Darjeeling Travel Info in India

Nestled in the foothills of Himalayas, the small hill town of Darjeeling has always been identified as a paradise for tourist from all round the globe. The widely preferred tourist destination is located at an elevation of 6700 ft approximately in the state of West Bengal and is home to the globally reknowned UNESCO World Heritage ride, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) connecting the town with the plains or can be reached by National Highway 55 from Siliguri. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri and Airport is Bagdogra located 80 kms and 90 kms respectively.

The beautiful hill station is surrounded by emerald green tea plantations and the picturesque Mt. Kanchenjunga. It experiences a pleasant temperate climate with temperatures dropping drastically during winters and sometimes it receives snow and largely in the winter months of December or January. The scenic journey must start with an early morning visit to Tiger Hill, the highest point in Darjeeling, where you can capture the entire panorama of the snow capped mountain ranges of the Eastern Himalaya. Next, the tourists can explore the beautiful Llyod’s Botanical Gardens, Batasia Loop, visit the numerous Buddhist monasteries during the day. The mountain lovers must visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and also remember to spot the diverse endangered leopards and red pandas at the nearby Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park also known as Darjeeling zoo. Meanwhile the steep and winding Darjeeling Mall and Chowrasta is one of the best places hosting several shops, restaurants and eateries.  And finally, you cannot afford to miss the internationally acclaimed, distinctive flavoured Darjeeling tea in the evening and the popular local snack food Momos (Dumplings). 

A perfect venue for nature and mountain lovers, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can enjoy the natural beauty of Darjeeling with CPG Stays, with affordable tariffs and peaceful environment on the hill side. It would provide you with hospitable, caring and warm residential experience. The delicious homemade food would make the stay even more enjoyable

The ideal time to visit would be between March to June, although it happens to be the peak tourist season incurring a hike in travel and tour cost. However, the month from October to December would also be an alternative option to explore for good trips with family and friends at relatively medium to average expenses.

To Reach

By Air – The nearest airport is in Bagdogra Airport which is 94 kilometers away from Darjeeling. It takes about 3 hours to reach Darjeeling from Bagdogra.

By Rail – two closest major railway stations are Siliguri Junction (92 kilometers) and New Jalpaiguri (96 kilometers). These railway stations have direct connectivity to and from Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Guwahati etc. Darjeeling also has a railway station which serves as the ending station of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) or toy train, which is one of the major tourist attraction of this region.

By Road – Darjeeling is well connected with Siliguri with national Highway number 55 and has one more route via Panighata. It is also well linked up with National Highway number 31 – A i.e. Siliguri Gangtok Highway. Gangtok, Pelling, Kalimpong are well connected with Road from Darjeeling

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