This emerald green hill station called Darjeeling is perched in the far north-east corner of India and it sits 2590 metres above sea level in the lower range of Himalayas. Darjeeling is a place which borders Sikkim, Bhutan and Tiber and Nepal is just over and across the mountain ranges. The culture that you find here is a magical mix of all these places. Not only is Darjeeling famous for its hot cup of Darjeeling tea, the region also has enough to offer to the curious traveller. If you’ve not been able to plan your next vacation, check out some good reasons to visit Darjeeling.
#1: The breathtaking views of the Himalayas
This small hill station offers its tourists some splendid and picturesque views from any hotel or guesthouse in the town which has a terrace. You may try Magnolia Residency for some amazing views of sunrise and a hearty breakfast or you may even follow tourists to Tiger Hill for stunning views of the snow-capped mountain Kanchenjunga. This mighty mountain range stands as a guard which towers the town and it stands 8,598 metres above sea level. The highest peak in India and also the third highest in the world, it is a sheer pleasure to see it during sunrise and sunset.
#2: Ride through the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways
Darjeeling is a UNESCO World Heritage site and Ghoom railway station is the highest altitude station in Asia. You can take a toy train ride which is also called The Joy Ride as it will take you through different mountains and offer you some memorable views of the greenery and landscapes. Therefore Darjeeling railways offer you a beautiful example of the British civilization and history of Darjeeling in an amazing way.
#3: Zoological Parks galore
There are quite a few zoological parks among which the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling is rated to be one of the best zoos in India. The Red Pandas, the Siberian Tiger, the Snow Leopard, the Himalayan Black Bear and the Clouded leopard are some animals which are actually endangered species.
#4: The food
Darjeeling is a border town with different fascinating cuisines of neighborhood and there’s no wonder that Darjeeling has enough to offer to your taste buds. If you love the truly Indian flavors, you can opt for the crispy Dosas served with hot samba and coconut chutney. Hasty Tasty is a tourist hot spot which is a perfect place to be to in the mountains. For getting even more international tastes, you may also opt for a warm and hearty bowl of Tibetan Thukpa, which is soup made from noodles, broth and meat. The plump momos are also delicious here.
#5: Thrilling adventurous activities
If you’re an adventure lover, there are tons of thrilling and adventurous activities that you can do here. Paragliding, white water rafting, rock climbing are some stuffs that you can do in Darjeeling and that can be a great boost to your adrenaline rush. You may ask your guide to tell you about the details of such activities so that he definitely takes you there.
When to visit Darjeeling
The best time during which you should visit Darjeeling is autumn, October and November for clear skies. Make sure temperatures may dip down to as low as 10 degrees Celsius at night and hence pack your bags with enough warm wears. Don’t forget to carry your hiking boots for those long walks which you take through the Darjeeling Mall and through the emerald green tea gardens.
So, what are you waiting for? If you had been planning to go to some nearby hill station, Darjeeling is the place to be. Pack your bags and book your tickets for the Darjeeling Mail!