TOP 10 TOURIST SPOTS IN DARJEELING – Northeast India

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Darjeeling is one of the places which has a mixture of culture, natural immortal beauty, mountains snowy peaks, pilgrimage attractions, wildlife and the world most exotic tea.

Combination of all makes it a perfect destination for tourist who searches for places to experience adventure.

Here is the list of places to visit on Darjeeling travel which you can’t afford to miss out on your journey.

  1. Darjeeling Toy Train
  2. Tiger Hills
  3. Batasia Loop
  4. Singalila National Park
  5. Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park
  6. Japanese Peace
  7. Happy Valley Tea Estate
  8. Senchal Lake
  9. Rock Garden & Ganga Maya Park
  10. Darjeeling Rope Way
  11. Conclusion
  12. Frequently asked question
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Darjeeling Toy Train

Parineeta movie reminds the excellent toy train ride view and beauty of Darjeeling surrounded by scenic and surreal hills. It is very well known as Himalayan railway Station of 2 ft gauge rail which starts from New Jalpaiguri and ends at Darjeeling. You can find the running schedule of Toy Train Joyrides in Indian Railways Website.

Tickets are available for both steam engine toy train or diesel engine. It offers a beautiful way of captivating the Himalayan beauty as you pass over along the inclines of the hills. You can book a ticket via Indian railway sites; advance booking is a safest option to enjoy the toy train ride.

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India, West Bengal, Darjeeling, Batasia Loop, Steam train known as the Toy Train of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway listed as a World Heritage Site,

Highlights

  • the scenic beauty of Himalayas
  • iconic rides, safari view, museum, park .

The Best Month To Visit

Throughout year and ideally in winter to capture unparalleled natural scenic beauty.

Tiger Hills

Situated at an altitude of 2590 metres and distance of 13 km from Darjeeling. One of the popular tourist spots for avid nature admirer. This spot can make you experience the sunrise and mesmerizing compilation of mountain and sun rays reflection double the effect of a fantastic view of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga along with Rathong, Kabru and Kokhtang. It is swiftly accessible by road and hardly takes 45-50 minutes to reach from town.

Tiger Hill
TIGER HILL

Highlights

  • Panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga.
  • Arresting view of sunrise on the hills

The Best Month To Visit

April & May is the best time to get unhindered sunrise view.November And December

Batasia Top

The railway loop in Darjeeling of West Bengal, was built in 1919. Batasia means airy space and This is worth to visit in Darjeeling. Located at a range of 5 km from town where narrow gauge toy train takes a 360-degree loop in a spiral track around the beautiful garden. You can get a mesmerizing view of Mount Kanchenjunga range in crystal clear weather. Visiting hours to Batasia loop is 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Batasia
BATASIA LOOP

Highlights

  • Tour of loopy tracks and eye-catching view of the garden
  •  reflects a stunning view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other snow-topped Himalayan summits.
  • War memorial dedicated  Gorkha Soldiers.

The Best Month To Visit

All Year

Singalila National Park

The Singalila National Park is the highest National park in west Bengal. Here you can take rarest species wildlife to experience and enjoy the trekking adventure too. Permit for visiting is mandatory for the core portion of the park which issued by the Forest Department. There is separate charges for cameras for photography and videos. Entry fees for park is 100 INR to 200 INR.

Highlights

  • Exotic wildlife like Red Panda, Himalayan black bear,snow leopard and approx 124 species of Himalayans and indo-Burma birds.
  • Trek to Sandakphu & Phalut
  • Photography of whole scenic beauty of wildlife and terrains trails.

The Best Month To Visit

March to May ( for an eye-catching view of flora and fauna ); October – December(for snow-capped view); Avoid June to September ( season of heavy rainfall)

Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park

It dedicated to Ex-governor of west Bengal and daughter of Sarojini Naidu,(a national leader and poet) by India’s Former Prime Minister Smt Indira Gandhi in 1975. Padmaja National Park came into existence in the year of 1958 situated at an elevation of 7000ft( 2,134 m) and known as the oldest and highest settled zoological park in India.

This zoo is famous for conservation and breeding of Red Panda, Himalayan Salamander, Tibetan Wolf, Blood Pheasant Himalayan monal, blue sheep, grey peacock pheasant and Snow Leopard.Opening hours is 8;30am to 4;30pm (Thursday closed). Entry fees will be INR 20 for Indian residents and foreign residents INR 50.

Highlights

  • Wildlife species like Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Siberian Tiger, Tibetan Wolf, Sambar Deer, Blue Sheep, Yak etc
  • Himalayan birds species shelter
  • Conservation and breeding centre for rarest wildlife.

The Best Month To Visit

April To June(Summer); October to December(Winter).

Japanese Peace Pagoda & Temple

This is a famous tourist place among Buddhist Pilgrimage established in 1972 and inauguration in 1992, The Pagoda took 20 years to construct.The Japanese Peace pagoda on the inclines of Jalapahar hill and it provide a glance of four avatars of Lord Buddha.

The Japanese temple made under the direction of Japanese monk called Nichidatsu Fujii, and this peace pagoda signifies and spreads the intention of peace and equality among all races and creed. Temple enclosed with well-acquired prayer hall, and from apex point, you can capture a comprehensive view of the vistas. Best place to calm your soul and rejuvenate mind in a peaceful ambiance. Visiting hours is 4:00 am to 7:00 pm, and entry is free.

Highlights

  • Spectacular views of Darjeeling and the Himalayan terrain enclosed.
  • Architecture and carvings.

The Best Month To Visit

April to June; October to December.

Happy Valley Tea Estate

Trip to Darjeeling is incomplete without visiting the tea valley of Darjeeling. It considered as the most prominent part which places Darjeeling top-notch tourist place. David Wilson build this tea valley in 1854 which purchased by T .P. Banerjee in 1929 and again purchased by Sanjay Bansal, second oldest tea valley estate encompassed over 437 acres at an altitude of 2100 metres above sea level of North Darjeeling.

Make sure you visit with a tour guide which who will take you inside and show you all phase of estates and detailed everything. Tea bushes are aged here for 100 years or more.Tourist can visit to the factory area where sampling, testing carried away and processing of tea take place.There are seasons of cultivation of various types of tea. Green and sort of white variety of tea plucked from March to May and September to November.

Black tea processing carries from June to August and tourist may purchase from the valley outlet or even order online . Happy Golden cafe is just right there where you can experience the taste of authentic worldwide tea of Darjeeling. You can visit tea estate and factory from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm from Tuesday to Saturday, for a factory visit you will charge approx 100 INR. You cannot visit factory from inside in the season of plucking which is November to February only outside is allowed.

HAPPY VALLEY TEA ESTATE, DARJEELING
HAPPY VALLEY TEA ESTATE,DARJEELING

Highlights

  • Tea Garden ,Tea Estate and factory

The Best Month To Visit

March to May ( for plucking season); September to November.

Senchal lake and Wildlife Sanctuary

Darjeeling is the best version of tourist spot for any traveler who thought about perfect combination lakes and wildlife spot to visit. It has beautiful natures surrounding hat has lake backed with mountains from the square. It is at an altitude of 2490 metres (8160 ft). One of the oldest conservation wildlife park set up in 1915, hardly 11 km away from Darjeeling valley. It is the home for the varied breed of animals and birds too like a Jungle cat, wild pig, Black bear, leopard, rhesus monkey, Golden woodpecker, emeralds cuckoos, horn bills, babblers, etc.you can get access to the sanctuary after getting permit with a fee of 50 INR

SENCHAL WILDLIFE SANCTUARY,DARJEELING
SENCHAL WILDLIFE SANCTUARY,DARJEELING

Highlights

  • conservation of wildlife as varieties of birds and animals.
  •  To capture the splendid view of lakes & mountains.

The Best Month To Visit

Throughout the year except for monsoon

Rock Garden

Barbotey Rock Garden built by the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council. Ganga Maya Park is nature park pour water surge flow through it. The rock garden is situated around 10 km from town and Ganga Maya park just located hugged around it.The view of landscapes and the mountain ranges from the path is matchless. The rock garden is a lovely picnic spot capped beauty of Chunnu summer fall and magnificent flower gardens, which make it a unique feel for nature lovers and splendid sight to explore. Here offers boating adventure in lakes which is a beautiful fun thing to experience. Timing to visit this spot is 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with an entry fee of 10 INR for Indians and 50 INR for foreign tourists.

Highlights

  • Rock Garden surrounded with flowers  along with mountain streams with water flow gushing around,

The Best Month To Visit

Throughout the year.

Darjeeling Rope Way

The Best way to explore and experience the iconic valley of mountains and natural beauty of Darjeeling. Here you can get a cable car ride and take a glimpse with a birds-eye view from the top. Darjeeling Rope way is the first cable car services in India which established in 1968 which give a breath-holding view of green valley and exotic landscapes covered with snow in winter. It is the worth and best things to experience in Darjeeling tour and explore the nature of love in Greenland bedded with a white layer at the top. Timings of visit: 9:30 am – 4 pm (Tue-Sat), 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (Sun-Mon)

Darjeeling-ropeway
DARJEELING ROPEWAY

Entry fee: INR 175 for adults & INR 90 for children.

Highlights

  • birds-eye view of Darjeeling from the top.
  • capture the scenic beauty of mountains and landscapes

The Best Month To Visit

Anytime except June.

Conclusion

Darjeeling is a blend of natural beauty and peaceful ambiance, offers landscape beauty, varied cultivation, toy trains, monasteries, etc, Get your bag pack to explore beautiful spot in Darjeeling with any tour & travel packages that is perfectly made for Wanderlust to enjoy every bit of Darjeeling beauty.

Frequently asked questions

Which are the best tourist spots to explore with family in Darjeeling?

The best tourists spots to explore with your family consists monasteries, Zoological Park, Rock Garden, Toy Train ride, Wildlife sanctuary Park,Happy valley Tea Estate, Nightingale Park, Mountaineering institutes, Japanese pagoda, St. Andrews church and many more.

What is the best time to travel Darjeeling?

February to March and September to November are the pleasant time to tour Darjeeling.

How to reach Darjeeling?

By air you can land to bagdogra Airport near to Siliguri, as Darjeeling does not have its own airport. In case flying outside from India you can look for connecting flight from major cities to bagdogra airport. By rail you can reach to jalpaiguri the nearest railway station which connects to major cities of the country. By road you can take bus from Siliguri to Darjeeling.

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