Things to do in Darjeeling, West Bengal

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Last Updated on May 4, 2022

Darjeeling is an exquisite hill station at the foot of the Eastern Himalayas. Undoubtedly, this place is one of West Bengal’s most popular tourist destinations. However, the culture is vastly different. Many immigrants from neighboring countries such as Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan have settled in the town. 

Darjeeling was a part of the kingdom of Sikkim until being developed by the British in the mid-nineteenth century. It was also ruled for a short time by invading Gorkhas from Nepal. 

Darjeeling is itself very beautiful, and it has many offbeat sites to offer where you can have unique experiences to remember for a lifetime. Here we have enlisted the 5 best things to do in Darjeeling on your visit. Have a look:

Things to do in Darjeeling

A ride on the Darjeeling toy train

things to do in darjeeling

Darjeeling Toy Train,’ also known as the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. This 88-kilometer railway line was built between 1879 and 1881, and a ride on this train route is a delightful experience. It travels over beautiful scenery, passing through villages and local shops and mesmerizing lush green mountains. This train was originally the first and most important mountain transit link.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connects various regions of the Darjeeling hills and lower plains. Also, on December 2, 1999, this train was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, giving you another reason to visit there. A ride on such a historic mode of transportation is not only pleasant and charming but also a unique experience to have.’

Experience serenity at Peace Pagoda

The Peace Pagoda is also very well known as the Japanese Peace Pagoda and is one of the peace pagodas built on the slopes of the Jalapahar hills in Darjeeling. It promotes unity, harmony, and goodwill among people of many sects and is known for its serenity. 

Peace pagoda also offers breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks, notably Kanchenjunga, making it a perfect location for peace and environment enthusiasts.

If we talk of its history, Nichidatsu Fujii, a Japanese Buddhist monk, oversaw the construction of the Peace Pagoda. The foundation stone was placed in 1972, and the building was opened in 1992. The pagoda contained the four avatars of Buddha, including Maitreya Buddha, and was built to bring people of many castes together in search of peace.

Explore the Batasia loop

The Batasia Loop is a lush green toy train pathway that reduces the elevation of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. It is perhaps one of the most picture-perfect train routes in Darjeeling. The Batasia Loop is around 5 kilometers from Darjeeling. The track wraps around itself through a hilltop tunnel, and the Batasia Loop’s unrivaled natural splendor is breathtaking. 

Beautiful blooms cover the path, making a stroll around Batasia Loop a must after seeing the spectacular sunrise at Tiger Hill. The sight of the train tearing through the clouds and deeper into the verdant splendor of the country is a rejuvenating and enthralling adventure that you should not miss.

Tea plantation: Lush green wonderlands

Tea farming in Darjeeling is one of the main occupations. It covers 17,500 hectares of land, with Happy Valley Tea Estate, Glenburn Tea Estate, Makaibari Tea Estate, Goomtee Tea Estate, and Chamong Tea Estate being a few of Darjeeling’s well-known tea estates. With over 80 tea estates strewn across the slopes of Darjeeling’s valleys, a visit to at least one tea garden is a must on any tourist’s itinerary. Take in the breathtaking views with the majestic Himalayas as a backdrop, and don’t forget to sample the various tea varietals on offer as you partake in the unusual experience of tea tourism.

These green wonderlands also provide homestays and guided tours, with some even allowing visitors to participate in tea plucking. The famed Happy Valley Tea Estate is also permitted to see the finer points of tea production.

Sandakphu peak hike

If you love adventures, this place is a must-visit. Sandakphu offers a stunning perspective of four of the world’s five highest peaks. The best view is of Kanchendzonga, the highest mountain in the world. The hike begins in Manebhanjan and runs for 51 kilometers up the hill. The peak can be reached by car or on foot. Because of the profusion of Himalayan Cobra Lilies, Sandakphu is also known as the “mountain of toxic plants.” The journey to the peak is thrilling, going through various landscapes ranging from difficult valleys to beautiful green plains studded with brilliant wildflowers.

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