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darjeeling tourism, darjeeling india, darjeeling india tours, monastery tours of india, darjeeling tour packages, package tours of darjeeling, darjeeling tours, travel in darjeeling indiaThe most important and organized hill resort in Eastern India is Darjeeling which lies 686 kms from Calcutta perched at a height of 2134 meters with a backdrop of the mighty snow clad Himalayan Peaks.

The mighty Kanchenjunga peak overlooks the town from where one can get a clear view of the peak on a sunny day.

The world's highest peak The Everest can also be seen from near the town.

Re-discovered by the British in Calcutta, every year at the beginning of summer, the Viceroys of India and after 1911 the Lieutenant Governors of Bengal would move lock, stock and barrel to Darjeeling. Its the British who rapidly developed Darjeeling into a pleasant resort. In the 1840’s Tea Plantation was introduced in the area. Darjeeling "orthodox" tea is now famous and among the most expensive in the world.
Darjeeling is an abrupt change from the plains and Calcutta. The population is Nepali, Lepcha, Tibetan and Bhutia. Surrounded by Tea Plantation a popular hill station since British established it as a rest and recreation centre for its troops in mid 1800.

Getting There

By Air The nearest airport is Bagdogra, 90 kms away from Darjeeling. Bagdogra is connected by Indian Airlines and some private airlines from Delhi, Calcutta and Guwahati.

By Rail The most convenient railhead is New Jalpaiguri, 8 kms away from Bagdogra airport and it is connected by several fast and superfast trains linking New Jalpaiguri to Delhi, Patna and Calcutta. Rail journey in the "Toy Train" often crisscrossing the motor road and passing through bazaars is a memorable experience. This mini railway has been in existence since 1878, takes 8 hours to Darjeeling from New Jalpaiguri.

By Road Darjeeling is accessible to all automobiles but in particular the 80 kms drive to Darjeeling from Jalpaiguri or Bagdogra through the picturesque road winding through the dense green forests and terraced tea gardens, has the promise of a memorable experience. There are regular bus services between Siliguri, Calcutta, Patna and Phuntshoelling.

Places Of Interest

The Tiger Hill : About 11 kms from Darjeeling is at an altitude of 2,555 mts and provides a fine view of the mighty Everest and Kanchenjunga peaks.

Ghoom : is the station close by, from where one can take the toy train back to Darjeeling.

The Senchal Lake : close by is the source of drinking water for the city.

The Lebona Race Course : About 8 kms from the centre of the city and some 325 mts below the town, is one of the smallest and highest race course of the world. On BURCH HILL to the north stands the ‘Shrubbery’ the residence of the Governor of West Bengal.

The Lloyd's Botanical Gardens :
One of the oldest in the region, is just below the main Market Motor stand. It has rare collection of Himalayan flowers.

Zoological Park : The nearby Zoological Park specializes in high altitude wild life - Yaks, Himalayan Black Bears, Pandas and also Siberian Tiger.

Happy Valley : The tea estate of Happy Valley is one of the best in Darjeeling.

The Darjeeling Ranjeet Valley : passenger ropeway is 8 kms at the North point, about 3 kms from the town. The ropeway connects Darjeeling to Singla Bazar on the Ranjeet river at the bottom of the valley.

STD/ISD Codes -
if dialing from India to Darjeeling --- 0354 (number)
if dialing from outside India to Darjeeling---- ++ 91-354 (number)

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