Queen of the hills

Darjeeling situated at an altitude of 2042m is a small hill station with incredible views of the snowy peaks of Mt. Kanchenjunga overlooking the town. Darjeeling with its undulating hills covered with tea plantation is one of the producer of the best quality of tea in the world. Initially Darjeeling belonged to the Chogyal of Sikkim until 1780 and was annexed by the Gurkhas and later the British East India company restored it to Sikkim in 1816. In 1835, it was leased to the British, eventually the British established tea plantation, colonial buildings and the Darjeeling railway in 1881. The temperate climate of Darjeeling led to the development of Darjeeling as a cool retreat for British officers to escape the heat of the plains and thus a sanatorium and a health resort was established. Today it is a semi autonomous state under the state of West Bengal called the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council. Darjeeling has several renowned educational institutes that attract students from all over India and the neighboring countries as well. There are much to see and do in Darjeeling, visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Intstitute and the nearby Zoological park, experience a ride on the famous UNESCO World Heritage toy train, and visit the nearby Tiger hill for spectacular views of the Himalaya at sunrise. There are several parks and gardens of which Lloyd’s Botanical Garden is quite popular. There is the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre, a rehabilitation centre for the Tibetan refugees in the Darjeeling, established in the year 1959. Besides there are several interesting Buddhist monasteries and temples to visit.

Attractions in Darjeeling, around and from Darjeeling

  • Batasia Loop The Batasia loop is situated about 5 kms away from Darjeeling town. It 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 T

  • Chowrasta Chowrasta is a wide promenade located on top of Nehru road in the heart of the town. It served as a public square of assembly for residents and visitors during the British Era. Now it is a local cente

  • Darjeeling Train The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway(DHR), aptly referred as the "Toy Train", is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow-gauge. It was built between 1879 and 1881 and was powered by a steam Engine but now there is both st

  • Darjeeling Zoo Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, commonly known as Darjeeling Zoo is also located within the premises of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. At 2134m, it is the largest high altitude zoo i

  • Druk Thupten Sangag Choling Monastery (Dali Monastery) Druk Thupten Sangak Choling monastery popularly known as Dali monastery is located at Dali about 4 kms away from Darjeeling town. This monastery was built by Kyabje Thuksay Rimpoche, it belongs to the

  • Ghoom Monastery Yiga Choeling monastery popularly known as Ghoom monastery is located at Ghoom and was built in 1850 by Lama Sherab Gyatso, this ancient monastery is said to have been blessed by the renowned Domo Ges

  • Happy Valley Tea Estate Happy valley tea estate is the second oldest tea estate in Darjeeling. It is located below Hill Cart Road at a distance of about 3kms from Chowk Bazaar, the main market of Darjeeling town. It is acces

  • Llyods botanical garden Named after William Lloyd, the owner of Lloyd,s Bank during the British Era. The garden is spread into 40 acres of area on an open hill slope that makes a one of the best gardens. The garden is divid

  • The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was set up following to the successful ascent of Mt. Everest by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa along with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. Located on Jawahar parbat, HMI is on

  • The Japanese Peace Pagoda The Japanese Peace Pagoda situated on the slopes of the Jalapahar hill was built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk from Japan, the founder of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist order for

  • Tibetan refugee self help center Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center is a rehabilitation center for the Tibetan refugees in Darjeeling. It was established in 1959 so that the refugee could become self-independent and could re establish

  • Tiger Hill Tiger hill situated at an altitude of 2590 meters is the highest point in Darjeeling hills. It is about 11 kms away from Darjeeling town and is famous for the magnificent view of Mt. Everest , Mt Kanc