Darjeeling Is named as the “Queen Of the Himalayas” as the lushy green slopes of tea leaves with women plucking tea act as dots leaves a breathtaking memory in our minds forever.The untouched beauty coupled with the picturesque view of mountains along with the availability of unique variety of tea exported everywhere makes it a go to place for people residing in the Eastern Part of the Country.
How To Get Into Darjeeling?
Darjeeling being a small town , has tourist visiting from all over India. By Plane, the nearest airport is Bagdogra, near Siliguri. It’s a 96 km drive from Bagdogra to Darjeeing, which is approximately a 3 hour drive. By Train, the nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri .The railway route is well connected to cities like Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati , etc. We took The Darjeeling Mail from Kolkata, which takes approximately 12 hours, the next best alternative is the Paharia Express, which takes almost the same number of hours. From New Jalpaiguri , we ‘ve to take the famous “Toy Train” to the city of tea leaves. It’s difficult to get hold of the tickets of the toy train during the summer months, because of high rush of tourist.
The tracks running across the town surrounded by emarald green plantations, is a popular subject of visit for tourists. It’s the picturesque mountainous scenery is the reason why so many romantic movies have been filmed ,and Darjeeling has been mentioned in articles of romantic subject .The toy train stops at the Ghoom junction, running 360 degree around the Batasia Loop. What makes it all the more famous, is the fact that it was listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Buses are a convenient option for the ones who ’re backpacking, and for people who’ve money constraint. Private taxis are a convenient option for family people. Back when I visited Darjeeling in the year of 2016, shared jeeps would charge Rs. 150-200 (depending the number of riders sharing the ride).
Best time of the year to take a break
Darjeeling is a backpacker’s delight and honeymooner’s dream.The best time to visit Darjeeling is between the months April-June, when the temperature is around 25 degree Celsius. While there are some honeymoon couples who wishes to go at the time of winter i.e.,October-January when the temperature drops down to below 10 degree Celsius.
Best places to Pose for a Camera
The first to top the list, is everyone’s favourite The Tiger Hills .Before the dawn cracks, witnessing the first rays of sun, hitting the Kanchenjunga peaks , it makes the Perfect Sunrise. Panoramic view of the toy train around Batasia Loops is a sight to die for. Animal lovers cannot miss paying visit to the Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, where Red Pandas, Tibetan Wolves, Himalayan bears could be spotted. Tourists in huge numbers are found around the Ghoom Monastery , one of the oldest monastery in the region. The Peace Pagoda is the best place for relaxation , and for mental peace.
Wondering Where To Grab A Bite In Darjeeling?
Darjeeling is the Hub to multi-cuisines , since it caters to the needs of tourists from all over the world. The most famous street food are Momos and Thukpa, available in all the forms for food lovers. When in Darjeeling, you just cannot leave without tasting the authentic tea leaves. Chaang, a local brew, similar to beer served in bamboo sticks catched eyeballs. For tea addicts like me, Darjeeling seemed to be next to heaven. If you fancy spice, treat your taste buds with the Dalle. Dalle is a locally made pickle, which would surely sent a burning sensation down your spills.
The Best Stop For Bargain Hunting
Never thought my mother’s obsession over collecting unique jewellery items, would lead us to the Mall Road, a place worth visiting. The atmosphere there had vibes which would remind anyone of the ancient Buddhist culture depicted in their art, paintings ,etc. For those who admire arts and culture, must pay a visit to the Nehru Road which is famous for Buddha statues, knives, handbags, exotic Tibetan items used as souvenir. The Tibetan Self help centre is one of the few best places known for unique carpets.
Snow capped Himalayan Peaks, the cute Himalayan train , beautiful tea garden amidst the rolling hills ,along with the Tibetan influence of arts, culture and cuisine the town has a lot to offer.