Things To Do In Darjeeling
Darjeeling is a place that never gives you any chance to get out of its gems. This hill town is fondly called as “The Queen of Hills” and which is an apt tittle for this beautiful town. Mark Twain has sum the true essence of Darjeeling in his lines “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.” Tired of your hectic schedules and work pressure? You should spend some time in Darjeeling to take refugee under thetapestry of nature.
Shop till You Drop at Darjeeling Mall: Apart from its endless natural beauties, Darjeeling is a shopper's paradise. The Chowrasta or the Mall is located at the heart of the town. This place is a lovely flat area to take a stroll or to sit on a bench and to listen to the buzzing sound of this town. The Mall area is full of bakeries, shops, restaurants and hotels. From here, you can also enjoy a grand view the mountain ranges. Stretches of tall pine trees encircles one side of the Mall whereas other side is dotted with different kinds of shops. Mall is just the right place to hang around with family and friends.
Take a Toy Train Ride: The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, usually known as “Toy Train” is a 2 feet wide, narrow gauge railway running between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling. Total length of this railway is 78 kilometres and its elevation level varies in a range of 100 metres (near Jalpaiguri) to 2,200 metres (at Darjeeling). The railway covers the Batasia Loop which is a hairpin shaped track offering a great view of mountains, valleys, tea gardens and Kanchenjunga. The most unique part is, this railway still operates on B class steam locomotives. Darjeeling Himalayan Railways is the second in the world which was declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999.
Spend a Day in Tea Garden: If anything that has earned Darjeeling its famein the world, then it is certainly its flavoured teas. This place houses many tea gardens which sustains life of many locals. Economically Darjeeling is dependent on its tea gardens. These tea gardens not just offer beautiful view of tea plantation at the slop of mountains but also give you a scope to explore colonial heritage. You can book your stay at a tea garden area and spend a day or two to relax your body and mind. Brewing of hot tea in the morning will captivate your senses with its fine aroma and subtle taste.