There are times when we want a break from work, from mundane activities and spend quality time with our loved ones, or just with ourselves. Travel , is one of the best options to live this dream, and while enjoying a peaceful time with yourself, you also get opportunity to explore a new land and a new culture.
Plan a trip to India, as the country is big on comfortable places and hill stations, which will provide you an outstanding travel experience, along with a leisure holiday. You can spend a holiday in the rustic and beautiful hills of Darjeeling, one of the top 10 hill stations of the country, located in the state of West Bengal, in the great Himalayan ranges.
This is one of the best tourist spot in Darjeeling, as the hill top provides majestic views of Mount Kanchenjunga, in early morning sunrise. To see the golden ridges, you will have to get to the hill top very early in the morning, and see all the beauty around.
Japanese Peace Pagoda
A part of the 30 pagodas built by Japanese Buddhist Nipponzan - Myohoji around the world, this is a very culturally authentic place. Having a Japanese temple, various monks live here in strict tradition and you can enjoy their early morning walks along with drum beats.
Nightingale or Srubbery Park
A very leisure park with various activities and programs to enjoy, you also get an alternative of Tiger Hill here, as sights of Kanchenjunga can be had from here as well. A lot of cultural programs take place every day, while a giant Shiva statue is located centrally. With a scenic place, you will have a nice time here.
Another popular tourist attraction in Darjeeling, here you have beautiful garden area, valleys, and the iconic Darjeeling Toy Train forms a loop, at this place itself. You will get o see a crafts market here, as well as influence of Gorkha culture.
Darjeeling tea is popular in the whole country, and here in the hill station you must not miss out on an opportunity to have a look at the green, beautiful plantation estates. One of the most popular is the Happy Tea Estate, and here you can see scenic views of the hill station.
The capital city of the neighboring state of Sikkim, Gangtok not only shares the Himalayan ranges of Darjeeling but also the popular Teesta river, which has a tributary in Gangtok. The place is quite similar to Gangtok in cultural terms as well , with heavy influence of Buddhist and Tibetan traditions.
On a Darjeeling trip, you get to do lot of things and get to explore lot of beautiful places. Various trekking options are available in these mountain ranges and you can also enjoy a mountain biking session here, in the adventurous lands. Make sure that you take a ride in the Toy Train which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site now, and also the splendid tea plantations of the hill station. Explore the flora and fauna of this area on your leisure walks to the hills, and see the charming beauty which is the biggest asset of this pleasurable place.
In Darjeeling you get to eat typical Bengali food, though , being a popular tourist hub it caters to all the requirements and interests of the tourists from all over the world, and therefore a variety of cuisines are offered to the tourists. North Indian dishes make the speciality here, while Tibetan and Nepali dishes are also available. You must try the spicy momos in the Mall Road area. Some of the famous places to eat are Hotel Lunar, Hotel Chanakya, for North Indian and Bengali delicacies; Kunga's for Tibetan dishes and soups and Glenary's Bakery and Cafe for baked items and snacks, while an outlet of Keventers is also available.
You must buy some specialities of the hill station while having a holiday here. Buy some amazing quality of tea and spices here, at the Rink Mall, while you can take a visit to the Darjeeling local haat and buy some Tibetan curios like, their woolen clothing, thangkas; handicrafts and arty items at Dorjee; and also visit the Das Studio for some junk jewelery and hand bags. Collect local tokens and baubles from the street markets, and shop extensively in Darjeeling.
Darjeeling is a pleasant hill station, which has a very enjoyable climate throughout the year, though the months of July to September, the monsoon season, could be avoided because of heavy rainfall. The best season to plan a Darjeeling trip is during March to June, when the sunshine and flowers, together will make the place even more beautiful.
By Plane – 96 kms away from Darjeeling, the closest airport is in Siliguri, at Bagdogra. All the major airlines of the country offer their services to the travelers, and all the major cities , Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata have a direct access.
By Train - Great facility of trains, even express trains are available for Darjeeling, Delhi, and Kolkata, offer trains to New Jalpaiguri and main Darjeeling station , respectively. You can also take a ride from there, in the Toy Train.
By Road - Various taxis, cabs, vans, shared jeeps and buses are available for comparatively closer places, like Siliguri. And though the routes are hilly and steep, and the journey slow, but you will be enjoying the scenic views provided through this.