As the name Darjeeling suggests, it is the land of thunderbolt sceptre. It is the ultimate tourist destination for people from all over the world. An escape to hills in spring and autumn is the perfect idea to visit Darjeeling.
As spring is round the corner, Darjeeling will welcome you with a pleasant weather and breath-taking landscapes. The perfect place for photographers, nature lovers and travellers is this district situated in the foothills of the Himalayas in the northern part of West Bengal state.
You will come across towns of Kurseong and Kalimpong which are also in the Darjeeling district and the K-Towns are equivalently beautiful to attract tourists. You can enjoy a walk to the tea gardens and see the tea pickers doing their work.
You can also see the famous British style public schools which are famous all over India with mind blogging architecture and world class education system like St. Paulâ€™s School, St. Josephâ€™s College (school department), Loretoâ€™s Convent, Dr. Grahamâ€™s Home ( Kalimpong), Goethals Memorial School (Kurseong).
So what are you waiting for? To visit Darjeeling, pack your bags and hit the road with your friends if you are planning for a road trip, maybe take a train to New Jalpaiguri and then take a tourist cab to Darjeeling or you can also book your flight to Bagdogra which is 90 kilometres from Darjeeling. Do not worry about your fooding and lodging.
The Cedar Inn (Darjeeling) is a beautiful hotel for couples looking for a getaway from the busy city life to enjoy some days peacefully. Booking a room for 5 nights would be a great idea to enjoy a full trip to Darjeeling. There are Deluxe Rooms for two which will cost you Rupees 40,000 for 5 nights.
If you are looking for a little budget friendly hotels then you could go for Central Heritage Resort and Spa Darjeeling which is Rupees 18,329 for 5 nights.
Students who are more of a traveller than a tourist and just trying to visit DarjeelingÂ and make it a great experience somehow, can book Olde Main Bellevue Heritage Hotel. It is pocket friendly and will only cost you Rupees 6,787 for 5 nights.
The parks and rooftop cafes are the best place for your leisure time in the chilly weather sipping fine Darjeeling Tea, keeping in mind, Queen Elizabeth II drinks pure exported Darjeeling Tea as well. Now thatâ€™s a bonus. Places to visit in Darjeelingare The Darjeeling War Memorial, Lloydâ€™s Botanical Garden which preserves different species of Orchids, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park which protects endangered Himalayan species, a ride in the famous Toy Train is a must in every touristsâ€™ bucket list also, The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO which is the only second railway in the world to have this honour.
The people of Darjeeling celebrate various and the major festivals like Dashain, Tihar, Buddha Jayanti, Christmas and Losar. So, paying a visit to â€˜The Queen of Hillsâ€™ during the festivals is an extra add-on to your trip. Their mouth-watering cuisines like Steamed Momo, Shyaphale, Kinema, Thukpa, Sel Roti etc will leave you wanting for more.
To warm up a little, why not drink some local beer like Tongba and Chang. Tourism in this place is booming and it attracts more than 50,000 domestic and 500,000 international tourists. It is a also a popular filming destination for Bollywood like Aradhana, Main Hoon Na, Barfi and Bengali movies. It is also the gateway to Nepal and Bhutan.
People enjoy the ecstatic view of the Himalayan peaks like Kanchenjunga which is the Third Highest Peak in the world and not to forget, you can also get a view of the Mt. Everest which is located in Nepal but yes, it can be seen if you visit Darjeeling.
If you plan to visit Darjeeling now, bookÂ your rooms, grab your camera, gather your friends, spouse or family, pack your bags and go this beautiful escape which will remain evergreen in your memories just like the pine trees of The Himalayan Region.
(c) Sneha Choudhury