Darjeeling is a place of enigmatic natural beauty. still retains the imperialistic touch of British colonial past.Darjeeling is know as the “Queen of Hills “
The one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once- by even a glimpse would not give that glimpse for the shows of the rest of the world combined Mark Twain on Darjeeling. Like most other hill stations in India, the British developed Darjeeling as a respite from the summer heat in the plains. The British loved the town for the complete rejuvenation package that it offered – serene atmosphere, view of the snowline, scented pines and a golden colored brew called the Darjeeling tea. The place has since become a pilgrimage of sorts for tea connoisseurs.
Darjeeling is considered to be one of the best hill stations in India and has a magic of its own. Embark on Darjeeling tours and you will have wonderful opportunity to explore the beauty of the world famous tea gardens and enthralling attraction of the hill station like Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, The Mall Road, Dhir Dham, Mahakal Dara, Botanical Garden, Ropeway, Tenzing and Gombu Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center, Lebong Race Course, Peace Pagoda, Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park.
You can also enjoy the charismatic view of the sunrise over Mt Kanchendzonga which is now a major tourist spot another major attraction is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway claims global fame. Linking the town with the plains, it was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1999 and is one of the few steam engines still in service in India. Darjeeling today is a popular holiday destination in Northeast India and there are many tourists visiting through out the year to experience its unparalleled natural beauty.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (World Heritage)
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, nicknamed the “Toy Train”, is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railway from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling in West Bengal, run by the Indian Railways. With little changes this locomotive has been running for about hundred years. The Toy Train ride is a romantic approach to the Himalayas, a mysterious region. The train gains its gradient with the help of loops and zigzags, is a marvel of engineering feat. The highest point in this line is Ghoom Railway Station which is 7407ft.
The journey takes more than 7 hours and line passes through green forests and tea gardens. It is a must for the steam locomotive enthusiast. Diesel Engine introduced on 21st May 2000 from Darjeeling to NJP and vice versa.
Languages: Bengali, Hindi, English, Nepali (Gorkhali) and Tibetan are spoken in different areas throughout the hills. Most people, including guides and hotel attendants, are multilingual, speaking English Nepali and some Bengali and Hindi.
Religion:Hindus and Buddhists from the religious majority, with notable Muslim and Christian minorities. Darjeeling is full of temples and monasteries where you can enjoy a peaceful moment in the company of deities, as well as churches, gurudwaras and mosques.