Darjeeling, the sprawling hill town of West Bengal, is one of the major tourist attractions in Northeast India. Therefore, numerous Darjeeling tour packages are available for travelers who wish to explore this former summer resort for British in India. Be it the awe-inspiring sunrise from Tiger Hill, extensive tea estates, lush green gardens, century-old Toy Train, Peace Pagoda, or numerous holy shrines and monasteries, these Darjeeling packages cover each and every aspect of this mesmerizing hill town.
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7 Tourist Attractions That Can Be Covered With These Darjeeling Tour Packages
The hill town of Darjeeling is known for numerous tourist attractions ranging from architectural marvels to lush green gardens, holy temples, monasteries, hills, tea estates, zoological parks, and more. As these Darjeeling trip plan can be customized according to a traveler’s preference, therefore, one can choose among the numerous attractions to cover during their vacation. Some of the most popular sightseeing places in Darjeeling are Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop and the War Memorial, Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park, Peace Pagoda, Nightingale Park, Observatory Hill, Himalayan Zoological Park, Raj Bhavan, and Himalayan Railway Station (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
1 Tiger Hill
What’s Special: Views, wildlife
Nearby Attractions: Sinchial Devi Temple, Hanuman and Shiv Temple, Senchal Lake, Hanuman Mandir
Timings: 4:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Entry Fee: Parking*: INR 10 per vehicle, Observatory Tower: INR 20 for ground level, INR 30 for the first floor, INR 40 for seating
Distance From City Center: 58.3 km
Transportation Options: Hired car, private car
The Tiger hill is a great place located over the spectacular stretch of 250 k of the Himalayan horizon. One of the major tourist attractions in Darjeeling, you will get to view peaceful scenes and tranquility all over the place. Besides that, the place also offers tranquil views for you to click amazing views of the surroundings. If you wish to make the most of your trip here, you must visit this attraction during sunrise or sunset.
2 Batasia Loop and the War Memorial
What’s Special: Figure 8 loop, War Memorial
Nearby Attractions: Ghoom Monastery, Yiga Choeling Monastery, Peace Pagoda
Timings: 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Built By: Government of India
Built-In: 18 April 1995
Distance From City Center: 5 km
Transportation Options: Private taxi
Located 5 km away from the city, Batasia loop is a gigantic railway loop where the toy train makes a 360-degree turn. The Batasia loop is a garden-like place and is located on a hilltop. You can enjoy the panoramic views of the beautiful town of Darjeeling and also of Kanchenjunga and other snowy mountains in the backdrop. The War Memorial is also located inside the loop and commemorates the Gorkha soldiers of the Darjeeling Hills.
3 Rock Garden & Ganga Maya Park
What’s Special: Natural beauty
Nearby Attractions: Bhutia Basti Monastery, Batashiya Loop, Singhalia National Park, Tumsong Tea Estate
Timings: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM (April- September), 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (October- March)
Distance From City Center: 7.9 km
Transportation Options: Hire a cab, auto, or board a local bus
Also known as the Barbotey Rock Garden, the attraction is located only a few kilometers away from Darjeeling Town. A trail through the sharp hairpin bends on the way, and the street is a great way to experience the beauty of the city. The place provides beautiful views of the Darjeeling’s landscape and the mountain ranges. Take some amazing photos with your loved ones. The Ganga Maya Park is basically a valley surrounded by mountains from all sides. The place is beautifully decorated, with small bridges, and natural water stream.
4 Peace Pagoda
What’s Special: Natural beauty
Nearby Attractions: Dhirdham Temple, ISKCON Temple
Timings: 4:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Prayer Timings: 4:30 AM - 6:00 AM, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Entry Fee*: No entry fee
Distance From City Center: 2.5 Kms
Transportation Options: Hire cab or auto
The Japenese Peace Pagoda is located on the slopes of the Jalapahar hill and is one of the biggest peace pagodas designed to establish unity, harmony, and goodwill. The spot is popular for stunning views and snow-capped mountains and makes for an ideal place for every kind of traveler. If you are a nature lover, then this place in Darjeeling is a must-visit.
5 Nightingale Park
What’s Special: Lord Shiva Statue, Musical Fountain, scenic views
Nearby Attractions: Chowrasta and the Mall, Ava Art Gallery, Observatory Hill, Everest Museum
Timings: All days of the week: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Entry Fee*: INR 10 per person for adults
Built-In: Completed in 2011
Distance From City Center: 2.4 km
Transportation Options: Walk, hire auto
Located in Darjeeling, the Nightingale Park is a public area, frequented by tourists and locals to relish the gorgeous views of the Kanchenjunga ranges. The place is ideal with lush greenery and soothing winds. A slightly elevated terrain, one has to climb a few stairs to reach the entry of the park. The place is great to spend some time around the tranquility and peace of the surroundings. The park was closed for renovation and reopened for the public in 2011.
6 Himalayan Zoological Park
What’s Special: Wildlife, Flora
Nearby Attractions: Smritivan, Hanuman Tok, Tashi View Point, Enchey Monastery
Timings: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Closed on Thursday
Established In: 1991
Houses: Red Pandas, Himalayan Black Bears, Snow Leopards, Clouded Leopard, Common Leopard, Leopard Cat, Tibetan Wolfs
Entry Fee*: Adults: INR 25, Kids: INR 10
Distance From City Center: 5.7 km from Gangtok Railway Station
Transportation Options: Local taxi
Located in Bulbuley, Himalayan Zoological Park is the perfect place for wildlife lovers. Travelers can enjoy beautiful views of Mount Kanchenjunga from here. The park is a complete replacement of the zoo and here creatures are kept under are fully-secured and kept under normal conditions. The park is home to a variety of flora and fauna including goral, snow leopard, Himalayan palm civet, red panda, and Himalayan black bear.
7 Himalayan Railway Station (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
What’s Special: Toy train ride
Timings: Depart from Darjeeling: 9.25 a.m, noon, 1.50 p.m., and 4.25 p.m.
Departs from Siliguri: 10.30 a.m. and arrives back at 1.35 p.m.
Built-In: March 4, 1881
Distance From City Center: 38 km
Transportation Options: Board from Siliguri or Darjeeling stations
The Darjeeling toy train is officially known as the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway which transports passengers through the lower reaches of the Eastern Himalayas to the lush green tea plantations in Darjeeling. One of the most popular things to do in Darjeeling, a toy train ride is a must in the city. You can enjoy the scenic views of the city and also admire the beauty of this beautiful land. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a historical landmark in the city.
How To Reach Darjeeling
Darjeeling has a very high number of tourists as a hill station in India. It could be a weekend destination and a place to chill for people living nearby the town. It is a wonderful destination for adventure and nature. With the development of Darjeeling Tourism, reaching Darjeeling is not difficult now. There are various ways to reach Darjeeling which are included in Darjeeling Vacation packages. The town can be easily reached from the towns of North Bengal and Sikkim. Darjeeling is close to other hill stations like Pelling, Kalimpong and Gangtok. Darjeeling is naturally crowded with tourists throughout the year. People often take honeymoons and family vacations with Darjeeling trip packages from all over the country. Since the place is a plethora of zoological parks, gardens, toy trains, and many beautiful places it is ideal for almost any type of traveler. Moreover, Darjeeling is the best place to get a taste of cuisine in West Bengal. Darjeeling has an excellent connectivity with other parts of the country and you can go for your Darjeeling holiday easily. Here are the various ways to reach Darjeeling with a tour packages for Darjeeling through Air, Rail and Road.
Many travellers who have taken up a tour package for Darjeeling have enquired about how to reach Darjeeling by air. The nearest airport from Darjeeling is Bagdogra Airport which is 95kms away. There are several flights from various cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati to Darjeeling. There are taxis and cabs available at the airport that can transfer you to your destination. There are many flights connected to the airport. It generally takes 3 hrs to reach Darjeeling from the airport. Several carriers like Air India, Spice Jet and Indigo operate daily flights from Guwahati, Delhi and Kolkata to Bagdogra Airport. The journey from Bagdogra to Darjeeling will give you scenic views with lush green mountains throughout the journey. Travel Triangle will provide you the best Darjeeling Holiday package.
Darjeeling can be easily reached by train. The nearest train station is New Jalpaiguri which is 62kms away and this station connects all the major cities of India like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar and Kochi. With a Darjeeling travel package, The Darjeeling Himalayan Railways famous toy train can also be availed which will give you the picturesque view of the hill station on the journey. It starts from New Jalpaiguri which takes 7 hrs to Darjeeling. Cabs and taxis are available to transfer to the destination.
Darjeeling can be easily reached by road from other hill stations like Gangtok which is 100km away and Kalimpong which is 51km away. Darjeeling is also connected with Kolkata which is 651km away and takes around 14hrs to reach. There is a regular bus service from Siliguri which is located 70 km away. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal is just 310km away from Darjeeling. There are private cabs and cars available for tourists to use. There are regular bus services to Darjeeling from neighbouring towns like Siliguri, Gangtok, Kalimpong and Kurseong. Bus transport are economical but it is time consuming. Therefore, it is advisable to take cabs, taxis or private cars to reach darjeeling by road. With an ideal Darjeeling package, you can experience all the wonderful journeys by road. The rides from the neighbouring towns to Darjeeling will give you breathtaking views.
Best Time To Visit Darjeeling
Darjeeling tour package from India is one of the best hill station packages one can grab. It offers you a visit to one of the best hill stations in India. The destination is surrounded by the majestic Himalayan mountains including Mt. Kanchenjunga. It is a delightful place to explore with its panoramic views. The minor inconveniences can be the dark clouds booming and the landslides. Otherwise, Darjeeling gives you the heaven on earth vibe. All seasons are great to go for a Darjeeling tour as the destination is a beautiful place during all the seasons. Here are the best time to visit Darjeeling season wise. Even though given below is an extensive account of when to visit Darjeeling, it is recommended that you check the weather forecast before planning a trip to Darjeeling.
March to June
This season started off with spring and is followed by summer. The temperature ranges from 15 degree celsius to 20 degree celsius. The shiny sun warms you to enjoy the outdoor activities and go sightseeing. It gets windy due to its hilly region but the breeze is favourable. Spring gives you the beautiful blossoms of magnolia and rhododendrons and you may feel the fresh breeze of nature. It is the right time to visit the lush green tea plantations. Tourists may indulge in tea picking also. You may witness the transformation of tea leaf to brew. The Tiger Hill point must be visited to witness the mesmerising sunrise and sunset. The kanchenjunga peak can be spotted from this hilltop and the view is amazing. Tourist attractions like Rock Garden, Darjeeling Observatory, bhutia market and Mahakal temple must be visited. Rainfall and hail may occur from time to time so it is advisable to carry an umbrella along while going for sightseeing. It is also an ideal season to hop on the famous toy train. The Japanese Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling Chowrasta and the Ghoom Monastery should be added in the wishlist. Go ahead and grab your Darjeeling Vacation package before the place is filled with tourists.
July to October
This season is waved off with heavy monsoon and ends with autumn. There are chances of landslides in the town due to heavy rainfall and hailstorm. There could be road blockage too. The temperature ranges between 15 degree celsius to 20 degree celsius. The toy train and the cable car might be suspended due to weather conditions. The town looks charming in the showers if you’re up for enchanting views during the monsoon. The lush green tea plantations are very appealing for a budding photographer during the monsoons. The daytime can get humid and the nights are chilly and cozy. This season is ideal due to the price drop as their are lesser tourists compared to the previous season. The biggest festival known as Durga Puja is celebrated with a blast in October. As monsoon comes to an end and autumn has arrived, this month is the time when Darjeeling looks finest and it is advisable to go for trekking in this season. As the temperature drops by the month of October, it is advisable to take your sweaters as you head for your Darjeeling holiday.
November to February
If you’re up for chilly winters, Darjeeling is the right place for you. December is perfectly cold with least humidity of the year and the temperature ranges from 2 to 7 degree celsius. There will be no landslide in this season and it is an ideal time to visit the town without any natural calamities. Christmas and New Year are celebrated with a blast and the it is the perfect time for couples to go for a blissful getaway. The spicy momos and the crunchy Churpi must be tried as they are the delicacies of the town. The local culture of Tinchuley valley must also be witnessed. Riding on the Passenger Ropeway across the waterfalls and rivers is a great idea to see the snowy peaks. Trekking activities to the top of monasteries and viewpoints are splendid ways to spend time in the destination. The glaciers are the wonderful addition to the mountains. January is the coldest month of the year and get ready to witness some snowfall during your stay. Most budget hotels do not have the facility of room heaters so its is highly suggestable to pack wollen and warm clothes. Accommodation will be cheaper during this season as there will be lesser tourists to be seen in the town. The sky remains clear and you may experience enchanting mountain views from the town. The bright sunny days can be pleasant as it gets pretty chilly during the nighttime. The streets, shops and restaurants are decorated with glittery lights during Christmas and New Year. You can get the best Darjeeling trip packages with cheap prices during this season. For adventure seekers, participation in the National Himalayan Winter Trekking Expedition from Sandakphu to Gurdum is advisable.
A Darjeeling trip cost also includes stays at luxurious and comfortable accommodations. These accommodations are incorporated within these packages to treat the travellers to a home-like environment throughout their vacation. Apart from accommodations, these Darjeeling packages also include local transfers so that travelers do not face any issue while commuting from one place to another during their holiday. So, wait no more! And any of the tour packages for Darjeeling with TravelTriangle and avail amazing deals and discounts.