Darjeeling in West Bengal is one of the most popular hill stations in India. This quaint hilly town is situated in the lesser Himalayan ranges at an altitude of 2,042 meters above sea level. Nestled in between the hills and floating clouds, Darjeeling has some of the best panoramic views. With a backdrop of snow covered mountain peaks, the hill slopes are covered with lush green tea plantations all around this region.
The pleasant and cool climate of this region makes Darjeeling a favorite holiday destination for many people. The hill station has been popular since the times of the British era, when the English officials would spend their summers here to escape from the hot climate of the mainland regions of this country. Even today, Darjeeling witnesses large numbers of tourists visiting this hill station during the summer months. During the winters also, many tourists visit in the hopes of experiencing a snowfall. Tourism plays a major part in the economy of this region. Resorts in Darjeeling can be found in every street of this town.
Darjeeling is famous among tourists for two things – a view of the Kanchenjunga peak and its charming tea gardens. The first commercial production of tea in the region was started in the early 1800s by the British officials. Today, the Darjeeling Tea is famous all over the world. Many tea lovers regard it as one of the finest brews of tea in the world. There are some tea estates in Darjeeling that have been producing tea for more than 100 years. To take advantage of the growing tourist numbers, many tea estates in the area have opened their gates for the tourist population. Guests who stay in these tea estate resorts are also free to roam around their adjoining tea gardens.
A visit to Darjeeling is incomplete without witnessing the early morning sunrise at Tiger Hill. The sun rises from behind the Kanchenjunga Mountain and as the sun ascends, the sky changes colors looking like a palette of bright red and orange hues. This sunrise experience is one of the must-do activities in a Darjeeling itinerary. The hill station also has some of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries that are popular sightseeing spots. The renowned toy train of Darjeeling, officially known as the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, is a UNESCO world heritage site. The Darjeeling zoo is also famous thanks to it being the largest high altitude zoo in India.
Tea estates in Darjeeling also have a certain attractive appeal for many tourists. For those who are looking to spend some quiet and peaceful time, these tea estate resorts give the perfect opportunity to its guests to cut off from the world. Most of the tea estates are located on the outskirts of the town, surrounded by tea plantations. The air is clean and pure. During the night, stars are clearly visible. The rooms are large and spacious, the windows overlooking the tea gardens with a straight view of the snow-clad mountains. These resorts in Darjeeling also allow guests a chance to participate in the activity of tea plucking. There is also complimentary tea tasting sessions. If a tourist wants to have the complete Darjeeling experience, a stay at a local tea estate resort is most ideal.