Darjeeling is India’s favorite hill station since the colonial era and still exhibits that hypnotic aura to remain as one of the major tourist attractions in the world. From the snow-white divine Himalayas, and diverse range of flora and fauna, to the city’s rich colonial history and heritage, contributes to the list of some major sightseeing places in Darjeeling. If you are planning a quick trip to this mesmerizing hill station this winter, consider our top picks for joyful sightseeing in Darjeeling.
This beautifully decked-up garden is also an engineering marvel created by the British to counter the steep slope of the Himalayan Railways. Batasia means airy space which aptly suits this hilltop garden with a spiral railway track, that offers a magnificent view of the entire Darjeeling city and nature around. Keep your camera handy to get stunning shots and spend quality time in this beautiful garden decorated with seasonal blooms.
The magical view of the rising sun peeking behind the Kanchenjunga is a sight to behold. To get this early morning visual treat, wake up a little early and rush to Tiger Hill to book your spot at the observatory desk. The early morning view of sunrise from Tiger Hill and the peak of majestic Kanchenjunga smeared in its golden rays is a view to behold and cherish for your Darjeeling trip.
Also known as Yiga Choeling Monastery, is the first ever Tibetan monastery built by Mongolian monk Sokpo Sherab Gyatso in the year 1850. If you want to detoxify your mind and soul in Darjeeling, the place will definitely evoke your spirituality in its peaceful ambiance.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Take a joyful ride from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling chugging through the 88km long track. This mountain joyride on the toy train as it is popularly known offers a mind-blowing view of the gorgeous valley and scenic hillside beauty throughout the journey. The site was declared a Heritage site by UNESCO.
Give your adventurous soul a thrilling treat with Sandakphu trekking. The journey by foot to the highest peak in West Bengal will take you through some of the most scenic adventurous routes to reach Sandakphu at 11,929ft.
A small town in Singalila National Park is now the favorite destination for offbeat travelers. This small town offers a majestic view of the Kanchenjunga range, and Dhirdham temple located here is a major tourist attraction. Singalila National Park is home to the endangered red panda.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
Established on 4th November 1954, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is your ideal spot to get your first-hand training in mountaineering. Its breathtaking surroundings are also one of the prime reasons why you must visit this place.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
Commonly known as Darjeeling Zoo, the park is spread across a sprawling area of 65.56 acres of land and is the haven to many endangered species like the red panda, snow leopard, and 200 species of flora like oak, birch, alder, and orchids.
Established by a Japanese Buddhist monk between 1885-1985, this white-colored building has 4 avatars of Buddha including the Maitreya Buddha. The purpose behind the establishment of Peace Pagoda is to promote peace, unity, and goodwill among mankind. The white-colored building and its tranquil surroundings exhibit a feeling of positivity among the visitors.
To visit the above-mentioned best sightseeing places in Darjeeling without wasting time on long journeys and driving, book your comfort room at Anutrihill resort, an upscale budget-friendly resort in Darjeeling, that offers a spectacular view of the majestic Kanchenjunga and Batasia Loop.