Darjeeling, a land of breathtaking beauty surrounded by Majestic Himalayas is one of the most magnificent hill resort in the world. The lively white magnolias, the amazing forests of silver fir, vibrant green hills steeped in splendor, the flaming red rhododendrons – all under the blanket of azure sky, collectively confounds Darjeeling as the Queen of Hill Stations of India.
The name Darjeeling is derived from the Tibetan word ‘Dorje’ meaning the precious stone which is emblematic of thunderbolt of Indra and ‘ling’ meaning a place, hence called the land of thunderbolt. It is so beautiful and amazing that it beckons thousands of tourists for a leisurely respite from the hustle and bustle of routine life. Darjeeling is retreat for every kind of traveller whether a tourist or a trekker, a botanist or an artist, an ornithologist or a photographer.
MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN DARJEELING
Apart from the exotic view of snow-clad peaks, this oldest site commands, great religious importance is attached to the observatory hill by both Shivas and Buddhists who share the temple that stands here today and Enjoy see at Tea Tree in Darjeeling.
Situated at an elevation of 2,590 meters (8482 ft.) and 11 kms from the town, this spot is well recognized internationally by mountain and nature lovers for the exotic view of sunrise over world’s most majestic mountains – Kanchanjunga and the great eastern Himalayan mountains. Even Mount Everest, 225 kms away rarely designs to come out of the cloudy mists is visible from here.
About 5 kms from Darjeeling, this railway loop is an interesting example of engineering. It is fascinating to watch the toy train that takes a very unique turn at this loop.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
This unique institution is a must visit place which was created by late Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953 to train the mountaineers. Situated on Jawahar Parbat road, this institute houses a museum containing an amazing collection of mountaineering equipment.
Situated near to Darjeeling railway station, the architecture of this temple resembles the famous Pashupatinath temple of Kathmandu. It was built by Rai Saheb Purna Bahadur Pradhan in 1939.
EXCURSIONS FROM DARJEELING
Located at an elevation of 1250 meters, Kalimpong is a tranquil hill station nestled in Shiwalik Hills in the Indian state of West Bengal. Somewhat secluded and tucked away in the corner under big Darjeeling umbrella, Kalimpong holds attractions like Buddhist monasteries, orchid nurseries, a sericulture centre and Dr. Graham’s home for providing education to children of tea workers.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is a unique hill resort situated at a height of 5500 ft. Well known for its scenic beauty, Gangtok is considered as a centre for political, commercial, religious and cultural activities of the Sikkimese people. Because of its topography, the town enjoys a mild temperate climate with a temperature of around 20 degree Celsius in summer and around 6 degree Celsius in winters. The city integrates different cultures and religion, thereby offering a relaxing and laidback holiday experience.
Pelling is a pleasant hill station well known for its magnificent view of snow-capped mountains. About 133 kms away from Silliguri and 125 kms from Gangtok, it is a small picturesue village that is getting popular for its ultimate natural beauty. Without leaving the comfort and luxury of your Hotel you can experience the closest view of Mt. Kanchenjunga.
HOW TO REACH DARJEELING
The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdorga about 100 kms from Darjeeling. It is well connected to the other major cities like Delhi, Calcutta and Guwhatti by means of direct flights.
By means of toy train one can explore the real beauty of Darjeeling that is operating between Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri situated at a distance of 88 kms away from Darjeeling.
Darjeeling is well connected by a good network of roads with Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan and all of its surrounding hills. The major access to Darjeeling is via Silliguri which is connected to all major cities.
BEST SEASON TO VISIT DARJEELING
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Best time to visit Darjeeling is mid September to mid December and resumes from mid March to mid June.
Basic Inclusions of the package :
- Assisted transfers from airport to hotel and back
- Accommodation in hotels (as per the category selected)
- Daily Breakfast Buffet
- City tour + Drives by private car
- An English / Language speaking well mannered guide during sightseeing trips
- All currently applicable taxes
- Any meal unless mentioned above, personal expenses like telephone /laundry bills etc.
- Entrance fees and still camera or video camera charges at various monuments and museums.
- Tips and gratuities to drivers, guides, and bellboys at hotels
- Departure taxes or Visa handling fees (A Visa is required to visit India)
- Any International Air fare, Airports tax and travel insurance etc. and other services not specified above.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.
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