Darjeeling is one of the popular tourism spots famous for its tea gardens and scenic beauty. It is considered to be the “Queen of the Hills” in India. The place is remarkable for its natural beauty and is an ideal destination for the tourist to be in harmony with the nature. The name Darjeeling has been derived from the local Tibetan name ‘Dorjee-ling’, meaning ‘Place of the Thunderbolt’. The place is known as one of the best hill resorts and is also bliss for trekkers and adventure seekers. About six hundred different species of birds inhabit the green forest on the slopes of the mountains.
Dhoom Gompa, Darjeeling:
Dhoom Gompa, where beautiful statue of the Maitrayie Buddha was established is 8 kms from Darjeeling. The Monastery has also conserved some of the exceptional handwritten Buddhist manuscripts.
The Mall is one of the famous commercial streets in Darjeeling, where Tibetans sell hand-knitted sweaters. Photo shops have turn-of-the-century photos specializing in hand-painted black and white prints with glowing oil colors.
Chowrasta is a store of commercial activity. The Mall leads to Chaurasta, which is the heart of Victorian Darjeeling. Hotels, restaurants and shops brush against each other. Woolen garments, tribal ornaments, thankas, rosaries, brass statuettes and gorkha daggers, Foreign goods and
Local handicrafts are kept for sale.
Obeservatory Hill is one of the oldest sites in Darjeeling also known as “Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan”. Red Hat Buddhist Monastery called Dorje Ling, or 'place of the Thunderbolt', stood at this spot and now, the Shivas and Buddhists share the temple.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute:
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was created by late Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who conquered Mt Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953. The equipment’s they used during climbing are kept on display. There is also a zoological garden nearby which is home to the wildlife such as yaks, Siberian tigers and red pandas.
Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway:
Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway is located about 3-km from the town and is the first passenger ropeway in India. You need to contact officer in-charge, Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Ropeway Station, North Point, Darjeeling for the reservation. Taxi share service is also available from Market Motor and Taxi Stand is to the Ropeway Station.
Tibetan Refuge Camp:
There are many interesting destinations in and around Darjeeling and the Tibetan Refugee Camp help organization produce traditional artifacts, jewelry and carpets for tourist consumption.
Lloyd's Botanical Garden:
A fine collection of Himalayan fauna is available at Lloyd's Botanical Garden for those tourist who have interest and there is horseracing at Lebong, which is the smallest and highest racecourse in the world.
Tiger Hill is internationally acclaimed for the magnificent view of the sunrise over "Kanchenjunga" and is located 13-km from the town. Mount Everest, the world's highest peak is also visible from here.
Phalut & Sandakphu:
The smallest-trip of Phalut and Sandakphu will get one within reach of the high peaks. While traveling one can explore Giant flowering Rhododendron trees, pointillism of reds pinks and whites Dwarfs. One is surrounded by skeletal trees devoid of leaves, on attaining heights of over 3,048m.
One can purchase foreign goods at reasonable prices, and also view wildlife in Pashupati on the Nepal border. The market is filled with traditional Tibetan medicine, spices, musk, wool and silk and for the adventure lovers we hire some ponies and a crew and take to the hills.
Kurseong lies in the middle of Siliguri and Darjeeling and the route is opened throughout the year. The place is beautiful and is full of natural beauties.
Mirik is one of the beautiful hill stations being developed in the mountains. It is 52-km from Siliguri is surrounded by tea estates, orange orchards and cardamom plantations. Batasia Loop, is a railway loop which is an interesting example of engineering, as the toy train takes a very unique turn here. You can also buy purses, bags and other decorative items made by the local women at very reasonable price.
Natural History Museum, Darjeeling:
The travelers who love history it is one of the greatest place to be. The museum was established in the year 1903 and has a collection of 4300 specimen. Also, the museum has estuarine crocodiles and a good collection of butterflies. The mineral forms of various stones are also displayed in an attractive manner.
Kanchenjunga View, Darjeeling:
One can enjoy the view of the world’s third highest peak from Darjeeling. The Chowrasta provides a good sight to the Kanchenjunga peak and Bhan Bhakta Sarani provides one of the enthralling views of these snow capped peaks.
Darjeeling Zoological Gardens:
This zoological garden of Darjeeling is a home to some of the rare species of animals and bird and is located 2 kms from the main town. It is only zoo in India having the Siberian Tigers and rare Red Panda. The Snow Leopards, Great Grey Birds, Snow Yaks are also found in the garden and are source of attraction.
There are temples and monasteries on these hills, which are blessings for the Hindus and the Buddhists. It is also provides breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga peaks. The Kali temple on the hills is decorated with the colorful flags.
Bhutia Busty Monasteries:
The monastery follows the Vajrayana School of both Kargyud and Nijingmapa order, known as red hat and was founded in the year 1879.
Samten Choling Monasteries:
These monasteries belong to the Gelukpa sect of Vajrayana Buddhism, also known as the yellow hat. In memory of Lama Anagarika Govinda, a great scholar from Germany a 26 ft. tall stupa was built recently.