Darjeeling was developed as a hill retreat by the British in the 19th century and a Victorian town was built here. The colonial legacy has been left behind in the Tea estates, hotels, gardens and lifestyle. A stay at the Heritage hotel Windamere or Mayfair can make one travel back in time to the days of the Raj. The luxe hospitality of Windamere has to be experienced to be believed. There are many Darjeeling hotels that have special packages for honeymooners. Besides heritage and colonial hotels, Darjeeling offers many more stay options and hotel packages to suit every pocket. Most of the renowned Darjeeling hotels are located at nature's lap which implies a stay in such tranquil hotels will rejuvenate you and let you connect with your inner self.
What does Darjeeling offer to the visitors?
You can view Kanchenjunga at sunrise from The Tiger Hill the Ghoom Monastery, Batashiya Loop, the Ropeway , The Himalayan Mountaineering institute, The Zoo, The Japanese Peace Pagoda, The Dirham temple are some place that warrant a must-see tag while in Darjeeling.
Trekkers and adventure lovers can have a good time in Darjeeling which offers trekking opportunities to Sandakphu and Phalut. Trekking gear is available at nominal charges at the Youth Hostel.There are provisions for mountain biking and river rafting too.
Darjeeling is world famous for its Tea. Darjeeling Tea is unparalleled for its flavor. The Darjeeling Tea festival will be held from the 20th of December 2011 to 5th of January 2012.This festival will draw tourists from far and wide.
In Darjeeling one finds a mélange of diverse cultures like, Nepalese Gorkha, Tibetan, Bhutanese, Bengali .Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity are the major influences. One can sample some authentic Tibetan dishes in Darjeeling. Momos, steamed dumplings filled with minced meat (pork/chicken), served with a clear soup and a fiery sauce and Thukpa a noodle soup are popular dishes here. Kunga's is a good place to sample Tibetan food.
While in Darjeeling, one can have tea and sausages at Keventers and pick up tea for gifting at one of the many shops at the mall. Tibetan handicrafts and curio items are also available at the shopping centers. Darjeeling is the place to be if one is looking for a fun filled retreat in the hills.
How to reach Darjeeling?
Darjeeling can be easily reached from the town of Siliguri. This town is well connected to other parts of India by train and road. Bagdogra is the airport near Siliguri. There are regular flights to Bagdogra from Kolkata. One has the option of travelling by rail or road from Siliguri to Darjeeling. Bus service and car/jeep on hire are easily available. If one opts for train travel then it's the famous "Toy Train" that one has to take. Established in 1881 by the British, it is now a World Heritage Site.