Set in the background of the splendid Himalayan panorama, Darjeeling is a holiday haven
for tourists. History has it that Darjeeling was India’s summer capital during the British reign.
Apart from its spectacular natural beauty, this hill station offers lots of entertainment,
sightseeing, shopping and other activities with a vibe that merge modern lifestyle with the
While nature-lovers can enjoy the smiling flowers and fresh foliage at the Botanical Garden
and picturesque villages, the adventurous lot can enjoy treks tracing the ancient trade
routes and spectacular view points. Hang-gliding, trekking, mountaineering and mountain-
biking are some exciting activities to enjoy. River Teesta offers an awe-inspiring experience
if you choose to go river rafting, kayaking or canoeing. Riding the Toy Train is an amazing
experience for the young and old alike.
The Museum of Natural History is a must-see place for nature cum history enthusiasts.
The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the Darjeeling Zoo are interesting as well.
One-horned rhinoceros and Bengal Tiger are some interesting sights during a jungle safari.
Elephant rides at Jaldapara are not to be missed either.
The Tiger Hill, located at an altitude of 2590 m, provides a breathtaking view of the
Kanchenjunga Peak. And yes, it is also famous for an equally astounding view of the sunset.
Other must-visit places include the Observatory Hills, Passenger Ropeway, Dali Monasteries
and Happy Valley Tea Estate.
The steep and narrow streets are filled with colorful handicraft shops, where you can
get the best shopping experience. Tibetan crafts, such as carpets and leatherwork make
Darjeeling definitely offers the best getaway from the stress and monotony of your hectic
routine. Whether you choose to stay at star hotels like the Hotel North Star or the town’s
amazing heritage hotels like the Fortune Resort Central, you can get a wide range of tour
packages that can fit any budget. The Darjeeling Tourist Lodge, a nice hotel with views
of the Kanchenjunga, is at a walking distance from the Mall, the major hub of activities.
Glenburn Tea Estate, Mayfair Darjeeling, Dekeling Hotel and Swiss Hotel are some of the
most recommended hotels in Darjeeling.