Today, let’s talk a bit one of the most popular hill stations in India – Darjeeling.
Yes, Darjeeling, that place, which is a perfect abode for the snow-capped mountains, mighty Himalayan ranges, winding walking tracks, valleys, monastery, momos, tea plantations, and toy train. Amidst the green hills, the serene vegetation and scenic vistas guarantee a vacation to cherish forever. With this post let’s check out what more fun things can be done while holidaying in Bengal’s favorite summer getaway!
1. Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park
If you are willing to unleash the beauty of the most exquisite and rare flora and fauna then you must visit Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park. It is situated downslope from the Jawahar Road, and today this zoological park is home of the largest population of snow leopards in India. Sounds enticing?
Then don’t forget to visit this place, when you plan your next trip to Darjeeling.
Opening hours- 8:30 am to 4 pm
Entry fee- INR 20 for domestic and INR 50 for others
2. Batasia Loop
This specific area below Ghum holds spiral railway tracks through a tunnel over a summit. Something which excites the tourists more here is the panoramic view offered by this place and is a nicely decorated garden area that offers a perfect retreat. It is the wide expanse of planned greenery that makes Batasia Loop one of the famous tourist places in Darjeeling.
Opening hour- You can go there throughout the day
3. Rock Garden
Calling it the ever-lasting beauty in Darjeeling, would not be wrong and this very Rock Garden is the famous tourist spot of Darjeeling. Although it is the man-made rocky garden enriched with flora, waterfalls, and bridges, yet carved out so smartly, that leave you gaping. You can do plenty of activities to do over a wide expanse; this park is a popular tourist place in Darjeeling. So, if you are visiting Darjeeling with your family, don’t forget to visit this garden.
Opening hours- 8 am to 5 pm
Entry fee- Free
4. Tiger Hill
Eventually, it is one of the best tourist places in Darjeeling and completes your trip. It is the perfect destination for the nature lovers, you can relish the charisma of this place by climbing the hills to witness the first rays of the Sun on Mt Everest. Also, a drive taken to Tiger Hill before sunset can take you to some different world.
Don’t forget to fix your camera settings and shutter speed for capturing that mesmerizing aura because it happens with a blink of an eye. Also, you can enjoy the spectacular sunrise and spot different peaks through a telescope at from Tiger Hill view tower.
Opening hours- Dawn till sunset
5. Peace Pagoda
This place as the name suggests reflects the four avatars of Lord Buddha and is a sacred place. It is located next to Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple. The reason it attracts people from all religion is due to the spiritual serenity and love it spreads. You can practice meditating here and experience a different world around you.
Opening hours- 4:30 am to 7 pm
Entry fee- Free
6. Singalila National Park
Located in the Darjeeling district, Singalila National Park is eye-candy for nature and wildlife lovers. Its location is placed at an altitude of 7000 ft above sea level, making it the highest national park in West Bengal with rhododendron forests and greenery. You can experience mesmerizing views of Singalila Mountain Range and engaging panoramas of the Himalayas from Nepal to Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, up to Bhutan.
Entry Fee- INR 100
Timings- 6 AM – 7 PM
7. Himalayan Railway Station
The highly popular toy train is the best attraction to visit this place. You can enjoy the toy train that starts from New Jalpaiguri and terminates at Darjeeling. This station is situated in the lap of Himalaya is a picturesque destination. A UNESCO world heritage site, this railway station has been used for filming several documentaries and movies.
8. Ghoom Monastery
This place is also known as Yiga Choeling Monastery, and needless to mention but it is a popular destination among the tourist places in Darjeeling. It is located downslope of Ghoom Railway station. This monastery is one of the oldest in the region and reflects the ancient glory of Buddhist culture.
Opening hours- 12:00 am to 12:00 pm
Entry fee- Free
9. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
Indeed, this very place is the reason behind people to visit Darjeeling, every hour you can see here, the ambitious mountaineers and amateurs coming to this place to take training and get themselves fit for the mountains. It is recognized as one of the best mountaineering institutes in India. Also, something which makes it worth to give a try for is its captivating backdrop perched on a mountaintop.
Entry Fee- INR 40 for adults, INR 10 for camera
Timings- 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Closed on Tuesdays
10. Nightingale Park
Tourists love to take a stroll in the Nightingale Park and inhale the refreshing mountain air while you get to enjoy scenic mountain views. If you are really looking forward to spending some time amidst nature, then this place is the perfect destination for you.
Entry Fee- INR 10 for adults
Timings- 7 AM – 8 PM
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