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Darjeeling Tourism



Darjeeling, also fondly known as the "Queen of hill stations", is nestled in the Himalayas and is famous for its tea production and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This hill town was developed in the mid 19th century, when the British set up a sanatorium and a military depot in Darjeeling. Before this, Darjeeling was the ancient Gorkha capital. Later, the Maharaja of Sikkim gifted Darjeeling to the British.

Darjeeling continues to be a popular holiday destination in India, owing to its scenic beauty and pleasant climate.

Apart from tourism, Darjeeling is also popular for its many British style public schools, which attract students from across India and even neighbouring countries.



Best Time to Visit Darjeeling

The best time to visit Darjeeling is from September to June

Places to see in Darjeeling

How to Reach Darjeeling

Being a popular tourist destination, Darjeeling is well connected to other parts of the country. Here is how one can reach Darjeeling.

By Train

The nearest Broad gauge railway station to Darjeeling is at New Jalpaiguri. Trains from all over India reach this station. Following is a list of trains which reach this station from major cities of India.

From Delhi : 
  • Sikkim Mahananda Express/15484
  • North East Express/12506
  • New Delhi-Dibrugarh Town Rajdhani Express/12424
  • New Delhi-New Jalpaiguri SF Express/12524
  • Brahmaputra Mail/14056
  • Poorvottar Sampark Kranti Express/12502
  • More Trains...
From Mumbai : 
  • Mumbai LTT-Guwahati Express/15645
  • Mumbai LTT-Guwahati Weekly Express(Via Bhagalpur)/15647
  • Mumbai LTT - Kamakhya Karmabhoomi Express (UnReserved)/15611
  • More Trains...
From Kolkata : 
  • Kanchanjunga Express/15657
  • Teesta Torsa Express/13141
  • Howrah - New Jalpaiguri Shatabdi Express/12041
  • Saraighat Express/12345
  • Kamrup Express/15959
  • Uttar Banga Express/13147
  • Kanchan Kanya Express/13149
  • Darjeeling Mail/12343
  • Padatik Express/12377
  • More Trains...
From Chennai : 
  • Chennai-NewJalpaiguri SF Express/22611
  • Chennai Egmore-Dibrugarh Weekly Express/15929
  • Yesvantpur-Dibrugarh Express/15901
  • Bangalore Guwahati SF Express/12509
  • Trivandrum Central - Guwahati Express/12515
  • More Trains...
By Road

Darjeeling has a strong road network and is well connected by regular buses to neighbouring cities like Siliguri, Kurseong, Gangtok and Kalimpong.

By Air

The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra near Siliguri, which is located at a distance of 68 km from Darjeeling. This airport is connected by regular flights to Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati.

Hotels in Darjeeling

Darjeeling has a plethora of hotels to choose from. Prices shoot up during peak season and it is advised to book in advance to secure a good hotel.

Budget Hotels in Darjeeling : 
  • Andy's Guesthouse
    Dr. Zakir Hussain Rd
    Darjeeling

  • Dekeling Hotel
    51 Gandhi Rd
    Darjeeling 734101
    Phone Number: 096 79 734048
  • Hotel Tower View
    TV Tower
    Dr. Zakir Hussain Road
    Darjeeling 73410
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Mid Range Hotels in Darjeeling : 
  • Hotel Seven Seventeen
    H.D. Lama Road
    Darjeeling 734101

Top End Hotels in Darjeeling : 
  • Mayfair Darjeeling
    Opposite Governor House
    Darjeeling 734101
    http://www.mayfairhotels.com/mayfair-darjeeling/

  • Windamere Hotel
    Observatory Hill
    Darjeeling 734101
    Phone Number: 0354 225 4041
    http://www.windamerehotel.com/
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Shopping in Darjeeling

There's plenty to keep shoppers happy in Darjeeling. Head to Nehru Road and then to Chowrasta, which are dotted with shops from where you can purchase souvenirs and gift items. Some popular local, handmade items in Darjeeling are the Khukri, which is essentially a curved knife with a decorative handle. Other traditional items one can pick up in Darjeeling are Tibetan masks, local jewellery items, woolen items, shawls and pashminas. Tirupathi Handloom Emporium is a good place to pick up shawls and jackets at a fixed price. Before leaving don't forget to pick up a few packets of the world famous Darjeeling tea, which can be purchased from a popular store by the name of House of Tea.

Darjeeling Cusine :  People native to Darjeeling enjoy eating rice with beef and lentils. Other popular local dishes are Momos (dumplings stuffed with meat or vegetables), Thukpa (a thick soup made with meat and noodles), Gundruk (fermented mustard leaves) and Chang (local beer).

Darjeeling Restaurants

When in Darjeeling don't forget to sample the many delicious local dishes, here are a few restaurants you can enjoy some local as well as other interesting cuisine.
  • Sonam's Kitchen :  Famous for their breakfast menu, Soman serves some delicious French toast, pancakes and sandwiches. Apart from that, do try their soups and pasta as well.

  • Glenary's :  This restaurant is famous for its Continental fare and also Chinese food, and tandoori items.

  • Park Restaurant :  This restaurant is the place to go if you're longing to have some authentic Thai dishes. One of the most famous items on their menu is Tom Kha Gai, which is a delicious coconut and chicken soup.

  • Kunga's : A small family run joint, Kunga's is famous for its momos, noodles and fresh fruit juices.

  • Hasty Tasty : This simple vegetarian restaurant serves some of the best Masala Dosa you will find in Darjeeling.



Last Updated on : 24 July 2013

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