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Tea Estate in Darjeeling

Darjeeling signifies the ‘place popularly known as the land of thunderbolt. A major portion of Darjeeling formed a part of the Chogyal of Sikkim. From the year 1780, the Gorkhas had several attempts to capture the entire region of Darjeeling. Then the British were engaged in preventing the Gorkhas and the Anglo-Gorkha war broke out in 1814, which resulted in the defeat of the Gorkhas and signing of the Sugauli Treaty in 1815. As per the treaty, Nepal had to cede all those territories they had annexed from the Chogyal of Sikkim to the British East India Company i.e., the area between Mechi River and Teesta River. The district spread over 03 divisions namely Kurseong, Mirik, Siliguri & Kalimpong. [Kalimpong Separated to be an independent district in 2017] 

It is the home to the Tibetan Self Help Refugee Center. Dalai Lama left Tibet in 1959, he was followed by thousands of his fellow countrymen since then Darjeeling has evolved into an important terrain of the Tibetan Diaspora. Bengali & Nepali are the official languages of the district only in Darjeeling and Kurseong subdivisions. Nepali, Bengali and English are the prevailing languages of Darjeeling. 80% of the population in Darjeeling, Kurseong and Mirik subdivisions speaks Nepali.  Tibetan is spoken by the refugees and some other tribal populations along with Bantawa, Bijori, Dzongkha, Gurung, Kamta, Khaling, Rajbanshi, Bodo, Chamling, Kisan, Lepcha, Lhomi, Limbu, Sherpa & Sikkimese

It is the home to the Tibetan Self Help Refugee Center. Dalai Lama left Tibet in 1959 and he was followed by thousands of his countrymen. Since then Darjeeling has evolved into an important terrain of the Tibetan Diaspora. Darjeeling, West Bengal’s premier destination surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations and towered over by majestic Khangchendzonga. It is the definitive Indian hill station, also known as The Queen of Hills in Situated in the Lesser Himalayas at an elevation of 6700 feet. Visitors can admire the colonial-era architecture, visit Buddhist monasteries, and take a ride on the 140-year-old steam-billowing Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The steep and winding bazaars at the foot of the town bustle with an array of Himalayan products and faces from across Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet. And when energies start to flag, a good, steaming Darjeeling brew is never far away.

Darjeeling conjures visions of serenity, of vibrant green hills steeped in splendor. Land of breathtaking beauty crowned by the majestic Himalayas, amidst undulating tea gardens, mesmerizing scenic beauty and great location popularly known as the Queen of the hills. A jewel in the crown of the Eastern Himalayas and offers spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges including Mount Everest, Mount Kanchendzonga, and the spectacular Himalayan range. Famous for tea gardens, breathtaking valleys, and scenery, situated at an elevation of 2123 meters / 70001 feet, it has a rich legacy. The traveler - whether a student or an adventurer, an ornithologist or a photographer, a botanist or an artist - one will find in Darjeeling an experience which will remain etched  in memory forever. Kalimpong, Kurseong and Mirik are three subdivisions of Darjeeling hills. It is also known for its mountain railways of India popularly known as Toy Train. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in the year 1999. It scales an elevation of 326 meters to 2,203 meters. We charter/hire Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or attach bogie subjected to the number of guest. We do organize excursion with Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Darjeeling Himalayan Train with Steam locomotive or diesel locomotive is hired or chartered by us. There are regular trains from New Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Kurseong, and few arrangements for a joy ride in DHR.

Darjeeling town is a hill station in northeast India and is in the state of West Bengal. The nearest airport is Bagdogra (IXB) and the nearest major railway junction is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP). It takes about 3 to 3.5 hours to reach Darjeeling from both these locations by car. The town is small (about 10 square kilometers), Darjeeling is also a district and spans over a large area of about 3108 square kilometers. The district consists of Kalimpong, Mirik, Kurseong, Siliguri, Naxalbari, Bagdogra, Maneybhanjan, Sandakphu, Jorepokhori, Deollo, Pedong, Reshi, Samthar, Baramangua, Mungpoo, Odlabari, Latpanchar, etc are some of the other tourist spots 

The hill town was originally set up as a sanitarium or health resort by the British in the mid-1800s. But over the years, it earned its name for its world-famous aromatic or Orthodox tea and then with opening up of roads and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. While driving to Darjeeling guests will cross numerous sprawling tea estates. The tailor-made Package Tour of Darjeeling is organized by us. We also provide a vehicle for tourists. 

Darjeeling  Places of Interest :

  • Darjeeling Himalayan Heritage Railway Station Or Himalayan Heritage Train
  • Batasia Loop in Ghoom 
  • War Memorial in Ghoom
  • Ghoom Monastery
  • Natural History Museum
  • Japanese Peace Pagoda / Bhutia Busty Monastery
  • Himalayan Mountaineering Institute 
  • Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park / Shrubbery Nightingale Park
  • Tiger Hill / Ghoom Monastery / Yiga Choling Monastery
  • Rock Garden / Ganga Maiya Park 
  • Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center / Dhirdham Temple
  • Chowrasta
  • Natural History Museum / Observatory Hill / Lloyd Botanical Garden
  • Singla / Majitar / Peshok / Tea Gardens / Kurseong
  • Tinchuley / Takdah / Mungpoo
  • Rafting in Chitrey / Rangeet
  • Sandakphu / Falut  
  • Mirik Lake & Pashupati (Day Outing) Mirik  

Other places of interest for visit/stay are Lepchajagat, Baramangua, Tinchuley, Peshok, Ahaldhara, Sittong, Chotamangua, Tungsung, Ghoom, Palmajua, Jorepokhori, Sukhiapokhri are few other spots worth visiting. Maneybhanjan is the base camp for Sandakphu. Kurseong: At an altitude of 4860 feet / 1482 meters and it is exactly halfway between Darjeeling and Siliguri. It is a small town with many a School. Noted for its secluded charm and Eagle's Crag, offering a commanding view of the undulating plains below. Places to visit are Deer Park, Forest Museum, Giddhapahar Netaji (Subhash Chandra Bose) Museum, Shiv Mandir, Makaibari Tea Estate, Saint Mary’s Hill, Downhill, Bagora / Buggura, and Chimney Dhura. Few beautiful Places like Chatakpur Homestay, Kettle Valley, Tathagata Home Stay, Takdah, Dilaram, Sittong Home Stay near Latpanchar, Lamahatta near Tinchuley are fast gaining popularity among tourist. 

Communication / Connectivity

Airways:  Bagdogra Airport (IXB) is the nearest airport and is approximately 95 kilometers from Darjeeling. Bagdogra airport is served by regular Indian Airlines, Spice Jet, Indigo, Air Asia and Jet Airways. There are daily flights from Kolkata, Guwahati, and Delhi. The airport is well connected by road and railways. Private vehicles for nearby tourist spots are available from the airport. Pakyong Airport (PYG) in Sikkim near Gangtok is also a new Airport. 

Railways: Darjeeling has a narrow-gauge Junction with the heritage train plying from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Darjeeling on a daily basis. New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is approximately 100 kilometers away and is the nearest major railway station. New Jalpaiguri (NJP) station has all the three gauges i.e. Narrow, Meter and Broad. There are regular train services to all the major railway stations like Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Patna, Mumbai, etc. 

Roadways: Situated in the extreme end of National Highway number 55. Branches off from National Highway number 31 and at a distance of 90 kilometers from Siliguri is Darjeeling. It is approximately 100 kilometers from Bagdogra Airport (IXB) via Mirik. It is a little over 115 kilometers from Gangtok and approximately 60 kilometers from Kalimpong. Darjeeling is well connected to Siliguri by four alternate routes. Pelling, Namchi, Gangtok, Kalimpong, are all well connected by road from Darjeeling and has numerous homestay and sightseeing places on the way to each destination

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