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Exploring Darjeeling!

After you are done exploring the queen of the hills and want to deviate a little off the beaten track, there are plenty of places to visit near Darjeeling which are even more beautiful and less-crowded. From spending a tranquil day by the lakeside in Mirik and strolling under the shade of soaring pine trees in Takdah to exploring the picturesque hill towns of Siliguri, Kalimpong and Kurseong, these places around Darjeeling promise experiences that will appeal to all kinds of travellers. Here is a list of five such places you can plan short trips to, while you’re in Darjeeling. 

If you are feeling cold, a cup of tea can warm you!! Feeling too exhausted, a cup of tea can cool down things!! Feeling depressed, a cup of tea can cheer you up!! Too much excitement, a cup of tea can calm things!! Now, you might be wondering why the hell I am putting quotes on tea when the blog post is on Darjeeling trip !! Darjeeling is one of the most famous tea producers in the world. In fact, Tea is like ‘love in the air’ of Darjeeling. And I am not joking; you don’t need to drink tea to freshen up, just breathe and it’s done. Ha-ha!!! A few decades ago, Darjeeling was just a cluster of villages which was administered jointly by Nepal and Sikkim. Looking at its favorable climatic conditions for tea plantation, British established a hill station after leasing it from the Chogyal of Sikkim. Subsequently, Darjeeling became a well-known new British settlement and trading point for tea.

Most of the must-see places are easily accessible on foot. For visiting the Himalayan Zoo and the Mountaineering Institute , you can either take a taxi or either walk which would take around 30 min. Tiger Hill is about 20 km from the central city and you can get a shared taxi from Chowrastha.

A town in lesser Himalayas, Darjeeling stands proud as its gateway. To a backpacker’s delight, nature lover, mountaineer’s wish, honeymooner’s dream, photographer’s shot – Darjeeling has something to offer for everyone. Powerfully attracting visitors with its green tea fields on one side against the white majestic snow-capped peaks on the other, Darjeeling’s panoramas are just breathtaking. Now to end all your anxiety about what the hill station has on offer for you, let me put some light on Darjeeling must see places if you are in this grand city.

Located at the highest point in Darjeeling area, Tiger Hill enriches us with some dazzling sunrise view of the Kanchenjunga and the snow-covered peaks of the entire eastern Himalayan range. Tiger Hill is one of the two points in India from where you can capture the whole panorama between Mount Everest and Kanchendzonga along with other peaks like the Rathong, Kabru, and Kokhtang. Your Darjeeling trip would be incomplete if you miss watching the sunrise from Tiger Hill. Shared taxis are available at around 4 am in the main market area. 

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