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Darjeeling, the “Queen of the hills” embodies the romantic nostalgia of “The Raj” or the era of British rule in India. Darjeeling, famous for its lush tea gardens, is blessed with a stunning view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak.
Himalayan peaks to the scenic pathways dotted with rhododendron flowers to the colonial type houses , Darjeeling’s beauty is revealed .
Darjeeling has places that will interest all visitors ranging from the casual vacationer to the more dedicated traveler. Its natural attractions, fantastic treks and unforgettable walks with amazing view on mountains (if the fog is not too dense) as well as many Tibetan Monasteries, shops with delightful Indian & Tibetan stuff, nice restaurants and places to sit and watch people stroll, will remain in the memory of everyone who visit.
In the heyday of Calcutta -- when Mark Twain visited Darjeeling, he exclaimed it was "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." 
Darjeeling, was given to the British as a "gift" by the kingdom of Sikkim. Lying in the Himalayan foothills and entirely surrounded by snowcapped vistas, Darjeeling soon became the favorite summer resort of the British Raj during the heydays of Calcutta when Calcutta was the "second city of the British Empire and the town became the de-facto summer capital of India. It was developed as a hill station by the  Raj and gradually  the Sikkimese name of Dorje-ling was anglicised to Darjeeling.  The major idea of acquiring Darjeeling was to develop the place into a Sanatorium, a health resort for the ailing soldiers and the East India Company officials, who would be able to escape the heat and moisture of the plains of Bengal. 
The Raj later discovered that the area was particularly well suited for tea plantations. Extensive tea plantations were established in the region, and tea growers developed distinctive hybrids of black tea and created new fermenting techniques. The resultant distinctive Darjeeling tea is internationally recognised and ranks among the most popular of the black teas. 
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway(DHR) was opened in 1881 (it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known to generations of local school children as "The Toy Train", is the world's most famous, two feet gauge railway. It is a masterpiece of 19th century engineering. To the serious rail enthusiast, the DHR is the "Holy Grail" of narrow gauge railways.   There are active DHR societies in the UK, and Australia, affiliated to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Heritage Foundation, which share the common goal of ensuring the preservation of the railway in perpetuity. Fans across the globe rejoiced, when, in 1999, UNESCO declared the DHR a World Heritage Site.
The Famous Sunrise at Tiger hill:
Early in the morning you have to travel a  few miles out of town to Tiger Hill. The high observatory there offers a wide-angle view of four countries. To the west lie Nepal and Mount Everest to the south, to the north Sikkim and Kanchenjunga, and to the east Bhutan. Everyone waits with bated breath for the sunrise and during the minute it takes for the sun to rise and transform the ghostly form of Kanchenjunga into brilliant golden flame, onlookers gasp.
Tiger Hill
Situated at an altitude of above 8000 ft, Tiger Hill offers a picturesque and panoramic view of the Himalayas. The best time to visit is before dawn, very early in the morning and is well worth it. Witness the rapidly changing colours over the Kanchenjunga peak in its kaleidoscopic splendour which will surely leave you spellbound. One can also catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest.
Observatory Hill
Rising abruptly over ‘Chowrasta’ is the observatory hill, locally known as ‘Dara’. From where, you can see the whole mesmerizing mountain range with more than 12 peaks of over 20,000 feet high each and the surrounding countryside, right up to Sikkim.
Mahakal Temple
Situated on the summit of Observatory Hill, this was once the location of a Buddhist monastery, ‘Dorje-Ling’. It is still of great sanctity to the Bhutia people of the region. The temple’s three Shiva-Lingas (phallic stone structure) represent ‘Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara’, Hindu icons of Creation, Growth and Destruction respectively. While standing amidst the ringing bells and fluttering flags, one can feel the tranquillity and the serenity of the place.
Ghoom Gompa
Explore the most famous monastery in Darjeeling - ‘Yogachoeling Gompa’. It enshrines a huge, 15-ft. image of the ‘Maitreya Buddha’. This magical monastery is often covered in mist and is old and dark, and so it is often affectionately called Gloom. Ghoom also has three other Gompas, namely, ‘Samdenchoeling’, ‘Sakyachoeling’ and ‘Phin Sotholing’. Here, you can also enter the shrine and click some nice photographs.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
Learn the basics of mountaineering from the real pros. Set up on the top of Birch Hill, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was established by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, in 1954, to encourage and train young boys and girls for mountaineering. One of the founding members and also the Field Director of the Institute was legendary Sherpa Tenzing Norgey. Today, the institute houses a museum which holds a rare collection of mementoes, historical mountaineering equipments and documents with regard to scaling of Mt. Everest and other peaks of the great Himalayan range. Timings: Summer – 9 am to 5 pm; Winter – 9 am to 4 pm and Closed on Mondays.
Himalayan Zoological Park
The wildlife collection of this zoo is rarely seen elsewhere in India. The prime objective for establishing this in 1958 was to study the conservation and preservation of Himalayan fauna. This zoo houses many rare species of animals including the Siberian Tiger, the Red Panda and the Tibetan Wolf. It also houses a Snow Leopard breeding centre
Chowrasta and Mall
Located in the heart of town, there is a wide promenade atop a ridge, lined with shops and restaurants. A must-visit for everyone for some serious shopping, good cuisine or just to enjoy the environs and be at peace.
Batasia Loop
Situated almost 5 km from the town is the Batasia Loop ("windy place"), which is a huge railway loop for the Toy Train. This is an engineering marvel to overcome the steep climb, which can be best experienced while taking a joyride. From here, you get breathtaking views of Darjeeling with the magnificent Kanchenjunga Peak in the background.
War Memorial
The War Memorial on the top of the Batasia-loop was constructed to honour the brave sons of Darjeeling who died in action since 1947. Best time to visit: From sunrise till 2 hours after sunset.
Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre
How about fine handicrafts, carpets, woollen goods, woodworks and leather goods that you can take back home? At Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre, you’ll find it all. It is a self-supporting centre for Tibetan refugees and was established for the rehabilitation by Dalai Lama in early 1959.
Shruberry Nightingale Park
This was once the courtyard of Sir Thomas Tartan’s bungalow, which was later developed into a public park. After the destruction of the bungalow in an earthquake in 1934, this park became a popular shooting location for many Bollywood and Tollywood movies during the 1950s and 1960s. After being neglected for a good while, the park was re-developed in the late 1990s. The park now boasts of a giant statue of Lord Shiva, a temple and a musical fountain.
Lloyd Botanical Garden
Over 100 years old, this 40-acre flower-filled garden is home to some of the best flora in the region. Chestnut, Ash, Birch, Magnolia and Maple trees can be found here. Orchids of almost all the Himalayan varieties find representation here. Best time to visit: 6 am to 5 pm.
Japanese Peace Pagoda
The Japanese Peace Pagoda was established by Nipponzan Myohoji, a Japanese Buddhist, to ensure peace and harmony in the region. This pagoda, built in traditional Japanese architectural style, offers a peaceful retreat and a chance to interact with the Japanese monks.
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Season Min. Temp. Max. Temp.
Summer 12 °C 25 °C
Winter -2 °C 15 °C
Summers ( April - June ) are mild and winters are cold with occassional heavy snow fall. Monsoon lashes with heavy rain and advisable to avoid. The best times are October - November and MArch - May.

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