Darjeeling is known for its tea plantations, breathtaking views, historic toy train and the overall old world charm. These are some factors which make Darjeeling different from other hill stations in India. Already a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Darjeeling has a good number of attractions and things to do, on your visit here. Hence, if you are planning to visit Darjeeling, anytime soon, then go through this list of incredible things to do in Darjeeling.
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Mountain, View Point, Family And Kids, Adventure, Nature
ChhotaMungwa, West Bengal 734222
04:00 am - 05:30 pm
Kanchenjunga has its own charm and magnificence. Therefore, the Kanchenjunga view point in Darjeeling is famous for its awe inspiring beauty. The Kanchenjunga can be seen from the Tiger Hill where lots of tourists flock at all times of the year . The view is no short of a glimpse of a paradise and within no time takes you in a trance of its own!
This place is indeed a perfect tourist spot which draws a large number of sightseers as well as other tourists from all over the world. Apart from offering various natural sightseeing attractions, this place also offers ample places of historical significance. Any nature lover who wants adventure will feel the urge to visit the Tiger Hill in order to view the Kanchenjunga.
December to March is the best time for coming to Darjeeling because the best view of the mountain can be found only during this time span. It is a wonderful place to have a fascinating view of varied species of birds floating in the sky through the clouds. Every year lots of tourists around the world come to witness the heavenly bliss. It is quite impossible for the visitors around the world to neglect it.
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Zoo, Family And Kids
Jawahar Parbat, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101
08:30 am - 04:30 pm
The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is Darjeeling’s premier attraction and also the largest zoo in India located at such a great height. Being a very popular attraction, tickets for Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park have a long queue. It is better to buy tickets for Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in advance. Information on Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ticket prices can be found on our ticket booking section.
Darjeeling Zoo is also known as the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. It is the largest zoo in our country that exists on such a height. It is an important ecological breeding ground for animals like Red Panda, Snow Leopard and many more. The main attractions of the zoo are the rare animals it conserves. Some of the animals you will definitely witness here are the Himalayan wolf, Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan Monkeys, Blue Sheep, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Himalayan Salamander, and many more. It contains the Royal Bengal Tiger. The Black Panther is a large black cat that is as rare as it is secretive. You will get to see various breeds living in harmony here.
You will always see several birds chirping around the zoo. The monkeys and the elephants are also wonderful creatures to observe. Due to the affordable prices of the tickets and long opening time, it is a very popular tourist attraction for almost anyone.
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View Point, Family And Kids, Hill
Senchal Forest, Senchal Rd, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734123
12:01 am - 12:00 am
As the highest point in Ghoom, Tiger Hill is also known for being a famous railway station in Darjeeling. It is not only just another railway station but is the highest one in the country. It was created in the year 1881 and today stands at a height of about 700 feet above the sea level. It is situated at about a distance of 11 kilometers from Darjeeling. There are various buses, autos, and other transport facilities that connect you between the two easily.
The real attraction of Tiger Hill is the spectacular vantage point it provides. One can easily view the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest from the Tiger Hill. Watching the sunrise from the Tiger Hill over the Mount Kanchenjunga range, the world’s third highest range, is an unforgettable experience for the tourists. Other than Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Janu , Kabru are some major pinnacles that can be seen from the Tiger Hill. Many tourists come here during the vacation of Durga Puja in West Bengal. During the months of April to May when the summer vacation has started, numerous tourists come to Tiger Hill in order to spend a holiday unlike another.
If it is a luxurious holiday you prefer, all modern facilities are available at Tiger Hill including five star and seven star hotels, shopping malls, multiplex, restaurants where one can watch movies. It is listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, considering its huge economical and heritage values.
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Family And Kids, Workshop
Lebong Cart Rd, North Point, Darjeeling, West Bengal, 734101, India
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
If you want to do something a little off the beaten track, you can visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling. Without proper technique and the right kind of training, it is impossible to do any sort of mountaineering. To learn this science one has to go undergo a very rough period of training.
Though there are numerous institutes which provide training for the Mountaineering, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is worth mentioning in this regard. Popularly known as the Queen of Hills, the Himalayan mountaineering institute isn’t just a training center. It will also be an amazing vantage point to see the surrounding area from.
It teaches quality mountaineering. Most of their instructors are medal winners from the army so you know that you are in safe hands. They provide courses on mountaineering in which the trainee has to master the art. The institute provides excellent training, good administration, healthy food and the best quality of equipment to trainees and their aim is to promote and encourage young blood to take part in this adventure. If you are coming to Darjeeling, it makes sense to try something that you can perhaps only try here. It is certainly something the adventurous should try.
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Religious Site, Family And Kids, Monastery
Hill Cart Rd, Ghoom, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734102
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Popularly known as ’ Yiga Choeling Monastery’, Ghoom Monastery is located about 800 ft above the sea level at Ghoom. It is more or less 8 kms away from the Darjeeling town and the monastery includes the Gelug School, exercising the Tibetan rituals. Buddhism is the main religion that is being practiced in this part of the world. Inside the monastery, there is a fifteen feet statue of Gautama Buddha is known as "Maitreya Buddha". Sherab Gyatso in 1875 had built the monastery.
The monks provide a teaching environment to the students. flying the prayer flags is their popular tradition. The atmosphere inside the monastery is very peaceful, and the chants that are being sung in the background by the monks are very soothing. Souvenirs are also available inside the monastery. It has some rare Buddhist manuscripts which can help people gain their spiritual peace. There are very attractive hotels which surround the monastery. Therefore tourists love to be in the monastery very often.
There are shops for daily necessities and the monks provide serenity and peace to their disciples. The monastery has a huge number of trees around it, making the adjoining atmosphere clear of pollution. The number of wells is also attractive.
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Religious Site, Family And Kids, Sculpture
West Point, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734102
04:30 am - 07:00 pm
Peace Pagoda is centrally located in Darjeeling. Spreading the notion of World peace and harmony is the purpose for which it was built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk of Japan, who tried to promote the world unity. It required almost three years to finish it. It has a golden color statue of Gautama Buddha inside it.
It makes sense to visit it during prayer time as you will be able to take in the wonderful atmosphere. This is a once in a life time experience. The atmosphere of the pagoda is peaceful and enchanting. It is a serene place where one will be left spell bound. Another important feature of the pagoda is that. It is neat and clean and well maintained by the monks.
It has many sculptures on its walls which tell us the mythological stories. The entry gate of the pagoda is guarded by two lions' sculptures, a majestic golden in color. The name itself suggests the very purpose of its existence - to promote the world peace in a serene atmosphere.
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Hiking Trail, Family And Kids, Adventure, Peak
Sandakphu, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734222
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Sandakphu is one of the top most peaks in West Bengal. The word Sandakphu means the 'Height of the Poison Plant'. The name itself has become a promise of height and adventure. Sandakphu is famous in Darjeeling for its trekking. It is situated at the edge of the Singalila National Park in Darjeeling. The trekking along the Singalila Ridge to Sandakphu and Phalut is one of the most popular ones in the Eastern Himalayas. It is really a pleasure to have an experience of trekking in this part of the world. The temperatures fall to great depths creating the hardcore weather for trekking.
Trekking into Sandakphu starts from an altitude of more than thousand meters and gradually climbs up through forests of rhododendron, giant magnolias, and other trees of tropical region and more than five hundred varieties of orchids which are hard to find in the entire world. There is awesome view of snow clad mountains which add to the beauty of the place in a great deal. The best season for trekking in this region is autumn. People should have a brave, strong heart and immense physical power to have a trek in this dangerous region where a little mistake may cause their lives. It is a place where adventure reaches a highest peak through trekking.
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Hotel, Restaurant, Market, Street Market, Shopping Center, Family And Kids
Chowrasta, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734222
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The most important tourist attraction in Darjeeling, the Chowrasta is the main market place in Darjeeling. The tourists who come to Darjeeling must have a visit to the heart of the city which offers various surprises for its visitors. It offers many cheap hotels for the visitors and also many restaurants which provide quality cuisines to its customers. It is a nice place to hang around. People spend time here gossiping and eating all the time while the children have the space to play and roam around. It also has cafeterias and pony stables.
Chowrasta in Darjeeling is a pretty large tract. Chowrasta in Nepali means the point where four roads meet. The place is also popularly known as “Mall”. Situated on the upper ridge of the town Chowrasta truly reflects the charm of this hill station. While we can find some people relaxing on the benches others are found having a walk around the mall. Located on top of Nehru Road, this is a nice flat land where tourists and locals come to bathe in the sun. During the festival time, the mall is decorated with lights and other items all around.
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Mountain, View Point, Memorial, Monument, Family And Kids, Train Ride
West Point, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734102
04:00 am - 05:00 pm
Batasia Loop is a semicircular, gigantic railway loop made mainly for the tourists. It is situated about 5 kilometers away from Darjeeling below the Ghoom Station. The loop contains the memorials of the Gorkha soldiers who laid down their lives during the Independence Struggle in 1947. It was first started in 1919. It is a marvel of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The toy train crossing the Batasia Hill across the Batasia loop is a beautiful sighte to watch. It makes a 360 degree turn off the straight course. The loop reduces the sudden steepness of the hill and the hill steps on the sides of the loop making it a beautiful place to hang around.
The best way to view this place is of course by toy-train. The toy train makes stops for ten minutes at the Batasia Loop so you can see the amazing scenery that surrounds you. There is a small market near the loop as well. The loop along with its surrounding is so beautiful that the passerby is inclined to take pictures so be sure to keep your cameras handy.
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Family And Kids, Adventure, Cable Car, Ropeways
Darjeeling Rangeet Valley, Darjeeling, West Bengal, 734101
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
The Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway is a famous tourist attraction in Darjeeling. Consisting of strong cable cars, it lies between the North Point in Darjeeling and Singla, the Ramman River bank. This rope journey is quite amazing as it provides heavenly views of beautiful mountains and their peaks nearby. After it originated in 1968, the ropeway encountered many accidents as well. In 1988, four tourists died when the cable snapped off suddenly. It is under the Forest Development Department comprising of only a single cable.
The ropeway goes over green forests, high mountains, waterfalls, flowing rivers, green valleys and of course the tea gardens. People from different parts of India throng to Darjeeling only to have an experience of the rope way and view Darjeeling from the top. The ropeway is almost 8 kilometers long in the distance and runs for about 10 to 20 kilometers per hour. Govt of West Bengal makes necessary steps and measures for its maintenance. Many hotels are located near the ropeway so that the tourists do not experience any problem. It has an elevation of about 7000 ft from the sea level allowing the spectators to have a large view of the adjacent areas.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or the Toy Train Ride is one of the most romantic rides you will ever experience. Under the supervision of Government of India it runs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. The whole railway track is about 78 km long with the elevation level varying from 100 meters to 2000 meters. It runs on a daily basis. The toy train service in Darjeeling is not to be missed.
It goes from Darjeeling to Ghoom which is the highest railway station in India. This toy train is considered as one of the World Heritage Sites. However, due to landslides the toy train service tends to be temporarily suspended. It is under the North East Frontier railway. Every day thousands of passengers enjoy a quality ride with the toy train. It runs along the slopes of the mountains allowing the riders a special opportunity to view the scenic beauty of Darjeeling. This toy train ride can be considered as a romantic outlook towards nature. Not only tourism, Indian Film Industry makes the full use of the train in so many movies. Near Sukna, the train passes through the forest which adds to the adventure in a great deal. The toy train is the heart of Darjeeling in a right way.
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Garden, View Point, Leisure, Family And Kids
Lebong Cart Rd, Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101
08:00 am - 04:00 pm
The Happy Valley Tea Estate is a famous garden made for the production of tea in Darjeeling. It is considered to be the oldest tea estate in Darjeeling along with being one of the highest tea producers of the world. Currently it is owned by a company but it is open for tourists.
The tea leaves are of top notch quality in taste and smell. The whole place is always filled with the headyaroma of the tea leaves. The technology and tools used to produce tea in the garden are also worth observing. The uneven slope of the garden spreads over 400 acres.
The tea estate also has well-furnished bungalows. This tea plantation which is fifteen minutes away from the heart of Darjeeling is well maintained and truly a treat to the eyes. It is located in the north of Darjeeling from where a clear view of mount Kanchenjunga is possible.
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Religious Site, Temple, View Point, Family And Kids, Architecture
Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101
04:00 am - 11:00 pm
Although a part of the deal that comes with Observatory Hill, Mahakal Temple stands out even as a singular attraction. It is located on the hilltop and is a lovely change from the bustling chowrasta. In between Chowrasta (the mall), the hill rises and promises you some amazing sights of the surrounding ranges. The best part about this temple is that it caters to all the faiths that are present in Darjeeling. The architecture of this temple is really humble and simplistic in nature, but even so it is a beautiful sight to watch and a great place to witness the presence of God.
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Estate, Family And Kids, Nature
Near Singritan, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Glenburn Tea Estate is beautiful for various reasons. First, the acres and acres of tea spread make the sight really picturesque. Next on, it is a business that this family has been running for 5 generations and with each passing generation, the boutique hotel and the estate have become better. It also offers various amazing flavors of tea to choose from; freshly made in the amazing tea plantations of Darjeeling. The best part is that it is like a home away from home because the Glenburn Family is really warm in their reception and try to spend a lot of time with you.
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Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids
Darjeeling, West Bengal, Jalapahar, Darjeeling, WB 734102
04:30 am - 07:00 pm
Japanese Temple is one of the wonders of Darjeeling. It is a Buddhist temple and is called NIpponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple. It is located near the Peace Pagoda which is an emblem of peace and spirituality. Built in 1972, this temple is a symbol of peace and serenity. People tend to come to this place to find solace. It is a spiritually holy place for the Buddhists. Visitors have a lifetime experience when the prayers and chanting take place inside the temple. The prayers sound like hymns which have a chanting quality. The white architecture of the temple adds to the beauty of it. It was the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi that inspired Fuji Guru to create this symbol of peace.
The Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the Second World War had left the world bereft of hope and faith. The monastery was an attempt to instill peace after the grave tragedy.There are many hotels near the Japanese Temple which make it easier for the visitors to stay there for a long period of time. Disciples of Buddha come here from all around the world. This place is not so far from the main market.