Darjeeling (West Bengal) Tour Packages
Darjeeling is a town in India’s West Bengal state, in the Himalayan foothills. Once a summer resort for the British Raj elite. Darjeeling is know as the “Queen of Hills”, this is a place of enigmatic natural beauty. The name ‘Darjeeling’ likely derives from the Tibetan words dorje, meaning ‘thunderbolt’, and ling meaning ‘place’ or ‘land of the thunderbolt’.
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Darjeeling is the land of the muscatel flavored Darjeeling tea revered by connoisseurs across the globe. This is the land of the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway where the century old miniature steam engine still chugs uphill vying for space with the fast disappearing Land Rovers. You can get beautiful flowers everywhere. In Darjeeling mostly days are cold and the sun almost seems to play hide and seek with us.
Darjeeling in the post modern era comprises of six T’s -Tea, Teak, Tourism, Toy Train, Tiger Hill and Trekkers’ paradise.
Tea and Darjeeling are synonymous. Darjeeling Tea is world renowned for its flavor, which is unequaled by other tea producing areas not only of India but also of the world. Darjeeling still manufactures the tea by the original methods known as the ‘orthodox’ method.
The Formation of The Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council Act, the role of district administration has changed from being a manager to a key player. Apart from managing the various key departments, it plays a pivotal role and acts as an intermediate between the council and the Government. Critical issues viz. elections, panchayat, law and order, revenue, etc. are still handled by the district administration. The period 1982 to 1988 saw the people of Darjeeling in agitation for the formation of a separate state. However after an agreement between the Government and the chief of The Gorkha National Liberation Front, Mr. Subsash Ghisingh, the agitation was suspended and paved the way for the formation of an autonomous council for the social, economic, educational and cultural advancement of the hill people.
The Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council Act was passed by the West Bengal Legislative Assembly as the West Bengal Act 13 of 1988 to provide for the establishment of an Autonomous Council for the social, economic, educational and cultural advancement of the Gorkhas and other people residing in the hill areas of the district of Darjeeling.
Darjeeling Location in World MAP
- 27 Deg. 13 Min. N to 26 Deg. 27 Min. N Latitude
- 88 Deg. 53 Min. E to 87 Deg. 59 Min. E Longitude.
Darjeeling is located 120 kms distance from the Capital of Sikkim Gangtok and about 75 km from Siliguri, the nearest railhead and airport. Regular jeeps connect Darjeeling to the towns of Kalimpong and New Jalpaiguri. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport.(85 Kms )
Cultures of Darjeeling:- In Darjeeling lots of fairs and festivals celebrated by the Darjeeling people. The two predominant religions are Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism. Dashain, Tihar, Buddha Jayanti, Christmas, Holi, Ram Navami, etc. are the main festivals. Food both types vegetarian and non vegetarian delicious . The traditional dishes of momos and thukpas are the specialty of the region.
Languages of Darjeeling:- Most of the people of Darjeeling are Buddhists and speak languages are Hindi, Gorkha, Bengali, Nepali, Tibetan and English.
Weather of Darjeeling:- The summers in Darjeeling are pleasant and are preferred by the tourists. The month of March marks the start of summer season and it lasts till May. Snowfall is rarely seen in Darjeeling. Darjeeling experiences heavy rain during the monsoon season. Temperature ranges between a comfortable 7°C to 28°C during these months.
Top Places to Visit in Darjeeling:- Tiger Hill to view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (subject to clear weather) ,Ghoom Monastery, Peace memorial & Batasia Loop , Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Ropeway, Tensing Gumpo Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center (Closed on Sunday), Tea Estate, Natural History Museum (Sunday Closed), Peace Pagoda.
The best time to visit Darjeeling:- This beautiful hill station feels like a paradise around the year .Summer and winter seasons best time to visit March to mid June & October to December.
How to Reach Darjeeling
• Air: The nearest Airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra Airport (95 kms from Pelling ) Siliguri, which is a 2.5 hours journey from Pelling.
• Rail: The nearest Railway Station from Darjeeling is Jalpaiguri Railway Station, which is at a distance of 80 Kms from Darjeeling. It is well connected to major cities like Chennai, New Delhi, Howrah, Alipur and Darjeeling through Guwahati Express, Ndls Bgp Express, Mas Njp Express and Dbrt Rajdhani.
• Road: Darjeeling is well connected with the other cities of Sikkim and some private travel service.