Darjeeling is special because it welcomes you with lush green mountains and mesmerizing scenic beauty with monasteries and colonial charm. Hills stations are always the centre of attraction for many travelers and when it comes about exploring Darjeeling there is no such alternative that gives you the feeling of discovering new things about the place. If you are looking for a memorable trip to get out of your normal life then Darjeeling is the best place for you to satisfy the mind and soul.
The word ‘Darjeeling’ came from Tibetan words ‘Dorje’ meaning thunderbolt and ‘Ling’ that means land. So, historically it is the land of Thunderbolt. Darjeeling is located at an altitude of 6,710ft in the Indian state of West Bengal and once a winter capital of India during British rule. In recent time this destination is considered as one of the suitable places to enjoy family vacation, adventurous tour and honeymoon trip. Darjeeling tour package provides affordable home-stay and hotels to make you feel comfortable with all the essential amenities. Here, we will like to highlight some of the reasons which make Darjeeling a suitable place according to the trends for 2019.
Where to visit Darjeeling in 2019
Exploring Darjeeling will remain incomplete without witnessing the sunrise at Tiger Hill. You can start your trip by waking up early in the morning (at around 3:30 AM) and cover a distance of 25 KM which takes 1 hour 20 minutes to reach the place. It is necessary to reach there by 5:30 AM during winter to witness the mesmerizing sunrise. The colourful sky, red giant sun with captivating mountain ranges along with the Shining Kanchenjunga on the back will give you happiness and joy at the same time. It is better to avoid visiting Darjeeling during monsoon because you will never find any visibility.
If you are looking for the right place to experience the view of Mt. Kanchenjunga then you must visit Batasia Loop which is significant both scenically and historically. The famous railway loop will give you the chance to watch the toy trains passing by throughout the day. Early morning is the best time to visit this place while returning from Tiger Hill. Toy train in Darjeeling is declared as World Heritage Site from UNESCO and attracts so many travelers to get into the cinematic experience. You will also find some reasons for shopping as local shopkeepers sell woolen items and decorative carpets near the toy train track.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
Adventure seekers will enjoy some of the best moment in their life by visiting HMI which is located at Jawahar Parvat and offer full-fledged mountaineering courses to make people trained in mountain climbing. So, by visiting this place you will find the roots to adventure and get lost into excitement and glory in true sense. The course fee starts from Rs 4000/- and need approximately one month to complete the certification. It is really important to learn the techniques involved in mountaineering before you try to make your dream into reality. Talk to your travel agent to add this place in your Darjeeling tour package in terms of going through the learning experiences.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
Darjeeling zoo is named in the memory of Indian freedom fighter Padmaja Naidu and received prestigious international award "The Earth Heroes" 2014 out of over 300 zoos worldwide. It is the largest high altitude zoo in India and a perfect place for animal lovers. Some of the rare species of mammals, reptiles, and birds are kept here with enough care and protection. You will find Tibetan Wolf, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Rose Ring Parakeets, Hill Mynas, Ring-Necked Pheasants, Blue Gold Macaw and more. Visiting Darjeeling zoo will be a great learning experience and is nearby Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. You can take pictures but please don't disturb the innocent creatures by making any sound.
Happy Valley Tea Estate
Darjeeling shares a close relation with tea that comes with awesome flavor and taste. If you are feeling restless and stressed from the work pressure then you desperately need a cup of ‘Darjeeling Tea’ and what could be better than finding a valley of tea rather than purchasing them from expensive shops. Happy valley tea estate is 3km away from Darjeeling town and covered in the area of 440 acres, it is situated at a height of 2,100 meters (6,900 ft) above sea level. The green tea plants in the valley look like sea waves and people like clicking photographs along with a sip of Darjeeling tea which is available in the small shops near the tea estate.
Your trip will get some meaning into it when you start shopping or simply walking into Darjeeling Market. Chowrasta means the centre of four roads is a historical square from the Victorian era. Explore market by walking because the roads are usually crowded with tourists and vehicles are not allowed to enter there. Ups and downs along with the railing beside the roads will make you feel believe that you are enjoying your time in the Queen of hills. High-class restaurants will offer some of the delicious food like Momos, and Thukpa along with continental cuisines.
Darjeeling gives you some of the unforgettable memories which will remain forever in your memory because the whole world is beautiful but there is something special about Darjeeling. Plan your vacation and enjoy Darjeeling tour packages to live the life at fullest.