Darjeeling: Not Just Tea

What/Why/Where Darjeeling??

Located in the lesser Himalayas at an elevation of 6700 ft, lies a town famous for its tea across the globe – Darjeeling. But Darjeeling is not just tea. It is a traveller’s paradise. It is located in West Bengal, India.

Darjeeling lies in the shadow of the worlds third highest peak – the Kangchenjunga. The Himalayan railway here is also a UNESCO world heritage site.

This place was known as the summer capital of India during the British rule. The history records date back to the early 19th century when the British established a sanatorium and a military depot in the region.

How to reach Darjeeling?

Unfortunately, there is no direct connectivity to Darjeeling. A general route is a flight or train from Kolkata to Jalpauguri (Siliguri). One can hire a cab from Jalpaiguri or take the toy train to Darjeeling.

Places of Interest:

1. TIGER HILL

The sunrise at Tiger Hill is a must. If you choose to stay in Darjeeling, you must leave your hotel around 3.30 am. You will find a breathtaking view of the Kangchenjunga and if you have some great lenses, you might spot the Mount Everest.

 

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It’s not just tea…

 

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View of the Kangchenjunga (the largest peak on the left) and the Mount Everest (the snow-capped peak on the right)

 

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Mornings in Paradise

 

2. GHUM

Located 8000 ft above the sea level is one of the most famous monasteries in all of Darjeeling. It offers a stunning scenic view and is home to a 15 ft statue of Buddha.

3. PADMAJA NAIDU HIMALAYAN ZOOLOGICAL PARK

A 70 acre zoo that is a home to snow leopards, Red Pandas and the Himalayan wolfs. It attracts around 300,000 tourists every year.

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Hello there, mate!

 

 

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Look closer…

 

4. HAPPY VALLEY TEA ESTATE

Established in 1854, it is Darjeeling’s second oldest tea estate (after Steinthal Tea Estate which was established in 1852). It offers a beautiful view of the town and is said to produce the largest amount of tea in the region.

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Did that take your breath away?

 

Some other places of interest (Optional) –

If you plan to stay for more than 2 days, there are some other places you can visit like, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Rock Garden, Darjeeling ropeway etc.

Note:

Shopping (if needed) must be done in the evening as everything shuts early night due to fog and low visibility.

The best season to visit Darjeeling is from March to May or October to November. Monsoons offer wonderful experience but there are chances of landslides. Winters are chilly and it sometimes snows in Darjeeling.

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‘Main Hoon Na’ – The Bollywood film, was shot here. 

Planning a trip? Click here for more information.

Cheers 🙂


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Photographer: Aditya Sen

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29 Comments Add yours

  1. Kajal Joshi says:

    Pictures are simply breathtaking ❤
    Lovely post.

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    1. Neha Sakuja says:

      Thanks, Kajal! 🙂

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  2. Oliver says:

    I love the way you have written the post and the pictures are beautiful.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Neha Sakuja says:

      Thank you, much appreciated! 🙂

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  3. Shreya Srivastava says:

    Awesome 😍

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Neha Sakuja says:

      Thanks Shreya ❤

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  4. Zakia Khanum says:

    Amazing! ❤ ❤

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    1. Neha Sakuja says:

      Thanks, love ❤

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  5. Sheree says:

    Gorgeous photos!

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  6. Choi says:

    Beautiful photos 🙂 but man to leave the hotel st 330am is a tough one :p

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    1. Neha Sakuja says:

      Haha that’s true. But it’s worth it 🙂

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      1. Choi says:

        For sure :p

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  7. rothpoetry says:

    I nominated you for the Three Day Quote Challenge…
    rothpoetry.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/light-my-fire/

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  8. rothpoetry says:

    Beautiful Photos…

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  9. My dad was in Air Force. And I was in bagdogra for 4 years. Darjeeling was so close to us. Thanks for writing such a beautiful post

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    1. Neha Sakuja says:

      Nice, so you must have visited Darjeeling many times?

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      1. Yeah. I have very fond memories. 😊

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  10. JT Twissel says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to that region of the world but have heard it’s dangerous…..

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  11. Oh yes!! There’s so much more … I’m planning to cover it this year, thanks for sharing such beautiful post.
    Cheers, Charu 👌

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    1. Neha Sakuja says:

      Hi Charu! Great that you are planning to visit Darjeeling. It’s such a beautiful place, I’m sure you will be left mesmerized like I was.
      Have a nice trip and I’m glad you liked it post 🙂

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  12. Rêveuse says:

    Beautiful post

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  13. cielotech says:

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL web site. I definitely will be a follower. I’m putting Darjeeling on my “bucket list” and would love to make the trip. Take care. Bob

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  14. neha98blog says:

    Hey Neha,Hello from another Neha.As I was reading your post,I felt as I was transferred to the lofty mountains and the fog laden street of Darjeeling,some writings do have that magical portion,as yours.Keep sharing such beautiful experiences.

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  15. Absolutely beautiful!

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