Darjeeling Tourism

Visit Darjeeling - Best of Darjeeling

Darjeeling is one of India’s most beautiful and best-loved hill stations at the foot of the Himalayas. Sweeping views of steep peaks and tea plantations are the first things that strike you about this city. Add to that the rich cultural atmosphere punctuated with ancient temples and churches as well as a plethora of local markets and cuisines lining the narrow streets and you have to explore it yourself  this destination that will leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Noted for a flourishing tea industry, Darjeeling is also a home to the third largest mountain in the world Kanchenjunga. Moreover, the charming hill station has also been declared as an UNESCO World Heritage list. Thanks to the numerous touristy sites.

A stunning hill station soaked in old world charm, Darjeeling is rich in biodiversity. Stunning tea plantations and breath-taking mountain views make Darjeeling, the incredible place that it is, today. Around 5.5 lakh tourists visit Darjeeling, every year. Hence making it one of the highly visited hill stations in India since late 1800s. Aptly named as the ‘Queen of Hills’, Darjeeling is also a prime location for the shooting of films in India. The toy train in Darjeeling is very popular, even today and it offers some mesmerising panoramic views of the hill station.

North Eastern India is an underrated gem and Darjeeling is one place which should be on your priority list for the next vacation.

Darjeeling Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Darjeeling tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: UTC+05:30
  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Language: Nepali, Bengali and Hindi are predominant languages in Darjeeling. Tour guides know English as well.
  • Electricity and Internet: Voltage: 220 V and 240V AC. For internet , free Wi-Fi  access are available in some of the hotels.
  • Security: 100 - Police Control Room, 101 – Fire control room, 102 – Ambulance Helpline, 1091 - Women’s Helpline
  • Tourist Traps: Hiring roadside taxis might make you extra for a short trip. Hence bargain before you hire it.
  • Avoid going to the shops that your tourist guide might influence you to go for shopping. Most tourist guides have tie ups with shop owners and you can end up paying extra money.

Other tips:

  • Always remove your shoes when visiting religious places like temples.  
  • Pack lots of warm clothing because it gets quite nippy due to the altitude.  
  • Never go walking or hiking without a skilled guide. It is easy to get lost in the Himalayas.

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Facts and Stats for Darjeeling*

  • Pollution Statistics in Darjeeling

    Know the pollution level of Darjeeling before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 56.67 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 65 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 60 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 66.67 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 68.33 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 51.47 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 46.88 (Moderate)
  • Darjeeling: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Darjeeling for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Darjeeling.

    • Burglary and Theft 25 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 37.5 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 87.5 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 62.5 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
  • Living in Darjeeling - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 73.44 (High)
    • Pollution Index 66.14 (High)
    • Health Care Index 94.44 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.61 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Darjeeling

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Darjeeling

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.31 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 17.44 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 43.1 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 33.35 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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