Often referred to as the ‘Queen of the Hills, Darjeeling is the definitive Indian Himalayan Hill station known for its rich history, mesmerizing views, and easygoing and peaceful lifestyle, which make it ideal for a detoxifying weekend getaway. This mesmerizing hill station is only a short flight or train journey, coupled with a relaxing drive away for Kolkata residents. So, next time you have a long weekend, plan a quick trip to visit the popular Darjeeling tourist places below to get off your mid-week blues.
The mighty Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world and the pillar of the Great Himalayas. Its name is derived from the Tibetan words ‘Kanchen’, and ‘Dzonga’ which translates to “The Five Treasures of the Great Snows”, distinct to the hypnotic natural treasure of Darjeeling. The majestic white peaks of the Kanchenjunga visible from Darjeeling provide it an incredible backdrop to this city.
If you are addicted to the ethereal view of the rising sun, then Tiger Hill is a must-visit. During sunrise, you can clearly view the snowy-white peaks of the Kanchenjunga illuminated by the sun. The morning sun rays reflecting on the snow-capped peaks of the Kanchenjunga create a visual illusion of the sky above changing to captivating hues.
Watching the sun peeking behind the Kanchenjunga, as the sky shapeshifts is worth watching to getting up at 4.30 am. Get there early to find a comfortable spot at the Observatory deck and witness this lifetime experience. There is no better way to start your morning than watching the first sunrise in the lap of the Himalayas.
The Batasia Loop is a Spiral Railway path that the Toy train runs through. The entire ride provides you with a breathtaking panoramic view of the lush green mountain valleys and the Kanchenjunga. However, it is also a spot to visit for its enchanting glory and is one of the best Darjeeling tourist places on our recommendation.
The lush green gardens of the Batasia loop are sure to leave you awestruck with their mindblowing seasonal and perennial blooms. Right in the center of the gardens, you will spot the Gorkha War Memorial, built in honor of the Gorkha soldiers who sacrificed their lives following India’s Independence. In the morning, you can expect to see a flea market at Batasia Loop, which is also a prime tourist attraction.
Himalayan Toy Train
Also popularly known as The Darjeeling Toy Train was built in 1881 and is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You can enjoy a joy ride for 80 kilometers from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling via Siliguri, Kurseong, and Ghoom.
This train route provides breathtaking views of the mountains and emerald valleys through multiple reverses and loops. One of the most scenic views can be seen when it spirals through the Batasia Loop at its highest point in Ghoom. This is not your average boring train ride and is a must-try during your Darjeeling trip.
Even if you don’t know much about Darjeeling, you’ve probably heard of Darjeeling Tea. Darjeeling tea is highly regarded for its authentic aroma and distinct taste g. Currently, there are over 80+ plus tea gardens in Darjeeling sprawling over 19,000 hectares, producing the finest quality tea. When in Darjeeling, visiting a tea estate and learning about delicate tea processing is an experience of a lifetime. If there is only one genuine thing you can bring home from Darjeeling, is Darjeeling Tea to experience a whole new level of tea tasting.
When you are in Darjeeling, don’t be guilty of your cravings and salivating tastebuds. Try the authentic Tibetan food at Kunga Restaurant, an iconic Tibetan food joint to relish steaming Thukpa and Momos.
For English breakfast, head to 1911 born Keventers Restaurant to enjoy your morning coffee with a view of Darjeeling city.
Glenary’s Restaurant is pretty much unmissable from Mall road and has an iconic bakery, serving freshly baked treats. If you love munching in the evening, don’t miss out on the street food at the Mall road in Darjeeling, a hotspot of pocket-friendly food stalls selling delicious snacks and fries.
With so much to explore and experience for complete weekend detoxification, Darjeeling is the perfect spot for your next short holiday.
But are you confused about finding a safe, perfect, and affordable stay to visit the best Darjeeling tourist places? Choose Anutri Hill Resort, your ideal hillside stay amidst a peaceful location and amazing views. You will get a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga range on the right, the emerald valleys in the middle, and the Batasia Loop to the left from our rooms, which is unique to our property, allowing our guests to wake up to a 180-degree view of the breathtaking valley. You can book your choice of room from various styles and price ranges for a relaxing stay at our luxury resort.
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Enjoy your Happy trip to Darjeeling.