Dating back to the era of the British, Darjeeling is one of the premier tourist destinations in West Bengal that lures people with its colonial architecture. Featuring a web of winding mountain roads and lying at the foothills of the Himalayan Range, the town makes for a perfect getaway to delve in harmony amidst natural surroundings. Darjeeling tour packages often include a stroll through sprawling tea gardens, rolling hills, orchids, pines and rhododendrons that enthral travellers to the core.
Famed for flavoured and aromatic tea, worldwide, it is connected to Siliguri by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The train whistles past lush hills and valleys and is an experience to have at least once. Apart from the picturesque lushness, the hill station also boasts varied cultures. People, belonging to Tibet, Nepal, and Sikkim, live in peace here with the local inhabitants. Travellers not only get a chance to bask in the freshness of flowers here, but also get to take a peek in its cultural kaleidoscope. Following are some of the popular tourist places in Darjeeling that can be explored by visitors:
One of the best known sightseeing spots in the town, Tiger Hill presents a golden-hued image of the great Eastern Himalayan Mountain Range and Mount Kanchenjunga, when viewed at sunrise. If people come to this hill with their Darjeeling tour packages on a clear day, they may even be able to see the imposing Mount Everest from here.
Chowrasta or Mall Road is a non-vehicular street that provides endless opportunities to bask in sunlight and experience the buzzing local nightlife. Vacationers can laze at numerous restaurants and have a nice chat with their friends and family. While walking on the Mall, travellers can indulge in the pristine beauty of the surrounding landscape and spend some moments of leisure. The main shopping arcade of the destination, it features numerous stores that sell local products.
This town is also known for diversity in cultures and religions; crediting to the monasteries and temples located here. One such sacred shrine is the Japanese Peace Pagoda, which portrays the four avatars of Lord Buddha. Located on the slopes of Jalapahar, this sacred white-domed monument is the highest free structure in the town.
The three above-mentioned tourist places can be visited to treat the eyes to photogenic scenery and get a glimpse into the life of locals.