In the esteem of most connoisseurs, the West Bengal hill station of Darjeeling still pumps out some of the best black tea in the world. While wholly accurate, this supreme corner of India is about much more than colonial plantation charm.
Apart from Darjeeling Tea
Home to over 100,000 people, Darjeeling is one of the most multi-cultural and diverse towns in India. Numerous ethnic groups flourish here and indeed, inhabitants are just as likely to ring in important Muslim and Tibetan Buddhist festivals with joy and verve as Hindu holidays like Holi and Diwali. Stalwart outdoor enthusiasts flock to Darjeeling to tackle the Himalayas and take in some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet. The town after all, has a remarkable architectural ensemble of temples, shrines, parks and colonial relics that just so happen to sit on the doorstep of Nepal, Tibet and Mount Everest. On a clear day, you can actually see the summit from Darjeeling and every year, the Mount Everest Challenge Marathon departs from Singalila National Park just outside of the city.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
The UNESCO World Heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a stellar mode of transport for those who like to sit and enjoy a beautiful view. Specific attractions to see in town include the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Happy Valley Tea Estate and Bengal Natural History Museum. Astute visitors coincide their trips with the phenomenal ten-day Darjeeling Carnival in November.
- Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
- Tukver Tea Estate
- Happy Valley Tea Estate
- Observatory Hill
- Bengal Natural History Museum
- Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
- Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary
- Darjeeling Carnival
- Manjushree Centre of Tibetan Culture
- Samsara Tours