Darjeeling Tourism

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.

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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Darjeeling

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

    • Air Pollution 53.75 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 62.5 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 61.25 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 68.75 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 44.05 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 71.25 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 52.27 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 47.62 (Moderate)
  • 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 31.25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 31.25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 31.25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 31.25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 37.5 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 93.75 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 62.5 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 31.25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Darjeeling is 167.59 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 71.69 (High)
    • Climate Index 71.47 (High)
    • Pollution Index 65.02 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 15 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 22.15 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 84.72 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.13 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 78.06 (Moderate)
    • 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.

  • 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 2.78 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 15.29 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 31.96 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 24.32 USD

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