Darjeeling Travel Guide

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Darjeeling Things to Do

  • Ava Art Gallery

    We were not familiar with the Ava Art Gallery prior to our trip. It was one of those places that your driver insists on taking you to although this time the stop was welcomed!The gallery was started by the late Ava Devi in 1965. Ava is known as the "embroidery maestro" of Darjeeling. The gallery houses dozens of her works - some done by traditional...

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  • Happy Valley Tea Estate

    World-famous tea is Darjeeling's most famous export. Over 40,000 people work at the 100+ tea plantations ("gardens") in the area. Although this area produces 1/4 of India's tea (and that's alot of tea), still 80% is exported. Darjeeling tea is considered "mild" but tea from some of the estates is very high quality tea, with one estate getting paid...

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  • Yiga Choeling Monastery

    The Yiga Choeling Monastery, also known as Ghoom Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries in the area. It sits at an altitude of almost 7,500 feet a few kilometers from Darjeeling. It was established sometime between 1850 and 1875. It is a Yellow-hat Buddhist Monastery - a school of Buddhism founded by Tibetan religious leader and...

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Darjeeling Restaurants

  • Soup & Noodles!

    Although Indian food is available, it is the Tibetan and Chinese food that is the speciality here - and most of it is very good.There are plenty of inexpensive places to eat. We happened upon Hasty Tasty in town and decided to give it a try. The piping hot sweet corn soup warmed us quickly from the cold weather outside. The chow mein was more like...

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  • 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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Darjeeling Nightlife

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    Joey's Pub: The only place to be in Darjeeling

    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

  • The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway!

    UNESCO’S World Heritage Committee inscribed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway as a World Heritage Site on 2nd December 1999. The DHR has popularly known by the name as ‘Toy Train’ which is in fact was never an official term it is just a popular expression found in literature. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway operates a number of tourist train services....

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  • 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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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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    landslides

    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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    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 Hotels

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Darjeeling What to Pack

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    Torchlight is essential!

    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

  • Chitrey Monastery!

    There are a couple of attractions for you while you visit Sandakphu and return from there and of them is Chitrey Monastery. This is one of the treks mentioned in the book 'Unforgettable Walks To Take Before You Die' By Clare Jones, Steve Watkins. The trek starts from MANEBHANJAN (6300 ft) a settlement that borders Nepal. One starts along the...

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  • Tinchuley!

    Tinchuley which literally means three Chulas or ovens is a Model Village and a Community Tourism initiative of Help Tourism, local villagers and WWF-India (West Bengal State Office) in the Darjeeling Hills.Visit organic farms and orchards to understand the livelihood processes of the local villagers, metre-square gardening process and vermi...

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  • Lava Monastery!

    Lava is a quiet and romantic place as it is situated in the dense forest of Pine and Juniper. There are a huge number of orchids as well. Since 1987 on a hill, overlooking the snow-mountain range to the north, the Lava Monastery is surrounded by ancient forests and enveloped in mists for most of the year. In this remote, secluded place, monks in...

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Darjeeling Sports & Outdoors

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    Climb the rocks.

    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 General

  • 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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