In the Himalayas, Darjeeling, often known as the "Queen of hill stations," is well-known for its production of tea and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railroad, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Due to its scenic beauty and agreeable atmosphere, Darjeeling is still a well-liked vacation spot in India. Aside from tourism, Darjeeling is well known for its numerous public schools built in the British style, which draw students from all over India and even from nearby nations. Darjeeling is a traveller's delight and is frequented by tourists year after year. Apart from the pleasant weather and scenic beauty, there is a lot to see and do in Darjeeling.

Major Highlights of Darjeeling

Mahankal Temple

The hilltop abruptly rises from Chowrasta. The old temple of Mahakal, a manifestation of Lord Shiva, is perched atop. In the temple, there is a cave that is revered by worshippers. "Durjay Ling" means "Shiva of invincible power, who governs the Mountains" in Sanskrit. There is a theory that this name may have been the source of the name Darjeeling.

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, a renowned organisation ( HMI ). In November 1954, Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister, lay the institute's cornerstone. The illustrious Tenzing Norgay Sherpa served as HMI's first Director of Field Training. Since Tenzing Norgay's burial sits on the summit of the peak, all climbers should make a pilgrimage to the institute and the area.

Zoological Parks

Zoological Parks (also called the Darjeeling Zoo) is a 67.56-acre (27.3 ha) zoo in the town of Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. The zoo was opened in 1958, and an average elevation of 7,000 feet (2,134 m), is the largest high altitude zoo in India. It specializes in breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions, and has successful captive breeding programs for the Snow leopard, the critically endangered Himalayan wolf and the Red panda. The zoo attracts about 300,000 visitors every year.

Tiger Hill


Tiger Hill is the highest point in the Darjeeling area .An early morning trip to witness the sunrise is a must . Watching the rising sun strike the colossal Kangchenjunga range of snow-capped peaks in a blaze of rapidly changing colours is truly spectacular. Tiger Hill is now part of a nature preserve, the meadows of which are suitable for picnics

Rock Garden


10 kilometres from town, the Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park offer attractive picnic spots with natural waterfalls and boating facilities. Small restaurants and shops abound, but visitors should be aware that return transportation is difficult to organize from the park.


Ghum is the meeting point of several roads. The Hill Cart Road from Siliguri to Darjeeling runs through the town. It is 6 km from Darjeeling. It is 24 km from Kurseong via Sonada.Kalimpong is about 45 km away via Lopchu. Another road leads to Mongpu and then on to the Kalimpong-Siliguri road. There is a road to Kurseong via Dow Hill. Sukhiapokhri, almost on the India-Nepal border, is 11 km on the road to Mirik.

Tea Gardens

Darjeeling tea is a tea from the Darjeeling district in West Bengal India. It is available as black, white or oolong. When properly brewed, it yields a thin-bodied, light-colored infusion with a floral aroma. The flavor can include a tinge of astringent tannic characteristics, and a musky spiciness sometimes described as " (grape and wine)">muscatel Although Darjeeling teas are marketed commercially as "black teas", almost all of them have incomplete oxidation (<90%), so they are technically more oolong than black.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the "Toy Train", is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railway that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in West Bengal. Built between 1879 and 1881, the railway is about 86 kilometres (53 mi) long. Its elevation level varies from about 100 metres (328 ft) at New Jalpaiguri to about 2,200 metres (7,218 ft) at Darjeeling. Four modern diesel locomotives handle most of the scheduled services: however the daily Kurseong-Darjeeling return service and the daily tourist trains from Darjeeling to Ghum

Chowrasta & the Mall Road


Observatory Hill is a hill near Chowrasta square, or The Mall as it is popularly known, in Darjeeling, West Bengal, Magnificent views of snow-clad peaks, including Mount Kanchenjunga, are visible from the Observatory Hill. The Bhutia Busty monastery was originally located here. Now the hill has the temple of Mahakal. Two important arteries of the town, Nehru Road and Bhanubhakta Sarani, meet at Chowrasta

Batasia Loop


The Batasia Loop is a spiral railway created to lower the gradient of ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. At this point, the track spirals around over itself through a tunnel and over a hilltop. It was commissioned in 1919.

Kanchenjunga View

From Darjeeling one can have the best, uninterrupted view of the worlds third highest peak. Bhan Bhakta Sarani provides one of the enthralling views of these snow capped peaks. The Chowrasta also gives you a good sight to the Kanchenjunga peak.