Trip Overview of Darjeeling Tour
Darjeeling tour is one of the best tour packages in north India. Darjeeling’s name is from the local Tibetan name was “Dorjee-ling” which lies in northeast India. Our Sikkim and Darjeeling tours are the perfect ambiance of a hill resort with its mild climate. Its green hills and valleys and its lush green tea gardens are a significant attraction. We will see the best mountain view of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586). This peak is looming over the northern horizon gives a magical beauty to the land which entices thousands of visitors.
Located in Northeastern India at the foothills of the Himalayas, Sikkim and Darjeeling tour are among the most popular tourist destinations in Northeast India. As a result, Darjeeling and Sikkim are heavily availed by families, friends, couples, and honeymooners. The places that have pleasant weather also offer exciting experiences for each kind of traveler.
Sikkim tour is one of the best tour packages in Sikkim. Lies in between the Kingdom of Nepal in the west and Bhutan in the east. In the north Plateau of Tibet and southern border with the state of West Bengal. Therefore it is the land of orchids, monasteries, and mountains. Inhabited by Nepalis, Lepcha, and Bhutia people, Sikkim is a fantastic place of hidden valleys. Mystical monasteries, snow-fed lakes, and a mountain setting with flowers and forests.
Sikkim tour is popular for tea gardens
Known in the world for its tea gardens and inhabited by Nepalis, Bhutias, as well as, Bengalis. Darjeeling is also known for the Queen of the Hill station, famous for its natural beauty, clean, fresh air, year-round pleasant weather, and above all, the ever-smiling and welcoming local people. All in all, The 3rd highest peak in the world Mt. Kanchenjunga, which is situated in the Darjeeling tour provides you with a magnificent view.
The tour takes you through the deep green valleys and ethnic villages, past raging rivers, stop to admire breathtaking waterfalls, blooming rhododendron forests and play on snowfields at the bottom of snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Get ready for an unforgettable Himalayan adventure safari tour through beautiful Sikkim.
9 Night 10 days Darjeeling tour package
This unique 9 Night 10 days Darjeeling tour provides you everything that Sikkim has an offer. As you can Travel to newly opened North Sikkim to Lachung and Yumthang valleys. We will take you through the deep green valleys and ethnic villages of Sikkim, past raging rivers, stop to admire breathtaking waterfalls as well as, blooming rhododendron forests. You can play on snowfields at the bottom of snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Therefore get ready for an unforgettable Himalayan adventure safari tour through beautiful Sikkim.
Darjeeling could be a bit challenging for those who despise cold weather. Hence, another one of the Darjeeling travel tips is that you ensure you carry warm clothes with you during your visit. Whereas summers are a matter of sweaters, and full trousers in Darjeeling, in winter you’re required to wear heavy jackets and warm pants. If you plan on going for a trek on your Darjeeling trip, then do not forget to carry some vital items. Rubber-soled shoes, torches, batteries, trekking sticks, quick food, water, toilet paper, and mosquito repellents come first on the list.
Best Time To Visit Darjeeling
The best time for the Darjeeling tour is between the months of April to June along with September to December. Darjeeling experiences a moderate climate during most of the year. In the summer the temperatures range between 14°C and 8°C and during winter temperature falls to a freezing point of 6°C to as low as 1°C. During the monsoon, Darjeeling experiences heavy rain showers which at the time lead to frequent landslides.
A lot of tourists do the Darjeeling tour during the summers as it is a favorable time for all tourist activities. For sightseeing, the best months would be from September to November. If you enjoy the cold weather and winter you can visit Darjeeling from December to January, as it is the best period for honeymooners. The adventure avid can visit Darjeeling in the month of February to June which is idyllic for all adventure activities in Darjeeling.
How To Reach for Darjeeling tour
By Air: Darjeeling is well connected by air from all the major parts of the country by Bagdogra airport. This airport is very close to Darjeeling and takes about 3 hours drive.
By Train: Those thinking to travel to Darjeeling by train can board the famous Darjeeling train from Sealdah and various other express trains from all around the country on a daily basis to reach the nearest railhead New Jalpaiguri. On reaching New Jalpaiguri one can board the famous Toy Train which chugs its way up to reach Darjeeling.
By Road: Darjeeling is well connected to Siliguri, the terminal city as a fleet of state and private buses run overnight from Calcutta to Siliguri. After deporting at Siliguri, enjoy a 2 hours scenic drive while traversing through the forest and tea gardens either by boarding a luxury bus or private taxi to reach Darjeeling.
Places to visit in Darjeeling tour
Darjeeling is a panoramic site that lies on the border of Nepal and India. Interestingly, Darjeeling is the most delightful place to trek to as these places consist of the beauty of both Nepal and India. You can get a mesmerizing view of the Himalayan ranges from here. Darjeeling falls on the western part of India. The mystical land of Darjeeling cherishes the enthusiasm and excitement of travelers. This place is also famous for the wide variety of flora and fauna. The culture and tradition of Darjeeling are very exclusive. The spirit of celebration of life among the people of Darjeeling is just amazing.
During your Darjeeling Tour, you can get a clear and striking view of the world’s third-highest mountain mount Kanchenjunga. Darjeeling tour is the perfect destination to observe nature and culture in their raw form. This Sikkim and Darjeeling tour will enable you to experience many aspects like Buddhist monasteries, trekking trails, glaciers and glacier lakes, the snow-clad peaks, and colonial-era architecture. Since 2012 Darjeeling has been the top destination of the trekkers. Every year more than 50,000 people from around the world come to visit this place. Because of the stunning view of mountains range from Darjeeling, it is often referring as “Queen of the Hills”.
Himalayan Railway in Darjeeling.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is one of the most popular places to visit. This Himalayan railway covers the distance from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling and is about 2 feet narrow gauge train track. The length of this railway is approximately about 88 km. The toy train in the middle of the misty hill is very attractive. This hallway holds the historical story of the construction of this railway as done in 1861. Because of the craze of tourists in this railway, it was on the list of world heritage sites by UNESCO in 1999. The toy ride in this Himalayan railway is very pleasing and delightful. If you are taking a tour in Darjeeling then you should not miss this place. From here you can get clear views of mountains.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan park
The zoological park is the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan is also the top destination of tourists in Darjeeling. This zoo is very famous for the red panda and snow leopard. There snow breeding center inside this park so you can witness various kinds of leopards there. This park has an area of 65.6 acres and consists of many endangered animals like snow leopard, red panda, and Himalayan salamanders. The name of this park is Padmaja Naidu became when Indira Gandhi in honor of the governor of West Bengal Mrs.
Padmaja Naidu built this park. You can find over 200 different species of plants including Alder, oak, and Birch. Padmaja Naidu zoological park lies in the Jorethang Road of Darjeeling near Jawahar Parbat Darjeeling. The entrance charge to enter this zoo is INR 20 for Indian citizens and all residents of SAARC nations, INR 50 for foreigners and you will have to pay an additional INR 10 if you are carrying comers.
Where can to stay in Darjeeling
Since Darjeeling is a tourist place, there are many hotels and lodges where you can stay. The hotels in Darjeeling will have many facilities including WI-FI. Normally people on the tour to Darjeeling prefer to stay around Mall. Almost all the places of Darjeeling are well facilitate so, you will not have any problems with accommodation. Also, you can have all kinds of food in Darjeeling however, typical Nepalis and Indian food are very famous in this place.
Why is the weather of Darjeeling so famous?
Darjeeling has the perfect weather for trekking and hiking. The weather of Darjeeling is popular as the Holiday weather. Those people who want to take a rest from the and heat of summer can move to the hill station to relax. The weather of Darjeeling is the main reason for increasing tourism. The weather and temperature are good for a tour throughout the year. Although visiting Darjeeling from March to May and September to November is the best time to visit in Darjeeling. Apart from this other months and seasons have their specialty. You can visit Darjeeling at any time of the month.
Ropeway of Darjeeling
Another touristic place of Darjeeling is the ropeway on the hill station. From the picturesque hill station, you can witness the exquisite landscape and the striking snow-capped mountain. The ropeway of Darjeeling is the major attraction for tourists as you can get crystal-clear views of the mountain range. This ropeway of Darjeeling is 53 years old and it was India’s first cable car system. This cable car of Darjeeling will provide you the best view of the entire Darjeeling city. This ropeway is now the hotspot for tourists. The cable car of this ropeway is set straight toward the tea garden valleys.
There are 16 cable cars, which each of them can accommodate about 6 people at a time. This cable car travels from the North point in Sing Amari to Singla Bazaar. On this cable ride, you can witness the enchanting Raman River. In addition to this, you can also get to watch the cascading waterfall and majestic Kanchenjunga. Ropeway of Darjeeling goes up to 7000 feet from the group. Note that the gondola moves at the normal speed so, you can get good views.
Rimbik is a wonderful small village that lies in the Singalila nation park area in Darjeeling. For those people who love trekking and hiking then you must visit Rimbik. The route to Rimbik goes gradually upside. Singalila is also the place that you can visit while going to Rimbik where you will get to witness rare red panda in their natural environment. You can observe the raw beauty of Darjeeling in Rimbik that is why it is the busiest route. Rimbik is also the best trek in eastern India. The best time to visit Rimbik is during the spring and winter seasons.
Tea garden, Darjeeling
As we all know the tea garden of Darjeeling is very famous around the entire world. There are more than 87 different types of tea farming in Darjeeling which uses about 17, 500 hectares of land for producing tea. Every year Darjeeling itself produces more than 10 million kgs of tea. You can see the green tea growing in the huge field of Darjeeling. Tea farming is the main occupation of more than half of the people in Darjeeling. The tea garden is the place that you must visit in Darjeeling.
Act that you can do in Darjeeling
Meditation at the Japanese temple
Darjeeling is the best place to do meditation. The environment of Darjeeling is very relaxing, with the clean and green surroundings with the perfect view of mountains. Japanese temple lies in the rolling hills of the Jalapahar area which is not very far from Darjeeling. Japanese temple and Peacock pagoda temple in Darjeeling are the main attraction for tourists.
These temples are very old. The intention of building this temple in the early 70s was for promoting and establishing peace among people. You will have to trek to these temples as the mediation center does not allow vehicles. The perfect time for doing yoga is from 4:30 am to 6:30 am and 4:30 am to 6 pm. This place lies in the peaceful surrounding, away from the urbanization, you can hear birds chirping and prayers chanting in the temple.
Picnic at nightingale park
Another fun activity to do in Darjeeling is a picnic at nightingale peak. People of Darjeeling call this park “Shrubbery”. Earlier this used to be a private park. After the renovation of this park, this place is popular for a family picnic. That is why this place seems to be full during weekends. There is the huge statue of Shiva along with musical fountains and manicured gardens inside this park.
Garden of rock
Rock Garden is another beautiful place that lies about 10 km far from the main city of Darjeeling. The normal people of Darjeeling call this place Barbotey Garden. You can also witness many flora and fauna from here. You be able to visit this place during spring and autumn. If you visit the Garden of rocks during the right time then you will be able to see the mesmerizing views of the mountains.
Tea trail at happy valley tea Estate
Particularly, the tea Estate lies at the height of 6500 feet from the ground. This Tea Estate is the second oldest tea estate which lies in the hill state. We suggest you take a guided during the tour. Here you can get to taste some of the finest tea of Darjeeling. The shops will offer you many types of tea and you can pick up your favorites teas and take them home as well.
Sandakphu- trek the peak
Sandakphu is another interesting part of the Darjeeling tour. This place is the only grew mountains in the world from where you can see the four tallest mountains over 8000 including Mount Everest. The peak provides panoramic views of the mountains and the green grassland. This peak lies in the border of Nepal and India, with an altitude of 3,636 meters. Since the height of this peak is not so much so, beginners can also trek this mountain without any problems.
As this peak lies in the Singalila village these trekkers also refer to this place as “Singalila Ridge Trek”. The route to this peak goes through the beautiful forest. There you can also observe many wildlife and different kinds of birds. The main beauty of this peak is that you can get the ultimate vision of mount Kanchenjunga. In the early morning, the view of Sunrising from the middle of mount Kanchenjunga is just beyond explanation. The best time to trek to this peak is during May and August.
Since this is the spring season in Darjeeling, spring shows its flavor as the trekking route to Sandakphu is full of rhododendrons and magnolias. Amazingly, Trekking to this peak will make your mind relax. Trekkers also trek this peak, for the experience and as a practice for trekking other higher peaks like mount Kanchenjunga.
Batasia Loop is an escalated railway made to lower the sloop of the ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan railway. Ancient people built this loop for the memorial of the Gokhale shoulder who had sacrificed their lives during the war. It is a railway loop where the toy train makes 360 degrees. While walking on this loop you can get the perfect view of Darjeeling with Kangchenjunga and other mountains in the backdrop. Batasia Loop is also very popular for watching the sunrise. The garden of the Batasia loop consists of different colorful flowers. This place is mostly full around holidays. This loop is widely famous among tourists and trekkers.
Kalimpong is another best part of a tour to Darjeeling. Additionally, Arts and crafts are the major attraction of Kalimpong. Along with the hills and mountains, you must visit the temples in Kalimpong. The temple and monastery will give you a positive vibe.
Durpin monastery is one of the oldest monsters in Darjeeling. As a matter of fact, Ancient Buddhist monks built this monastery in 1972. Inside this monastery, you can see the rare Buddhist script of 108 volumes to present to the Dalai Lama. Likewise, in all other monasteries, the other wall of this monastery is also the row of the wheel.
Mangal Dham is the biggest Parnami temple in Darjeeling. Also, this temple has an area of 2 acres near Thongs Gompa. He used to serve poor people and made orphanages, schools, and Temple for the welfare of the people living there. This temple is full of art and culture as on the wall you can see the painting of Krishna Leela
Dharmodhaya Vihar is the resident of the Buddhists monk of Nepal and India. Inside this Vihar, there is a library with books in various languages like Pali, Sanskrit, Nepali, Hindi, and English. There is the Sanskrit small idol of Lord Buddha. In the association of this vihar, there is a school nearby called Dharmodhaya School.
Packing and equipment list for Darjeeling tour
Sweater – layers are good
Warm jacket Goretex, if you are traveling in Winter down jacket
Hat – sun
Comfortable walking shoes
Sandals for warmer areas
Smart casual clothes for evenings
Scarf (You can also buy great Pashimina in Darjeeling)
Clothes/hat for cold weather
Money and documents to bring
Passport with photocopies
Insurance policy documentation
Address list (with phone numbers and also email addresses)
Things for packing
Small day pack
Expandable carry-on bag
Plastic bags ( Ziploc )
Suitcase – soft-sided preferable
Multi-tool / Folding knife – handy on trains for fruit, etc
Darjeeling lies in the north of the state of West Bengal and is situated in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. The district of Darjeeling shares its boundaries with countries like Nepal, Bhutan, and also with Bangladesh. It is one of the scarcely populated districts of the state with the total population being 1,842,034. And the density of the population is 413 persons per sq Km. Located at an altitude of 2134 meters above sea level and is surrounded by various Buddhist monasteries and also the mighty peaks of the Himalayas in Darjeeling tour.
The highlight of the Darjeeling tour
- Enjoy an excursion to Enchey Monastery
- Soak in the beauty of Tsomgo
- Cherish a half-day sightseeing tour of Gangtok
- Explore Kalimpong
- Marvel at sunrise views from Tiger Hill
- Visit Ghoom Monastery
The famous Tiger hill is 13 kilometers far from the main town at an altitude of 2590 meters (8482 ft.). This is a famous place to see on the Darjeeling tour. It has earned international fame for its magnificent view of the sunrise over the “Kanchanjunga” and the great eastern Himalayan peaks. if the weather is clear you can see Mount Everest also, the world’s highest peak, along with other Himalayan giants Lhotse, Makalu, Janu, Rathong, Kabru, Pandim, Simvo, and also Siniolchu.
Visit Kalimpong in Darjeeling tour
This is a small town that lies at an altitude of 1250m, this tranquil hill station is located on top of a ridge on the east of river Teesta. Kalimpong very famous for its educational institutions many of which were established during the British colonial period. During the past time, it was the gateway in the trade between Tibet and India prior to China’s annexation of Tibet and the Sino-Indian War. Enjoy visiting this beautiful town in our Darjeeling tour
The town is famous for its indigenous handicraft. This is the place to buy Tibetan and Bhutanese handicrafts and jewelry, You can find here good quality woodcarvings, copperware like Feng-Sui bells, tapestry bags, scrolls, paintings, and also Tibetan jewelry.
Kalimpong is a very famous place for Horticulture. You can also visit the flower market which shows the wide array of orchids; nurseries, which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers, and rhizomes, contribute to the economy of Kalimpong. It is home to ethnic Nepali people, indigenous ethnic groups, and non-native migrants from other parts of India. This town is also a religious center of Buddhism. On your Darjeeling tour, you will visit the Buddhist monastery Zang Dhok, you can find a number of rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.
Lava & Loleygaon
During the Darjeeling tour, we can also visit these two places which are the recently invented hamlets in the lap of nature. It is about 32 km in a distance from the Kalimpong. Also the entry point to the beautiful Neora Valley National Park from Kalimpong. We will drive in scenic and ever-changing vegetation from tropical deciduous to the wet alpine trees of fir, pine, and birch. Furthermore, another small place Loleygaon is another r24 km far from Lava lying at an altitude of 1,675 meters. It is the Darjeeling District of West Bengalis and has a small Lepcha village situated at an extreme end of a Himalayan Ridge. Thus, this place offers a magnificent view of the Mt.Kanchandzonga range. One can get closer to nature by walking on the canopy bridge in Loleygaon.
Darjeeling Tour - Trip Info
Duration: 10 Days
Tour Grade: Easy
Best time to visit: We can travel Darjeeling from March to May spring and Stember – November the Autumn are the best seasons. Dec & January are Winter and cold can be snow on the trail, July & August are rainy time, not recommend time and the visibility is poor to rain.
Transportation: Private Car/Van, Plane.
Visa & Permit for Sikkim travel
For Darjeeling and Sikkim tour, All foreigners other than Nepal and Bhutan nationals require a passport with an Indian visa prior to arrival. A trekking permit is required for every trekker for any areas of North-East India. For the trekking holiday, we need a minimum of two persons and maximum of 12 people.