It is studded with exotic little bazaars, lovely villas, forests, gardens and of course, the aroma of the rich Darjeeling tea cannot be missed.Darjeeling boasts the highest railway station in the world, connecting it with Siliguri. The famous Himalayan Mountaineering Institute displays equipment used by famous mountaineers, Hitler’s Observatory is a powerful telescope. The Tibetan refugee self-help center offers Tibetan handicraft and carpets. Natural History Museum displays a comprehensive collection of the local fauna.The name of Darjeeling at once conjures thoughts of the rich aroma and the sharp taste of “good tea”. Since 1850, tea has been the major industry in Darjeeling and the “best teas” comes from this district. If one were to visit Darjeeling, one would realize the obvious reasons. It is internationally acclaimed as one of the most magnificent hill resorts in the world.
The alpine habitat of Darjeeling abounds in orchards, orange groves, medicinal herbs, over four thousand species of flowering plants, ferns and orchids. Rare birds, animals, butterflies are other attractions. During your stay in Darjeeling, you will ride up to Tiger Hill, visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, ropeway across the tea gardens, venture into the monasteries, roam in the Botanical Garden, watch hand-knitted carpets being made at the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center. Or, just stroll around the exotic little bazaars looking for bargains, for Yak trails and Nepalese Khukuris. Trekking in the Himalayas is also a wonderful option.Darjeeling is home for the Nepalese, Sharpas, Tibetans. They are friendly, ever smiling, hospitable, gregarious people. The presence of the multiracial community provides a rich cultural base and varieties of foods. Festivals are, therefore, present throughout the year.The best months to travel are March to June and September to mid-January. Temperatures during these months vary from a minimum of 0 degrees to 20 degrees centigrade.