The pace of Darjeeling is as calming as the activity of lovingly plucking tea leaves. So be it witnessing the gorgeous sunrise bathing the twin peaks of Kanchenjunga on the Tiger hills or enjoying the Himalayan toy train ride, everything here is serenely slow and relaxing.
September to November is a great time to pay a visit to Darjeeling owing to the cool pleasant weather around this time of the year. The other great months to visit this hill station would be the months from March to May.
If you are a nature lover then Darjeeling is the right place for you. Darjeeling has a fine assortment of activities to reconnect with nature and enjoy its bounties. The Singalila National Park apart from its diverse wildlife has a bonus stunning view of the Himalayan Peaks.
The Padmaja Naidu Zoo is the only location in India boasting of housing Siberian tigers and other exotic animals like the Red Panda and Snow leopard also are sheltered here. You can also enjoy Darjeeling’s unique tea tourism on your stay.
You will be housed in a tea garden Bungalow and relax in the serenity of the tea garden and might I add attain Nirvana on the slopes of the Kanchenjunga! Here you can witness the tea manufacturing, the plucking of tea leaves and engage in activities like trekking, golfing and rafting.
Be sure to visit the Japanese Peace Pagoda and other monasteries of Darjeeling to get a taste of their culture. If you end up missing the city life and crave a bit of touristy shopping, then you have got traditional arts and crafts and of course tea to spend on.
With Tibet, Nepal, West Bengal and India melting together in the valleys of Darjeeling, the cuisine here has a touch of all the cultures it takes root from. So there is something for every palate here.
Be sure to try out the authentic Darjeeling momos. And it would be blasphemous if I spoke of Darjeeling cuisine without paying respect to the world famous tea. The Champagne of teas, as it is deservingly called, will cost you the earth but is well worth it. So maybe this holiday you splurge on the little goodness of life that is the Darjeeling tea.