Top 10 Places to Visit in Darjeeling – Must Visit in 2020
Darjeeling city situated in the Indian state West Bengal located in the Lesser Himalayas at an altitude of 2,000 meters. Darjeeling is one of the most famous places to visit in India. It is famous for its Tea industries and the famous Kanchenjunga (8,598m) owns the title of the third highest mountains in the World. Darjeeling one of the most pleasant hill stations, where one can witness countless beautiful sceneries, from the marvelous snow-capped mountains to the beautiful valley with green tea estates. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway(DHR) reserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After 1864 Darjeeling became the regular summer capital of the Bengal Presidency. So many schools and welfare centers constructed as British style which attracts the tourist and visitors.
Quick Overview on Darjeeling
How to Reach:
By Flight: The Nearest airport is Bagdogra, which is approx 95Km away from the city. There are some direct flights from major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, and Guwahati.
By Train: The Nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is 62Km away from the city. The New Jalpaiguri is well connected with major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Cochin, Chennai, Bangalore, and Mumbai.
Best Time to Visit in Darjeeling:
One can visit here all year around, But in summer April to June is the perfect time to visit here. During the winter season, October to December is the most preferred season to visit here for all travelers and especially for couples.
Top 10 places to visit in Darjeeling
- Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
- Tiger Hills
- Darjeeling Himalayan Toy Train
- Batasia Loop
- Teesta Valley Tea Estate
- Darjeeling Rock Garden
- Bengal Natural History museum
- Yiga Choeling Monastery
- Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway
- Peace Pagoda
1.Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in short Darjeeling Zoo situated in Darjeeling and just 3Km away from Darjeeling railway station. The most famous thing that this Zoo is Situated at an altitude of 7,000 feet, the largest high altitude zoo in India. The Himalayan Zoological Park was established in 1958, and this zoo Spread over an area of 67.56 acres. The Darjeeling Zoo has rarely seen species of animals like Red panda, Snow leopards, Siberian tiger, and Tibetian wolf are the main attraction for the tourists. You can also see here rare species like Barking Deer, Temminck’s Tragopan, yellow and blue Macaw, Asiatic Black Bear, Himalayan Monal, Himalayan Wolf, Lady Amherst, Yaak, Red Jungle Fowl, Royal Bengal Tiger, and many more. Darjeeling Zoo has been awarded the esteemed honor of “The Earth Heroes” in 2014 out of over 300 zoos globally. This place is fantastic for nature and wildlife lovers. The oldest mountaineering institute of the country housed in the Zoo complex, which was established in 1954. The main reason behind establishing the institute was promoting mountaineering as a sport in India.
Per person – INR 20/-
Best Time to Visit
8:30 Am – 4:00 Pm, Thursday closed
All Year around one can visit here, but avoid to visit here during the Monsson.
The most pleasant and famous Tiger Hill situated at an altitude of 2590m.This viewpoint 11km away from Darjeeling Himalayan railway station. Tiger Hill is a sunrise viewpoint where you can catch the entire view among Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga on a cloudless morning. The snow-capped mountain mingled with cotton clouds creates a mesmerizing view for visitors and it attracts the tourist and explores all over India. The first ray of the sun lighting up with pink color to these twin peaks of Kanchenjunga than blushes with orange color, amazing thing to experience here. on sunny weather, you can even spot the Kurseong town as well as the rivers Teesta, Mahanadi, Balasun falling to the south. Early morning at 3:15 Am one can need to take cabs or jeep to reach Tiger Hill by 4:15 Am. Cabs booking charges would be 1200 to 1800 or Rs 200 per person in sharing cabs.
INR 20/- for Ground Floor, INR 30/- for First Floor, INR 40/- for the Third Floor
INR 10/- Per Vehicle parking
Best Time to Visit
This beautiful snow-capped summit looks spectacular with cotton clouds. You must visit here between October to December when the atmosphere is clear and pleasant.
3.Darjeeling Himalayan Toy Train
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway(DHR) a World Heritage Site also known as the Toy Train is moving between New Jalpaiguri To Darjeeling. It was built between 1879 and 1881 and about 88Km long. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway provides notable transport links between several parts of the Darjeeling hills and lower downs. Darjeeling Toy Train journey will provide the tourists with amazing sights and delightful mountain views, which is passing through villages and local shops on their way. On 2nd December 1999, UNESCO declared the Darjeeling Himalayan Toy Train a World Heritage Site. The railway’s headquarters are at Kurseong. While traveling on such a heritage transport will give a relaxing and elegant feeling in your journey. It starting there journey from New Jalpaiguri about 100 m above sea level and reaching about 2,200 m at Darjeeling, after covering a distance of 78 km and passing 13 stations on its route, including Ghoom, the highest station in India. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the all-time most adventurous and outstanding part of the hill station journey and among the top thing to do in Darjeeling.
Diesel Engine Rides: INR 600 onwards (For first-class seats)
Steam Engine Rides: INR 1,000 onwards (For first-class seats)
Darjeeling to New Jalpaiguri: INR 1285 (For First Class seats)
New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling: 8.30 AM (Monday, Wednesday & Friday)
Joy Ride (Darjeeling to Ghoom): 8:00 AM, 10. 40 AM, 1.20 PM & 4:00 PM
Jungle Safari (Siliguri to Rangtong): 10.30 AM
Batasia means airy space which is just 4km away from the Darjeeling Himalayan railway. This railway loop is situated below the Ghoom station and one of the most attractive and picturesque train routes in all of Darjeeling. Batasia Loop was built in 1919 and the reason behind creating this magnificent pathway of the Batasia Loop was rooted in helping navigation around the region of Darjeeling.The loop surrounded by fresh green garden seasonal and permanent flowers and plants. This garden is also features farming and plantation, one can find some unique and unheard species like Rhododendrons and Gingko Biloba. There are seating areas where one can enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga & other snowcapped Himalayan Peaks. In the center of the Batasia Loop the war memorial located which was constructed in 1995 by the District Sainik Board, and this war memorial dedicated to the brave Gorkha soldiers, who sacrificed their lives to protect the independence of the Nation. Batasia Loop is also a center of attraction for photography enthusiasts.
Entry Fee: INR 15/-
Timings: 5:00 Am to 8:00 Pm
5.Teesta Valley Tea Estate
Teesta Valley Tea estate situated 32Km away from Darjeeling and this large tea garden located in Rangli Rangliot District. This beautiful garden established in 1841 and one of the oldest tea gardens in Darjeeling and Teesta Valley Tea Estate receives its name from the powerful river Teesta. It is spread over an area of 850 hectares. This tea garden’s magnificent view can easily attract visitors with its mesmerizing beauty around. Teesta Valley Tea Garden awarded the gold medal for the production of the world’s finest tea. One can easily be fascinated by the picturesque sight of the hills, forests, and lovely open sky. On a bright day, one can see some parts of Sikkim, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and the Siliguri. One can visit the tea factory and watch the process of making tea. Teesta Valley Tea Company Limited is the largest brand that produces different types of tea like organic teas, black teas, green teas, and classic teas to its customers countrywide. This is one of the most famous tea estates in West Bengal and the most famous place visits in Darjeeling.
Timings: 6:00 Am to 5:00 Pm
6.Darjeeling Rock Garden
This Darjeeling Rock Garden located 10Km away from Darjeeling also known as Barbotey Rock Garden. This beautiful multi-level garden also a picnic spot that is terraced with natural fall which is called chunnu summer-fall. This beautiful garden surrounded by gorgeous hill stream along with the charming flower gardens. One can sit here enjoy the beautiful garden’s calm and fresh environment. Another tourist destination is near Darjeeling Rock Garden is Ganga Maya Park, which is just 3km away from Rock garden. This tourist place named after an innocent victim of police firing during the GNLF agitation. It will be a memorable destination with a small lake that provides the visitors to do boating in crystal clear water and enjoy the performance of Gorkha Folk Dancers with lovely fountains surrounded by flower gardens in fresh ambiance.
Per person – INR 10
Foreign Tourists -INR 50
10:00 Am to 4:00 Pm
7.Bengal Natural History museum
This museum is located 3Km away from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, and it is placed inside the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park complex. One of the most tourist attractions places was established in 1903 in the direction of the then Governor-General of India Mr. George Nathaniel Curzon. Originally, the museum was established as a small botanical garden showcase the varieties of flora and fauna of Darjeeling, but now one can find in this museum incredible collection of almost 4000 plus individuals, including rare reptiles, birds, insects, fishes as well as mammals displayed in a replication of their natural environments. From 1923 to 1976 the museum was run by Bengal Natural Museum Society than it was handed over the Forest Department of West Bengal.
There are two parts of the museum, one at the ground level and another one in the basement. The ground level is that of birds and more than 400 species of birds available here, visitors can find here specimens like Himalayan Brown Wood Owls, Northern spotted owlet, Northern Brown Fish Owl, pheasants, flycatchers, woodpeckers and many more. There is also a large collection of birds nests and eggs. There are different kinds of animals on display like Tibetan fox, Tibetan Lynx, Toddy cat, heads of wild buffaloes. The basement level has many birds like pelicans, jungle fowls, and others against several land points of West Bengal.
Per Person – INR 10/-
10:00 Am to 4:00 Pm
Closed On Thursday and National Holidays.
8.Yiga Choeling Monastery
Yiga Choeling Monastery a Buddhist Monastery also known as Ghoom Monastery situated 1km away from Ghoom Railway Station and 6K from Darjeeling. It is located at an altitude of 8000feet of the sea level. One of the oldest Buddhist monasteries established in 1850 by Mongolian astrologer and monk Sokpo Sherab Gyatso, who was the head of the monastery until 1905. This is one of the most famous and must-visit Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Darjeeling. The most notable thing of this Monastery is its 15 feet high statue of Maitreya Buddha. The statue was created during the tenure of the second head of the monastery Lama Domo Geshe Rinpoche. The statue of Maitreya Buddha was entirely created with clay that was all brought from Tibet.The two huge oil lamps in front of the statue which burns throughout the year. The walls of the monastery are elaborately painted with depictions and art of Tibetan Buddhism, with several forms of bodhisattvas. Ghoom Monastery saves some rare, written Buddhist manuscripts. One can enjoy the beautiful view of the lofty Kanchenjunga outside the monastery. There is another monastery near Yiga Choeling Monastery named Samten Choling Monastery, both are referred to as Ghoom monastery located on the way of tiger hills and Batasia loop, so while visiting the monastery must mention old Ghoom monastery otherwise it will create the confusions.
Entry Fee: Free
Timings: 9:00 Am to 6:00 Pm
9.Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway
Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway is also known as Darjeeling Ropeway. It is just 4Km away from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Darjeeling Ropeway was established in 1968 by the Forest Development Corporation of West Bengal, and this ropeway is India’s first cable car system. It was initially set up to cater to the tea gardens in the valleys which did not have an easy entrance. This Ropeway adventure starts with one cable car but now it has 16 cable cars with a capacity of 6 people. It moves from the North Point in Singamari to the Singla Bazaar, on the banks of the Ramman river. The gondola transporting riders at an altitude of 7000 feet. The gondola runs in soften speed which allows the tourist to view the numerous tea estates of Darjeeling, the cascading waterfalls, and the grand Kanchenjunga and some glorious photography shots. While traveling in this Darjeeling Ropeway ride will become a memorable and adventurous journey for sure.
Adult – INR 200/-
Children – INR 100/-
Winter and monsoon – 10:00 Am to 4:00 Pm
Summer and Autumn – 10:00 Am to 2:00 Pm
Peace Pagoda a Buddhist Stupa is located just 2.5Km away from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. It is situated on the slopes of Jalapahar hills. The Peace Pagoda was formulated under the supervision of Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk from Japan founder of the Nipponzan-Myohoji Buddhist Order. The foundation stone was placed on 3 November 1972 and was initiated on 1 November 1992. It took 36 months to build the structure. it is open to people of all religions and is the reason behind making it that to create peace and prosperity in the world, and it is famous for its serenity. It is designed by Dr. M Ohka of Japan, and a notable thing of this monument is the tallest free-standing structure with a height of 28.5 meters and a diameter of 23 meters. Peace Pagoda showcase of four Avtar of the buddha which is polished with gold color. Wall of the temple with Beautiful artwork portraying the story of Gautam Buddha’s life stories from the different stages. Peace Pagoda provides the spectacular view of snow-capped peaks along with the magnificent Kanchenjunga which is a perfect place for peace and nature lovers.
Entry Fee: Free
4:00 Am to 7:00 Pm
Prayer Timings – 4:30 Am to 6:00 Am and 4:30 Am to 6:00 Pm