If honeymoon to you is about romantic strolls, serene ambiance, cool breeze, lush green tea estates, misty paths, and beautiful snow-capped mountains views from your room, just zero in on Darjeeling. As one of the most scenic hill stations in India, Darjeeling honeymoon will surely mesmerize you with its aura and charm. The beauty of Darjeeling is surreal and supremely romantic and makes love birds soak in eternal passion and love for each other.
Best time to visit Darjeeling
Darjeeling has wonderful weather round the year. Summer months are pleasant and comfortable, and hence attract a lot of tourists. The best time to visit Darjeeling for honeymoon is winter, so that couples can experience the serenity and intimate moments together. Darjeeling weather in December and January is cold with heavy snowfall, so you must pack woollens. Although, Darjeeling looks stunning and luxuriant during monsoons but landslides and avalanches make it risky to travel during this season.
Ideal duration for Darjeeling honeymoon: Given the number of places to visit and things to do in this little hill station, a perfect honeymoon in Darjeeling should not take you more than 4 nights and 5 days.
How to reach Darjeeling
By rail : New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station (63 km) from Darjeeling. It connects the city with all the major cities of the country. There are many trains that run from Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar and Kochi to Darjeeling.
By air: Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri is about 95 km from the city. There are direct flights to Darjeeling from cities like Delhi, Kolkata, and Guwahati. You can hire a taxi to reach Darjeeling from the airport, which should take about 3 hours.
By road: If you want to travel to Darjeeling by road, you will need your own/rented car. There are no direct buses to Darjeeling from the major cities of India.
The most beautiful honeymoon places in Darjeeling
1. Tiger Hill
One of the most romantic Darjeeling honeymoon places is Tiger Hill: the sunrise point. If you can bear the cold and manage to wake up early, don’t miss the chance of experiencing the most photogenic sunrise from Tiger Hill watch tower. Watching the first rays of the sun on Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga is a heavenly experience altogether. The tranquil ambiance of the place and the glittering sun rays make it all the more romantic and dreamlike for you.
2. Batasia Loop
As one of the beautiful places to see in Darjeeling honeymoon, Batasia Loop offers its scenic beauty and architectural wonders. Couples sit and relax in the sprawling garden, admire the surrounding beauty, and watch the toy trains travelling in spiral loops.
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3. Ghoom Monastery
A few km ahead of Batasia Loop, rests Ghoom Monastery, one of the most romantic places in Darjeeling. With its 15 feet tall Maitreya Buddha, this heritage monastery fascinates newly married couples with its colorful paintings, sculptures, and carvings.
4. Rock Garden
If you want to spend some cozy moments with your better half, visit Rock Garden, the famous garden endowed with variety of flora, fauna, artificial falls, and bridges. One can sit on a bench, admire the beauty and chit chat with their partner in complete isolation.
5. Mirik Town
Travel little down slope to reach Mirik, which is a picturesque town in Darjeeling. Known for a scenic Lake, this place never fails to fascinate newlyweds with its stunning beauty and lush green meadows. Couples spend some real fun time, boating in the Sumendu lake, which certainly is one of the best honeymoon places in Darjeeling.
Things to do in Darjeeling to make your honeymoon a memorable affair
1. Watch the sunrize over Kanchenjunga
Seeing the sun rise behind the snow-clad peaks of Kanchenjunga is one of the most romantic and beautiful things a couple can do here. You’ll be amazed to see the wonderful scenery that is created when the sun paints the mountains yellow and golden. All you have to do to experience this phenomenon is to get up a bit early, which means at 5:00 am.
2. Book a joy ride ticket
If both of you love train journeys, that too, on the serpentine paths of the mountains of Darjeeling, then you must take this 2-hour long ride on the Toy Train. The train operates from Darjeeling Railway Station and covers a distance of 14 km, which allows you to see the beautiful landscapes, small streams, and paddy fields.
Diesel engine rides: INR 800/per person for all first class seats.
Steam engine rides: INR 1,300/per person for all first class seats.
3. A thrilling ropeway ride
If you want to witness some of the most spectacular views of Darjeeling, then you can’t miss a ropeway ride in Darjeeling. You will have to board the cable car from Singamari, which is just 3 km from Darjeeling Chowk Bazaar. This 45 minutes’ thrilling ride takes you from an altitude of 7,000 ft. to 800 ft., were the last station, Singla Bazar is situated.
4. Go white water rafting in Teesta & Rangeet river
White water rafting in Darjeeling is a fairly new thing to do, but it certainly is an exciting and fun-filled activity. River Teesta and Rangeet gush down the mountains and create foaming white water that is excellent for this adventurous sport.
White water rafting rates: INR 800-INR 4500
5. Go on a short road trip to Kalimpong
Kalimpong is just 50 km from Darjeeling, and is a scenic ride filled with stunning landscapes, small villages, and local bazaars. You need to book a cab from Darjeeling taxi stand or can ask your hotel staff to manage one for you. There are buses that take you to Kalimpong, but you can only enjoy this journey with your partner in a private cab. When you have your own car, you can stop it wherever you want, and click pictures or take small breaks.
Hotels & resorts in Darjeeling for honeymooners
1. The Elgin Darjeeling – A luxury heritage hotel
What’s special: Paragliding and hot air balloon rides are organized for honeymooners. If you want to keep it not so adventurous, then go on nature walks to embrace the beauty of Darjeeling.
Recommended room: Opt for the deluxe suite for nonpareil comfort
Tariff: INR 9,500 – 10,650 per night
2. Little Tibet – Experience the essence of Tibetan
What’s special: A rooftop sun deck cum coffee parlor for your romantic moments.
Recommended room: Any rooms on the top floor for a better view of the hills.
Tariff: INR 6,200 – 12,750 per night
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3. Cedar Inn – For a slice of wilderness
What’s special: There’s a terrace cafe that’s known for the most aromatic Darjeeling tea and some breathtaking views.
Recommended rooms: Rooms of top floor for some wonderful views and easy access of Terrace Cafe.
Tariff: INR 9,300 – 18,500 per night
Do the breathtaking mountains and surreal beauty of Darjeeling make you want to spend your romantic vacation here? Check out our Sikkim-Gangtok-Darjeeling honeymoon tour package to plan a perfect vacation.
Suggested FAQs on Darjeeling honeymoon
1. Which Indian honeymoon destination is the best during January?
There are quite a few honeymoon destinations, ideal for January. If you are for hills and snow, choose between Darjeeling, Shimla or Kashmir. If sea and sands are top of your mind; there are places like Andaman and Goa to enchant you and your better half.
2. How is Gangtok for a honeymoon trip?
Gangtok is a beautiful place for honeymoon. Ornamented with misty hills, sparkling lakes, mountain passes, valleys, waterfalls and beautiful Teesta River- the city is mesmerizing option for newly married love duos.