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|
|Languages||English, Hindi, Bengali, Nepali|
|Rainfall||281.8 cm average yearly|
|Best Time to Visit||Almost every year|
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 3½ hours.
Places to Visit
|Ghoom Monasteries||Observatory Hill|
|Bhutia Busty Gompa||Tiger Hill|
|Tibetan Refugee Centre|
|Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary||Mirik||Kalimpong|
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.
|Hotel Elgint||Hotel Sinclairs /td>||Central Resort|
|Hotel Windamere||Mayfair Hill Resort||Sunflower Hotel|