About the Tour
Nestled between glistening Mt Kanchenjunga and lush green tea plantations, Darjeeling is fondly called “Queen of the Hills”.
The history of Darjeeling is intertwined with that of Nepal, Sikkim, British India, and Bhutan. Until the early 19th century, the hilly area around Darjeeling was controlled by the Kingdom of Sikkim while the plains around Siliguri were intermittently occupied by the kingdom of Nepal. After independence, in 1947, Darjeeling was merged with West Bengal. In the 1980s, the ethnic population demanded for a separate state for Gorkhas, leading to political tensions and the issue is still being hotly debated.
Noted for its tea industry, views of the majestic Kangchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Darjeeling has several British-style public schools, which attract children from all over India and a few neighbouring countries. Some of the best boarding schools in Darjeeling are St. Paul’s, Loreto Convent, St. Joseph’s, Goethals Memorial School and many more.
Top sights to see in Darjeeling are namely Tiger Hills, a major attraction. If you can’t face a dawn trip to Tiger Hill, take an early-morning stroll around Bhanu Bhakta Sarani. Observatory Hill and Bhutia Busty Gompa are places of worship, sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus. Riding between the tea towns of Kurseong and Darjeeling is the charming Toy Train.
The predominant religions of Darjeeling are Shaivite Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism, followed by Christianity. Due to the varied mix of cultures in Darjeeling, the local and ethnic food of Darjeeling is also quite varied. Rice, noodles and potatoes seem to make up the dominant part of the cuisine partly due to the cold climate. Another popular food is ‘Thukpa’ which is of Tibetan origins.
When to go?
Jan: Ideal for navigating the dense mangrove forests of the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve.
Mar–May & Oct–Dec: Best for hill views, trekking and spring blooms.
Oct–Mar: Best time for avoiding the heat on the lower southern plains.
Cost – Price per person in ₹:
|Category||2 Persons||4 Persons||6 Persons||Hotel in Gangtok||Hotel in Darjeeling|
|2 star||₹ 19,000/-||₹ 18,500/-||₹ 18,000/-||Rigz||Lindsay Himalayan Heights|
|3 star||₹ 21,500/-||₹ 20,000/-||₹ 19,000/-||Pradhan Residency||Himalayan Retreat|
Arrival and Transfer to Darjeeling
Darjeeling Local Sight Seeing (Half Day)
Transfer to Gangtok &Gangtok Local Sight Seeing (Half Day)
Departure – Gangtok to Siliguri