Darjeeling, the Queen of Hills is a charming old Victorian town in West Bengal. Surrounded by tea gardens with Himalayan mountains in the background, Darjeeling is as picturesque hill resort as one can imagine. The town is as rich culturally as it is naturally. The Victorian style town reflects the days of British rule in India. The town is full of colonial style buildings and churches.
After the Independence, Darjeeling became shelter to Tibetans, brutally assaulted by the Chinese. Today Darjeeling has become home to Tibetans community who have blend their culture in the city with several Buddhist monasteries. The city also has some influence of Hinduism with several Hindu temples. This unique cultural diverseness lure millions of tourists to travel Darjeeling.
Today Darjeeling is world-renowned tourist destination. Its rich cultural diverseness attracts foreign tourists while domestic tourists enjoy summer breaks in the hill station. Darjeeling is important center of adventure tourism in India. The town is delight for trekkers. There are several trekking trails like Sandakphu and Phalut trek that throws some challenge to adventure lovers. White Water rafting and Mountain Biking are also popular adventure sports in Darjeeling.
Mountaineering Institute - The institute was started by the late Tenzing Norgay. He along
with Sir Edmund Hillary were the first men to climb Mount Everest.
Tiger Hill -The hill is the highest point in Darjeeling that offers breathtaking views of Mount Kanchenjunga during the sunrise. Tiger Hill is located 14km from Darjeeling. For best views take a shared taxi around 4am in the morning to reach Tiger Hill.
Japanese Peace Pagoda - One of the may Buddhist monasteries in Darjeeling, Japanese Peace Pagoda is part of 30 pagodas built all around the world.
Observatory Hill - According to the legend once Red Hat Buddhist Monastery stood at this very spot until Nepali people destroyed it in 19th century. Observatory Hill is one of the oldest sites in Darjeeling.
Bhutia Busty Gompa - With Mount Kanchenjunga in the backdrop, Bhutia Busty Gompa once stood at Observatory hill. There is a library inside the Gompa that contains some very old Buddhist texts.
Aloobari Gompa - is ideal place for some shopping. The monks at the Aloobari Gompa sell religious accessories.
Rock Garden - A very beautiful garden with small waterfall and several varieties of flowers. Rock Garden is a nice picnic spot.