Darjeeling, the lord of all hill stations and also the 'Dream-land of the East', famed for its natural beauty, pure fresh air, round the year pleasant weather and higher than all, tea estates and the memorable Darjeeling Tea...
This beautiful hill station in India is strategically very important due to its neighborhood with Nepal and Bhutan borders.
The hill station is popular from the age of British control. Each year at the beginning of summer, the Viceroys of India would shift to Darjeeling.
Taking an area of 1,200 sq. miles and covering by the Himalayan peaks, it’s a fascinating location rich in natural attractiveness. Some of the most gifted tea estates are here. The Kanchenjunga peak can be viewed from the town.
Tourist attractions in Darjeeling
Natural Historical Museum: The Museum includes a comprehensive collection of the fauna of the region. The evidences of all birds' species, reptiles and animals found here are proved. The beetle and butterfly section merits a special reference.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute: The Institute is one of the chosen visited places in Darjeeling. It governs a magnificent scene of Kanchenjunga, which is the third crowning mountain in the world.
The Lebong Race Track: 8 Km from Darjeeling, this race course is the topmost and smallest track in the nature. Under the management of the Gymkhana Club, races are held here throughout the military parades.
Tiger Hill: 11 km from the Darjeeling and at a scale of 2,590 meters, lies the mythical Tiger Hill. The view of sunup from the top of hill is an unforgettable scene. It also allows a fine view of the mighty Everest and Kanchenjunga mountains.
Gymkhana Club: This ball house offers different game facilities such as tennis, table tennis, billiards, badminton and squash.
Best time to visit- during summers i.e. june, july, august and september.
How to Reach: There are daily buses including Volvo and Rocket services from Kolkata to Siliguri Main Bus Stand.
Take a train up to New Jalpaiguri. Den Darjeeling is only 88kms from there. People get large number of taxis and jeeps from Jalpaiguri to reach Darjeeling in about 3 to 5 hours along the major highway NH-55.