Queen of the hills

Darjeeling (Alt. 2134m), the quintessential hill station is draped over the ridge with panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Its undulating hills are covered with tea plantations, which has a reputation for producing best tea, sometimes referred to as the 'champagne of the east.
Darjeeling area belonged to Sikkim until 1780, when it was annexed by invading Gorkhas and later in 1816 British East India gained control over it and returned to Sikkim. In 1835, it was leased to British, who then established tea plantations, built colonial houses and even railway in 1881. Darjeeling provided cool hill retreat and sanatorium for the Bristish officer from their capital in Calcutta. Today, it is a semi autonomous state under West Bengal state called DGHC (Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council).
The pedestrian town centre is dominated by 'Chowrasta Mall', where you can stroll around and mingle with large Nepali and Tibetan populations mixed with Victorian colonial mansions. Darjeeling has several British-style public schools, which attract students from many parts of India and neighboring countries. Nearby Tiger Hill offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas which are particularly spectacular at sunrise. There are many things to see and to do in Darjeeling. You can experience a ride on the world famous Toy train from Darjeeling to Ghoom for those who are short on time. Visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), founded in 1954 to encourage mountaineering as an organized sport in India. Tenzing Sherpa, who made the first ascent of Mt. Everest was to become the first field director of this institute. Nearby there is a Zoological Park, the only Zoo in the world to breed Tibetan Wolf in Captivity and the first in South Asian to breed Snow Leopard and Siberian Tiger. The Natural History Museum, contains representative and comprehensive collection of the fauna of the region. The butterfly and beetle section merit a special mention. There are several parks and gardens of which Lloyd's Botanical Garden is the quite known. The other place of interest is the Tibetan Self Help Center, a rehabilitation centre for the Tibetan refugees in the Darjeeling, established in 1959. Center provides shelter, school, health care to about 800 Tibetans. The production of Tibetan handicraft is the centre's main activity. There are several Buddhist temples and monasteries of which the old Ghoom monastery and the new Drukchen monastery are probably the most interesting ones.

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Attractions in Darjeeling, around and from Darjeeling

  • Batasia Loop The Batasia loop situated almost 5 km away from the town is a gigantic railway loop where the Toy Train makes a 360 Degree turn. It was basically built to make it possible for the Toy Train to cut the

  • Chowrasta Chowrasta, a wide promenade atop a ridge lined with shops and restaurants is taken to be the heart of the town. Here people gather to chat, spend time basking in the sun or just to snatch a moment of

  • Darjeeling Train The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, aptly and affectionately referred to as the "Toy Train", is a 2 ft 0 in (610 mm) gauge narrow-gauge. It was built between 1879 and 1881 and still powered by a steam

  • Darjeeling Zoo Even if you don't believe in keeping animals in captivity, Darjeeling Zoo is worth visiting because they protect endangered species, including some of the most unusual animals in the world. Amongst th

  • Druk Thupten Sangag Choling Monastery (Dali Monastery) This monastery is situated at Dali, about 4 kms away from Darjeeling town. This is one of the most famous monasteries belonging to the Kargyupa sect. The pioneer of this monastery was Thuksay Rimpoche

  • Ghoom Monastery Also known as Ghoom monastery as it is located at Ghoom was built in 1850 by Lama Sherab Gyatso, this ancient monastery is said to have been blessed by the renowned Tomo Geshe Rimpoche of Tibet. The s

  • Happy Valley Tea Garden Happy Valley tea garden is located just a kilometer away from the main town and is situated along 18 Lebong Cart Road (very near to the District Magistrate's Office) and offers tourist a refreshing am

  • The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was set up following the successful ascent of the Mount Everest-the highest peak in the world by the local hero Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary on 2

  • The Japanese Peace Pagoda The Japanese Peace Pagoda was established by Nipponzan Myohoji, a Japanese Buddhist order. Situated on the slopes of the Jalapahar Hill the pagoda can be reached by foot or on taxi. The pagoda is the

  • Tibetan refugee self help center Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center establish in 1959, comprises a home for the aged, school, orphanage, clinic, gompa and craft workshops that produce carpets, woodcarvings, leatherwork and woolen items

  • Tiger Hill We get up early morning around 4 am for the trip of Tiger Hill. Situated at an altitude of 2590 meters (8482 ft.) and 12 kilometers from the town, this spot has earned international fame for the magni