12 Top Things To Do in Darjeeling in 2020

Darjeeling is among the highest peaks of the India located at an elevation of 2000 meter in the West Bengal, India. It was the summer resort for the Britishers and now famous for its luring landscape and tea plantation. Darjeeling is also called as the Queen of the Hills with the backdrop of Kanchenjunga mountains.

Best Time to Visit Darjeeling

April to June is the best time for visiting DARJEELING as the temperatore not too cold nor too hot

How to Reach Darjeeling

By Air- The nearest airport is Bagdogra which is 76 kms from Darjeeling. You can hire taxi to reach Darjeeling from Bagdogra which takes approx. 3 hrs.

By Train- New Jalpaiguri is the Nearest Railway Station to reach Darjeeling. New Jalpaiguri is well connected with all major cities of India including Delhi.

By Road- Darjeeling is connected with road from nearby cities such as Gangtok & Siliguri. The best option from road to reach Darjeeling is through your private vehicle or taxi.

Darjeeling Travel Guide What To Do, Where To Visit, What to Eat and What to Buy

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  1. Toy Train Ride- An Unforgettable Experience
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The toy train ride is a must thing to do in Darjeeling. The ride starts from Darjeeling railway station to Ghum and back via Batasia loop, takes 2 hours. Ghum is the highest altitude station and the Batasia loop is the most beautiful track where train takes 360 degree loop and you will get a chance of exploring the hidden gem and beauty of Darjeeling. The another ride is toy train jungle safari operates from siliguri to rangtong and back.

Ticket Prices for Round Trip

INR 1000 for Diesel Engine first Class Seats & INR 1600 for Steam Engine

Click Below for Location on Map

 Hill Cart Rd, Limbugaon, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101
  1. Darjeeling Ropeway- For Bird Eye’s View of Valley & Hills
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Darjeeling ropeway is one of the best tourist attraction of the town. Ride on the cable car unit for the enchanting view of the valley’s and mesmerizing hills covered with the green landscape with the tea plantation. It covers the “North Point” in the town of Darjeeling and Singla on the banks of the Ramman river.

Ticket Prices for Round Trip

INR 200 per person

Click Below for Location on Map

 Singamari, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734104
  1. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park- Spot Endangered Species at the Largest High Altitude Zoo in India
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park darjeeling
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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park was estabilished in the year 1958. This is the only specialized zoo in the country. Spot the endangered and exotic species such as Red Panda, Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wolf and other highly endangered animal species of Eastern Himalaya.

Entry Ticket

INR 20 per Indian & INR 50 for Foreigners

Click Below for Location on Map

Darjeeling – Jorethang Rd, Near Birch Hill Resort, Jawahar Parbat, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101
  1. Yiga Choeling Monastery- Visit Buddha Statute at this Sacred Place
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Yiga Choeling Monastery
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Yiga Choeling Monastery is also known as old Ghoom Monastery. It is the oldest Monastery in Darjeeling belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat sect and was constructed in 1850 by the famous Mongolian monk and astrologer, Sokpo Sherab Gyatso. It is the best tourist attraction of the Darjeeling as one will get a chance to get familiar with Buddha culture and pay a visit.

Ticket Prices

Free

Click Below for Location on Map

Ghoom, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734102
  1. The Mall- Observatory Hill View Point
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Observatory Hill View Point is the popular tourist attraction of the Darjeeling,popularly known for its snow cladding hills and alluring valley’s view. Mount Kanchenjunga is visible from the observatory hill and The Bhutia Busty monastery was originally located here along with the temple of Mahakal.

Nearby Attractions

Jawahar Parbat, Raj bhawan & himalayan mountaineering institute

Ticket Prices

Free

Click Below for Location on Map

Naya Basti, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101
  1. White Water River Rafting- Daring Adventure
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Rafting in the white water is out of the world experience. Dare to do this adventure that raises your goosebumps. It is the best activity to do in Darjeeling. River rafting is done in the river Teesta.

Ticket Prices

Starts from INR 3500

Click Below for Location on Map

National Highway 10 Kalimpong Dansong Forest, Kalimpong, West Bengal 734312

Shopping in Darjeeling – What to Buy and Best Shops

  1. Darjeeling Tea

Darjeeling Tea


Darjeeling is famous worldwide for it’s aromatic tea. It is the best thing to buy in Darjeeling. For best qulaity of tea head to the Tea Garden in Chowrasta where they have their own tea shops

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Best Shops for Buying Tea

Nathmull’s tea shop, Darjeeling Teahouse & Mayukh TEA
  1. Woolen & Tibetan Handicrafts
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Darjeeling is also famous for its woolen clothes and due to the mostly locals of Darjeeling are Tibetans, so it is better option to buy Tibetan Handicrafts and Artefacts. Also the Tibetan carpets are one of the best thing to buy in Darjeeling

Where to Buy

Tibetan Carpets at Tibetan Self Help Center, handicrafts at chowrasta, artefacts at ghoom monastary, wall paintings called ‘Thangkas’, copper wares, crockery, silverware and lanterns at teesta bazaar

Best Restaurants in Darjeeling – Where & What to Eat

  1. Kunga Restaurant- Authentic Chinese & Tibetan Cuisines
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Kunga Restaurant is one of the best restaurant in town that will surely satisfy your Chinese & Tibetan food cravings. Although the restaurant is small but the dishes are exotic and you will definitely fall in love of their dishes.

Best Dishes / Must Have

Pork Chili & Chicken, Tibetan Dishes & Momos

Cost for Two

INR 700

Click Below for Location on Map

51, Gandhi Rd, Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101
  1. Glenary’s Restaurant- Oldest & Finest Restaurant in Town

Glenray’s restaurant is the oldest and finest restaurant in the town. A vintage restaurant that serves continental, chinese & Indian cuisines. Dine in this classy restaurant and also there is a bakery that serves delicious pastries, cakes and Darjeeling famous tea.

Best Dishes / Must Have

Croissant, Stir Fried Vegetables & Roast Pork

Cost for Two

INR 1000

Click Below for Location on Map

Nehru Road Near Clock Tower, Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101
  1. Sonam’s Kitchen- For Healthy & Tasty Breakfast
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Sonam’s Kitchen is most popular for it’s Healthy & Tasty Breakfast. The restaurant is run by a lady located on the Zakir Hussain Road. Probably this is the best place from you can start your journey after g=having the tasty breakfast.

Best Dishes / Must Have

Pancakes, Eggs & Ginger Tea

Cost for Two

INR 400

Click Below for Location on Map

Dr Zakir Hussain Rd, Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101

Where to Stay in Darjeeling

  1. Tieedi Earthy Dwelling & Herb Garden DwellingA Farm House Stay in the Lap of Nature
best place for stay in darjeeling is farm stay in nature
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These Dwellings are located in the middle of the forest, one of the best place for living in the Darjeeling. Stay in the bamboo farm houses in the lap of the nature away from the hustle bustle of the crowd. In this you will get a well equipped traditional kitchen with wood fired stove.

Cost per Night

Starts from INR 1500

Click Below for Online Booking

Tieedi Dwellings

7 Comments on “12 Top Things To Do in Darjeeling in 2020”

  1. I live in West Bengal but still haven’t visited yet, Whenever this virus is gone I will definitely visit. This was in our travel list but every time we delayed it. Thanks for sharing such amazing facts about Darjeeling 👍🏻👍🏻

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