The charming valley of Darjeeling is a popular hill station since the rule of British Empire. Lush green vegetation, snow clad mountains and tall trees all adds to its charisma. Perched at an altitude of 2134 m the city of Darjeeling showcases the majestic ranges of Kanchenjunga that enjoys the glory of 3rd highest mountain in the world.
is also tea-growing paradise as well, and its pleasant gratifying tea
plantations are among the most Arcadian lures in India.
The city also has its religious significance due to the Buddhist
Monasteries and the Hindu temples, quite famous for their architectural and
cultural splendor. One can also view the sights of Tibetan Lamas in their
yellow robes, alongside Sherpas, Gorkhas, Gurung farmers, and its
Adventure in Darjeeling
Darjeeling is also an absolute Arcadia for trekkers and adventure
explorers. Trekking in Darjeeling is an lifetime experience that will take
you through the sublime grandeur of Himalayas holding its vast treasures of
the snow-capped mountains, valleys adorned with colorful rhododendrons,
magnolias, orchids and ferns of numerous varieties. Trekkers can even enjoy
the sights of varied color birds inhabiting in its dense jungles, there are
about 600 species of birds nestling in the emerald green forests on the
slopes of the mountains.
Dzongri area of West Sikkim, Thingchen Khang and Jopunob, are best trekking
zones and also been declared as the best "trekking peaks', Permits are
required by foreigners for trekking on most of the routes in Sikkim.
Hang Gliding / Ballooning
Both these sports have gained immense popularity due to their introduction
at Dhoteria in Darjeeling City during the Tea & Tourism Festival in
November 98. The topography of the city is just idle for this sport with its
high ridges, cliffs and deep down valleys, making it a great tourist
White Water Rafting
Adventure of river rafting is well facilitated in the deep gorges, series
of rapids with varying intensity and strong currents of Teesta River, that
extends a challenging invitation to one of the finest rafting stretches in
the world. Other games like Canoeing and kayaking have also been introduced
on the river Teesta and the lake in Mirik.
The untamed waters of the Rangeet with its magnificent rapids offer rafting
for all groups irrespective of their age. The breath-taking scenery that is
encounter while rafting down the mountain rivers making it to be a most
cherished experience for all lovers of adventure.
The exciting routes of mountain biking lead you to Gangtok in Sikkim,
en-routing the famous Rumtek monastery from Martam. Fairly a new sport
introduced in the valley of Darjeeling.
It the highest point in the city on an altitude of 2590m. The hill is quite
renowned for its dazzling dawn view over the Kanchenjunga peak just 11km
from Darjeeling. It also makes and excellent trekking route up to the hill
point as well as an idle picnic spot among the locals as well as the
Adventure through Toy Train
Darjeeling Toy Train begins its journey from New Jalpaiguri. The journey
through this rail coach takes almost 10 hours giving a panoramic vista of
deep valleys, snow peaked mountains and diverse variety of flora. Travel
through Darjeeling Toy Train is just a magnificent experience for a tourist.
The nearest airport is at Bagdogra - 90 km from Darjeeling, the city is
well linked to all major cities of India by domestic airlines.
New Jalpaiguri /Siliguri is the main railway station for all trains.
There are Deluxe, Semi-Deluxe bus services operating to Darjeeling from
Siliguri, Bagdogra, Gangtok, Kurseong and Kathmandu.