Darjeeling, the land of thunderbolt, is located in West Bengal. This place is the epitome of natural beauty making it popularly known as the ‘Queen of the hills’. Darjeeling, most popular for it aromatic tea, is home to only a few thousand residents. Darjeeling’s total turnover and economy is dependent on its tourism and tea production every year.
Best time to go
Although, this beautiful town is blessed with mild temperatures during summer and spring, yet its temperature conditions are not too favourable for survival during the winters. It rains quite frequently here. The town has a major British impact on its lifestyle, cuisine, clothes etc. Darjeeling is about 30 km from Gangtok (another desirable place in India).
The best time to visit Darjeeling is during summer time. It rains heavily during July and September. You can travel to Darjeeling by road. Take a bus from Siliguri and have a look at the beautiful tea gardens as you progress. You can also take Darjeeling mail from Calcutta. The toy train takes you through the lush green tea gardens but takes more time as compared to a bus. This journey is terrifically magical and quixotic. Siliguri is the nearest airport from Darjeeling which is about three hours away.
At present Darjeeling encompasses eighty six active tea gardens that produce more than eleven million kg tea in a year. Darjeeling tea is also found in different flavours. They produce a different flavour every season. Darjeeling tea has extreme nutritional value and also acts as a healer for numerous kinds of disorders like pains, flu or inflammations.
Darjeeling, the natural destination with woods, tea gardens and natural flora and fauna, will not let you sit back in your Hotel room and rest. Let us now see some more places that you can visit Darjeeling for. These attractions include the Aloobari Gompa, the Bengal Natural History Museum, the Badamtan Tea Estate and many more.
Aloobari Gompa is popularly known as the Mark Dong Gompa. This place is located just three km from the heart of Darjeeling. Aloobari Gompa is a monastery, blessed with breathtaking scenic beauty, has Tibetan and Sikimmese monks. You can also visit this place for some handicraft shopping.
The Bengal Natural History Museum is situated in the centre of Darjeeling near Chowrashtra. You will be mesmerized by their splendid collection of fauna. This collection offers fauna from different parts of Bengal and the Himalayas.