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Travel Tips in Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a picture perfect hill station, etched so prettily in different hues. The snow-clad Himalayas in the background almost merge with the surroundings and looks rather like heavy white clouds hanging down in the horizon. It contrasts beautifully with the clear blue skies and the verdant, pastoral valleys. Darjeeling has many buildings embodying colonial architecture. It is a stark contrast to the rustic hamlets all around it. Here the first rays of dawn caressing the Himalayan ranges, light up in softest hues of red and orange, imparting them with an ethereal quality. This scenery, along with a number of tourist spots, make Darjeeling a much sought after tourist destination.

Some travel tips in Darjeeling may be quite useful.

When travelling to Darjeeling in winters, heavy woollen clothing is required to combat the chilly weather. The temperatures in winter are generally around 5-60C, sometimes dropping down to freezing temperatures. If travelling during the summer, light woollens would be sufficient. During this season (May to June), temperatures rarely go beyond 250C. The climate during the summers is generally conducive.

It is wise to carry an umbrella along. Though the monsoons fall from June to September, Darjeeling is infamous for its unpredictable, occasional drizzles, throughout the year.

The nearest airport to Darjeeling, Bagdogra is 90 km away. Bagdogra is well connected to Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati, by air. The nearby towns of New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri are well connected by trains as well. The drive to Darjeeling from Bagdogra, New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri may take 3 to 4 hours. One may also board the toy train from Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling.

The places to visit in Darjeeling are the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Buddhist monasteries and the view of Kanchenjunga at sunrise in the Tiger Hills.

Another thing to do while in Darjeeling is to go for a nature trail. So many options are available these days. The most popular one is Singhalia Ridge Trail.

Darjeeling produces one of the world’s finest and expensive teas. Darjeeling tea is renowned all over the world. The mild aromatic brew of Darjeeling tea is also quite refreshing. So it is a good idea to buy some tea from Darjeeling. However, there are a wide variety of teas to select from.

Curios can be shopped for from the stalls at the Mall and Chowrasta. There are many Tibetan and Himalayan artefacts available in these shops. They also sell the miniature of the monasteries, and rugs and carpets made out of yak’s wool, woollen clothing and other garments. Books, posters and picture cards can also be bought from these shops.

Another must-try while in Darjeeling is the Tibetan and Nepalese delicacies common to the place. Delicious momos are very popular in Darjeeling, and is served at almost all the food joints in Darjeeling. There are also various multi-cuisine restaurants in Darjeeling.

For stay, there are more than 200 hotels in Darjeeling. It also has forest guesthouses belonging to West Bengal Forest Department. Prior sanction from the forest department must be acquired to stay in these places. With the recent boom in eco-tourism, many home stay accommodations in and around Darjeeling are also available.

When in Darjeeling, these travel tips in Darjeeling can come in quite handy. Darjeeling is quite a beautiful place with so many things to do. So, for the next holidays, just pack your bags and leave for Darjeeling.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/12

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