Things To Do When You Are Out For A Darjeeling Tour
Darjeeling, the famous hill station of West Bengal is one of the prime tourist destinations of India. Located in the North-Eastern Himalayan range, its scenic beauty is truly majestic, or rather, serene! The sunrise on the hills are always ethereal; along with the tantalizing aroma of the tea gardens and its rejuvenating greenery –the experience in Darjeeling only gets better. Enjoy your stay at Darjeeling, to the fullest.
Flag Points in the Map of Darjeeling
Confused about how to add more colours and flavors to your Darjeeling tour? Here’s a list of things to do in Darjeeling– Begin with exploring some of the popular places – the names of which that pop up every now and then.
Top 3 Places to Visit in Darjeeling
- Tiger Hill
1. Tiger Hill
Your Darjeeling tour would remain incomplete without spectating the sunrise over the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains. Situated at an altitude of 2590 m., from Tiger Hill you’ll get a panoramic view of Mount Everest and also of Kanchenjunga. The peaks of Kanchenjunga baths in the sun’s resplendent glory at sunrise –this view is the prime attraction of Darjeeling.
Witness the sprawling land of tea in the slopes of Dooars. Take a stroll down the miles of lush green shrubs that bestrew the air with the scent of finely cultivated tea.
The highest peak of West Bengal, Sandakphu stands at an altitude of 3636 m. It is the perfect destination for trekking. If you’re an adventure freak, book a trekking trip to Sandakphu. You can also witness a bewitching panorama of Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga along with many other peaks from Sandakphu.
Warm Up Your Body With Some Fun Activities in Darjeeling!
- The Toy Train
- Whitewater Rafting in Teesta
- Thrill Ride on the Ropeway
1. The Toy Train
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway bears its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And you just cannot miss a fun ride on the famous Toy Train. The journey on the Toy Train is so unique – an experience that you can never forget. During the ride you will get a view of the mountains and you might as well find yourself getting lost in the cerulean beauty of the sky.
2. Whitewater Rafting in Teesta
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, rafting is the perfect activity for you among the other engaging fun activities in Darjeeling. A breathtaking adventure of rafting in the Teesta River loaded with countless rapids –an electrifying experience that you would regret to miss.
3. Thrill Ride on the Ropeway
Tour to a hill station without a ropeway ride? Don’t ever let that happen. So, buckle up, the ropeway is on its way to take you out for a ride at an astounding elevation of 7001 ft, complemented with a fascinating view of the valleys and hills around Darjeeling and finally descending to 801 ft.
Calm Your Mind and Body With Some Tinges of Spirituality!
- Peace Pagoda
- Ghum Monastery
- Mahakal Temple
- Batasia Loop
- Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
1. Peace Pagoda
Founded by a Japanese Buddhist monk named Nichidatsu Fujii, with the motif to help people find the peace they seek, the Peace Pagoda houses Buddha’s four avatars. You’ll find a profound tranquility in here.
2. Ghum Monastery
The Buddhist monasteries are a haven of peace. In Ghum Monastery there are also some Buddhist scriptures preserved. Visit it for a peaceful trance.
3. Mahakal Temple
A shrine of Lord Shiva, the Mahakal Temple brings the Hindu and Buddhist religions under one roof –a perfect spiritual and religious amalgamation. This temple is worth a visit and is one of the most popular engaging things to do in Darjeeling.
4. Batasia Loop
A spiral railway in Darjeeling, Batasia Loop is an en-route of the Toy Train, another one among the many Darjeeling attractions. A memorial lies down the loop dedicated to the Gorkha soldiers of the Indian Army whose lives were sacrificed in the wars. Batasia Loop offers you a magnificent view of the mountain.
5. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
This zoo preserves the endangered Himalayan species. It has in its treasure for you –red pandas, snow leopards, Tibetan wolves, blue sheep and many other species.
It’s Shopping Time!
- Bhutia Market
A perfect destination to shop some woolens, handcrafted trinkets, pendants etc. made with an authentic essence of Darjeeling. Chowrasta is basically famous for its easy-going ambience. A place where you can go for an evening walk, let the refreshing cold breeze run through your hair; a romantic ambience, you cannot miss.
2. Bhutia Market
While on a tour, shopping brings more pleasure than shopping from your locale. The Bhutia Market is a temporary flea market, selling your favorite things at an affordable price. You might go crazy with the collection of winter wears. You can also go to the Chowk Bazaar for marketing. You’ll get a variety of collection starting from crockeries, woolen sweaters, jackets, woolen caps, artificial jewellery etc. Oh, and don’t forget to buy yourself the authentic Darjeeling tea from Nathmulls.
Take a Break, Feed Your Appetite!
You must be tired after a day of travelling, sightseeing and other activities. Not to worry. The authentic momos and thukpas are here at your rescue. Taste some of the scrumptious foods of Darjeeling, warm your body with some hot soup of thukpa with the delicacies of noodles in it. You’ll find the eateries and food joints at every nook and corner of the Mall Road. You can go to Keventers to satiate your breakfast cravings.
Got Time For Some Artistic Engraving?
If you have the spirit of a hippie, do not miss out on the tattoos that not only make you look cool but they also carry a grave spiritual significance. There are plenty of tattoo parlors where you can get inked.
Don’t Forget to Capture the Moments!
You haven’t been taking pictures yet? Take out your camera, capture the majestic beauty of the town. Of course, you need to witness it with bare eyes and the feeling of it is even greater than indulging yourself in taking pictures all along the journey. But hey, captured memories also matter. Take back with you the mountains, the valleys, the tea gardens, the sunrise framed in your clicks. Make yourself remember the moments you spent in Darjeeling at times, after you get busy in the daily monotony again.