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Queen of Hills : Darjeeling

Darjeeling, also fondly known as the "Queen of hill stations", is nestled in the Himalayas and is famous for its tea production and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This hill town was developed in the mid 19th century, when the British set up a sanatorium and a military depot in Darjeeling. Before this, Darjeeling was the ancient Gorkha capital. Later, the Maharaja of Sikkim gifted Darjeeling to the British.

Darjeeling continues to be a popular holiday destination in India, owing to its scenic beauty and pleasant climate.

Apart from tourism, Darjeeling is also popular for its many British style public schools, which attract students from across India and even neighbouring countries.

Places to see in Darjeeling

  • Tiger Hill
  • Observatory Hill
  • St. Andrew's Church
  • War Memorial
  • Peace Pagoda
  • The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
  • Chowrasta and the Mall
  • Happy Valley Tea Garden
  • Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

Places to see in Darjeeling

  • Tiger Hill
  • Observatory Hill
  • St. Andrew's Church
  • War Memorial
  • Peace Pagoda
  • The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
  • Chowrasta and the Mall
  • Happy Valley Tea Garden
  • Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

How to reach
By Train
The nearest Broad gauge railway station to Darjeeling is at New Jalpaiguri. Trains from all over India reach this station. Following is a list of trains which reach this station from major cities of India. 

From Delhi :  
  • Sikkim Mahananda Express/15484
  • North East Express/12506
  • New Delhi-Dibrugarh Town Rajdhani Express/12424
  • New Delhi-New Jalpaiguri SF Express/12524
  • Brahmaputra Mail/14056
  • Poorvottar Sampark Kranti Express/12502
From Mumbai :  
  • Mumbai LTT-Guwahati Express/15645
  • Mumbai LTT-Guwahati Weekly Express(Via Bhagalpur)/15647
  • Mumbai LTT - Kamakhya Karmabhoomi Express (UnReserved)/15611
From Kolkata :  
  • Kanchanjunga Express/15657
  • Teesta Torsa Express/13141
  • Howrah - New Jalpaiguri Shatabdi Express/12041
  • Saraighat Express/12345
  • Kamrup Express/15959
  • Uttar Banga Express/13147
  • Kanchan Kanya Express/13149
  • Darjeeling Mail/12343
  • Padatik Express/12377
From Chennai :  
  • Chennai-NewJalpaiguri SF Express/22611
  • Chennai Egmore-Dibrugarh Weekly Express/15929
  • Yesvantpur-Dibrugarh Express/15901
  • Bangalore Guwahati SF Express/12509
  • Trivandrum Central - Guwahati Express/12515
By Road
Darjeeling has a strong road network and is well connected by regular buses to neighbouring cities like Siliguri, Kurseong, Gangtok and Kalimpong. 

By Air
The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra near Siliguri, which is located at a distance of 68 km from Darjeeling. This airport is connected by regular flights to Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. 

Darjeeling Restaurants

When in Darjeeling don't forget to sample the many delicious local dishes, here are a few restaurants you can enjoy some local as well as other interesting cuisine.
Sonam's Kitchen : Famous for their breakfast menu, Soman serves some delicious French toast, pancakes and sandwiches. Apart from that, do try their soups and pasta as well.

Glenary's : This restaurant is famous for its Continental fare and also Chinese food, and tandoori items.

Park Restaurant : This restaurant is the place to go if you're longing to have some authentic Thai dishes. One of the most famous items on their menu is Tom Kha Gai, which is a delicious coconut and chicken soup.

Kunga's : A small family run joint, Kunga's is famous for its momos, noodles and fresh fruit juices.

Hasty Tasty : This simple vegetarian restaurant serves some of the best Masala Dosa you will find in Darjeeling.

For Detailed Information on Sikkim visit here: Darjeeling Tourism

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