About Darjeeling (The gateway of North East India)
How to Reach Darjeeling By Air :
Nearest Airport is Bagdogra (90 kms) which has flights connecting to Calcutta, Delhi and Guwahati. Drive from Bagdogra airport to Darjeeling takes about 3½ hours. Airlines bookings can be made from Darjeeling. By Rail : Darjeeling Railway station is in Darjeeling town. Toy Train journey from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling takes about 8 hours. New Jalpaiguri is the major railway station (88 kms about 3 hours drive) which is connected to all the major cities in India. By Road : Darjeeling is connected via road with siliguri, bagdogra - 90 Kms, New Jalpaiguri Ralilway Station(NJP) - 88 Km Darjeeling .
Queen of Hills:
An Introduction Darjeeling, the enchanting town, also known as the “Queen of Hills” lies nestled in the grandeur of the snow-capped mountains and lush green tea gardens. A holiday resort during the British rule, this town still exudes its past grandeur, charm and majesty, attracting a lot of visitors. Tucked away in the Himalayas, south of the state of Sikkim, Darjeeling at an altitude of almost 7000ft is situated in West Bengal, sharing its border with Sikkim in the north, Nepal in the west and Bhutan in the east. Darjeeling derives its name from the local Tibetan name ‘Dorjee-ling’, meaning ‘Place of the Thunderbolt’. Kalimpong is a small sleepy hill resort at an altitude of about 4000 ft and is cradled on a saddle between the Durpin Hill and Deolo Hill. Kalimpong meaning ‘Fort of the King’s Minister’ was once the hub of the trade of India with Tibet, but now attracts a lot of visitors looking for a quiet holiday. Darjeeling internationally acclaimed as one of the best hill resorts is also a paradise for trekkers and adventure seekers.
Point Of Attraction:
Trekking in Darjeeling is an experience which no lover of nature should miss. It takes one to places where nature is yet in her premival majesty. It brings one face to face with sublime grandeur of the Himalayas. The region abounds in rhododendrons, magnolias, primulas, orchids and ferns of numerous varieties. About six hundred different species of birds inhabit the green forest on the slopes of the mountains. Another story says that the Tibetan monks built a monastery atop the Observatory Hill in 1763. The name of the chief monk of the monastery was Rinzing Dorji Legden La. The Tibetans named the place after him... Dorji-Ling meaning 'Place of Dorji', and hence the name Darjeeling. In Sanskrit, the word "Durjay Ling" means "Shiva of invincible prowess who rules the Himalayas." The name Darjeeling could have also been derived from this. Location of Darjeeling Darjeeling is part of the state of West Bengal in India and located at the northern part of the state. The red marker in the map shows the location of Darjeeling town. You can expand the map and take a closer look of the place. If you are looking for the coordinates (i.e. Latitude and Longitude) of Darjeeling, it is: 27°3'N 88°16'E. As you can see in the map, geographically Darjeeling is bounded on its north by the state of Sikkim, on its east by Bhutan and on its west by Nepal. It's standing on a narrow ridge that juts out to the vast basin of the grand Himalayas. From a vantage point in Darjeeling, you get the best views of Himalayan snow peaks towards north and north east. Area and Altitude of Darjeeling Darjeeling is actually a widespread district although the popular Darjeeling hill town is the nucleus of the place. While the hill town is quite small (about 4 square miles or 10.4 square kilometers), the district spans across some 1,215 square miles of area (i.e. about 3,149 square kilometers). The district includes the town of Darjeeling, Kurseong subdivision, Kalimpong subdivision, Mirik and the terai region (lower plains) among other areas. But commonly by 'Darjeeling', one means the Darjeeling hill town. The average altitude of Darjeeling Town is 6,710 ft (i.e. about 2,045 meters). However while approaching Darjeeling by road or toy train, you will need to cross the highest point of the route at Ghoom (7407 ft or 2226 meters). However the highest point or the summit in the whole of Darjeeling district is Sandakphu (close to 12,000 ft) which also happens to be the highest altitude point in the whole of West Bengal. How Darjeeling town is laid out The layout of Darjeeling town can be visualized as having three landing areas or levels. And each level is connected to the other by steep narrow roads. Chowrasta Mall which is often known as the Town Center, is located at the top level. The top level is therefore the most coveted area for the tourists. This is where most popular hotels, restaurants and shops are located. You won't get a 3D map of a place, so it may be a bit difficult to comprehend the levels. However in Darjeeling Map, you can see the Mall and the surrounding area. The top level is essentially the whole of Nehru Road which leads up to the Mall, the Mall Road itself, and a part of Gandhi road.
The area is always crowded and humming with locals comprising mostly of Nepalese, Tibetans, Lepchas and Bhutias. Towards south the area extends up to the Darjeeling Station and towards north up to North Point (St Joseph's College) and Lebong. You will get several budget hotels in this area although none can actually offer good views of the peaks. From the lowest level you can walk up to the top level, it takes about 30 minutes of tedious uphill walk.
More about Darjeeling:
Weather in Darjeeling Weather comes with different faces in Darjeeling and each has its unique charm. But one thing which the place offers consistently is respite from the heat and dust. Summer is pleasant, while winter is cold but offers great visibility and monsoon comes with lots of rains, mist & fog. How to reach Darjeeling Many who come from outside West Bengal wonder if Darjeeling has an airport or a railway station by itself. While Darjeeling does have a small railway station for narrow gauge toy trains, those mountain trains only operate between New Jalpaiguri (the nearest major railway station) and Darjeeling. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra. So even after you reach the nearest railway station or the airport, there is still some distance (about 90kms uphill road route) to cover to reach Darjeeling. History & Development of Darjeeling History of Darjeeling dates back to 1700s when it was part of Sikkim under the Raja. It was later taken over by the Gorkhas from Nepal. The Britsh restored Sikkim from the Nepalese in early 1800s and carved Darjeeling out of Sikkim to create a sanitarium (or a health resort) for the British troops and Europeans. But the real development of the area started only in 1866 when Darjeeling made steady progress in the area of agriculture, communication, education and power