Things to do in Darjeeling – A rambler’s diary

Darjeeling is a beautiful town in the eastern part of India also called as the queen of hills. It surely has all the factors to make anyone fall in love with it. It is also a popular tourist destination in this region of the country and offers numerous things to do.

Whether you are traveling with a group of friends or family or are a solo traveler, Darjeeling surely can take your breath away with what it has to offer. For nature addicts some of the places you can visit at Darjeeling are Tiger Hill – roughly 13 km from the main town and you can also visit several tea gardens. One popular tea garden is the Happy Valley Tea Garden which offers an experience in a platter: from indulging in a magnificent view of the tea garden to watching tea being made. Lebong Tea Garden is another beautiful tea garden situated at Lebong Cart Road you can visit.

Other iconic spots to visit are Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and riding on this old toy train must be one of the things to do here. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) is also a popular place to visit and is one of the most famous mountaineering institutes which hosts students from within the country and abroad, HMI is a treasure in Darjeeling. Similarly, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological park, popularly known as Darjeeling Zoo is a must visit place in Darjeeling.

There are many places where you can shop for local and non-local products in Darjeeling. Also while strolling through the town, do visit Chowrasta or the mall. Known as the heart of Darjeeling, the mall is a flat area, free of vehicles, primarily a place of relaxation for locals and tourists.  Also try the cable ride that lets you look at the lush green tea gardens over the valleys of Darjeeling as well.

Some other places you can visit are the Rock Garden, Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda, Ghoom Monastery and Mahakal Temple. Make an addition to the list of things to do in Darjeeling by adding a day’s tour to one of the offbeat locations near Darjeeling to experience untainted natural beauty possessed by the mountain ranges.

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