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Darjeeling Tourism: Overview
Darjeeling is a very well known hill station tourist destination and a district located at an altitude of 2050 meters in the state of West Bengal.Darjeeling Tourism stated when British India Company find it suitable place for there Summer Capital of Bengal Province.
Darjeeling was taken from "Dorje-Ling," which means Thunder Bolt place. Darjeeling is also known as the Queen of Hill station, as it is blessed with absolute jaw-dropping scenic beauty and is a complete holiday destination that attracts travelers from around the world. It satisfies the tourists' varied interests and ultimate desires and earned the popularity of renowned tourist destinations in India. Darjeeling is not only known for its scenic beauty and tourism but also known for its muscatel flavored "Darjeeling Tea" across the globe and the world's heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as Toy Train.
There are various things you can explore and enjoy in Darjeeling. You can visit some places in Darjeeling and enjoy river-rafting on the way to Darjeeling at River Teesta. Explore Batasia Loop & Gorkha War Memorials, take a joy ride of Toy Train (Batasia loop to Ghoom), watch the sunrise from Tiger Hill, visit Senchal Lake & Wildlife Sanctuary, stroll on the Mall road of Chowrasta. also explore wildlife at Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, trek to the peak of Sandakphu, learn mountaineering Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, relish some local food and buy some woolen articles of clothing in Bhutia Market. One can also pay visits to Japanese Temple, Nightingale Shrubbery, Tenzing & Gombu Rock, Rock Garden & Ganga Maya Park, Old Cemetery, Pony Road, Dali Monastery, St. Andrew's Church, Durham Temple, and Happy Valley Tea Estate.
One can also explore some nearby places like Sandakphu, Tinchuley Village, Lamahatta, Batasia, Ghom, Sonada, Mirik, Kurseong, Sukhiapokhri and Pasupati. The distance from Darjeeling to sandakphu by car is around 75.6 KMs. It takes around four hours to reach Sandakphu from Darjeeling.
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Accomodation- Hotels, Resorts in Darjeeling
There are varieties of hotels, resorts, and homestays in Darjeeling. There is nothing to worry about accommodation in Darjeeling as you can find luxury and mid-range and budget hotels. Mostly the agents who make the package will provide you with the type of hotel you will be comfortable with. The most known and renowned hotels of Darjeeling are Mayfair Darjeeling, Taj Chia Kutir Resort & Spa, Summit Hermon, Ramada by Wyndham, Sinclairs, Sterling Darjeeling.
How to reach Darjeeling?
To reach Darjeeling, one must visit Siliguri/Bagdogra, which is well connected with other major cities through railways and airways. As one reaches Siliguri/Bagdogra, two routes reach Darjeeling via Mirik and Via Kurseong. After reaching the Railway station or Airport in Siliguri/Bagdogra, one can hire a taxi outside at the taxi booth or get to Junction, where buses and shared taxis are available at a cheaper fare. There is also one more interesting way to get to Darjeeling, which is time-consuming, but the journey is worthwhile. One can get to Junction Railway Station, where the tickets for Toy Train are available, and get an amazing joyride of the mighty Darjeeling Himalayan Railway on Hill Cart Road on the way to Darjeeling.
Best Time to Visit Darjeeling
It is no surprise to say that Darjeeling being in the foothill of the Himalayans is the best time to visit the whole year. No matter the climate, this place will always pour out the beauty it holds; rather, it is the ray of amber sunlight during summers, drops of crystal rain in monsoon, or a wisp of fog and mist during winters. Keeping in mind for an individual’s best time to visit, we must know as everyone has their choices and the level of tolerating climate.
Winters in Darjeeling start from December until February, when temperatures drop between 2 degrees to 9 degrees. Make sure that you have packed your woolen cloths for this season as it will be mist and foggy, bringing freshness and crispness. Snowfalls are uncommon, but there are chances of it occurring.
Summer starts from May till June, and the temperature rises between 11degrees to 19degrees. The early summer is the best time as it is blissful with a temperature higher than spring, and one can enjoy the magnificent experience of melting from one season to another. Also, the skies are clear and blue with violet clouds floating, keep a note sometimes; hailstorms may occur.
Spring in Darjeeling lasts from March to April, and the temperature during this time fluctuates between 6 degrees to 17degrees. In spring, the skies are clear and blue with cool to pleasant temperatures and an occasional chance of hailstorms and strong wind waves. Spring is short, sweet and adventures like trekking, picnicking, and sightseeing can be delightful at this time of the year.
Monsoon in Darjeeling starts from June to September with the temperature fluctuating between 13 degrees to 19 degrees. Monsoon hits with the unforgiving and relentless showers of rain covering skies with clouds for days at the peak time of it. Darjeeling in monsoon is extremely beautiful and one needs to be romantic by heart to appreciate the blanket of mist and fogs hinged in the air.
Autumn hits Darjeeling between October and November with a temperature between 6 degrees to 18 degrees. As monsoon vanish and autumn rolls in the skies get clear and the sights gets magnified again. The place gets refreshed after showers and sparkles with enthusiasm. Autumn is short yet special as you can enjoy the majesty of snow peaks and tea plantations with clear views.