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Darjeeling

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Introduction

The Victorian holiday resort of Darjeeling is a premier hill station and a major tea-growing centre in the north of West Bengal state, near Sikkim.

Darjeeling has a considerable Tibetan presence and astonishing views of Kanchenjunga Mountain, the third highest in the world; naturally, trekking is a popular pastime in the area and it is possible to attempt the outstanding hike to Sandakphu from September to November in order to see Everest.

The best way to reach Darjeeling is with a flight from Calcutta, capital of West Bengal state.

Hill Station

The heart of Darjeeling is surrounded by hillsides of thickly covered silver fir forests and terraced tea plantations; the town's beauty and riches have ensured its position as one of the finest hill stations to escape to when the summer heat becomes too intense.

Darjeeling was for a time the most glamorous and far-flung outpost of the British Empire, attracting adventurers and socialites alike and still retains an air of distinction.

Tea Plantations

Darjeeling's delicate teas are considered among the finest in the world.

The region's black teas are prized throughout the world, especially in Britain, and are normally produced from the China Jat, China Hybrid and Hyrid Assam varieties. However, Darjeeling oolong, green and white teas are increasingly being produced by estates.

Tiger Hill

Packed vehicles leave the Clubside in Darjeeling each morning for the 12-km drive to Tiger Hill to watch the incredible sunrises.

The incredible viewpoint on the Singalila Range has unmatched 360-degree panoramas of the Himalayas and regularly attracts a pre-dawn mass exodus from Darjeeling.

Ghoom Monastery

A trip to Tiger Hill is best combined with a visit to Ghoom, with its many interesting old monasteries.

The most important and venerated of these is Yiga-Choling Gompa, or Old Ghoom Monastery. This Yellow-Hat Buddhist Monastery was built in 1850 by Sharap Gyatso and houses famous Buddhist scriptures.

Ghoom can also be reached via the steam-powered Toy Train.

Top itineraries in Darjeeling

Hill Stations & Tea Plantations

12-day tailor-made journey from £3,680 pp incl. flights

This luxury holiday takes you to the beautiful hill stations in the Eastern Himalayas, and to Darjeeling where you'll learn about tea production

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Top places to stay in Darjeeling

Elgin Mount Pandim, Sikkim

Traditional hotel

Past the tea plantations, high up in the Himalayas, this stunning hotel lies on an eight-acre hillside estate with fabulous views. Built by local royalty, the hotel continues to be recognised for its fine features, décor that is decidedly on the decadent side and perfectly landscaped gardens.

Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling

Historic hotel

Glenburn Tea Estate is a plantation retreat located in Darjeeling, which offers tea-tasting tours, and fantastic Himalayan views

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