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Nestling in the foothills of the Lesser Himalayas, Darjeeling is one of the most popular tourist attractions in India. The fact that this hill station is jam-packed with tourists at any time of the year, determines the towering popularity of this hill station. Hence there is no surprise seeing this place regularly feature in the list of top tourist destinations in India.
The enchanting Kanchenjunga Mountain Ranges are not the only thing in Darjeeling that allures millions of people from all over the world to visit this place. This exquisite hill station has been on the top of the bucket list of every travel-freak in the country. And there are countless reasons why.
The exquisite blend of Tibetan culture flirting with fresh mountain air accompanied by sublime weather conditions contribute to the serene ambience of this place.
The breathtaking views of sunrise from the Tiger hills near Darjeeling are a photographer’s delight. To witness this natural splendour, all you need is a short ride by a mountain jeep to the Tiger Hills. The soulful views of the bright golden sun making its way to the top of the sky through the peaks of glorious Kanchenjunga Range is certainly an enticing experience.
At a time the relatively new concept named ‘tea tourism’ blown the world, Darjeeling is the best place to experience tea tourism. Relatively offbeat and distant from the cliché tea tourism in Darjeeling is making all the headlines. Tea gardens are the biggest USP of Darjeeling. And staying at a tea bungalow Darjeeling will certainly change one’s perception about nature.
The enigmatic tea fields are filled with greenery everywhere. Far away from the polluted roads of the city, this is exactly what one’s soul craves for. Gazing at the Kanchenjunga, sitting in the centre of a tea field with a porcelain cup of heavenly Darjeeling brew is certainly a dream sequel turned into reality. The best way to get the best of tea tourism is by staying in a tea estate nestled in the middle of a tea garden. Summer is the best time to visit this amazing hill station while monsoon is the ideal time to experience tea tourism. The big reason behind this is that plucking generally happens during the monsoon months. If want to unlock how tea makes it way from the bushes to the cup then June to September is the best time when tea plucking activities happen.
Another big reason to visit Darjeeling is its unique culture. Darjeeling was a sweetheart of the British and this place still retains some of its old colonial charm. Accompanied by the fresh mountain air, there are a few monasteries that represent the Buddhist culture in the best possible way. The Bhutia Busty Gompa is a must visit place.
Darjeeling is a complete package and its offerings never seem to end. Besides the lofty snow-covered mountains and never-ending tea fields, Darjeeling also has a fair share of wildlife. The Darjeeling Zoo is one of those places where one can catch a glimpse of some of the rarest species such as Siberian tigers, snow leopards, and red panda. The forests of Darjeeling are home to more than 200 species of colourful mountain birds. Hence, this place is also a hotspot for bird watching.
A hill station without adventure is a rare minimalistic concept. And Darjeeling is another hill station in India that offers plenty of hair-raising adventure activities. Darjeeling is a good trekking location and is filled with trekkers during the summer and winter months. One of the most renowned Mountaineering Institute in India that provides mountaineering courses such as trekking, rock climbing, and camping is located in Darjeeling. The gargling water of River Teesta is tailor-made for river rafting expeditions.
Darjeeling has comfortable weather conditions throughout the year and this is why this place is filled with tourists at any time of the year. This is the reason why most of these hotels remain full and so advanced hotel booking is always advised for a seamless experience.
After spending most of the valuable time sitting on the office chair, in worksheets and presentation slides, all we need is a peaceful space to rejuvenate the worn-out cells. A vacation can do wonders and a vacation amidst the lush greenery encircled by cascading icy slopes of the Lesser Himalayas can relish your mind and body. If looking to spend some memorable moments with your family and friends then head to Darjeeling. Discover nature’s best kept secret with a cup of the finest quality tea.