Sprawled over a steep mountain ridge and dotted with unending stretches of emerald green tea plantations, the quaint hill station of Darjeeling, in West Bengal, is a popular travel destination. The most in-demand attraction here is the majestic Kanchenjunga or Khangchendzonga, the third-highest peak in the world. Tourists flock to nearby peaks to watch glorious sunrises and sunsets over Kanchenjunga. Darjeeling boasts remnants of colonial-era architecture that exude a charm of their own. One of the best ways to explore the city is by riding in the 140-year-old Darjeeling Himalayan Railway that meanders through some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in and around the hill station.


The city is a treasure trove for adventurers as well, who can indulge in trekking to the Singalila Ridge or explore the area on a mountain bike. Tourists can dive into the local culture and have a memorable experience at the bustling bazaars of the city. From handcrafted products to Tibetan souvenirs, there's a lot on offer.


The word ‘Darjeeling’ comes from the Tibetan words, ‘Dorje’ meaning thunderbolt and ‘ling’ meaning land. Thus, Darjeeling is referred to as the land of the thunderbolt. Before being acquired by the East India Company in 1835, Darjeeling was a part of Sikkim and Nepal for a while. Initially, the city was ruled by the kings of Sikkim, who were engaged in wars against the Gorkhas, or the native warriors clan. After Captain Lloyd of the British government was stationed in the area, he was so much attracted by the beauty of the hills that he immediately proposed to build a sanatorium. Thus, started the colonial influence in Darjeeling. Serving as the summer retreat of the British in the mid-19th century, Darjeeling grew in importance.

Immersive Experience

Excursions

Explore the places near queen of the hills

Button
Kankrajhor

Kankrajhor

Kankrajhor comprises a whopping 9,000 hectare of tree-dotted area...

Bagdogra

Bagdogra

agdogra, a city that is replete with lush green tea gardens along...

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, the Darjeeling...

Singalia National Park

Singalia National Park

This park is located at a height of 7000 ft above sea level in the...

Bengal Natural History Museum

Bengal Natural History Museum

Bengal Natural History Museum, displaying one of the finest...

Jalpaiguri

Jalpaiguri

Situated at a distance of about 110 km from Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri...

ISKCON Chandrodaya temple

ISKCON Chandrodaya temple

Constructed under Lord Mahaprabhu, this temple is dedicated to Lord...

Hong Kong Market

Hong Kong Market

Darjeeling is quite famous for its shopping stops, and Hong Kong...

Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda

Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda

Also known as Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple, the shrine was built...

Happy Valley Tea Garden

Happy Valley Tea Garden

Established in 1854, Happy Valley Tea Estate is located at the end of...

Coronation Bridge

Coronation Bridge

Coronation Bridge was built to mark the coronation of King George V...

Chowrasta

Chowrasta

Located at the heart of the city, Chowrasta, simply known as the Mall...

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

Founded in 1954, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute has provided...

Batasia Loop

Batasia Loop

Darjeeling is primarily a tourist destination, leveraging its...

Kurseong

Kurseong

Located on the outskirts of Darjeeling, at a height of 1,458 m above...

Bhutia Busty Monastery

Bhutia Busty Monastery

Bhutia Busty Monastery, located in the eponymous area of Darjeeling,...

Bokar Ngedon Chokhor Ling Monastery

Bokar Ngedon Chokhor Ling Monastery

Bokar Ngedon Chokhor Ling Monastery was founded in 1984. It was...

Chalsa

Chalsa

A small town at the foothills of the Himalayas, Chalsa offers a...

Jaldapara National Park

Jaldapara National Park

This lush national park is situated at the foothills of the Eastern...

Observatory Hill

Observatory Hill

As the name suggests, Observatory Hill is one of the best spots from...

Lloyd Botanical Garden

Lloyd Botanical Garden

Sprawled over about 40 acre of land, Lloyd Botanical Garden is one of...

Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park

Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park

Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park are two newly added tourist spots...

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

Named after Padmaja Naidu, the daughter of Sarojini Naidu, it serves...

Singalila Hills

Singalila Hills

Darjeeling, other than its tea, weather and views, is also a paradise...

Lava

Lava

A small hamlet situated at an altitude of 2,138 m above sea level,...

Sandakphu

Sandakphu

The highest peak in West Bengal, Sandakphu is situated at the edge of...

Lolegaon

Lolegaon

A beautiful and scenic place situated at a height of 1,675 m,...

Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre

Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre

Tourists can find some of the finest carpets, leather products and...

Lebong Race Course

Lebong Race Course

Situated on the outskirts of Darjeeling, Lebong Race Course was made...

Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill

While there are a few points in Darjeeling that allow you a glimpse...

Rafting in Teesta River

Rafting in Teesta River

Darjeeling, with its lofty hills, challenging roads and gushing...

Rangeet Valley Cable Car

Rangeet Valley Cable Car

The ropeway in Darjeeling, also known as Rangeet Valley Cable Car...

Salugara Monastery

Salugara Monastery

Salugara is a small town located in the outskirts of Siliguri, and is...

Netajisubash Chandra Bose Museum

Netajisubash Chandra Bose Museum

NetajiSubhash Chandra Bose was placed in this house for 7 months...

Kalimpong

Kalimpong

Spread along a saddle-shaped ridge, overlooking the meandering River...