Darjeeling Travel Guide

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Darjeeling Highlights

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     Stunning scenery, warm & wonderful people 

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     Takes some doing to get here! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Starting point for the Himalayan Adventures 

Darjeeling Things to Do

  • The Chaurastha

    The correct spot to start your perambulations in Darjeeling is the Chaurasta, the main junction of five roads, one coming up from the market, one going towards the pony stand, one running downhill past ‘Step Aside’, one returning from the Mahakal Temple on Observatory Hill, one going past Windermere Hotel and St. Andrew’s Church towards the...

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  • Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

    You will find this within the grounds of the zoo but it's worth a visit as the Everest Museum is interesting as it goes into detail about the 1922 and 1924 climbs that started from Darjiling. There is also a statue of Tenzing Norgay nearby the place where he was cremated.

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  • Yiga Choeling Monastery At Ghoom

    The road to the famous Yiga Choeling Monastery is adjacent to the Ghoom Railway Station and is only a 10-minutes walk. It is a walk through rows of small shops on both sides of the road till a sharp turning unveils the venerable monastery before you. You may find the monastery locked but there will be monks around who will oblige you if you request...

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Darjeeling Hotels

Darjeeling Restaurants

  • Don't miss the Momos

    This cosy little restaurant, situated just below The Dekaling Hotel serves up the best Tibetan food I have ever tasted. There is enough seating for about 20 people so you may have to wait for a table at busy times. But they do seem to find spaces hence you soon get to speak to fellow diners!The portions are large so beware of over ordering. The...

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  • Drink Darjeeling tea from the top of...

    You can drink your Darjeeling tea here while watching sunset.There's wifi too if you need to check your emails or do some online bookings.The staff are friendly and this shop is a family run business, you might bump into one of the grandson or great grandson of the founder :D The Teas!

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  • Drink tea - English style

    This is a nice place for passing time with a good book and a cup of tea/coffee. The ambience is calm, with a great view of the mountains from the window. The food is mostly western style (sandwiches, toast, bacon & egg, cakes, etc.). Price is a little higher than other local restaurants, nevertheless still affordable (Rs.50 - 100 for a hearty...

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Darjeeling Nightlife

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    by traceyspacey Updated Apr 10, 2007

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    This is a friendly cosy place. Great place to meet other travellers and exchange stories, advice etc. I have met so many people there. Also it's one of the only places where you can still get food after 9pm at night. Cheaper than Buzz.

    Dress Code: It is meant for travellers. No issues with dress requirements.

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Darjeeling Transportation

  • toy train

    The toy train runs from NJP near Siliguri to Darjiling daily rising from 100m above sea level to 2200m. Although it is slow it is well worth it just to view the scenery and villages on the way up. The 80 km trip takes 7 hrs and departs NJP at 9 am and costs around 250 rupees, but having taken the bus before i think my last experience on the train...

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  • Bus from Siliguri to Darjeeling

    We took a taxi from New Jalpaiguri to Siliguri. We were also offered a shared jeep, all the way to Darjeeling, for 90 R per person, and 800 Rs for a jeep-taxi to ourselves. But we chose the bus. The train would take approx. 9 hours and the bus 3-5 hours.The road up was dramatically beautiful. We saw traces of landslides, which probably had occurred...

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  • By Air , Rail & Road to Darjeeling

    You can reach Darjeeling from Delhi, Bombay, Kolkata or Gauhati by air or train first to New Jalpaiguri or at airport Bagdogra. From there you can take shared taxi ( Commander Jeeps or Scorpio) to Darjeeling in less than four hours. Some cars take about two and half hours if they take Pankhabari route but that route is not suggested as it has very...

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Darjeeling Shopping

  • Buy tea

    We got great service here in 2005. He warmed the tea with his breath and hands and we could smell the fragrance of many different types of tea before we desided what to buy. Tea

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  • The world of tea

    Probably the oldest tea shop in Darjeeling (est. 1931). There are only two outlets - the old store at Laden La road, and a newer one in Chowrasta. The latter has a tea lounge, offering tea tasting (a choice of 6 kinds of teas for Rs.400, for 2 people) and pastries; WiFi is also available here. The lounge faces the west, allowing sunset viewing...

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  • Woolen sweaters hand made.

    This is not like a store, it is on the raod side ,and here the hand made sweaters for women and men are manufactured by the local woman or girls.. we can bargain and buy the good quality sweaters for protecting from winter season cold air. Bargain by half the price they asked for ..!

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Darjeeling Local Customs

  • symbol of marriage

    Nepali lady,mostly poor people from nepal migrate to Darjeeling to earn their living ,mostly they work as poters.They are usually dressed traditionally which we people have lost touch to western wear.You can make out a married lady if she sports a green or red beads,she has both the colours on her neck as well you'll find most ladies with red tika...

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  • festivals continued 2-dasai or dashara

    october the month of the main festival of nepalese people.In October Hindus specially Nepali Hindus, have their greatest festival. It's a continuous celebration for fifteen days. This festival starts from Jamare Aunshi (Newmoon, the day barley is sown in temples for Dasain. The shrada (remembrance of the dead ancestors) ceremony is also performed...

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  • Dasai in detail 3

    The eighth day is called the Maha Asthami: The fervour of worship and sacrifice to Durga and Kali increases. On this day many orthodox Hindus will be fasting. Sacrifices are held in almost every house through out the day. The night of the eighth day is called 'Kal Ratri', the dark night. Hundreds of goats, sheep and buffaloes are sacrificed at the...

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Darjeeling Warnings and Dangers

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    by mantru Written Aug 16, 2007

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    Travelling during monsoon that is from june to sept is quite dangerous ,it can cause dangerous landslide which will sweep away roads and darjeeling will be cut off from the rest of india,so rainy season is not a time to visit.

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Darjeeling Tourist Traps

  • Keep away from Hotel Touts ( GJM & GNLF)

    We had a very bad experience once we landed at Darjeeling. These days the jeeps take you to lower Bazar or Lal Bazar from there you will have to climb up to Mall or near to your hotel. You also need to take the help of a local Pittu ( Coolie) as climbing is not easy for the plain landers with luggage. Here you will be surrounded by many hooligan...

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  • visit darjeeling

    If you are someone who likes peach and quite along with wonderful views then going to Hill Stations in India is the best place to be. Whether it is winter or summer Hill Stations are fun in all seasons throughout the year. One common Hill Station is Darjeeling, which is situated in West Bengal. It is very popular with tourists from around the world...

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Darjeeling What to Pack

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    by bladedragon Written Dec 7, 2010

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    Luggage and bags: For me I like to travel light, so I'd recommend you to do so too.
    And if you stay in the Mall (Chowrasta), your transport will have to stop about 500 m from the Mall.
    So be prepared to carry your luggage from there to your hotel.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you're going there on winter, make sure you bring all your warm clothing.
    Winter is about 2-8 C.
    You can buy jackets, sweater, ear muffs, beanies, gloves and shawls at the Mall if you don't have one.
    Bring your windbreaker too coz it can be quite windy there.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are some pharmacies around the Mall area, so bring your special meds, the generic ones they should have it.
    Same goes with toiletries, bring if you have or you can simply buy from groceries store.

    Photo Equipment: Bring your camera with your best landscape lens if you have.
    Also bring additional batteries coz you won't know when they will have blackouts, then you can't charge your battery.

    Miscellaneous: Torchlight is essential due to:
    1. frequent power cutoff
    2. lights being turned off throughout most part of the town after ~8pm
    3. and not yet turned on when you set off to Tiger Hill for sunrise

    Some hotels and tea shops have wifi, so if you bring your laptop you can use make use if it.
    Bring your travel adapter if you need, power outlet in India uses 3 round pins (2 round pins also works fine).

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Darjeeling Off The Beaten Path

  • Sunrise at Tiger Hill-III

    As soon as the Sun comes out our face and the entire surrounding has become Golden! This precious moments lasts for only about 10/15 minutes and is not repeated regularly as there may be clouds and rains! Be fast and first to reach there to capture these moments. I visited the place before digital days so I had to wait till the pictures are...

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  • Sunrise at Tiger Hill

    Sunrise at Tiger Hill is the best attraction for Darjeeling, so I put it here in Off the beaten path! It is one of the best Sunrises visible on the Earth! Tiger hill is about 18/19 kms from Darjeeling takes about less than an hour in Jeep. But to witness the breathtaking Sunrise from 9000 Feet, you need to get up at 3.00AM and board in the prefixed...

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  • Watch the Lord Budha temple.

    To visit Darjeeling Town lord Budha temple is really making u calm and ur mind will be in peace....l

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Darjeeling Sports & Outdoors

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    by AKHTARSAYYAD Written Jan 30, 2009

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    We can climb the rocks by using simple rope and really u must have the courage ...!
    It is so nice and enjoyable game
    u can take help from local mountaineering teachers...!

    Equipment: Only good quality rope and anchors and good nails.high mountain raising shoes..

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Darjeeling Favorites

  • Places of Interest in Darjeeling!

    Observatory Hills/Mahakal Dara - This point provides one of the breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga peaks.One usually strolls around the Mall at Chowrasta and the Mahakal Dara is a 10 minutes climb from the Chowrasta Mall.The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute -This institute was established in 1954 at Birch Hill. It has an excellent museum...

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  • Changing MOOD of da weather :)

    Well..as we all know tht darjeelin is famous for it's cold weather..i mahself also tried to get some experience about tht..well wht i felt is tht it's worth goin to darjeelin...if u wanna see how da weathers changes it's mood....cool weather..quiet places n da Mall is a nice place to sit and relax for hours..but nitelife is ZERO...u'll hv to keep...

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  • Green and only green tea gardens & young...

    I really like the attitude of the young boys and girls to accomodate u with them and chat with u and make u happy and make u feel that u r the part of their life. I made nice people my friends old woman and a man 3 girls and 3 to 4 boys are my friends now .

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