Darjeeling, the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once-by even a glimpse would not give that glimpse for the shows of the rest of the world combined.
Most of us know this place for tea but, wait let me tell you that Darjeeling is more than just tea estates. It is also popularly known as the Queen of Hills. Based in the Shivalik hills of the Himalayas, this place is bestowed with nature’s most beautiful colors. Similar to the other hill stations in India, Darjeeling was developed by Britishers as a respite from the scorching summers of India. Darjeeling is a complete holiday package deal offering a panoramic view, excellent weather, scented pines and golden brew or the very famous Darjeeling tea.
Darjeeling is a heaven for tea lovers. Another popular thing which makes this place gain a global recognition is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, it connects the town with the plains, and it was in 1999 when Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was declared the declared a World Heritage Site. It is one of the few places to have an active steam engine. The city still has a strong impact of the British-style of living, from the public schools to hotels and houses, many constructions in the city still have a strong British influence.
If you have planned a trip to this city you must not miss on places like Kanchenjunga snow peaks, churches, temples, tea estates, Buddhist monasteries, temples, museums,park and garden, cable car ride which will give you perfect view of the city and many such awe-striking things which this place has to offer. It is certainly that Darjeeling in the postmodern era comprises of six T’s -Tea, Teak, Tourism, Toy Train, Tiger Hill and Trekkers’ paradise.
Flowers are everywhere. The days are cold and the sun almost seems to play hide and seek with us.
– Rabindranath Tagore.
The city of Darjeeling is more than just picturesque views, it’s more than snow-capped mountains; you can explore the local market and buy handmade crafts & jewelry, woolen clothes, jackets etc. You can keep on filling your shopping bag with the great stuff which this market has to offer but, one thing which should not be missed at all is the golden brew- TEA. You cannot afford to miss the tea from the tea’s paradise. But, make sure that you start your shopping spree a bit early as most of the shops here get closed by 8 PM.
Nestled among the rolling mountains with the glistening Mt Kanchenjunga towering over the azure sky, Darjeeling fondly called “Queen of the Hills” provides a perfect gateway for those seeking to be in harmony with nature.