Draped over a steep mountain ridge, surrounded by tea plantations and backed by a fabulous Himalayan vista, the exemplary hill station of Darjeeling is undoubtedly West Bengal’s ace.
Explore the colonial mansions and churches, botanical gardens, Buddhist and Hindu temples, and a zoo for Himalayan fauna, when you are not gazing at the magnificent Khangchunga.
The steep narrow streets are bustling with people, vibrant souvenir and handicraft shops, and a good steaming brew with scrumptious Indian and Tibetan food are always near. For the adventure seekers, maps of Darjeeling offer stupendous treks that trace the ancient trade routes and present splendid viewpoints.
Even though Darjeeling is welcoming all round the year, yet the best months to tread Darjeeling maps India is October and November (post monsoon) and March to May (during spring) filling the skies with hues of blues and crystal clear sunlight, pleasant temperatures and astounding landscapes.
India Darjeeling map is reached by air and land transports including the humble feet.
A small gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Toy Train covers a distance of 86 kilometres within 8 hours. Slithering through valleys, gorges and lush green landscapes, the journey on the toy train ends at Darjeeling. Since it brings out the raw beauty of this hill station, it is the top-favourite amongst tourists.
The Himalayan Toy Train is today, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and therefore available only for Joy Ride, which initiates from Darjeeling and ends in Ghoom.
Shared taxis, personal taxis, bus are other well-used mode of transports in Darjeeling. For steep and hilly terrains, it is best to use the services of your humble feet.
Darjeeling cultural heritage is a mix of Tibetans and Nepalese, and this can be seen in Darjeeling’s gourmet, arts & crafts, music and lifestyle.
Travel map of Darjeeling offers several tourists attractions that leave the vacationers mesmerised.
The Himalayan zoo offers varied species of fauna and the chief attractions are Himalayan royal tigers “Bengal”, black bear and snow leopard, Siberian tiger and Red Panda.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is another popular attraction on Darjeeling tourist map. Equipments and tools used by the first mountaineers- Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, to reach the summit of Mount Everest, are at display here.
In addition to the aforementioned places, maps of Darjeeling offer Lloyds Botanical Garden, Darjeeling Museum, Japanese Temple, Observatory Hills, GangaMaiya Park, yea-estate “Happy Valley”, Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop and Dali Monasteries.
These places on travel map of Darjeeling along with a visit to neighbouring areas, makes the trip to North East India a truly memorable experience.