A lovely Victorian town was built among the Himalayan foothills, the remnants of which are still visible around
the Chowrasta and Darjeeling remains a popular summer and fall resort for the natives of Kolkata today.
For foreign tourists, the main attractions are the cultural diversity (many Tibetan refugees moved here after Tibet
was annexed by China and they co-exist with the descendants of the many Nepalis who once came to the land as soldiers
of Prithvi Narayan Shah and settled down there to work as labourers in the tea plantations. The town is also a jumping
off point for travelers heading to Sikkim.
Spread in ribbons over a steep mountain ridge, surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations and towered over by majestic
Khangchendzonga, Darjeeling is the definitive Indian hill station and, for many, West Bengal’s premier destination.
When you aren’t gazing open-mouthed at Khangchendzonga (Great Five-Peaked Sbow Fortress – at 8598m it's the world’s
third-highest mountain), you can admire colonial-era architecture, visit Buddhist
How to Reach?
The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra which is approximately 95 km away from the city. There are some direct flights from the cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati to Darjeeling. From the airport, one can reach the city by hiring taxis. It will take almost 3 hours to reach Darjeeling from the airport. Flights are available from all major cities.
Darjeeling is well connected to some of the major cities closeby such as Gangtok and Kalimpong which are located at a distance of 100 km and 51 km respectively. The city is also connected with Kolkata which is 651 km away and it takes around 14 hours to reach here. The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is just 310 KM away from this beautiful place. From the airport, one can reach the city by Bus or Cab.
The nearest railway station to Darjeeling is New Jalpaiguri which connects the city with all the major parts of the country. There are a number of trains from cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar and Kochi. People can hire private cabs from the station to reach Darjeeling.