Darjeeling a charming Himalayan region in West Bengal is the tourist hub of the country. Darjeeling is famously known as the 'Queen of Hills ‘and the region has a reputation of staying in the heart of the visitors. The beauty of Darjeeling is known and praised since the time of British who developed and made famous in the 19th century as the charming hill station. Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Chowrasta, Ghoom Monastery, Observatory Hill etc are the main tourist attractions of Darjeeling. The beauty of Darjeeling lies in the unbelievable richness of tea gardens, culture, historical places and the climatic condition.
Culture of Darjeeling
Darjeeling has a very unique culture, with people of different caste following different religion reside here. Hinduism and Buddhism are the two most common religion followed by the resident of Darjeeling. Lepchas are considered as the natives of Darjeeling before the Gorkhas invaded this beautiful heaven. Dashain, Tihar, Chaitey Dashain, Manghey Sankranti, Buddha Jayanti, Ram Nawami, Lhosar etc are the main festivals of Darjeeling. The most common castes of Darjeeling are Brahmin, Chhetri, Rai, Limbu, Sherpa, Lepcha, Tamang, Gurung, Subba etc.
Five Things Not To Miss At Darjeeling
- Early morning sunrise view at Tiger Hill
- The endangered animals at Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park
- Walk at the beautiful Barbotey Garden or Rock Garden
- Delicious traditional Nepali Thali
- Rock climbing at Tenzing Rock
Places To Visit
Tiger Hill is one of the most famous destination in Darjeeling known for a beautiful and heart touching sunset view along with the glorious panoramic view of both Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga. It is 11 km away from the Darjeeling town.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is the central zoo of Darjeeling which covers approximately 67 acres of land. This famous central zoo of Darjeeling is known for the breeding program of Red Panda and Snow Leopard.
Batasia Lopp is a famous and beautiful spiral railway track at the hilltop which has an excellent soothing environment for the visitors. Batasia Loop was established in 1919 and it is 5 km away from the Darjeeling town.
Happy Valley Tea Estate
Happy Valley Tea Estate is known as the oldest and one of the most beautiful tea estates in Darjeeling which covers the large area of 430 acres. It is located at an altitude of 2100 metres above sea level.
How to reach Darjeeling?
The best way to reach to Darjeeling is via road transport because it is the only mode through which the visitors can exactly drop off at Darjeeling. Visitors need to arrive at NJP railway station or Bagdogra Airport at Siliguri. Then, from Siliguri they can either hire a car or travel by a public vehicle to reach Darjeeling.