Darjeeling originates from two Tibetan words: “Dorje” and “ling”. Dorje signifies thunderbolt which according to Hindu mythology is the staff of God Indra. The word “ling” means an area or spot. So, the name Darjeeling signifies the ‘place where there is thunderbolt’. Surrounded by the snow-capped ridges of the Himalayas and gorgeously blanketed by beautiful rural tea plantations, old-world temples(Peace Pagoda) and monasteries. Darjeeling is also called the Queen of Hills. Go to Drajeeling and you can feel why people call that place as ” The Queen of Hills”.
The two best seasons to visit Darjeeling, one between March to May and the other between October to November . These are the times when the temperature is pleasantly cool and the sky is usually clear offering lovely views of Kanchenjunga snow peaks. In winters the place becomes free of rains and showers. Varieties of cultures, traditions, custom etc. makes Darjeeling quite diverse and unique. Sit on Darjeeling Chowrasta and enjoy the beautiful evening and the cool breeze brushing your hair.
The Mall road(Bhutia market) beginning and ending at Chowrasta is perfect for a relaxing stroll. You can click photographs, savour the regional delicacies in local food joints and restaurants and enjoy the horse rides can enjoy some delicious variety of Darjeeling food like Thukpa and momos that are available in the street joints at almost every nook and corner of the town also The Traditional Nepali Thali, The Naga Cuisine, Churpee, Aloo Dum, Sael Roti’s, Chaang these all are famous in Darjeeling.
Life in darjeeling is simply beautiful and calm. That is one place on earth which is still pure and untouched from human activities. Darjeeling have best sunset and sunrise spots.
Places to visit in darjeeling:
Batasia loop, Japanese Temple & Peace Pagoda, The Rock Garden, Nightingale Park, Nehru Road, Chowk Bazaar, Himalayan Mountain Institute, Darjeeling Ropeway, St. Andrews Church, A Paradise to Tea Lover. It is the must visit tourist destination in India. The city is famous famous for its tea gardens & also considered as the most romantic city in West Bengal. It has always attracted minds of travellers from all over the world and has lots of attractions.
Some of them are:
It is best known for the amazing view of the Kanchendzonga peak at sunrise.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park:
Having a variety of flora and fauna.
Shrubbery Nightingale Park:
It is a great place where you can catch some Nepali cultural programs during the peak tourist season.
Sencha Lake and Wildlife Sanctuary:
Sencha Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven for wildlife lovers.
Happy Valley Tea Estate:
Your trip to Darjeeling remains incomplete till you visit the Happy Valley Tea Estate.
While your visit to Darjeeling You must carry :
1.) Warm Clothes:
You must carry warm clothes as you’ll need them in morning and evening. The weathers remains normal during day times, but in morning and evening it is usually cold.
Weather of Darjeeling is unpredictable so you must carry umbrella.
You must carry camera, as it offers breath taking views all around.
While travelling to any place you must carry few medicines.
plenty of warm clothes for mornings and nights
bring your shades and sunscreen if you are planning to go to Tiger hill for the best sunrise view in the whole world, and probably a cap/hat
if you wanna take the toy train, the coal dust emitted with the smoke is a nuisance.
And more importantly, don’t bring your work here, pressure, all the negative things that troubles you, if you really want to travel simply travel incognito, bask in the warm reception of friendly people, and enjoy the fresh cold mountain air with breath taking view all around.
Things to do –
- Trek at Sandakphu
- Take the joy train ride (Batasia Loop)
- Drive up to Tiger Hill (enjoy the sunrise view of peak of Kanchenjunga)
- Kalimpong ( 5okms trip)
The Best Area in Darjeeling to go for Shopping
- Nehru Road
- Batasia Loop Market
- Ghoom Monastery Market
- Teesta Bazaar
- Pashupati Nagar Market
- Chowk Bazaar
Have a wonderful Vacation!