Darjeeling Hill Station

Darjeeling Location of Darjeeling in West Bengal and India
Darjeeling Hill Station Darjeeling Hill Station Coordinates 27.03°N 88.16°E
Darjeeling Hill Station Country  India
Darjeeling Hill Station State West Bengal
Darjeeling Hill Station District(s) Darjeeling
Darjeeling Hill Station Population
• Density
107530 (As per 2001)
• 8,548 /km2 (22,139 /sq mi)
Darjeeling Hill Station Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Darjeeling Hill Station Area
• Elevation
10.57 km2 (4 sq mi)
• 2,050 m (6,726 ft)
Darjeeling Hill Station Pincode 734101
Darjeeling Hill Station Telephone +0354
Darjeeling Hill Station Vehicle WB-76 WB-77

Languages

Gorkhali, Hindi, Nepali, Bhutani, Bengali, Assamese and English.

Useful Information - Darjeeling

Darjeeling Tourist Information Centres
Gorkha Hill Council Tourism Office - Silver Fir Building, Opposite Hotel Alice Villa, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. Tel. - +(91)-0354-54214

Darjeeling West Bengal Tourist Office
Bellevue Hotel, Chowrasta, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India . Tel. - +(91)-0354-54050.

Darjeeling Indian Tourism Office
'Embassy', 4 Shakespeare Sarani, Calcutta, West Bengal, India Tel. - +(91)-033-2421402, 2421475, 2425813; Fax - +(91)-033-2423521

Darjeeling Indian Tourism Office
88, Janpath, New Delhi - 110 001 India Tel. - +(91)-011-3320342, 3320005, 3320109, 3320008, 3320266; Fax. - +(91)-011-3320342

Darjeeling Hill Station History

Darjeeling is a town in Indian state of West Bengal. It is globally prominent for tea industry and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And it has its head offices of Darjeeling district. Darjeeling is situated in Mahabharata Range or Lesser Himalaya at height of 6,710 ft (2,050 m).

Darjeeling History

Darjeeling history wraps the history of town in Indian state of the West Bengal in Mahabharata Range, tangles with history of Great Britain, Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim, and Bengal through British East India Company. Initially division of state of Sikkim, Darjeeling became a part of a significant buffer state between Bhutan and Nepal. Using the region as an infirmary, British troops found that climate provided exceptional cultivating conditions and quickly began to raise tea crops on hills of city. Darjeeling has several tourist places in and around the city.

Darjeeling Attractions

Dhoom Gompa

Dhoom Gompa is about 8 km away from Darjeeling. It is famous for the beautiful statue of Maitrayie Buddha. The Monastery has preserved some of uncommon handwritten Buddhist manuscripts.

The Mall

The Mall is a trendy commercial street of Darjeeling. The Mall directs us to Chowrasta, a square, which doubles up as a bandstand, a horse riding stadium for kids and a haven for lovers.

ChowRasta:

The Chowrasta is a hoard of profitable activity. And the Mall Road culminates and originates at Chowrasta. This is the core of Victorian Darjeeling. Here restaurants, hotels and shops brush with each other. The stalls and shops are an absolute paradise for souvenir collectors. Foreign goods are available in some shops. Local handiworks are greatly in demand.

Observatory Hill:

Observatory Hill is locally known as “Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan”. In accordance with legend, the Red Hat Buddhist Monastery named Dorje Ling, or 'place of the Thunderbolt', was placed at this spot.

Prime Attractions of Darjeeling

  • Batasia Loop
  • Bhutia Busty Gompa
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Chowrasta
  • Dhoom Gompa
  • Happy Valley Estate
  • Himalayan Mountaineering Institute & Museums
  • Kanchenjunga View
  • Kurseong
  • Natural History Museum
  • Observatory Hills
  • Passenger Ropeway
  • Rungli Rungliot
  • Senchal Lake
  • Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri
  • Snow Leopard Breeding Programme
  • Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center
  • Zoological Gardens

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute:

The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was established in the name of the late Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who conquered the Mt Everest with Edmund Hillary on 29th May 1953. A demonstration of equipment utilized on a climb is one of the tourist attractions. A zoological plot has a variety of natural world such as red pandas, yaks and Siberian tigers who call the province their home.

Weather of Darjeeling

  • • Winters (December to January) have a chilly climate within the standard range of 5 °C to 7 °C. Normal temperature of this season can be chilly –2 °C. Snowfall is not frequent during winter.
  • Summers (April to June) are easygoing with maximum temperature never crossing 25 °C. And the pleasant climate attracts several tourists throughout this season.
  • Autumn (September to November) is characterized by alternating showers and Darjeeling looks amazing throughout this period.
  • Monsoons (July to August) are characterized by intense torrential rain causing roadblocks.
  • Spring (February to March) is appealing with a sensible climate. And this season is best with attractive beauties.

Darjeeling Hill Station Time to Visit

Best season to visit Darjeeling is from September to June, take woolen clothes in winters and may evade chilly days in January.

  • February to June is perfect for all visitor activities in Darjeeling.
  • December to January is ideal for those who like cold climate and is best time for honeymooners.
  • September to November is perfect for outings and sight seeing.

Darjeeling Hill Station Resorts and Hotels

Resort / Hotel Name Address Accessibility Price Range
Windamere Hotel ( 4 Star Hotel) Address: Observatory Hill, Darjeeling
Location: City Center
Airport: 90KM.
Railway Station: 0.5KM.
Bus Station: 0.5KM.
$90 - $150 (Rs. 4500  - 7500)
Fortune Hotels ( 3 Star Hotel ) Address: Robertson Road, Darjeeling
Location: City Center
Airport Domestic: 86KM.
Airport International: 650KM.
Railway Station: 80KM.,
Bus Stand: 0.5KM.
Shopping Centre: 0.5KM.
$40 - $100 (Rs. 2000 - 5000)
Hotel Mohit Private Limited. ( 3 Star Hotel ) Address: 31, H.D. Lama Road, Darjeeling
Location: City Center
Airport (Dom.): 80KM.
Railway Station: 0.5KM.
Bus Stand: 0.1KM.
Shopping Centre: 0.1KM.
$75 - $150 (Rs. 3750 - 7500)
Hotel Sinclairs ( 3 Star Hotel ) Address: 18 / 1, Gandhi Road, Darjeeling
Location: City Center
Air (Dom.): 100KM.
Railway Station: 100KM.
Bus Stand: 2KM.
City Center: 0.5KM.
Shopping center: 0.5KM.
$46 - $95 (Rs. 2300 - 4750)
Hotel Swiss ( 3 Star Hotel ) Address: Situated at Gandhi Road, , Darjeeling
Location: Suburban
Air (Dom.): 100KM.
Railway Station: 100KM.
Bus Stand: 2KM.
City Center: 0.5KM.
Shopping Center: 0.5KM.
$30 - $100 (Rs. 1500 - 5000)
Mayfair Hill Resort ( 3 Star Hotel ) Address: The Mall Opp. Governor House, , Darjeeling
Location: City Center
Badgogra Airport: 88KM.
New Jalpaiguri Railway Station: 87KM.
Darjeeling Railway Station: 1.5KM.
$40 - $80 (Rs. 2000 - 4000)
Cedar Inn ( 3 Star Hotel ) Address: Jalpahar Road, Darjeeling
Location: City Center
Bagdogra Airport: 85KM.
Siliguri Rail Station: 80KM.
City Centre: 1KM.
$35 - $50 (Rs. 1750 - 2500)
New Elgin Hotel ( 3 Star Hotel ) Address: 18, H.D. Lama Road, Darjeeling
Location: City Center
Airport: 105KM.
Railway Station: 0.5KM.
Bus Station: 0.5KM.
$60 - $100 (Rs. 3000 - 5000)
Hotel North Star ( 3 Star Hotel ) Address: 11-H.D., Lama Road, Darjeeling
Location: City Center
Airport: 90KM.
Railway Station: 102KM.
Bus Station: 0.5KM.
$30 - $35 (Rs. 1500 - 1750)
Hotel Lunar ( 3 Star Equivalent Hotel ) Address: 51, Gandhi Road, Darjeeling
Location: City Center
Airport-Domestic: 90KM.
Railway-Station: 90KM.
Bus-Stand: 1KM.
$25 - $35 (Rs. 1250 - 1750)
Hotel Shambhu ( 3 Star Equivalent Hotel ) Address: 73, Gandhi Road, Darjeeling
Location: City Center
Airport: 90KM.
Railway Station: 0.2KM.
Bus Station: 0.1KM.
$20 - $34 (Rs. 1000 - 1700)