train of Darjeeling, The Toy Train takes a turn from here.

By standing here in Batasia loop, you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the entire Kanchenjunga mountain.

This place is also famous for buying great local things about Darjeeling.

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This is the best place to see in Darjeeling and for the photoshoot. You can take many beautiful pictures here with the scenic beauty of the Batasia Loop.

Batasia Loop is especially known for the railway track on Darjeeling Himalayan Railway from where the Toy Train takes a loop around the beautiful garden of it.

It is very close to Ghoom and around 5 km away from the Darjeeling town. On a clear sunny day, you can see the beautiful Kanchendzonga mountain.

Best things to do: a toy train

How to reach: you can book a taxi or a cab from Darjeeling which is 5 meters away from the loop.

Major attraction: Eco garden, War Memorial 

Observatory Hill

Observatory Hill is situated at the height of 7000ft from the sea surface. It is another beautiful and prominent tourist place to visit in Darjeeling.

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By standing up on this hill, you can see the beautiful scenic view of Darjeeling, including the clad peeks and Kanchendzonga.

This point is located on the height of the mall road of the way of fifteen minutes. On the Observatory hill, there is also a tourist temple which is known by the name of Mahakal temple.

This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and even three gold plated icons of Lord Vishnu, Brahma, and Maheshwar.

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This temple is the famous Hindu Pilgrimage to visit in Darjeeling. This temple was built after the invasion of Gorkhas. Originally, Observatory hill was home to the Dorjeling Monastery.

There are many more temples around the Observatory hill like Hanuman Temple, Sai Baba Temple, Buddhist Monks, and several Hindu Priests.  

Best things to do: explore the history of Lord Shiva and Mahakal Temple

How to reach: you cannot contact there through taxi, but you have to ought uphill to walk about 15 minutes

Major attraction: Mahakal temple, Mahakal Cave

Happy Valley Tea Estate

This Happy Valley has situated two km away from the city, Darjeeling. This Happy Valley Tea Estate is very large, which is distributed in 437 acres of big land.

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This valley is ancient in the production of Tea. Darjeeling tour guides are also present at this valley all the time who take you to tea production houses and warehouses to tell you about their facts.

You can get every information about the production of tea from these local tour guides of Darjeeling. From here, you can also buy Happy Valley Tea.

Your trip to Darjeeling remains incomplete if you do not visit this tourist place in Darjeeling. This is the oldest tea estate in Darjeeling which was established in the year 1854.

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You can also see the plucking process if you visit here in the months between March and May.

Happy Valley Tea Estate is around 3 km away from the city of Darjeeling. Tea lovers will surely love this tourist places to visit in Darjeeling.

Best things to do: to watch the process of production of tea in gardens.

How to reach: you can reach to the nearest Bagdogra airport or   Jalpaiguri railway station

Major attraction: tea gardens

Singalila National Park

Singalila National Park is situated at Twenty km away from the Darjeeling city. This National Park is famous for the house of Red Panda and Black Bear.

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Singalila National park is located in the area of 80 square feet of land. This national park is full of different types of vegetation and living beings. Moreover, this national park is home to various species of Orchards.

Best things to do: trekking, jeep safari

How to reach: you can visit by booking a cab or taxi from Darjeeling

Major attraction: Singalila national park gateway

Ghoom Monastery

This is the largest monastery in Ghoom which was built by Lama Sherab Gyatso in the year 1875.

This Ghoom Monastery belongs to the Gelug Sect, which is the major Buddhist pilgrimage in the district of Darjeeling.

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The Ghoom Monastery is around 8 km away from the City of Darjeeling.

This monastery is house to a statue of “Maitreya Buddha” of 15 feet height, many Buddhist texts, and images of Buddha’s disciplines along with the prayer hall.

Best things to do: to visit the conventional scary sites

How to reach: By car or by walking

Major attraction: statue of Maitreya Buddha

Mirik Lake

Mirik is a sleepy hill town in one of the districts of Darjeeling town. This hilly town is 49 km away from the city, Darjeeling.

A drive through the tea garden to the mountainous slope area is a wonderfully scenic drive.

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After reaching, Mirik, you will see Mirik lake. This is the top attraction of this place. On an open flat area on the right side of the lake, there is a separate bus and car parking.

You can relax down by sitting on the banks of the lake. There is also the facility of boating in the lake.

Pony rides are quite famous for children around the Mirik lake in Darjeeling.

So, are you ready to explore the beauty of Darjeeling town?

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Image Credit: Mirik Lake

Make your trip here to visit the beautiful places in Darjeeling. You can adventure around this hill station like wildlife trail, rock climbing, trekking and hiking in the Singalila range.

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