Offbeat Places To Stay Near Darjeeling

Darjeeling which used to be a small settlement during the British rule is now bustling modern city with all amenities and facilities. There are hundreds of accommodations dotting all across the town. From Star category heritage hotels, budget hotels and even home stays is available for stay. Darjeeling boasts of some iconic places of tourist interest like the Padmaja Naidu Zoological Garden, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Mahakal Mandir and the famous Ropeway. Chowrasta (referred to as the mall) is the most famous hangout destination for both locals as well as tourists, the Glenaries Cafeteria, the Keventers, Planters Club, the tea garden and Tenzing rock are places worth visiting in a Darjeeling package tour. Also in Darjeeling tour package you should not miss the tour to Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Ghoom monastery.  Unfortunately guests complain bout the tidiness and the congestion of unplanned development of the town. Hotel accommodations of a decent category cost you approximately 1500 rupees and above, but there are hotels at lesser prices but you have to compromise on the quality of rooms and the view. 

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How To Reach Darjeeling


Reaching Darjeeling largely depends on your starting point and preferred mode of transportation. Here's a general guide:

By Air:
The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra Airport (IXB), located about 70 kilometers away. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Darjeeling. The journey takes around 3-4 hours depending on road conditions.

By Train:
The nearest major railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP), which is well-connected to major cities like Kolkata, Delhi, and Mumbai. From NJP, you can either take a taxi or board a toy train (Darjeeling Himalayan Railway) to Darjeeling. The toy train journey is scenic but slower compared to road transport.

By Road:
From Bagdogra: You can hire a taxi or take a bus from Bagdogra to Darjeeling. The road journey offers beautiful views of the mountains and tea gardens.
From Siliguri: Siliguri is well-connected by road to major cities in the region. You can take a bus or hire a taxi from Siliguri to Darjeeling, which is about 80 kilometers away.
From Kolkata: There are regular bus services from Kolkata to Siliguri. From Siliguri, follow the route mentioned above.
From Gangtok (Sikkim): If you're coming from Gangtok, you can hire a taxi or take a shared jeep to reach Darjeeling. The journey takes around 4-5 hours.

Note:
Road conditions in the region, especially during monsoon season, can be challenging, so it's advisable to check the weather and road conditions before planning your trip.
Consider booking transportation in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to avoid last-minute hassles.
Keep some buffer time in your travel schedule, as delays due to weather or road conditions are not uncommon, especially in hilly areas like Darjeeling.

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Day 01: Arrival At Njp Railway Station / Bagdogra Airport(IXB) And transfer to Darjeeling


Arrival at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand (Junction) transfer to Darjeeling - Nearly 105 kilometers 3 ½ - 4 hours drive – At an height of 2123 mtrs / 7000 feet lies the land of breathtaking beauty, sloping tea gardens with spectacular views of the Mount Everest is the Queen of the hills – Check into hotel – Evening free to roam around Chowrasta Mall or local Shopping center - Over Night stay at Darjeeling Hotel.



Day 02: Darjeeling Full Local Sightseeing

Early morning at around 4 AM drive to 8000 feet / 2440 meters through primitive forests of oak, magnolia to Tiger Hill to view sunrise over Kanchenjunga Peak – While returning visit Ghoom Monastery, Peace memorial & Batasia Loop. After relaxing at the hotel, go to the Ghoom railway station for your trip to the Toy train ride. Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Ropeway, Tensing Gumpo Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center (Closed on Sunday), Natural History Museum (Sunday Closed), Japanese Buddhist Temple and Japanese peace pagoda is one of the Peace Pagodas designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds to help unite them in their search for world peace. Happy valley tea state, established in 1854, it is Darjeeling's second oldest tea estate.– Evening free to stroll around the area. Overnight stay at Darjeeling Hotel.



Day 03: Darjeeling to Bagdogra Airport/Njp Railway Station Transfer

After breakfast, Go for shopping for Darjeeling Tea, Woolen garments, etc. Check out of your hotel room and have lunch and then start for Darjeeling to Bagdogra Airport/Njp Transfer. Your 2 Night 3 days Darjeeling Tour Package ends here.

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If you are on a tour to Darjeeling you cannot miss a ride on The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as Darjeeling Toy Train, is a small gauge railway that runs between New Jalpaiguri Station and Darjeeling Town. Built around 1881, it is about 88 km long. It climbs from about 100 m (328 ft) above sea level at New Jalpaiguri to about 2,200 m (7,218 ft) at Darjeeling, using six zig zags and loops to gain altitude. In 1999, UNESCO declared the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways as a World Heritage Site. Steam-enthusiast specials are hauled by vintage British-built B-Class steam locomotives. The railway's headquarters are at Kurseong. The line follows Hill Cart Road, which is part of National Highway 110. The track is on the roadside for long stretches, and both track and road might be blocked by a rockslide. Since a length of the road is flanked with buildings, the railway line often resembles urban tramway tracks. To warn pedestrians and drivers of an approaching train, engines are equipped with very loud horns which train drivers sound almost constantly. The journey starts through the tea gardens, then travels through the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary and then starts the gentle climb along the hills. The journey provides an experience which is extremely beautiful and scenic. Six diesel locomotives handle most of the scheduled service, with daily tourist trains from Darjeeling to Ghoom – India's highest railway station – and the steam-hauled Red Panda service from Darjeeling to Kurseong. The Batasia loop is 5 km (3.1 mi) from Darjeeling, below Ghoom Station. There is a memorial to the Gorkha soldiers of the Indian Army who sacrificed their lives after Indian independence in 1947. The loop has a panoramic view of Darjeeling, with Kangchenjunga and other snow-capped mountains in the background. Though the journey between NJP to Darjeeling takes about than 7 to 8 hours to cover. You can also take a journey from Darjeeling To Ghoom Station by Darjeeling Joy Ride which runs 4 times daily and takes about 40 minutes from Darjeeling to Ghoom and the return takes 30 minutes. So if you are planning a Darjeeling trip keep half day for that.

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Q: What are the places that can be covered in 2 Nights 3 Days Darjeeling Tour Package?

A: A 2 Night 3 Days Darjeeling is the shortest period to enjoy the beauty of the hills. You can enjoy the charm of the town with a visit to the Chowasta or the Mall is called, enjoy great food at the numerous restaurants. For Sightseeing you need to take the mixed point  sightseeing which includes a visit to Tiger hill at 4.30 am to see the sunrise, Ghoom Monastery and the Station, Batasia Loop, the zoo, the tea Gardens, etc.

 

Q: How many days are required to cover all attractions of Darjeeling?

A: Ideally a 3 Night 4 Days tour is sufficient to cover most of the places. This includes a day tour to Mirik lake & Pashupati the Nepal Border which cannot be covered in a 2 Night 3 Days Darjeeling tour Packages.


Q: What are the places to stay other than Darjeeling town to enjoy the tour?

A: There are lot of places just within driving distance from Darjeeling if you want to avoid the crowded town. Sittong, Tinchuley, Bijan Bari, Mahaldiram are few of them.


Q: What is te best time to Visit Darjeeling?

A: Darjeeling can be visited anytime throughout the year, however July & August is avoidable due to the monsoon season.

 

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What are the must visit Places of Darjeeling?


The following places are the most visited and must visit tourist attraction of Darjeeling.....


The Darjeeling Zoo


The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute


The Famous Tea Gardens


The Darjeeling Heritage Toy Train


Ghoom Station


Batasia Loop & War Memorial


Kaventers & Glenaries


 Mirik Lake


The Ghoom Monaestry


WHERE TO STAY/ACCOMMODATION IN DARJEELING?


Darjeeling offers a range of accommodations to suit different budgets and preferences. Here are some popular hotels in Darjeeling:

Luxury Hotels:
Windamere Hotel: A heritage hotel offering colonial-style rooms with antique furnishings and modern amenities.
Glenburn Tea Estate & Boutique Hotel: Located amidst lush tea gardens, offering luxurious rooms, personalized service, and stunning views.
Mayfair Darjeeling: A luxury hotel offering well-appointed rooms, spa facilities, and fine dining options.

Mid-Range Hotels:
The Elgin, Darjeeling: A heritage property offering comfortable rooms, a spa, and panoramic views of the Himalayas.
Hotel Seven Seventeen: Centrally located, offering clean and cozy rooms with modern amenities.
Central Heritage Resort and Spa: Nestled amidst tranquil surroundings, offering comfortable rooms and spa facilities.

Budget Hotels/Guesthouses:
Hotel Mohit: Centrally located budget hotel offering clean rooms and basic amenities.
Hotel Broadway Annexe: Budget-friendly accommodation with simple rooms and friendly staff.
Hotel Pradhan Residency: A budget hotel offering clean rooms and a convenient location near the Mall Road.

Homestays:
Sangaylay Palace: Offers cozy rooms in a traditional Darjeeling home, allowing guests to experience local culture and hospitality.
Villa Everest Homestay: A charming homestay with comfortable rooms and panoramic views of the mountains.
Cozy Nest Homestay: A family-run homestay offering warm hospitality and home-cooked meals.

Note:
It's recommended to book your accommodation in advance, especially during the peak tourist season (March to June and October to November).
Prices and availability may vary depending on the season, so it's advisable to check with the hotel directly or through online booking platforms for the latest information.​


WHAT IS DARJEELING MALL/ WHY IS IT SO FAMOUS?


The Darjeeling Mall, often referred to simply as "The Mall" or Chowrasta by locals is the main commercial and social hub of Darjeeling town in West Bengal, India. It's a vibrant pedestrian-only street lined with shops, restaurants, cafes, and hotels. Here's more about it:


Location:
The Mall is located in the heart of Darjeeling town and stretches from Chowrasta Square to the Nehru Road junction.

Attractions and Features:
Chowrasta Square: At one end of The Mall is Chowrasta, a spacious public square with benches and a statue of Bhanubhakta Acharya, a Nepali poet. It's a popular spot for locals and tourists to relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Shops and Boutiques: The Mall is lined with shops selling a variety of items such as souvenirs, handicrafts, woollen garments, tea, spices, and more. It's a great place to shop for local specialties and gifts.

Restaurants and Cafes: There are numerous eateries along The Mall offering a range of cuisines, from traditional Nepali and Tibetan dishes to international fare. Visitors can enjoy delicious food while taking in the bustling atmosphere of the street.

Street Performers and Artists: The Mall often attracts street performers, artists, and musicians who entertain visitors with their talents, adding to the lively atmosphere.

Scenic Views: As you stroll along The Mall, you'll be treated to stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys, making it a picturesque setting for leisurely walks and people-watching.

Note:
The Mall is a pedestrian-only zone, so vehicles are not allowed. This makes it a pleasant and safe area for pedestrians to explore.
The Mall is a must-visit destination for anyone visiting Darjeeling, offering a mix of shopping, dining, entertainment, and scenic beauty in one vibrant street.


TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS IN DARJEELING TOWN?


In Darjeeling town, transportation options are somewhat limited due to its hilly terrain and narrow roads. However, there are several modes of transportation available for getting around the town:


1. Walking:

Many areas of Darjeeling town are pedestrian-friendly, especially around The Mall and Chowrasta Square. Walking is a great way to explore the town's narrow lanes, shops, and attractions. Plus, you'll get to enjoy the fresh mountain air and scenic views along the way.

2. Taxis:
Taxis are the most common mode of transportation in Darjeeling. You can easily find taxis at taxi stands or hail them on the street. They are relatively affordable and convenient for short distances within the town.

3. Shared Jeeps:
Shared jeeps are another popular option for getting around Darjeeling. They operate on fixed routes and are a cost-effective way to travel to nearby areas and attractions.

4. Toy Train:
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the "Toy Train," is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist attraction. While primarily a tourist attraction, it does offer transportation between Darjeeling and Ghoom. However, it's more of a leisurely way to travel rather than a practical mode for daily commuting.

5. Rented Vehicles:
Some visitors may choose to rent bicycles or motorcycles to explore Darjeeling and its surrounding areas at their own pace. However, keep in mind that the hilly terrain and narrow roads can make biking challenging for inexperienced riders.

Note:
Traffic congestion can be common, especially during peak tourist seasons, so plan your travel accordingly.
Keep in mind that Darjeeling's steep slopes and narrow streets may not be suitable for large vehicles, so smaller modes of transportation like taxis and shared jeeps are more practical for navigating the town.