The district of Darjeeling is situated in the north of West Bengal and is closely connected with Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan and Assam. It is situated on the foothills of the lesser Himalayas at an elevation of 6700 feet, and derive sits name from the Tibetan word- "Dorje" which means - thunderbolt sceptre. This particular region is one of the oldest tourist spot in Bengal, which was developed by the British, way back in the 19th century. Today, this place is frequented by those who want to explore the beauty of the North-East. Lush green rain-forests, tea gardens, snow-capped mountain peaks, wildlife; you just name it, Darjeeling offers everything.
By Road: Regular buses, both government and private are available from all major bus stops at Esplanade, Karunamayee and Dharmatala.
By Rail: Direct trains for New Jalpaiguri Station are available from both Howrah and Sealdah. From New Jalpaiguri, one can also avail the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which also doubles as a World Heritage Site.
By Air: Nearest airport is at Bagdogra, which is well connected with all the major airports of India. From Bagdogra, it takes around 3 hours to travel to Drajeeling via NH 55.
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Best time to visit Darjeeling is between November and January. However one can also visit the place between March and May.
This place receives tourist almost round the year. So one can expect to find anything they want, Thai, Tibetan, North Indian, Continental; all kinds of dishes are there to satisfy your taste buds.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway : It is also known as Toy train in that part of the region. It was declared a heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. A ride on the train will take you close to the natural beauty of the mountains and the forests. Every tourist must give it a shot.
Tiger Hill : It is the best place from where one can have a panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjhunga together. It is only 11 kilometres from the main city.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park : It is located at an elevation of 7000 feet and is the largest high altitude zoo in India.
Peace Pagoda : Is one the famous pagoda in Darjeeling that follows a very secular and inclusive tradition and provides a platform to people of all race.
Japanese Temple : It is Buddhist temple that follows a different kind of architectural pattern, which is quite uncommon in this country.
Himalayan-Tibetan Museum : It is one of the most popular spot, where one can get the cultural essence of two distinct civilisation Indian and the Tibetans. This place unites them both
Ghum Monastery : It is also a very famous monastery and a place of tourist attraction. It follows the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism.
- Camping is a quite popular. The areas in and around the town of Darjeeling and The forests are excellent for overnight camping.
- For mini sigt-seeings, there are some nearby places like - The Modern Art Gallery, Ava Art Museum, mahakal Temple and many more.
- For adventure lovers, this place offers an excellent scope for trekking, rock climbing, forest-safari.