"A Little Piece of Heaven in India" Darjeeling by Donna_in_India

Darjeeling Travel Guide: 180 reviews and 571 photos

Darjeeling (meaning place of the Thunderbolt) is located in the far northwestern corner of West Bengal. It's a hill station known as the "Queen of the Hills" and is surrounded by tea plantations. The town itself straddles a ridge over 6,000 feet high.

With the exception of nearby neighbors who come to escape the summer heat, most travellers don't seem to make it this far off the well-worn India travel route. I am so glad we did. Darjeeling is one of my favorite Indian cities. The air is crisp, the people are wonderful, the surroundings clean and green. The alpine scenery is stunning - with the star being Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. When the clouds play hide and seek with Kanchenjunga, it's almost mystical.

There is also something tranquil about Darjeeling. Maybe it comes from all the colorful monasteries or maybe it's the pace of life. Whatever it is, it's definitely a little piece of heaven in India!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Stunning scenery, warm & wonderful people
  • Cons:Takes some doing to get here!
  • In a nutshell:Would love to go back during a different season of the year
  • Intro Updated Jul 22, 2010
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  • anilpradhanshillong's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Wonderful page. Delightful read! Going there - for the umpteenth time - next week. Will try out 'Hasty Tasty'.

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Thought I'd take a little look at India now....a good way to escape the snow that's flying outside LOL.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    a most interesting page, even learned how to pick tea leaves. these monasteries are so ornate, would love to see them in real life. great reading, great travelogues.

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    saw you updating Darjeeling tips yesterday. one big trip to India's national park and sanctuaries will be my dream. or perhaps northeast will be good too :-) nice tips on this page.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Nice page! I like your frank assessment of the zoo--it would be heartbreaking to see the animals confined in such small areas. I'd rather the animals be free than see them so distressed & trapped. Just my viewpoint though.

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    A hyperlink in colour! There you go :) PJ


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