8 Best Things to do in Darjeeling, The Queen of Hills

Updated: Jun 17, 2020

Green hills and town view of Darjeeling
Credits: Michael Janich

Tired of your banal 9-5 routine? Do you often feel restive and tied to the shackles of mundane life? Then, Darjeeling is the ideal place for you to unwind, relax, and reconnect with your lost true inner-self.

This Hill Station nestled in the foothills of the Lower Himalayas, West Bengal, bears testimony to its majestic history. The once summer capital of the Bengal Presidency is now a tourist paradise. It would be blasphemous not to talk about the world-renowned palatable 'Darjeeling Tea' while referencing Darjeeling, or Wes Anderson's famous 2007 movie 'The Darjeeling Limited'. This is a perfect destination to visit once restrictions are relaxed for travel, as it is the perfect medley of culture, nature, and fun.

The best time to visit Darjeeling is from November to May. The Bagdogra International Airport in Siliguri is the nearest airport to Darjeeling, which offers a pre-paid cab facility for the tourists to reach Darjeeling. New Jalpaiguri is the nearest major railway station and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, connects New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling. Trains also ply from Sealdah and Howrah stations to Darjeeling. Do not miss out on embarking a road trip along the meandering hill path from Siliguri to Darjeeling. The prospect of a 4-5 hour journey may seem excruciating, but plug in your favorite playlist, enjoy the bounties of nature, and once you reach the destination, you will be forced to think otherwise!