Attractions in Darjeeling
Himalayan hill stations, blessed with immense natural beauty, have always lured tourists from far and wide. And when it is about hill stations in India, it is more sensible to start with Darjeeling — Queen of the Hills. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, this beautiful hill resort is the place you need to go when you need a break from the hectic city life.
With its pleasant weather and spectacular views, Darjeeling is bound to impress you. Plan your trip now and book flights with Indian Eagle at the lowest possible price! The most popular attractions in Darjeeling include its tea estates, botanical gardens, monasteries, museums, toy train rides, and cable car rides among others. Here are the five must-visit places in Darjeeling!
At an altitude of 2590 meters, Tiger Hill is known to offer mesmerizing views of the sunrise over the Kanchenjunga peak. Tourists rush to this popular attraction in Darjeeling as early as 4 am to catch the sublime beauty of the Kanchenjunga that looks radiant as the first rays of the Sun fall on it. On a clear morning, one can also see Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain. Moreover, this is also the summit of Ghoom, the highest railway station in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway:
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, simply known as DHR or fondly called the Darjeeling Toy Train, offers a cherishable experience of journeying in a heritage train taking in the spectacular vistas of misty mountains and beautiful hillside villages. No wonder it is the most adored tourist attraction in Darjeeling! The highlight of this 88-km-long train ride from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling is a 360-degree turn this toy train makes at the famous Batasia Loop. DHR, regarded as the best example of a hill passenger railway, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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Darjeeling Ropeway: Attractions in Darjeeling
Darjeeling-Rangit Valley Passenger Cable Car, famous as the Ropeway, allows you to sit back and marvel at the majestic beauty of verdant tea gardens, thick forests, mountain streams, waterfalls, and distant snowy peaks, as the cable car gradually moves along the ropeway at an altitude of 7000 feet!
This cable car ride from the North Point in Singmari to the Singla Bazaar is one of the best things to do in Darjeeling to enjoy the bird’s eye views of this hill station’s picturesque landscapes. Known to be the first cable car system in India, it was originally built to facilitate the movement of workers across the inaccessible tea estates in the valleys.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park:
Named after the freedom fighter and politician Padmaja Naidu, this zoological park in Darjeeling is recognized throughout the world for its conservation and breeding programs of Red Panda, Snow leopard, Himalayan wolf, and other critically endangered animals.
Also called the Darjeeling zoo, it is the largest high-altitude zoo in India and a must-visit attraction in Darjeeling, particularly for wildlife enthusiasts. You surely don’t miss out on the opportunity to see rare animals like the Asiatic black bear, Himalayan Monal, Himalayan Salamander, Red Jungle Fowl, Sambar Deer, etc., that call this 67-acre zoo their home!
Happy Valley Tea Estate:
Your trip to this hill station isn’t complete without paying a visit to the tea estates — the primary attraction in Darjeeling. So, we recommend that you go to Happy Valley Tea Estate, the second oldest tea estate in the area.
Sprawling across 437 acres of land along the gentle hillsides, the estate leaves you spellbound with its arresting sights and tempting aroma of fresh tea leaves. Happy Valley Tea Estate also houses one of the highest tea factories in the world! Take a guided tour and see the tea manufacturing process for yourself. Wouldn’t you like to take some tea back home as a souvenir of this beautiful place?