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Darjeeling

Darjeeling

Weather

Summer: During summers, the temperature here remains relatively pleasant at around 25°C.This is also the busiest time of the year as the town receives maximum number of tourists.


 


Winter: Winter falls between November and January. During winters, temperatures drop from 5°C to 7°C on an average and it can even go down upto -2 degree Celsius. There is little to no snowfall.


 


Spring: Spring Season is very distinct in Darjeeling. The place looks more beautiful in spring (February-March) and the climate is moderate.


 


Monsoon: Monsoon (July-August) is a season to be avoided as there will be heavy torrential rains lashing the entire town often blocking the roads.


 


Best time to Visit: The best time to visit Darjeeling is the summer months which usually starts from the month of April and extends till the end of June. Spring is also an ideal time.  

How To Reach

By Road:

Regular bus services are available from Kolkata to Darjeeling. The distance between Kolkatta and Darjeeling is 624 kms. Buses regularly connect Darjeeling with Siliguri also. 


By Air:

Direct flights are available to Darjeeling from other North Indian cities like Kolkata, Guwahati and Delhi. The Bagdogra Airport located almost 96 km away from Darjeeling, close to Siliguri also has international flights heading for Bangkok and Paro.



By Rail:

There are many trains connecting Darjeeling to Delhi, Kolkatta and othet major cities of North India. New Jalpaiguri is the nearest station from where you hire a cab or a toy train of Himalayan Railways.


Overview

Darjeeling is a bustling hill station in the northern part of West Bengal. Darjeeling was considered as the summer capital of West Bengal since the British days in India.  There is no doubt that Darjeeling is one of the most beautiful places in the Indian subcontinent. Located close to Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, Darjeeling is one of the most preferred tourist spots especially in the summer months.

 

Visitors come to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and cool climate. The calm and serene atmosphere of the region away from the bustles is another major draw. The imposing hills, gorgeous lakes, sparkling waterfalls and thick green foliage in Darjeeling are not to be missed. The natives of Darjeeling are very friendly and will do their best to make the travellers feel comfortable. This hospitality can be very well felt as you step into the place.

 

The influence of the colonial era can still be seen every where in Darjeeling. The lifestyle of the region too is a result of this blend of many diverse cultures. There are many Tibetan refugees, locals from the neighbouring country of Nepal and even some from Bihar in Darjeeling, lending it a mixed culture.

 

Darjeeling is also a trekker’s paradise. The hills of Darjeeling have been attracting many adventure loving tourists who love to trek and enjoy the breathtaking views of the two majestic mountains- Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga.

 

Darjeeling is equally famous for its tea plantations and flower gardens. Tea plantations and tourism rules the economy of the state. Darjeeling cuisine is an eclectic mix of Indian, Tibetian and Western. Shopping in Darjeeling is also a unique experience as there are many malls as well as antique shops. Darjeeling is famous for its clothes and accessories which are sold at economical rates.