Darjeeling, the Queen of India's hill stations

Darjeeling, also known as the Queen of India's hill stations, is a small, beautiful tourist spot situated in the mountains of Himalayas. Discovered by the British, this place is almost completely surrounded by fragrant tea gardens. Darjeeling is well known for the magnificent mountains of Kanchenjunga.

The spectacular sunrise and sunsets in Darjeeling are simply unforgettable. The dense forests, everlasting beauty of Kanchenjunga, the view of Mt. Everest or the mysterious Makalu—all in one sweeping glance present an experience that can never be equaled. At this place, nature is at its best. This is the reason why this hill station attracts trekkers, photographers, botanists, and holidaymakers alike.

How to Reach Darjeeling:


The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra, about 100 kms away from Darjeeling. There are several flights that connect Bagdogra with Delhi, Calcutta and Guwahati. For train transport, the nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri about 90 kms away from Darjeeling. It has direct railway connections with major cities of India, like Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, etc. If interested in road transport, you can get direct taxis/cabs to Darjeeling from Bagdogra or Siliguri.

Where to Stay

You can easily find accommodation in hotels and resorts in Darjeeling. These resorts and hotels offer comfortable stay and you may pick the one that suits your budget.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Darjeeling is from March-May or September-November. During winter and rainy season, temperature falls drastically to 2-10°C, thus making the living conditions cold.

Main Attractions of Darjeeling


Toy Train

Toy train is the most exciting mode of transportation to Darjeeling. This 'marvel of engineering' is the world's highest railway track. The miniature steam train wrestles its way up a vertical track of blind curves in nine hours.


Tiger Hill

The Tiger Hill is situated at an altitude of 2,590 meters and is 13 km from the main town. This place is known for its magnificent view of sunrise over the Kanchenjunga and other great Eastern Himalayan peaks. You can even view the Mount Everest, the world's highest peak from here.


Ghoom town

Ghoom is the jumping off point for an excursion to Tiger Hill. This place generally remains dank with perpetual fog. Peaks of Mount Everest, Makaly, Kanchenjunga, Siniolchu and Chomolhari can be seen as a backdrop from this place. For a truly magnificent view of these peaks, one must arrive before the sunrise.


Observatory Hill:

Locally known as “Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan”, this is the oldest site in Darjeeling. This place was destroyed by Nepalese in the 19th century. Now, a temple stands there which is shared by the Shivas and Buddhists.



Picturesque Kurseong is mid-way between Siliguri and Darjeeling. This place is full of natural splendour. Many tourists halt at Kurseong on their way to Siliguri from Darjeeling.

Apart from these places, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Mall, Chowrasta, Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway, Lloyd's Botanical Garden, Phalut & Sandakphu, and Mirik are other main attractions of Darjeeling.

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