Darjeeling is a wonderful little town in the north-eastern part of India. It is known as the world’s capital of ‘Tea’! And rightfully so, as Darjeeling produces one of the finest teas in the world. However, the travelers know it as the ‘Little Europe’ in the east. The pines and the cold, the mist and the clouds, along with the softly glowing sun creates a magical reminiscent of any European town.
Why Go There
Darjeeling is 6000 ft above from the sea level. The whole area is covered with mist, while the clouds floats at a touching distance. It is a town renowned for its wonderful tea-states. While, the town itself is surrounded by an array of tall and long pine forests.
Besides, the Lava point in Tiger Hill is the highest point of Darjeeling. The place is 8500 ft above from the sea level. Indeed, it’s the point from where one can enjoy the most beautiful view of Kangchenjunga. The whole Himalayan range seems to be around the corner of the town, despite its being far away in Sikim. On a sunny, warm day, the peak of mountain Everest also offers its breathtaking glares.
It’s important to realize that nature isn’t the only attraction here. Indeed, it’s the most attractive one, but the town has some other sites carrying massive historical significance. Notably, the monastery at Ghoom, the temple at the top of Lava, the monument to Sherpa Tenzing, etc.
And then, there is Ava’s Art Gallery that showcases the woman’s astonishing work of embroidery and cloth paints. The gallery is only about 1 km away from the Darjeeling station.
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How to Go
Darjeeling doesn’t have an airport in the town. Anyways, the nearest airport is about 90 km away at Bagdogra. From there, many taxis ad Zip goes towards Darjeeling. Alongside Bagdogra, Darjeeling also has road connections with Gangtok, Kurseong and Kalimpong. On the other hand, the tourist from Nepal can directly come here from Kathmandu.
Whereas, the 77 km long national highway from Siliguri offers the most magnificent view on the way to Darjeeling. Moreover, the New Jalpaiguri has the 88 km long age old railway. It’s a historical transport system with great significance. The 2 ft, narrow-gauge railway system is a ‘World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO in 1999. However, the steamed locomotive runs very slowly and takes about 7-8 hours. Thus, it’s a great way to enjoy the breathtaking view of the entire mountaineering areas and only recommended for tourist with a poetic mind.
Where to Stay
Historically, it was a great summer destination for foreigners in India, the landlords and the other affluent people. As a result, the place is full of historical, yet fully functional lodge and cottages. Not to mention the great number of modern housing facilities that comes in all ranges of budgets.
Additionally, there are also a few expensive resorts for luxury travelers. Among which, the Lava Resort is the most expensive one, as it is placed right at the center of Lava. Furthermore, the Neora Valley Resort has Scottish styled cottages placed near a wonderful pine forest.
Few Things to Remember
- There is no viable transportation system. Thus, both the residents and the tourists, mostly just walk
- The town is very small and isn’t very expensive. In fact, as little as $150 is more than enough to cover the entire exploration.
- Kangchenjunga looks most beautiful during the sunrise. So, wake up early if you don’t want to miss the view. The Lava point also provides a breathtaking view of the ice, mist and cloud during the full moon.
As such, Darjeeling is not the place for an adventurous traveler. Instead, it’s the perfect getaway for self-reflection – to think, to rest and to love! So, the next time you feel in need of some sound peace of mind, just dive into the mystical mountains of Darjeeling!