Dazzling snow peaks of Kanchenjunga overlooking the hill town, and the beautiful tea gardens on the slopes of rolling hills, the orchids, pines & rhododendrons, the cute Himalayan toy train whistling its way through the mountains attracts all.
Darjeeling is the definitive Indian hill station and is arguably West Bengal’s premier attraction. Once a summer resort for the British Raj elite, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or “Toy Train", When you aren’t gazing open-mouthed at Kanchendzonga, one can explore colonial-era architecture, visit Buddhist monasteries, and spot snow leopards and red pandas at the nearby zoo. The adventurous can arrange a trek to Singalila Ridge or hire a mountain bike for a guided ride around the hilltops. The steep and winding bazaars below the town bustle with an array of Himalayan products are treat to watch. Darjeeling is the headquarters of Darjeeling district in the state of West Bengal in India. It is in the Lesser Himalaya at an elevation of 2042 meters i.e.6700 feet. It is noted for its tea industry, the spectacular views of Kangchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vehicles for sightseeing and packages are arranged by Destination Greenin the sector. The opening of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in 1881 further hastened the development of the region. Visit to Himalaya with Destination Green.
Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest peak, 8598 meters i.e. 28,209 feet high, is the most prominent mountain visible. In days clear of clouds, Nepal's Mount Everest, 8850 meters i.e.29,035 feet high, can be seen from here. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connects the town with the plains and has some of the few steam locomotives still in service in India. Darjeeling has several British-style public schools, which attract students from India and neighbouring countries. The varied culture of the town reflects its diverse demographic milieu consisting of Nepali, Bengali, Sherpas, Lepcha and other mainland Indian ethno-linguistic groups - VisitHimalaya with us - The town's fragile ecology has been threatened by a rising demand for environmental resources, stemming from growing tourist traffic. Flora around Darjeeling comprises sal, oak, semi-evergreen, temperate and alpine forests. Evergreen forests surround the town, where a wide variety of rare orchids are found. Lloyd's Botanical Garden preserves common and rare species of plants, while the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park specialises in conserving and breeding endangered Himalayan specie.
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Communication: Darjeeling can be reached by the 88 kilometers i.e 55 miles long Darjeeling Himalayan Railway from New Jalpaiguri, or by National Highway 55, from Siliguri, 77 kilometers i.e. 48 miles away. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a 600 mm i.e. 02 feet narrow-gauge railway that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Alternatively, you can take the fascinating toy train from NJP or Siliguri all the way up to Darjeeling soaking in the Himalayan beauty over some 7 hours. Bus services and hired vehicles connect Darjeeling with Siliguri, Gangtok, Pelling & Kalimpong. Darjeeling has road connections with Phuentsholling of Bhutan, Changrabandha and Kathmandu. The nearest major airport is Bagdogra Airport (IXB), located approximately 90 kilometers i.e. 56 miles. The Nearest Major Railway Station is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) from Darjeeling
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