Darjeeling Toy Train: History, Experience and All Useful Information

Darjeeling Toy Train: History, Experience and All Useful Information

Did you know that Darjeeling Toy Train or Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has been conferred heritage status by UNESCO?

This train runs from NJP station to the township of Darjeeling and covers a distance of 88 Km. A visit to Darjeeling is never complete without experiencing a joyride on the toy train. The diesel engines could easily be 100 years old and although the ride is not as fast as your usual car ride, there is a certain sense of nostalgia and pride in riding these age-old compartments.

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The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Darjeeling Toy Train: Quick Facts 

Darjeeling Toy train is a moving story in itself. The toy train is sheer nostalgia and more but it is also a number of other interesting things that we have listed below!

Maiden Trip

The famous toy train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway had made its first trip in the year 1880.

Tiny Compartments

The compartments are the size of small buses and the narrow rail tracks have a gap of 2 feet between them.

Dual Engines

There are two kinds of engines running at the same time. The century-old steam engines run on coal and are really slow. The diesel engines are the latest additions and they can pull much faster.

World Heritage Site

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was given the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1999.

 

Toy Train Experience

While going uphill from NJP, there are three basic routes to reach Darjeeling through toy trains. Although these routes are faster and will save your time, there is nothing like taking the toy train up to Darjeeling. The experience is nothing short of legendary.

You can view the entire landscape, lush green valleys and sprawling tea estates more closely when you board this gem of engineering, the Darjeeling Toy Train. Since the journey is slow and steady, the photographer in you will cherish the innumerable moments of photography while riding the toy train.

One of the most spectacular views while going uphill in the toy train will, most definitely, be Batasia Loop.

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Kanchenjunga as seen from Darjeeling

Darjeeling Toy Train: Nostalgia of Colonial Rule

Not everything from the British Era has nightmarish memories. Some have nice and lasting memories and one of those things is the Darjeeling toy train. The sights sound and smells that you come across while riding a toy train is unparallel. Although the steam engines have lost a lot of their charm, the addition of diesel engines has made some difference to the speed.

However, the toy train continues to run at the pace of a snail. The most interesting bit of the train is the fact that it passes through steep slopes and sharp curves with such skills that you cannot help but marvel at the ingenuity behind creating these masterpieces.

From One Loop To Another: Darjeeling Toy Train Makes Its Way Through The Hills

The toy train runs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling and passes areas like Siliguri, Kurseong and Ghoom in between. Darjeeling happens to be the topmost point of the route and is located at an altitude of 7,400 feet above sea level. The toy train literally sways through the enticing loops on the hill ways.

One such loop is the Batasia Loop that is situated between Ghoom Station and Darjeeling. From this point, you can experience a stunning view of the town of Darjeeling nestled in the lap of hills and the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga in the backdrop.

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The Joyride on the way to Darjeeling

You will be amazed to know that this really old framework of the toy train crosses 5 significant bridges and 500 smaller bridges on its way!

There are three different routes of the Darjeeling toy train. While two of them are mostly meant for recreational purposes, two others are the usual routes that locals take to travel from NJP to Darjeeling.

Darjeeling Toy Train Joyride: From Darjeeling to Ghum Station And Back

Darjeeling is 14 Km away from Ghum and the round trip takes close to 2 hours to complete. On its way from Darjeeling to Ghum, the train usually stops for 10 minutes at Batasia Loop.

This Loop surrounds a well-maintained garden inside which you will be able to see a War Memorial. On reaching Ghoom station at 7407 feet, the train halts for 30 minutes. In this duration, you can take a stroll inside the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Museum. You do not need to pay an entry fee since that is already included in the train fare.

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Ghum, India’s Highest Railway Station

Did you know that the oldest Darjeeling toy train is called ‘The Baby Sivok’? 🙂

Darjeeling Toy Train Joyride: Train Timings And Fare

Although we recommend you to book your joyride well in advance since peak seasons tend to cause an unwanted rush, there are several schedules that you can choose from if you have not pre-booked your seat. The first train starts at 7:40 AM and the last train runs at 4:20 PM. In between, 18 rides go back and forth. You can choose between a steam engine ride and a diesel engine ride.

A steam engine ride is more expensive than a diesel engine ride.

Train Fare

Steam Engine: Rs. 1405/-. This is for first-class seats only.

Diesel Engine: Rs. 805/-. All seats are first-class seats.

Booking Joyride Trains

Booking joyride trains is as simple as booking any other train in Darjeeling. You can book online as well as queue up at the counters for offline booking.

Jungle Safari of Darjeeling Toy Train: From Siliguri To Rangtong and Back

This round trip takes 3 hours to complete. It takes 16 Km from Siliguri Junction to reach Rangtong Station. Leaving at 10:30 AM from Siliguri Junction, the train passes Sukna and reaches its destination, Rangtong at around 11: 50 AM. The train halts for 20 minutes at Rangtong and goes back to Siliguri by 1:35 PM.

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Jungle Safari of Darjeeling Toy Train

The primary motive of the Jungle Safari is to take you through the intimidating yet stunning Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary that is situated around Sukna. For wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, this sanctuary is a visual treat.

Jungle Safari Fare

The round trip from Siliguri to Rangtong and back in a steam engine will cost you Rs. 1200/- and in a diesel engine will cost you Rs. 540/-

Usual Toy Train Rides From NJP To Darjeeling

These trains run every day during the peak season. The train departs at 8:30 AM and reaches the township of Darjeeling at 3:35 PM. It takes close to 7 hours to complete this trip but you can always expect slight or major delays in the trip timing.

There are a total of 9 stops between NJP and Darjeeling. These stops are Sukna, Tindharia, Gayabari, Mahanadi, Kurseong, Tung, Sonada and Ghum. This train ride is usually sustained by a diesel engine. Food is not served on the train but since external food is allowed, you can bring along your own refreshments on board. During peak seasons, extra coaches are added to the toy trains.

Are There Toilet Facilities In The Toy Train?

Unfortunately, most coaches do not have toilet facilities. You could use the station toilets when the trains halt. You could also find toilets in adjacent compartments.

Darjeeling Toy Train From Kurseong To Darjeeling

The first train departs at 3 Pm from Kurseong and reaches Darjeeling at 5:50 PM. The total distance that the toy train covers is around 31 Km. The return train from Darjeeling departs at 10:15 Am and reaches at Kurseong at 13:10 PM.

A regular school train runs from Kurseong to Darjeeling. The diesel engine run train leaves at 6:30 AM from Kurseong and reaches Darjeeling at 9:05 Am. The return train leaves at 4 Pm from Darjeeling and reaches at 6:30 Pm in Darjeeling.

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The Joyride through Kurseong

A special steam engine toy train runs particularly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Darjeeling to Kurseong and back. The train is popularly known as Red Panda and both the coaches are first class. The train departs at 9:15 Am from Darjeeling and reaches Kurseong by 12:30 Pm. The return train departs at 2 Pm from Kurseong and reaches Darjeeling by 5:45 Pm.

Toy trains do not have much luggage space. Please do not carry heavy luggage that might over occupy seats and overhead spaces unnecessarily.

Regular Toy Trains And Their Fares

While First class seats are more comfortable, Second class coaches have more seats and this occupies more passengers. First class coaches in toy trains have seats that are individual and recline like chair cars. In Second class coaches, the seats do not recline and may be joined together.

 

ROUTE

 

 

FIRST CLASS FARE

 

SECOND CLASS FARE

 

 

AC COACHES

 

DARJEELING TO NJP

 

 

RS. 1295/-

 

NA

 

RS. 1555/-

 

DARJEELING TO GHUM

 

 

RS. 410/-

 

RS. 30/-

 

NA

 

DARJEELING TO SONADA

 

 

RS. 535/-

 

RS. 45/-

 

 

 

NA

 

DARJEELING TO TUNG

 

 

RS. 555/-

 

RS. 45/-

 

NA

DARJEELING TO KURSEONG  

RS. 680/-

 

RS. 60/-

 

 

 

NA

Toy Train Reservations

You can make all these reservations online on the Indian Railways website. While this is an online reservation, you can also make offline reservations from counters. The station code for Darjeeling is DJ and the station code for New Jalpaiguri is NJP. You will have to select your place of departure and your destination in the online form.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is one of the oldest, iconic systems in the country and it is worth a visit on your next trip to the Queen of Hills!

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15 Tourist Places Near Darjeeling that You Must Include in Your Darjeeling Tour

15 Tourist Places Near Darjeeling that You Must Include in Your Darjeeling Tour

Are you planning for a Darjeeling tour this summer holiday? Do the hills beckon you with their snow-capped peaks and lush green valleys? Are you wondering about the Darjeeling tourist places that you must visit? If you are unsure of where to begin, you have landed on the right page.

In this article, we will take a look at the 15 most interesting places near Darjeeling that you must include in your Darjeeling tour itinerary.

Darjeeling has forever been a favourite summer retreat. Back in the days of the British, Darjeeling was as popular as it is today. The British Viceroys would escape to the picturesque hill station in quest of respite from the intense summer heat. The central point of attraction of Darjeeling tourism is the fact that there is a vibe of colonialism mixed with a typical hilly environment that makes the town unique among other hill stations.

Darjeeling is Beautiful, Darjeeling is Happening

Located at an altitude of 6,710 feet in the Lesser Himalayan ranges, Darjeeling is a tourist’s piece of paradise. The two most prominent parts of tourism in Darjeeling revolve around stunning tea estates and towering monasteries. While the tea estates are a by-product of colonial culture, the monasteries are of Buddhist religious significance.

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Kanchenjunga as seen from Darjeeling

Yet another prime element of the tourism industry is the irresistible weather of Darjeeling. The weather factor pulls in several tourists each year. It is never too hot in Darjeeling. While summers are mild and pleasant, spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit. In these two seasons, sightseeing is a wonderful experience. With rhododendron flowers in full bloom and clear blue skies, Darjeeling certainly lives up to its label of the ‘Queen Of Hills’.

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Due to this great weather and visual delight of Kanchenjunga, tourists always kept pouring into the place. To meet tourist demands and also due to its sheer historical significance a lot of Tourist places got developed nearby centring Darjeeling.

15 Best tourist places to visit in your Darjeeling tour 

If a Darjeeling tour is on your mind, then plan your innings in a way so that you can cover all the 15 places that are mentioned below. Trust us when we tell you that you will not be disappointed. The tourist places of interest near Darjeeling can be classified into two broad categories.

  1. Sight-Seeing Options: Places that you can cover in your Darjeeling Tour while you stay in Darjeeling only.
  2. Nearby Darjeeling Tourist Places: Tourist Places that should be clubbed with your Darjeeling tour for a night or extended stay

Darjeeling Tour Sightseeing: Places to Visit

#1. Tiger Hill

Watching the sunrise on the horizon from Tiger Hill, Darjeeling, will leave a memory with you that will last forever. Along with the beautiful orange hue of the rising sun, you can also witness a panoramic picture of the majestic Kanchenjunga.

Tiger Hill is around 11 Km away from Darjeeling and is at an altitude of 8482 feet above sea level. The surrounding areas are natural forest reserves. An observatory deck is under construction on the hilltop in order to accommodate the innumerable tourists that come visiting in peak seasons.

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Sunrise at Tiger Hill

The viewing time is around 4 in the morning. It is a usual sight to spot mufflers, scarves, woollen caps, monkey caps, heavy jackets and shivering humans thronged together, waiting patiently for the sun to let out its first rays.

As the sun slowly emerges from the horizon, the view is to die for. The mountain ranges are at a riot of colours while the sun paints the canvas. Photographers will be on cloud nine with the kind of pictures that they will be able to capture. The splendid views will more than makeup for your early morning struggle with sleep and the chill.

#2. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Darjeeling Zoo

If you are trekking or a mountain climbing enthusiast, this place is just for you. HMI is a lot of things at the same time. It is a museum, home to a boarding school, the Himalayan Zoological Park as well as a shop for souvenirs.

The museum is stacked with mountaineering gears and artefacts needed for expedition purposes. The museum was built as a tribute to two renowned mountains climbers, Tenzing Norway and Sir Edmund Hillary, who had climbed the Everest in 1953. The boarding school caters to students who wish to study mountaineering.

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Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Darjeeling

The zoo is popularly known as the Darjeeling Zoo. It occupies around 68 acres of land and is home to several endangered species. If you love wildlife photography, you can capture a Siberian tiger prowling around or a snow leopard napping peacefully. The ever elusive red panda is also a common sight. You will also spot many species of bright and beautiful birds.

#3. Darjeeling Rock Garden

Around 10 Km from the main town of Darjeeling, there is a Rock Garden that is constructed around Chunnu Summer Falls. It has several tiers and the whole picture looks absolutely amazing from a distance. The waterfall cascades down the rocky slopes and there are well-manicured gardens and benches at each level.

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Chunnu Waterfalls, Rock Garden Darjeeling

Your car will take you through these slopes and you can view the entire landscape while going uphill. The road uphill is steep and there are sharp curves and bends ahead.

The Rock Garden was built in the 1980s to attract tourist attention to Darjeeling after the brief lull following political troubles in the hill station.

What will instantly captivate you while going uphill is the way the clouds play hide and seek. One moment, it is cloudy and foggy in front of the car’s windshield and the next moment, the clouds have transported to the tier below the one you are riding on.

The waterfall descends with a soothing rhythm that calms your soul while you go downhill. Bright and beautiful flowers are in full bloom in seasons and the garden is skilfully ornamented with these flowers.

#4. Batasia Loop

Around 5 Km away from Darjeeling, Batasia Loop is a circular railway track around a well-landscaped garden. The garden covers an area of 50,000 sq ft and is dotted with several plants bearing flowers. It is situated at the base of Ghoom station. The Darjeeling toy train runs on this track on a loop and this is how the place got its name. It is indeed a mesmerizing view and a prime tourist location in Darjeeling.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway on Batasia Loop

There is a historical fact behind this place. The Batasia loop was specifically built to serve as a gentler slope for the toy train to descend slowly after reaching Ghoom station. Earlier, the descent was 100 feet and was too steep for the toy train to cover comfortably. The Batasia Loop, thus, serves as a means to end

It is a place of tourist interest because of the incredible view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan ranges from the garden. It is also a spectacular sight to see the toy train emerging through billowing clouds and take the gentle curves of the terrain.

#5. Darjeeling Ropeway

Among all other tourist places in Darjeeling, the ropeway is the most sought after by adults and children alike. Singamari is the place from where you will have to board the ropeway. The ropeway is also known as Rangeet Valley Passenger Cable because it gives you a fantastic aerial view of the valley running along Little Rangeet river.

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Darjeeling Himalayan Rope Way Service

The cable car offers stunning views of the lush green tea gardens, rivers in full flow, dense forests and cascading waterfalls all through. The cable car ride lasts for close to 45 minutes. In this short span of time, you will be able to descend from 7000 feet to 800 feet.

You could get off the ropeway and take a tour of some of the tea gardens. You could meet and greet the local women plucking away tea leaves and learn a thing or two about this incredible art.

#6. Ghoom Monastery

The Ghoom Monastery is traditionally known as Yiga Choeling Monastery. It is situated at an altitude of 8,000 feet at Ghoom and is around 8 Km away from the town of Darjeeling.

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Samten Choeling Buddhist Ghoom Monastery

The monastery happens to be the first Tibetan Buddhist Monastery that was built in Darjeeling. It was built in the year 1875. It is a famous pilgrimage place and attracts many tourists in peak seasons. Apart from the external architecture, it is also home to the statue of ‘Maitreya Buddha’ that is almost 15 feet high.

The statue of Buddha inside the monastery was apparently built with the clay that was sourced from Tibet. Two oil lamps continue to burn in front of the statue of Buddha all year long through time immemorial.

#7. Mahakal Temple

The Mahakal Temple is highly sacred and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The hill on top of which this temple is located is known as the ‘Holy Hill’. It is a few minutes away from Chowrasta.

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Mahakal Mandir Darjeeling

The most interesting part of this temple is the fact that there is a Hindu priest as well as a Buddhist monk at the altar.

This is because this temple is sacred to Hindus as well as to Buddhists. According to a legend, this place was once a Buddhist monastery and hence the amalgamation of two different cultures happens. Shiv Ratri is celebrated with huge pomp and glory. The environment is calm, spiritual and there is unmatched tranquillity around. This temple is situated just above Mall Road and it is a trip of its own class.

#8. Mall Road | Darjeeling Mall

For the shopaholic in you, Mall Road is the perfect place to be. It is a busy market all day long and even till the late hours in the evening. You will find almost everything that you might want to shop for.

The road is spotted with tourists who are either out to dine at a restaurant or buy local and branded items. Mall road is not specifically a brand destination. It is home to a number of local handicrafts like exquisitely designed carpets, hand-embroidered shawls, Tibetan masks, costume jewellery etc. You could find uniquely designed woollen items in the shops on Mall Road.

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Darjeeling Mall Road

You will also come across bookstores, cafes and small eateries lining the sides of the road.

The only trick that you need to master before buying things from this place is to bargain with all your might. If you can bargain well, you will be able to crack good deals.

Tourist Places that should be included in Darjeeling Tour

These are some special places that are scattered around Darjeeling and demands a night stay to savour them in totality. These places are fast gaining popularity with tourists that loves to stay in secluded beautiful places and likes to avoid city rush.

#9. Sandakphu

Sandakphu is situated at an altitude of 12000 feet and happens to be the highest peak of West Bengal. The best time to visit Sandakphu would be from March-May and from October-December. This is the season when the Rhododendron flowers are in full bloom and paint the peaks in beautiful colours of their own.

The Sleeping Buddha as seen from Sandakphu

Sandakphu is a prime tourist destination because of the spectacular views it offers at the break of dawn. If you are lucky to have clear and visible skies, then you could have a panoramic view of the 4 loftiest peaks of the world.

Both sunrises and sunsets are stunning to see from Sandakphu. There are even two separate viewing points to ensure that you get the best views possible.

While Sandakphu is a famous trekking site and tourists usually trek up to this place, it is also possible to reach this place by driving up to it. However, the road conditions are not ideal to drive up to the place and it will be much more enjoyable if you opt for trekking.

To club Sandakphu with your Darjeeling tour, you got to take 3-4 days extra at hand for Sandakphu and Phalut Summit.

 

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Sandakphu: Detailed tour guide

#10. Mirik

Mirik is around 49 Km away from Darjeeling and takes 2.5 hours to reach by a private car, shared jeeps or taxis. It is famous for its large natural lake situated at an altitude of 5,000 feet above sea level. Since the altitude is lower, weather conditions are highly favourable for tourism.

Mirik happens to be a favourite tourist spot among Darjeeling tourist places. This is due to the fact that it is nestled in beautiful surroundings. There are tall and towering pine trees all around and the atmosphere is tranquil at its best.

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Mirik, Sumendu Lake Darjeeling

Mirik Lake is also called Sumendu Lake. A footbridge arches over this lake and is known as the Rainbow Bridge. Mirik Lake is 1.25 Km long. There are Dhupi trees lining its western bank and the eastern bank has a beautiful garden. Mirik Lake is a favourite site for boating. The long stretch of the lake allows you to boat away leisurely and you can also view the snow-capped mountain peaks while boating on the lake.

The weather is always mild and pleasant. The temperature never exceeds 30 degrees C in summers and never goes beyond 2 degrees C in the peak of winters.

Mirik is an awesome place to stay and you must consider clubbing Mirik for 1or 2 nights with your Darjeeling tour plan.

 

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Mirik Home Stay

Schooldara Heritage Bungalow

#11. Kalimpong

Kalimpong 1250 metres above sea level. It is approx 50 km away from Darjeeling. Summers pleasant and winters could be really cold. The best time to visit Kalimpong would be during the summer season.

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Kalimpong Golf Course

Kalimpong, as a tourist spot, offers the best of both worlds. It is at once quiet and peaceful because of the abundance of churches and monasteries around. There are beautiful nurseries in Kalimpong that have orchid plants of different varieties. These nurseries are worth a visit to see the collection that they have of various kinds of flowers.

Did you know that Kalimpong produces 80% of the country’s gladioli produce?

There are three important monasteries in Kalimpong that deserve special mention. These are the Tongsa Gompa, the Tharpa Choeling Gompa and the Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa.

 

If you are looking for places to stay in Kalimpong, please go through these given links

Windsongs Kalimpong

Dhardo Retreat Kalimpong Hotels and Resort

#12. Kurseong

Kurseong is around 31.5 Km away from the town of Darjeeling and it takes an hour and a half to reach Kurseong by car. It is quieter in comparison to other towns and districts located near Darjeeling. It sits at an altitude of 1458 metres above sea level. Kurseong originally means the place of the White Orchid.

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Makaibari Tea Garden Kurseong

Kurseong is famous in history because of the many artistic compositions that have been made here. The famous poet, literary artist and songwriter, Rabindranath Tagore had composed many of his songs and poems in this town.

You can visit Makaibari tea garden and Eagles Craig. The Eagles Craig is a high cliff which serves as an observatory point from which the beautiful town of Kurseong can be seen. Makaibari Tea Estate is famous for its landscape and the tea it brings to our palettes.

 

If you are looking for places to stay in Kurseong, please go through these given links

Kurseong Eco Village

Allita Resort – Kurseong

#13. Lava

Lava is around 148 Km from Darjeeling and it lies at an altitude of 2350 metres. It is mostly popular for bird watching since many migratory birds come visiting here. It is also an ideal place for nature exploration.

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Lava Monastery

Lava is the beginning point of the Neora Valley National Park. You will notice a significant change in the vegetation as you approach Lava from Kalimpong. The deciduous trees give way to pine trees, fir trees and birches.

 

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Lava Tea Estate

#14. Lataguri

Lataguri is an approximately 3 hours 30 minutes drive from Darjeeling. It is at a distance of 110 Km from the township of Darjeeling. It is right outside the Gorumara National Park and nature enthusiasts will absolutely love exploring the various facets of natural flora and fauna in this settlement.

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Gorumara National Park, Lataguri

This place is very close to the National Park and is, therefore, a source of thrill and adventure. You can go driving in the wild, spot wildlife, visit forest caves, watch unknown migratory birds and enjoy the calm, serene surroundings.

 

If you are looking for places to stay in Lataguri, please go through these given links

Retreat Lataguri

Hotel Dreamland Lataguri

Appu Tea Estate

River Retreat Dooars

#15 Rohini

Rohini lies at a distance of 66 Km from Darjeeling. It is closer to Siliguri. Rohini attracts tourist attention because of its stunning natural surroundings and forestlands. The forests of Lama Gomba lure tourists each year and especially the ones who like spotting wildlife and going on jungle tours.

Rohini Tea Garden, Darjeeling

There is a picnic spot, around 15 minutes by car from Rohini and is known as Dudhia. There is a hilltop in Rohini that allows spectacular views of the valley and the surrounding mountain ranges.

 

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Mountain View Retreat – Rohini

 

So, these will be our 15 choices of tourist places near Darjeeling that you must cover in your Darjeeling tour plan.

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8 Awesome Things to Do in Darjeeling Which You Just Cannot Miss!

8 Awesome Things to Do in Darjeeling Which You Just Cannot Miss!

It goes without saying that Darjeeling is the ‘Queen of Hills’. There are incredible experiences that only this beautiful town nestled in the lap of hills can offer. While there are many other hill stations in the country, this one, in particular, can steal your heart every time you visit. If you are visiting Darjeeling for the first time then there are a few places that you must not miss for the world. These places range from temples to shopping areas and from food joints to tea estates.

Here are 8 such experiences that will you will have lasting memories of.

Food: One of The Best Things to do in Darjeeling

Darjeeling will spoil you for choice when it comes to food options. There are these amazing food joints that not only serve the typical delicacies of Darjeeling but are also heritage points in Darjeeling. While one of them might be a more recent addition, it is highly popular nonetheless.

The cuisine of Darjeeling is unique. It is neither typically hill-like nor a plain-like cuisine. There is a certain mix of cuisines and that is an interesting part of the food culture of this hill station. The reason behind this uniqueness is the fact that Darjeeling once belonged to the Gorkhas. No wonder, it is still sometimes referred to as ‘Gorkhaland’. However, it was colonized by the British in the 19th century and had served as a military hill station for all those years.

There is also the fact that Darjeeling lies close to the Indo-Tibet and Indo-Nepal border. All these factors added up and made the cuisine of Darjeeling look like what it looks today. It is an interesting mix of Nepali, Tibetan, Indian and British cuisines.

The weather of Darjeeling is well-suited for foodies. Walking up and uphill roads and the comfortable chill in the air helps you digest food better. This is precisely why Darjeeling food joints never really run empty be it peak seasons or otherwise.

# 1. Keventers in Darjeeling: Where breakfast meets nostalgia

Keventers is your first whiff of Darjeeling. What makes this place so special is the kind of food that it offers. This joint was founded in the year 1911 by Edward Keventers. This place finds a fond remembrance in the memory of people who have visited Darjeeling in the past.

Along with lip-smacking food, Keventers also offers stunning surroundings. The restaurant has a closed area as well as an open terrace for seating arrangements. If you are a meat-lover then there is nothing like eating an English breakfast platter in Keventers. What’s more, you can also relish a freshly brewed cup of Darjeeling tea or a steaming mug of hot chocolate!

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Breakfast Platter at Keventers Darjeeling

The platter will typically consist of meatloaves, sausages, ham, bacon and fried eggs. The surroundings are dream-like. The air is often misty and sipping hot tea in the midst of clouds floating by is an enthralling experience. On a clear day, you can see Kanchenjunga from the open space in Keventers Darjeeling.

Apart from breakfast platters and regular meals, Keventers also sells Chhurpi. Chhurpis are tiny Nepali cheese cubes made from the milk of yaks. They have a sharp pungent taste and will crumble if not eaten right away. Chhurpis are known to have heating properties and are thus perfect for the winter months.

#2. Glenary’s in Darjeeling: For the foodie within

Glenary’s can be located from a distance even while you are still going downhill from your hotel. The aroma of freshly baked goodness pulls at your heartstrings when you are around this bakery. The environment inside Glenary’s is like a leaf out of a Victorian novel where high teas were important.

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Glenary’s Darjeeling the Cafe and Pub

The built of Glenary’s is typical of the eras gone by. There are beautifully crafted large French windows through which you could take a look at the English classics like muffins, scones and tarts sitting pretty on shelves.

Glenary’s also makes their own in-house jams and pickles that are delicious, to say the least. The restaurant on the top floor is also worth a mention. While you can cherish homemade bakes on the ground floor, the top floor will offer lunch and dinner scenes of various other cuisines.

The top floor restaurant and bar in Glenary’s is probably the most happening place in the evening, with great food, friendship and drinks along with awesome live music.

 

#3. Momos And Thukpas

Your gastronomic experiences in Darjeeling will continue to be a long list since the hill station is all about good food and great company. What lies at the heart of this town is its love for chillies. The prime ingredient in many of Darjeeling’s staples is the fiery hot chilli called ‘Dallay Khursani’. The paste made out of these chillies and mustard oil is the sauce that is served along with steaming hot momos in Darjeeling.

You cannot help but salivate at the sight of lightly steamed, translucent dumplings filled with minced meat and vegetables, with the overpowering aroma of garlic. There are also the fried and the pan-fried versions that are equally saliva-inducing.

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Momos and Thukpa

There are a couple of places where you could have the best momos in town. These include Kunga’s and Dekevas. While you might overfill yourself at Kunga’s with several plates of momos, Dekevas will delight you with their steaming bowls of Thukpa.

There is nothing like a restaurant that ladles out hot noodle soup in bowls and serves steaming momos along. The crisp chill outside seems to agree with the food type whole-heartedly.

#4. Shopping in Darjeeling

Shopping is a huge attraction in Darjeeling for shoppers. Most of the people who love shopping shops and window shops through the evening in various local shops.

The two prime locations from where you could shop for yourself are The Mall Road and the Bhutia Market. Mall Road has everything that you need for a tourist shopping hub. It has small shops for trinkets and souvenirs. There are high-end shops selling handcrafted shawls, sweaters and carpets. There are also a number of local jewellery shops. You will have to do a whole lot of bargaining to buy something off Mall Road.

However, shoppers believe that woollen items are pretty cheap over here compared to Indian standards.

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Shopping at Darjeeling Mall Road

Bhutia Market is the place for those who have a budget in mind. This market is set up by local Bhutia people who sell everything from jackets to shawls, woollen scarves, caps and gloves. Denim is also available at cheaper costs.

If you are not going towards shopping in Darjeeling even for once, you are certainly leaving out a great experience.

#5. Sunrise from Tiger hill

If you want a panoramic view of the entire Himalayan range as the sun rises, then a visit to Tiger Hill should be on your bucket list. However, not everyone is lucky and it is said that even Rabindranath Tagore had missed the sunrise at Tiger Hill. Sunrise at Tiger Hill can only be seen when the skies are absolutely clear and there is no fog or mist blocking or clouding the view.

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Kanchenjunga as seen from Tiger Hill

It is indeed an incredible experience to view the stunning mountain ranges in their full glory as the sun rises and lights up the whole horizon. All the mountains that are more than 8000 metres above sea level can be viewed from this hilltop effortlessly. There is a breathtaking play of colours as the foliage unique to each mountain range is lit up with the rays of the sun.

You got to wake up at 3 am in the morning and leave for Tiger Hill to position itself for. The cold, the journey, the preparation and finally the climax of watching the sunrise is an experience which no one can really explain in words. It is awesome. Do not Miss.

#6. Peace Pagoda: Unity In Diversity

Surrounded by the mighty peaks of the Himalayan range and a drive of 10 minutes from the town centre of Darjeeling, Peace Pagoda stands tall and towering. It is a symbol of peace that strives to unite people from all castes and creed to look for one end and that is world peace.

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Japanese Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling

This pristine white temple with gold borders is a beautiful spectacle in the midst of the green lush backdrop. Entry is free of cost but the serenity of the temple is worth millions.

#7. Darjeeling Toy Train: Upholding Colonial Heritage

If there is an icon that upholds the continuity of colonial heritage, then it is our very own Darjeeling Himalayan Railways that is fondly referred to as ‘Darjeeling Toy Train’. It is not only an experience of a lifetime to ride inside the train but is also quite a pretty sight from outside as the engines chug away through lush meadows, sprawling tea gardens and through sleepy hamlets.

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The Heritage Joy Ride leaving Batasisa Loop

The toy train is not only meant for recreational purposes but is also a regular mode of transport for several people living in the hills. Although it was initially run by steam engines, diesel engines are also a part of the railway system now so as to help pace up the trains. However, the framework still remains the same.

The train ride through the city, the train, the view all adds up to its fame.

#8. Sandakphu Trek 

Sandakphu is the tallest peak in West Bengal and is a popular tourist site for trekking. While trekking on this route, you will frequently move in and out of the Nepal border. In April, which is apparently the best month of the year to do the trek, the rhododendrons are in full bloom and they could captivate you with their colours.

You will also spot other forms of wildlife while looking around or while doing the trek. You might be in for a huge surprise if you happen to spot the red panda which is a rare sighting.

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Moon Bathed Kanchenjunga as seen from Sandakphu

The trek falls under the category of easy to moderate. However, if it rains, it could be an adrenaline-boosting challenge. The trek combines steep climbs, gradual steps and walking through muddy paths and meadows. Always remember to carry enough water with yourself while doing the trek because you might feel dehydrated with the gradual climb and the lack of rest.

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Bagdogra To Darjeeling: All Routes & Fun Stopovers

Bagdogra To Darjeeling: All Routes & Fun Stopovers

Your ticket to the land of mist, mountains, fog, and monasteries of Darjeeling is just the right route away from Bagdogra.

Darjeeling is roughly 2 hours and 33 minutes away from Bagdogra via road. From Bagdogra airport, only way available to you from that point onwards is a local cab booked on spot or pre-booked. However, if you can take a cab and reach Bagdogra market, you will find a number of transportation options.

There are a few transportation options that you can choose from and are three basic routes to choose from while travelling from Bagdogra to Darjeeling.

In this article, we will cover the transportation options and all the three routes in details and also include the unending fun elements in between.

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Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling

Bagdogra to Darjeeling: Transportation options

At the onset, I would like to tell you that it is going to be a great ride. Roads are good and every turn is a visual delight. There are a few different ways that you can commune this 2-3 hours time.

They come with varied expenses and varying levels of freedom for you. Obviously, as the budget goes higher, freedom and comfort go higher too.

Bagdogra to Darjeeling: Easiest Transportation Option 

The easiest option to avail from Bagdogra airport to reach Darjeeling is to hire a prepaid taxi. There are pre-paid taxi counters within the airport arrival terminal. These taxis do not ply on a shared basis. However, you might come across passengers looking for shared taxis and striking up a casual conversation with a few of them might save you a lot of money.

You could strike a deal with the driver to take the entire group to a mutually pre-fixed destination.

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Bagdogra to Darjeeling Road Trip

Bagdogra to Darjeeling: Budget Transportation Option

If you have a tight budget to keep pace with, then hiring a prepaid taxi might not be the cheapest option.

Fortunately, there are other options available that could significantly bring down your transportation cost. You can hire a taxi from the pre-paid taxi counter inside the airport building to reach Siliguri bus terminal.

The bus terminal is around 16 Km away from Bagdogra Airport and will take you around 30-35 minutes to reach. A number of transportation options like private taxis, buses and shared jeeps are available here. You will be able to hire buses or auto-rickshaws that ply from the Tenzing Norgay Central Bus Terminal.

This bus terminal is located on the Hill Cart Road and is also popularly known as Siliguri Bus Terminal.

Bagdogra to Darjeeling: Luxury Transportation Option

If budget is not a problem and this trip to Darjeeling is more about your comfort and leisure then the latest luxurious options of transport are unputdownable. There are a couple of car service companies that are renting out luxury vehicles for tourists to travel from Bagdogra to Darjeeling.

These vehicles offer shared services and the types of vehicles that ply are Xylo, Crysta, Innova and even Audi etc.

The bookings of these luxury cars are primarily done online and you have the benefit of choosing your own seat! They have pre-fixed drop destinations like Ghum Railway Station, Kurseong, Sonada, and many others within Darjeeling as well.

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Bagdogra to Darjeeling Road Map

How and Where do you book a car to take you to Darjeeling?

If you opt for individual cars instead of shared vehicles, you will have to haggle a lot initially. The drivers quote exorbitant rates initially but if you can bargain enough, you will have a good deal in some time. Tourist seasons usually witness higher car fares but offseasons are much cheaper.

When you hire a pre-paid taxi, you have to deposit the fare at the counter and receive a slip in return. There may or may not be different cars to choose from, given the kind of season you go in. The usual drop-off is at Chowk Bazaar Stand, in the town of Darjeeling.

If your hotel is a little further away, you could pay your driver a few bucks extra to cover that mile.

However, cars are not allowed inside most hotels in Darjeeling that are on and around the Mall Road. You will either have to carry your own luggage or hire porters to do the same.

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On the way to Darjeeling from Bagdogra

# ProTip: A lot of bargaining happens here. Do not go for the first guy who approaches you. Wait a bit and as the major crowd disperses, you will find rates are coming down. However, INR 3-5k for exclusive is reasonable and fair depending upon car type and peak and lean seasons.

Bagdogra To Darjeeling – The Road and the Beauty 

As you leave the airport premises, it will take you 50 yards to reach the car parking area. You will meet your driver who will, most probably, be a local. The distance between Darjeeling and Bagdogra is 94 Km and it will take close to 3.5 hrs by car. The route which your driver will usually take is the Hill Cart Road or the NH-55.

 

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Hairpin Bend Road on the way to Darjeeling from Bagdogra

Are There Any Shortcuts? 

A lot of tourists ask us if there are shorter routes to take between Bagdogra and Darjeeling. You will be glad to know that there are three routes other than the usual route to Darjeeling and we will discuss at length about these routes in this very article.

However, before we begin to talk about the routes and the stopovers in between, here is a brief outline of the initial journey to Simulbari Tea Garden.

This is the point from where you can pick the best route among three routes to Darjeeling. This is the common point where you will need to come to no matter which route you take.

The First Few Miles

Drivers driving you from Bagdogra to Darjeeling try their best to save around 30 minutes of travel time by taking shorter routes to Darjeeling. Although these routes are spotted with hairpin bends, sharp curves, narrow and rough roads, they do cut down a minimum of 12 Km on your way uphill.

Drivers tend to take the Rohini route and lead through Pankhabari to reach Darjeeling.

Once you board the car, the driver will start the journey on the National Highway and in a matter of minutes, you will cross the township and market area of Bagdogra.

The next township that you enter will be Shibmandir. This is at an approximate distance of 5 Km from Bagdogra Airport. In the town of Shibmandir, you will cross a river named Balasun.

The next township is Matigara, which is around 8 Km from the airport. This is your last bit on the NH-31 and from here, your driver will take a left towards Simulbari. The usual route of NH-55 is mostly avoided because it is more time-consuming.

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Bagdogra to Darjeeling through Pankhabari

In a few minutes from this point, the surroundings transform into a lush green spectacle and you can even spot stunning mountain ranges at a distance. In about 15 more minutes, you will reach the Khaprail Military Camp Area.

The air will feel crisp and light and the mountains will seem even closer. Around the Khaprail village area, you will spot sprawling areas of green parallel to the road. This is the Simulbari Tea Garden that looks spectacular from even a distance.

The very next check post is Rohini More. This is the point from where all the three routes emerge.

One route goes through Rohini, the other through Mirik and the third through Pankhabari.

Route 1: Darjeeling Through Rohini 

The road that turns right from the check post is Rohini Road. This happens to be the commonest road taken by drivers of prepaid taxis. The road has toll booths and is a two-way route. It leads the way up to Kurseong and then merges with NH-55 to reach Darjeeling.

This road is not at all what it used to be in the past. Recently, extensive repairs have been carried out that have made the road broader and very well-maintained. The route is beautiful and although the turns are very sharp, the scenic beauty more than makes up for it.

The air will start to feel cooler and you will find exactly what you might be looking for on the Rohini Road. There are several tea stalls where you could request for a pit stop and enjoy a cup of tea along with light snacks.

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Bagdogra to Darjeeling through Picturesque Rohini Tea Estate

Rohini is beautiful and very near to Darjeeling and hence a lot of tourists opt to stay a night or two over here. There are not too many stay options available though. We have a great and cheap homestay over here, You can check out the link, in case you are interested.

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View from Our Homestay in Rohini

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Rohini to Kurseong:

The next stop would be the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council Lodge. The lodge was burned to a bad state in the riots of the 1980s but the architectural grandeur atop a cliff is not to be missed. This could very well be a photographer’s delight.

It will take you 1 hour 20 minutes to reach Kurseong. As your car gets on the Hill Cart Road, you will witness the popular Toy Train track of Darjeeling. It will run along with the car route and might even intersect at certain points. You might even spot a toy train making its way through the track.

Kurseong is a beautiful small tea town before Darjeeling. We some superb properties here. You can take a stopover at the lodge and either freshen up or have breakfast. The scenic beauty from this spot is breathtaking and a complete gold mine for photographers.

Your driver will then continue on NH-55 and reach Darjeeling town in about 1 hour 25 minutes.

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Route 2: Darjeeling Through Mirik 

The route from Mirik to Darjeeling might cost you a few additional bucks but it is worth every extra penny that you pay. The scenic beauty is enthralling and the lush green tea gardens add to the already beautiful surroundings. The road that goes straight from Rohini More leads to Garidhura, a small village.

This is your perfect spot for refreshments of all kinds. There is a small eating joint called Nipu’s Hotel that serves local delights like momos, thukpa, full course meals, and hot beverages.

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The Beauty of Mirik Lake on the way to Darjeeling from Bagdogra

Once you cross the Garidhura market, your driver will take a left towards Mirik road that will eventually lead you to Darjeeling. Although it will take an hour more to reach Darjeeling on this route, the interesting spots on the route will compensate for the delay.

The road from Garidhura village to Mirik takes an hour and fifteen minutes. Mirik road leads through Pashupati Nath Market to Ghoom station and finally to Darjeeling.

Mirik to Darjeeling

It takes around 2.5 hours from Mirik to Darjeeling. On your way ahead from Pashupati Nath Market towards Sukhiapokhri, you could stop over at Simana.

It is a viewing point from where you could spot the trail that leads to Sandakphu, the famous tourist destination for trekking.

Simana is also an amazing place to stop and enjoy locally sourced dishes like momos, alcoholic beverages and chocolates. All along the route, you will come across sprawling and spectacular tea gardens like Gopaldhara, Goodricke etc.

Mirik is the Tea Plantation land in Darjeeling District and the large natural lake makes the place a stopover choice for many travellers. We have lots of great places to stay over here and you can explore if you are interested to stay a day or two in Mirik. It is worth it for sure.

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One of our Property Mirik Heritage Bungalow

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Route 3: Darjeeling Through Pankhabari

The Pankhabari route runs straight from Garidhura. It is a narrower route and mostly supports one-way traffic. While passing through this route, you will come across the Longview Tea Estate.

This tea estate occupies land on both sides of the route. It is the first tea estate on your way uphill that produces Darjeeling tea.

As you drive along, the first village that you would come across is the picturesque village of Pankhabari.

It is a sleepy little hamlet that will charm you with its lovely sights. An uphill drive from here will lead you to a high point from where you can view the two majestic rivers, Teesta and Balasun flowing adjacent to each other. This is also a splendid spot for a photographer as the view is nothing less than breathtaking.

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Makaibari tea estate on the way to Darjeeling from Bagdogra

A few minutes from here is the Makaibari village and the famous Makaibari Tea Estate. This happens to be Darjeeling’s oldest tea garden. Kurseong is around 3 Km from this point.

At Kurseong, the two routes from Rohini More and Pankhabari merge together with the Hill Cart Road that goes uphill to reach Darjeeling.

So, hopefully, you got everything that wanted to know about how to go to Darjeeling from Bagdogra.

 

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Darjeeling Weather And Temperature: All Your Questions Answered

Darjeeling Weather And Temperature: All Your Questions Answered

Darjeeling weather has created a separate following for itself. It is not for nothing that tourists often refer to Darjeeling as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’.

Popular for its picturesque landscape, charming weather conditions and sprawling tea estates, Darjeeling lies very close to the tourist’s heart that has been here once or more. The name is a combination of two words that mean ‘Dorje’ or Thunderbolt and ‘Ling’ or Place.

This naturally beautiful hill station has a long history that dates back to the time of the British ViceRoys who would move there in the hot and humid summers of India. Darjeeling weather is that pleasant and comforting.

It covers an area of 1,200 sq miles and is a stunning sight surrounded by the majestic peaks of Himalaya. On a clear and sunny morning, you can view the mighty snow-capped peaks of Kanchenjunga from the town of Darjeeling.

What makes Darjeeling Weather so Famous?

Darjeeling weather is popularly labelled as the ‘holiday weather’.

For those who seek some respite from the sweltering heat of summers, move to this hill station for a happy retreat. The weather in Darjeeling is predominantly responsible for its fame in the tourism industry. Everyone wants a piece of cake. This makes thousands of tourists plan trips to enjoy the weather in Darjeeling.

Darjeeling offers moderate temperatures to tourists. Each season has its own contribution to make to the weather. While March to May and September to November are the best times to visit the town, the rest of the year has its own rewards for the adventurous at heart.

 

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Famous Darjeeling Weather

Geographic Reason Behind Darjeeling Weather and Temperature conditions 

Darjeeling is characterized by a subtropical highland climate. It is highly humid due to its close proximity to the Bay Of Bengal. Due to this geographical location, Darjeeling has spring-like weather conditions almost all year round, except for a short monsoon and a chilly winter.

This type of climate shares its characteristic features with that of an oceanic climate. Thus, Darjeeling experiences milder summers and cooler winters that could also be accompanied with some snowfall.

You will also commonly witness high-intensity rainfall within shorter spans of time in Darjeeling.

Altitude, Himalayan Ridges and Proximity to the Bay of Bengal does the trick:

Altitude plays a significant factor in determining the temperature of Darjeeling. The upper hilly areas of the hill station exemplify higher day and night temperatures during the monsoon months. This happens due to the fact that the southwest monsoon disappears around this time.

This phenomenon affects the climatic condition of the entire region of Darjeeling. Due to this reason temperatures drop rapidly in Darjeeling as soon as monsoon is over.

The Himalayan ranges of Darjeeling show their own temperature peculiarities that are the effect of the entire range of variations in altitude, right from the height of 300m-3700 m above sea level. The typical monsoon-like climate that is characterized by dry winters and wet summer makes tourists throng to the hill station for summer retreats.

This is the consequence of direct exposure to the south-west monsoon winds that come laden with moisture. These monsoon winds start flowing into the region in the months of May-October from the Bay of Bengal that is situated close to Darjeeling.

The climate of Darjeeling, in terms of rainfall, air movement and temperature, is also majorly affected by the altitude of the mountain ranges in the neighbourhood. This temperature conditions along with high rainfall are also the main reason behind the great Tea that Darjeeling produces.

The slanting topography helps the soil not to retain much water, another big condition for Tea production, that is met here in Darjeeling.

 

Seasons in Darjeeling:

Summer:

While being a hill station, Darjeeling has five distinct seasons. During summers, the temperature never exceeds a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius. Summer lasts from April to June and is a treat in the truest sense of the term. This makes tourists from different parts of Bengal and India throng to the hill station for some respite.

Darjeeling-in-Summer

Indian summers are cruel. While the majority of the country huffs and puffs in the midst of heat waves, hill stations continue to be comfortable and charming. Darjeeling is one such place. It offers crisp and cool winds in the day, pleasant evening breeze and chilly nights. Who wouldn’t want a summer like that?

Monsoon:

Monsoon in Darjeeling has its own charm. It lasts from July to August and for all those people who love seeing reverberating waterfalls, lush greens and foggy skies, it is an ideal time to visit. A lot of tourists have fond remembrances of mist entering into their hotel rooms early morning in the monsoon months. How wonderful sight would that be!

Autumn:

Autumn lasts from September to November and is an absolute delight. Yellow and orange Maple leaves fall from trees and lie on mountainous roads of Darjeeling. The weather is quite comfortable and although there could be light to moderate showers once in a while, the showers are generally short-lived.

Winters:

The temperature in Darjeeling dips significantly in winters. However, it is sometimes characterized by occasional snowfall that is quite the spectacle. You can still enjoy your sightseeing in the winter months, provided you layer yourself up for the chill.

The wind is sharp and cold and with Christmas celebrations all around, it is amazing to be there.

Spring:

Spring season calls for the perfect weather to enjoy your stay in the hill station. The skies are as clear as they can be, the hills are in full view and there is unmatched freshness in the wind.

All these features of Darjeeling make it famous across the country as a holiday hill station with beautiful weather at an affordable cost.

Darjeeling Weather and Temperature Across Months:

It goes without saying that Darjeeling weather is highly unpredictable. What seems like a perfect start to the day can become a foggy and cloudy afternoon and even a rain-soaked evening. This is the very charm of the hill station. It gives you the best of both worlds.

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Darjeeling in a clear winter morning

The typical temperate weather conditions of the plains do not characterize Darjeeling. It has its own weather map that varies in accordance with the southwest monsoon and the climatic conditions of neighbouring areas. Here is a rough outline of what the 12 months in this hill station feel like.

Darjeeling in March – April (Onset Of Spring)

Spring is, inarguably, the best season to visit Darjeeling. Although short-lived, it witnesses a large influx of tourists who hope to make the most of this wonderful season. The sky is visibly clear and you might face a couple of hail storms and gusty winds your way.

The best part of visiting Darjeeling in spring is the abundance of beautifully coloured flowers that are in full bloom all over the town. There are colourful bunches of Magnolia and shrubs covered in Rhododendrons all over the hill station.

The temperature ranges anywhere between 9 degrees during the day and 17 degrees during the night. Since weather conditions are perfect, hotels will usually be chock-a-bloc in this season. If you can make advance hotel bookings then you will have no issues in finding a place to stay.

Darjeeling in May-July (Summers Commence)

The summer season commences in the month of May and ends in the month of July. While there will still be a lot of tourists visiting Darjeeling in the month of May, there could be a number of hail showers and usual monsoonal showers during this month. Monsoon-like weather starts hovering over the hill station from June.

By July, monsoon has officially made its entry into the town. The weather starts getting misty and humid in the month of June itself. The temperature in these months ranges between a minimum of 11 degrees and a maximum of 19 degrees.

Darjeeling in June-September (Monsoon comes visiting)

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Darjeeling in Monsoon

In Darjeeling, the weather tends to be overlapping. Summers and monsoon are seen intertwined in the months of June and July. There can be frequent showers in these months. Full-fledged monsoon begins in the month of July and lasts till September. In the peak months, you can hardly see the sky.

It is almost always cast with dark and billowing clouds. This can significantly affect visibility.

September witnesses slight changes in temperature. The air feels cooler in the evenings and the feel of winter is around the corner hangs in the air. However, this is also the season when humidity levels peak in Darjeeling. Going beyond 90% saturation, the humidity could make the temperature variations even more unpredictable.

Incessant rainfall is a typical characteristic feature of the monsoon months in Darjeeling. Landslides are quite common during monsoon. Some routes and roads towards Darjeeling could have blockages but there are several alternative routes to take.

Landslides are not as big a problem in Darjeeling as they are in the Northern part of Sikkim.

Darjeeling in October And November (When Autumn Falls)

From the humidity and precipitation of the monsoon months to the beautiful sights and sounds of autumn, Darjeeling really is a landscape of many hues. While monsoons are typically wet and damp with lush greenery all around, autumn is dry, crisp and clear. There are colours of drying foliage falling off trees all over the hilly roads.

Until and unless monsoon spills over to the month of October, autumn is usually free of showers.

Chennai-to-darjeeling

Darjeeling in October

The temperature in Darjeeling hovers around 16 degrees in the day and drops as low as 5 degrees in the night. Winter is around the corner and the nights start indicating the chill in the air. Autumn happens to be a high season for tourists because of the increased visibility of mountain ranges and clear skies.

You could take a trip to Tiger Hill and watch the sunrise from the lap of the mountains in the autumn season. The possibility of fog or mist shrouding the sunrise is a lot lesser in these months. Hotel rates are at their peak again and availability depends upon the time of your booking.

Darjeeling in December- February (Winter Is Here)

The winter season lasts for three months in Darjeeling. The skies continue to be clear and the visibility is as good as autumn. Early mornings in winter could be chilly and you might want to stay huddled inside your blanket till the sun is warm enough to be outdoors.

However, winter does attract some tourists because the views of the hill station are beyond beautiful in these months. When the sun starts shining with all its might, the chill is quite bearable and the feel thereafter is warm and inviting.

Snowfall-Darjeeling

Snowfall in Darjeeling

Temperature is Darjeeling in winter ranges from 12.8 degrees Celsius to as low as 1.5 degrees C. However, this does not deter tourists from visiting this paradise in the winter months. While it may not be peak season for tourists, there are the adventurous at heart who love visiting when this hill station is dolled up for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Winter nights are very cold for tourists who are not accustomed to sub-zero temperatures. While the temperature of Darjeeling generally does not go below 0 degrees, there could be cold spells that could bring down the temperature.

Darjeeling Temperature Across Months:

 

Months

 

Maximum Temp (In Celsius)

 

Minimum Temp (In Celsius)

 

January

 

8.1

 

1.5

 

February

 

9.1

 

1.9

March  

13.5

 

 

5.6

 

April

 

16.9

 

9.2

 

May

 

17.8

 

11.2

 

June

 

18.6

 

13.4

 

July

 

19.1

 

14.3

 

August

 

18.8

 

14.1

 

September

 

18.3

 

13.2

 

October

 

16.3

 

9.9

 

November

 

12.8

 

5.9

December  

9.6

 

2.4

 

 

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Darjeeling Temperature across months

 

Frequently Asked Questions on Darjeeling weather and temperature 

Now that we have discussed the weather and temperature of Darjeeling across months, there are bound to be more questions on the seasons. Here are a few commonly asked questions and their answers. If you are travelling for the first time, travelling in the winter or monsoon months or are taking kids along, these answers could help you make faster decisions.

Do hotels and homestays of Darjeeling have heating systems?

Tourists travelling in winter months commonly ask this question. None of the hotels or homestays in Darjeeling has central heating systems. The budget hotels might offer coil heaters that will only give you respite in a smaller area. High-end hotels offer larger and more effective room heaters. Some of these hotels might even offer fireplaces in every room.

Does it snow in Darjeeling?

Darjeeling is not situated at a very high altitude. Thus, while places in North Sikkim receive a considerable amount of snowfall in winter months, Darjeeling usually does not witness snowfall. However, it did snow in Darjeeling after a decade in 2018, in the month of December.

The snowfall was preceded by a hailstorm the same afternoon. Snowfall started happening at around 4 pm. Snowfall in Darjeeling might be an unusual phenomenon but it is definitely a beautiful sight to behold.

When to visit Darjeeling to avoid the rains?

Darjeeling weather is highly unpredictable and hence, planning a tour to avoid the rains completely, could be difficult. Misty air, foggy surroundings and rainfall in patches form inevitable parts of the weather. You could avoid visiting in monsoon but you might even be caught in a sudden summer or spring shower.

Is Darjeeling humid?

Darjeeling is quite humid in the summer and monsoon months. This is because of its close proximity to the Bay Of Bengal. Humidity levels could be anywhere between 82-96% in the months of June to September. March to December are the least humid months.

What type of clothes to pack for Darjeeling?

You will not need to pack woollens for summer and autumn. However, you might need light sweatshirts and jumpers for autumn. Monsoons can get chilly if it rains too much so you might need windcheaters, shawls, umbrellas and caps. You will have to carry several layers of warm clothing if you visit in winters. Full body thermals, woollen caps, gloves, muffler, insulating jackets and woollen socks are a must.

Best Time to Visit Darjeeling

Darjeeling looks beautiful in all the five seasons. However, not all of us are accustomed to extremities of weather conditions and thus, we need to know when to make hay. Well, as the proverb goes, make hay when the sun shines. Similarly, the best time to visit Darjeeling would be when the sun is in all its grandeur.

Monsoon could be too intimidating for the first-timer because of the possibility of landslides and road blockages. Winter could be too cold and windy for the first-timer as well. Therefore, the most favourable times are spring/summer and autumn.

Kanchenjunga-as-seen-from-Darjeeling-in-Spring

Spring/summer months are comfortable and the temperature of Darjeeling does not vary much in these months. Hovering between 17 degrees to 9 degrees, spring/summer commences in March and ends in April or 1st week of May.

The other idea of time to visit is autumn when the blue skies indicate clear weather for easy sightseeing and travelling. Autumn temperature range is around 9-18 degrees C and is just enough pleasing as you need it to be for a leisurely vacation in the hills.

Visit Darjeeling

Darjeeling is your ideal summer retreat. With a soothing summer and pleasing autumn, it is a quick getaway from the sweltering heat and humidity. It is more laidback than other hill stations in India might be. Shops close down by 8 pm and not many people are on the streets late in the night but aren’t that the very flavour of a relaxing hill holiday?

Book your holiday right away for a tryst with the misty mountain land.

Here are a few great options to stay at Darjeeling.

You will not find them everywhere.

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  1. We are retired, corporate people. So, we have taken a lot of stress and we understand what a holiday means to you
  2. We have a team that is travelling on the streets of Darjeeling to find out great stay options
  3. We have ourselves experienced these places and we can guarantee a great stay for you
  4. Unlike others, we are never about dhobi list of options. We are the shortlist by the travellers just like you.
Why go Offbeat? 

Away from super congested Darjeeling city

Close to nature

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Darjeeling Offbeat Stay Options: 

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Ahmedabad to Darjeeling: Flights, Trains, Road-map Everything in One Place

Ahmedabad to Darjeeling: Flights, Trains, Road-map Everything in One Place

Darjeeling, the most famous hill station of West Bengal is approximately 2150 km away from Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat. From the Manchester of India on the bank of River Sabarmati, there are several ways to reach, which are as follows:

Ahmedabad to Darjeeling: Through Air:

There is no airport in proper Darjeeling. The nearest airport is in Bagdogra (Airport code: IXB), which is 67.5 km from Darjeeling, and it takes around 3 hours to reach by car from the airport. There are a number of flights that connect Bagdogra to Ahmedabad, as it received the status of a major airport recently.

The average fare ranges between INR 6,900 to INR 7,900 per person, and a flight with one stop in Kolkata International Airport (Airport code: CCU) takes around 8-9 hours to reach Bagdogra. For an approximate idea of the fare and timing, the important flight details are given below, after 3 months from the date of booking.

Ahmedabad-to-Darjeeling-air

Ahmedabad to Darjeeling Air ticket options in Cleartrip

 

Ahmedabad to Darjeeling: Through Train:

There is no major rail-station in Darjeeling with direct rail connectivity with Ahmedabad.

However, you can take a train to New Jalpaiguri, which is a major station, and then take a car to reach Darjeeling in 4-5 hours. The road is beautiful, with an amazing mountain experience.

If you want a very unique experience and have time, opt for the Darjeeling-Himalayan railway that is the UNESCO-World heritage site from New Jalpaiguri Jn. to Darjeeling (Starts at 08:30 from NJP station and reached Darjeeling at 15:35 every day.)

Major Train leaving from Ahmedabad to New Jalpaiguri:

Train No. Train Name Days of departure Station of Departure Arr. Dep. Travel Time
15635 Dwarka Express Fri Ahmedabad 21:40 21:55 48:15
15667 Gandhidham-Kamakhya Express Sat Ahmedabad 21:40 21:55 48:15

 

Ahmedabad to Darjeeling: Through Road:

As there are not many flight or train options, you may try to take a car to cover the great distance, as it can make for a great journey, while making you aware of the heritage of India. The routes consist of NH-27, NH-48 and Agra-Lucknow Expressway. There are three major routes.

Route 1 covers 2213 km and it takes 39 hours to reach Darjeeling. The road passes through Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to reach West Bengal. The night stay options are in Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, and Siliguri respectively.

Ahmedabad-to-Darjeeling-road

Ahmedabad to Darjeeling road map

Route 2 is about 2184 km and Route 3 covers 2142 km and both of them take 39 hours to reach Darjeeling. This route passes by Udaipur and joins Route 1 after Jaipur. Route 3 goes through Chittorgarh, Kanpur etc. and joins Route 1 after Lucknow. In these cases, the night stay options are in Udaipur and Kanpur respectively.

So, hopefully, you got everything that wanted to know about how to go to Darjeeling from Ahmedabad.

 

Here are a few great options to stay at Darjeeling. You will not find them everywhere.

4 Pointers on Us: Nomadic Weekends
  1. We are retired, corporate people. So, we have taken a lot of stress and we understand what a holiday means to you
  2. We have a team that is travelling on the streets of Darjeeling to find out great stay options
  3. We have ourselves experienced these places and we can guarantee a great stay for you
  4. Unlike others, we are never about dhobi list of options. We are the shortlist by the travellers just like you.
Why go Offbeat? 

Away from super congested Darjeeling city

Close to nature

Mindblowing locations

All modern amenities

Perfect Chillout. Guaranteed.

 

Darjeeling Offbeat Stay Options: 

Click on the Image or Link below to explore More.

 

If you are finding these interesting, here 25 such awesome unknown and offbeat Destinations Near Darjeeling. Do check out. You won’t waste your time.

Check out Nomadic Weekends site here.

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15 Tourist Places Near Darjeeling that You Must Include in Your Darjeeling Tour

Darjeeling Toy Train: History, Experience and All Useful Information

Awesome things to Do in Darjeeling

Bagdogra To Darjeeling: Different Routes & Fun Stopovers In Between