Snow-capped mountains againstclear, blue skies; acres and acres of lush green tea gardens; a toy trainlazily winding its way up a hill; a mist hanging low in the air; a horsetrotting down a path with a child gleefully clinging to it—no, we’re not describing a postcard. This is Darjeeling

If you've grown up in Kolkata,or any part of West Bengal, for that matter, you’re undoubtedly familiar withthis hill station, which is teeming with as many Bengalis as locals at any timeof the year. Covered head to toe in winter wear, People huddle around cups ofsteaming tea, or walk down to Mall Road to ride a horse or shop for somelocally crafted trinkets or tea. The locals stand in stark contrast to thetourists, in their fashionable comfort clothing, clearly accustomed to theweather.

Darjeeling, famous for tripswith the family, is not just a tourist destination—it is the stuff memories aremade of, no matter what your age or status.

Trekking the Trails

Nestled in the mountains,facing the mighty Mount Kanchenjunga from any point, there’s plenty to do forthe tourist in Darjeeling. Head for the tea gardens, where you can dress uplike the local tea pickers and get your photo clicked among the sprawling teaestates. You can pick your own tea and take it back home as a souvenir. And, ofcourse, you’ll be able to purchase the most authentic Darjeeling Tea from thegardens itself. Hop onto the toy train and relax, as it passes slowly throughthe small hill town. Pack a picnic basket and visit the many parks and lakes thatare scattered across the town.

Opt for a guided tour of allthe heritage spots and famous cafes. Ride a horse down the now commercial MallRoad while the rest of your group shops and eats.

And if you are up for anadventure, sign up for one of the many treks Darjeeling has to offer, upwinding mountain terrains. The view from almost any spot in Darjeeling isnothing short of breath-taking.

Discovering Darjeeling

The best way to get around inDarjeeling is by walking. You can enjoy the pleasant climate and truly soak inthe sights as you do so. Taxis are available at fixed stands, and many offertour packages as well. You can even opt for a shared jeep to get to the nearbytown of Ghoom, where you can visit the monasteries, and even walk back toDarjeeling at the end of the day.

On your guard

·        The roads and mountain trailscan be slippery and dangerous during the monsoon or winter months, so treadcarefully.

·        There will be taxi drivers andtour guides who will take your for a ride. Opt for a well-recommended one.

·        In the last few years,Darjeeling has been known to witness occasional political unrest. If riots orany disturbance occur, stay safe inside your hotel unless advised otherwise.

How to Reach Darjeeling

Daily there are approximately 56flights that operate at Bagdogra Airport. Indigo, Air India, Vistara, Air Asia,Go Air and SpiceJet are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently tothis airport.

Besides flying you can alsoreach Darjeeling through train. Darjeeling is one of the most popular trainstations in Darjeeling.

By road Darjeeling issurrounded by Siliguri, Gangtok, Jalpaiguri which are 24.29 km, 29.59 km, 45.17km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan theirshort weekend break.

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