Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas in the Indian state of West Bengal, Darjeeling remains one of the oldest hill stations in the country. This place is nothing short of a dream come true for nature lovers; there are so many beautiful sights to see here and experiences to partake in, you will be awestruck. Take a look at some of the best things to do here.
This tourist spot situated in the hills of Darjeeling is one of the best places you can visit here. There is also a picturesque lake here known as the Sumendu Lake where people gather for boating and other fun picnic activities. The weather, the ease of accessibility and the interesting things to do here has made this place rather popular among tourists. Savitri Pushpaudyan, which is a beautiful flower garden next to the lake, can also be visited.
Tiger Hill Darjeeling
This magical experience shouldn’t be missed. Tiger Hill is an amazing trekking and hiking point where you are going to see different landscapes and terrains and will absolutely love the entire ‘white experience’.
This is a Buddhist place of worship and one must definitely visit here to see the architectural finesse that has gone into the creating of the stuppas and the domes, the carvings on the walls and the statues that are intricately designed. It is a peaceful place and you can find time to relax and connect with yourself here.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
If exploring wildlife is what you want to do, this Zoological Park is the place to be. You can see different varieties of flora and fauna here conserved at their natural best. You can find snow leopards here as well as red pandas. Besides, there are several other endangered species here thriving, living safely.
Bhutia Busty Monastery
It would be criminal to visit Darjeeling and not go to the Bhutia Busty Monastery. This unbelievably beautiful Tibetan style Buddhist monastery is designed in pure traditional fashion and is one of the places you will find most solace in. Meet monks and see how they lead their lives and how they channelize their energies.
Ghum Railway Museum
Acquaint yourself with the oldest trains and other railway equipment here. The steam engines are preserved in excellent condition and it will be like taking a trip down to the yesteryear, building a story around how these majestic vehicles must have looked and functioned.
The local food of Darjeeling is a lot inspired by Tibetan cuisine. You must try some of their best dishes such as Thukpa, Momos, Sael Roti, Aloo Dum, and Churpee. Besides, make sure you try the world famous Darjeeling Tea. This place is famous for its tea plantations and produces some of the best blends ever.