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Introduction

Darjeeling has been famous for its Tea with a particular aroma. Throughout the world tea drinkers love having the special Darjeeling tea. So, how can some one miss getting some Darjeeling tea if he comes to this place. Packed small bags tea from this place make good souvenirs. But avoid tea in tastefully decorated boxes as these are mostly blended tea from Calcutta. Apart from tea there are many items which Darjeeling offers in its shopping malls. Tourists love taking home the curios and carpets from here. For gift items and souvenirs from Darjeeling you may pick up Tibetan crafts like carpets, wood and leather work. The Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center is one place where you will get the best of items. The shops for curios and carpets are on Chowrasta and Nehru road. These shops also sell thangkas, brass statues, religious objects, jewellery, wood carvings, woven fabrics and many other items from the Himalayan region. The Bronze items and wooden carvings give you good value for your money. Thangkas are impressive at the first sight but the require a closer look if you want to buy them.

Area 10.57 sq km
Altitude 2,128  metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-10.0 C-25.0 C Winter-0.0 C-16.0 C
Language English, Hindi, Bengali, Nepali
STD Code 0562
Rainfall 281.8 cm average yearly
Best Time to Visit Almost every year

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How to get there

  1. Air :-Nearest Airport is Bagdogra (90 km) which has flights connecting to Calcutta, Delhi and Guwahati. Drive from Bagdogra airport to Darjeeling takes about 3 hours.
  2. Rail:-Darjeeling Railway station is in Darjeeling town. Toy Train journey from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling takes about 8 hours. New Jalpaiguri is the major railway station (88 kms about 3 hours drive) which is connected to all the major cities in India.
  3. Road:-Bus services between Darjeeling and Siliguri are frequent. Private taxis, landrovers are also available. From Siliguri by bus/taxi/trekker to Darjeeling (90 km), about 4 hours.

Places to Visit

Ghoom Monasteries Observatory Hill Bhutia Busty Gompa Tiger Hill
Tibetan Refugee Centre      

Excursion

Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary Mirik Kalimpong Gangtok

Shopping

From the world famous Darjeeling tea to the intricately designed Tibetan handicraft and the most sought after Pashmina shawls, you can shop in this hill town till you drop. Visit the shops dotting Nehru Road leading to Chowrasta and also discover a wide array of jewelleries-modern as well as antique silver in the curio houses. Old Tibetan masks, woollen carpets and the mesmerizing sparkle of precious stones won't let you get past these shops without a word of admiration.

Accommodation

Hotel Elgin Hotel Sinclairs Central Resort Hotel Windamere Mayfair Hill Resort
Hotel Viceroy Sunflower Hotel Snowlion Homestay