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Darjeeling, the queen of hills is a well-known destination of India. The beautiful city is located in the state of West Bengal. It is one of the oldest hill station of India. Darjeeling is famous for tea industry. The name of the place comes from the tibetan word Dorje. The city is located at the feet of Himalayas. This place is certified as a “World Heritage site by UNESCO”. It is a popular destination in North-East India. The hills of Darjeeling are the part of Lesser Himalaya.
Darjeeling is a small city and a best destination to walk around. Darjeeling is known as the land of flavoured tea. The tea growers here develop black tea. Darjeeling black tea ranks among the most popular black tea in world. There are around 90 tea estates in Darjeeling. Tea industry and tourism is the main contributor of Darjeeling economy.
Want to respite from the hot summer? Darjeeling is the best cool destination for a trip. The city is located at a height of 2,050 meters from sea level. So, this place is so cool. The scenic place is a perfect destination for honeymoon. This a perfect landscape for the nature lovers and the photographers. Visitors can view the Kanchenjunga peak from here, which is the third highest peak in world.
Don’t forget to travel by the toy train here. The train runs from Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. Apart from the hill so many other landscapes are in Darjeeling to explore. Japenese peace pagoda, Batasia Loop, Rock Garden, Nightangle Park, Sandakphu Trek, Tea estates are there to roam around. Although Darjeeling is a small town, but it’s worth visiting the place. Don’t forget to taste the different cuisines here. Here you can taste both Indian and Tibetan cuisines. The city is well connected from the major cities. So, it is easily accessible.
February-March and September-November are the best months to visit Darjeeling. Winters are very cold, however, if you don’t mind chilly weather, you can still go there.
By Air: Bagdodara is the nearest airport to Darjeeling. It is connected to Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati.
By Train: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) near Siliguri is the nearest station on the main inter-city line.
By Road:The road distances are Kolkata 651 km, Gangtok 100 km and Kalimpong 51 km. If you plan to drive in from Kolkata you will face certain stretches where the road condition is not very favorable.