The Queen of Hills is another game given to Darjeeling. It lies on foothills of Himalayas. Darjeeling Tea is among the top most popular Black tea in the world. The mesmerizing view provided to Kanchenjunga is very popular as well as the main attraction of the tourist spot. The Darjeeling was earlier used as a hill station by the British to escape the heat, summer on the plains. Darjeeling temperature is similar to weather conditions in Europe, which made it popular among officials of East India Company.
Best Time to visit Darjeeling
The most ideal time to visit Darjeeling is from April to June. The maximum temperature of 25°C with bright sunlight during the day and cool breeze during evening make an ideal situation for Darjeeling Tourism as it amidst the majestic view. The time is ideal for sightseeing as well as tourist activities.
July to September may not be ideal as Darjeeling experiences heavy rainfall but some who like the greenery and rain can come to enjoy it. The greenery calls for photographic shots. Though in the month of September there’s low rainfall and the greenery remains the same which is a good time.
October to March is cold in Darjeeling, not an ideal time to visit as its cold and temperature may fall up to -2℃ during December and January. This period is most popular among couples and the group of tourists who like off season, less congestion period to travel and enjoy. Due to fog and light rainfall, the sightseeing is not available. Which gets replaced by the Christmas menu and home made cookies. Some visit Tea gardens as they provide a beautiful view and chance to get fresh world famous Darjeeling tea.
The Darjeeling experience temperate climate with moderate rain in summer due to the arrival of monsoon. Then mean temperature of Darjeeling is 6℃ to 16℃. Darjeeling receives annual precipitation of 309 cm, the highest rainfall is in the month of July. During December and January there’s medium snowfall.
How to Reach
By Flight - The nearest airport from Darjeeling is Bagdogra Airport (IATA: IXB, ICAO: VEBD) which is 67.1 km. Direct flight, as well as every alternate day flights, are available from major cities in India. International flights are not available directly but connected International flights are available. Taxi, Cab service is readily available for pickup and drop.
By Train - Narrow gauge line is spread from Darjeeling to New Jalpaiguri also known as Toy Train line, The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 by UNESCO.New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is Biggest Railway station from where daily, alternate day train is available across major train stations in India.73.8 km away from Darjeeling. Taxi and Cab services are available 27*7.
By Road - The NBSTC runs daily Bus from Siliguri to Darjeeling via National Highway 10 and Kurseong road.Prepaid, as well as shared taxis are available from Siliguri Bus station,Hill cart Road and Railway station. Buses are only available from Bus station, first come first serve basis no reservations available.