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15 places to visit in Darjeeling

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Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Peace Pagoda, Ghum Monastery, Rock Garden, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Nightingale Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Singalila National Park, St. Andrew’s Church, Happy Valley Tea Estate, Tinchuley, Observatory Hill, Sandakphu Trek, and many other attractions can be found in Darjeeling.

Darjeeling, a breath-taking town nestled cosily in the Himalayan foothills, has a plethora of tourist attractions. The unspoilt splendour of this breathtakingly lovely village provides a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of city life, attracting people from all over the country.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
 DHR is a 2-foot narrow gauge train track that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling and is one of the most popular sites to visit in Darjeeling. The miniature train that gushes amid the misty hillside and offers magnificent views of the valley is the highlight of this 88-kilometer railway track.

The construction of this historic railway began in 1879 and was completed in roughly two years. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 due to its popularity as a tourist destination. The Himalayan Railways Station toy train trip is both thrilling and soothing.

A ride on the toy train is one of the things you should not miss while visiting Darjeeling. It’s no surprise that it’s at the top of the list of Darjeeling’s best tourist attractions.

New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling are the two locations.

INR 600 for a ride on a diesel engine

– A trip on a steam engine costs INR 1,000.

Time: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill is Darjeeling’s most prominent mountain summit, noted for its trekking trails and panoramic views of Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga. To get to Tiger Hill, one must walk or drive through some of the world’s oldest tea plantations. Witnessing the first rays of the sun on Mt. Everest is highly recommended. Don’t forget to take pictures of it because it will be a magnificently rich experience.

Another significant feature of this location is that it is the highest railway station in Darjeeling, as well as the peak of Ghoom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tiger Hill is best visited in the winter months of October, November, and December, and in the autumn months of February to April.

Batasia Loop

It’s a fascinating toy train track that was built to help the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways’ height be reduced. Batasia Loop, set on a lush green slope, provides stunning views of the valley and Mt. Kanchendzonga’s snowy residence.

Everything about this place appears wonderful when the toy train wanders through the loops of the track. Batasia Loop is also one of the best spots to visit in Darjeeling because of the surrounding tunnels, hilly valleys, and little stores.

It is suggested that you go to the Loop after seeing the sunrise at Tiger Hill. This is due to the grandeur of the flower carpet that leads to Batasia Loop, especially to the eyes of those who have watched the most stunning sunrise ever.

The spiral train track is also a pleasure to behold for painters and dreamers. People are frequently inspired to produce their art by the surrounding scenery.

Ghum, West Point, Darjeeling, India (734102)

INR 15 per person is the entry fee.

Time: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sandakphu Trek

If we have led you to believe that Darjeeling is solely a tourist destination, you are mistaken. Because of Darjeeling’s location in the Himalayan foothills, there are several great trekking paths in the area, with Sandakphu being one of the most popular. It’s a moderately difficult trek that takes you through some breathtaking scenery before arriving at Sandakphu at 11,929 feet.

If you are an experienced trekker, this is arguably the best trek you can do in the area. Sandakphu is West Bengal’s highest peak, therefore you can imagine the magnificent vistas of the Himalayan ranges that can be seen from here. Sandakphu Trek is a thrilling and entertaining adventure.

Rangit valley ropeway

Darjeeling’s lovely hill station is best observed via its own ropeway. The beauty of Darjeeling may be seen in all its grandeur, from the stunning sceneries, verdant tea farms, thick green woods, and breath-taking flora and fauna, to the snow-capped Himalayan peaks of the Everest and Kanchenjunga!

The Ropeway first opened to the public in 1968 and has since become a popular tourist attraction. At an altitude of roughly 7,000 feet, there are approximately 16 cable cars that can comfortably carry at least 6 passengers on a single ride.

The cable cars go from Singmari’s North Point to Singla Bazaar, allowing tourists to take some spectacular photos of this lovely town.

Singamari is located in Darjeeling, West Bengal, and has a population of 734104 people.

Price: INR 200 for adults; INR 100 for children aged 3 to 8 years.

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Winter and Monsoon)

– From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Summer and Autumn)

Rimbik

Rimbik is a small settlement in Darjeeling’s Singalila National Park region. It is well-known for its hiking trails and is progressively gaining appeal among out-of-the-ordinary vacationers. The famous and busiest routes, as well as one of the best treks in the Eastern portion of India, are Singalila National Park and Sandakphu. The trekkers will pass through the Singalila National Park on the way to Sandakphu, which is home to the red panda and where they may enjoy nature at its purest.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is between March and November during the spring and winter seasons.

The vista of the Kanchenjunga ranges is undoubtedly the highlight of this location. The most popular attractions here are the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and the Dhirdham shrine.

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

This institute was founded on November 4, 1954, with the primary goal of promoting people’s interest in mountaineering. This institute is currently the premier school for mountaineering instruction. Aspiring mountaineers must therefore apply to this college to realise their goals.

Since its inception, the institute has trained over 50,000 pupils, many of whom have gone on to become famous mountaineers. More than 20,000 of these students are from countries other than India.

This institute has grown in popularity to become one of Darjeeling’s most renowned tourist destinations. The picturesque environment of this institute is one of the reasons it is a renowned tourist destination. It is encircled by the magnificent Kanchenjunga peak, which is reason enough to pay a visit.

Jawahar Parbat is located near Darjeeling, West Bengal, 734101.

INR 40 per person is the entry fee (additional charges for the camera)

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

– Tuesdays and off-season are closed.

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

This park is most known for its Red Panda and Snow Leopard breeding programme, and it is one of the most popular sites to visit in Darjeeling. The Zoological Park, which spans 65.56 acres, is home to some of India’s most endangered animal species, including snow leopards, red pandas, and Himalayan Salamanders.

The park is known as Darjeeling Zoo, and it was given that name by Indira Gandhi to honour Padmaja Naidu, the former Governor of West Bengal and daughter of Sarojini Naidu. More than 200 plant species, including Oak, Birch, and Alder, may be found at the zoo.

Location: Jawahar Parbat, Darjeeling 734101 India, Darjeeling – Jorethang Rd, Near Birch Hill Resort, Darjeeling 734101 India

Fees: – INR 20 for Indians and SAARC citizens – INR 50 for visitors – INR 10 for camera carry

Summer hours are 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

– From 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the winter

– Thursdays are closed

Peace Pagoda

It’s a Buddhist shrine that’s part of a global network of 30 such monuments. The feature of the Pagoda is its white-coloured edifice, which is accented by gold-painted statues. Inside the structure, there are four Buddha avatars, including the well-known Maitreya Buddha.

This ancient structure was built between 1885 and 1985 by a Japanese Buddhist monk named Nichidatsu Fuji and is still one of Darjeeling’s most popular tourist attractions. The construction of the entire structure took roughly 36 months to complete.

The primary goal of erecting this monument was to promote peace, harmony, and goodwill among people of all cultures and faiths. Apart from that, the location exudes calm and tranquilly, as it is bordered on all sides by snow-capped mountain peaks.

West Point is located in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

There is no entry cost.

Time: 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. (All days)

Ghoom Monastery

Ghoom Monastery, located at an elevation of roughly 8,000 feet, is one of Darjeeling’s most popular tourist attractions. It is also known as Yoga Choeling and was founded in 1850 by Lama Sherab Gyatso. It is Darjeeling’s oldest Tibet Monastery.

The statue of Maitreya Buddha, which stands 15 feet tall in the Monastery’s main hall, is its most famous feature. Due to its extensive collection of ancient Buddhist scriptures and archives, it is also one of Darjeeling’s most popular tourist destinations. The Monastery’s walls are also lovely, with pictures of Buddhism knowledge and Tibetan art painted on them.

On the hilltop, there is also a Ma Kali temple, which is frequently frequented by people who come to pray and seek blessings.

Ghoom is located in Darjeeling, West Bengal, and has a population of 734102 people.

There is no entry cost. INR 10 for camera carrying and INR 50 for video recording

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (all days)

Rock Garden

One of the most lovely spots to visit in Darjeeling is this renowned picnic site. It is essentially an artificial garden with waterfalls, lush green hillsides, and flora and wildlife adding to its attractiveness.

The Rock Garden is one of the most popular tourist sites in Darjeeling since there are so many activities to do with your family and friends. The Chunar waterfall is a natural cascade that draws a large number of visitors who are enthralled by its divine flow. A mountain stream that meanders through the Garden also helps people absorb the positive energy of the region.

Aside from that, the Garden is rich with green trees and colourful blooms throughout the summer, making it the finest time to visit.

Darjeeling, West Bengal 734102, Rock Garden Road Bloomfield Tea Garden

Foreigners pay INR 50, while Indians pay INR 10.

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (all days)

Nightingale Park

Nightingale Park, a public park that attracts a large number of people throughout the year, is one of Darjeeling’s most popular tourist attractions. The captivating views of the spectacular Kanchenjunga are the main reason why tourists visit this park.

The beautiful green environment that stimulates your mind and spirit with strong vibes is another reason to visit this place. After visiting this location, you will feel glad and ecstatic for no apparent reason.

Nightingale Park, formerly known as The Shrubbery, was once Sir Thomas Tartan’s private courtyard. A gigantic statue of Lord Shiva, a bright meadow, and a musical fountain are some of the park’s other delights. It’s no surprise that this park is one of Darjeeling’s most popular tourist attractions.

Richmond Hill is located in Darjeeling, West Bengal, and has a population of 734101 people.

The entrance fee is INR 10 per person.

Time: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (all days)

Singalila National Park

Singalila National Park, at an elevation of over 7,000 feet above sea level, is the town’s highest national park. The magnificent views of the valley from this location make it one of Darjeeling’s most unique tourist attractions.

The splendour of this lovely park may be seen in its 79-kilometre-long Rhododendron forest and stunning flora and animals. But that’s not all: the mysterious views of the Himalayan ranges combine with the misty weather and magnificent alpine valley. All of this natural beauty will captivate you, and you will never want to leave this magnificent National Park.

You might also see Red Pandas and Himalayan Black Bears, both of which are quite rare. The most inspiring aspect of this location is that it rigorously outlaws animal poaching and hunting. In addition, this area’s hiking route is relatively unknown and full of wonderful routes.

Singalila Ridge is located in Darjeeling, West Bengal, and has a population of 734201 people.

Foreigners pay INR 200, while Indians pay INR 100.

– From 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

– From the 16th of June until the 15th of September, the museum is closed.

St. Andrew Church

St. Andrew’s Church, one of the most famous destinations to visit in Darjeeling among spiritual people and architecture lovers, was erected during the colonial period and retains an old-world elegance that attracts travellers all year.

The structure was built on November 30, 1843, and is named for a Scottish patron saint. After a severe earthquake struck the area in 1873, it was repaired. Since then, it has become a favourite of all visitors.

This historic Anglican church is situated in the middle of a shopping mall, attracting both locals and tourists. If you are visiting the Church, it is recommended that you dress modestly because the local Scottish people are very protective of the Church’s hallowed area.

Location: Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101 Chauk Bazaar

There is no entry cost.

From March to November, 9 a.m. (every Sunday); from December to February, 9.30 a.m. (every Sunday).

Happy Valley Tea Estate

Happy Valley Tea Estate, which covers 437 acres, is one of Darjeeling’s most popular tourist attractions. One of the world’s highest tea factories is located here. This estate’s tea business was founded by an Englishman in 1854, and it is still flourishing now under the care of Indian nobility from Hooghly.

You won’t be able to call Darjeeling complete until you’ve visited this lovely tea estate. The sweet scent of well-manicured tea leaves will fill your thoughts with all the nice feelings the moment you approach the plantation. This alone is reason enough to pay a visit to the area’s tea estates.

If that isn’t enough, the breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga’s majestic peak will leave you breathless and wishing for a day or two in the area.

Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101, Lebong Cart Road, Chauk Bazaar, Near

INR 100 per person is the entry fee.

Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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