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Darjeeling, the Queen of Hills, is a world famous tourist destination in the state of West Bengal, India. Nestled among the lower Himalayas, it is known for its raw and captivating natural beauty and excellent quality of tea it produces; Darjeeling tea is aptly titled as the ‘champagne of tea’ for its exquisite flavor and taste. It is also famous for the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is lovingly called the ‘Toy-Train’ – a favorite among tourists.
Darjeeling is the headquarters of the district consisting of five sub-divisions: Darjeeling town, Siliguri, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Islampur. Darjeeling in the past was under the rule of the erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim, which was leased to the British East India Company and was converted into a beautiful hill station and became a favorite among holiday makers. Darjeeling is a name of Tibetan origin, which means the “Land of the Thunderbolt”.
The hill town of Darjeeling is situated at an altitude of 7,000 ft and enjoys a temperate climate with a maximum of 25 degrees in summer and 5 degrees in winter; however, in severe climates the temperature can go down the zero mark.
Apart from scenic locales and alpine landscape covered with poplar, pine, birch and oak trees; beautified with rhododendrons and rare orchids; and exciting trekking trails among the Singalila Ridges, Darjeeling provides spell binding views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Everest. Darjeeling is an exciting mix of the ancient and modern; west and the east. While the western influence can be seen its British architecture, rock music and western attires; the influence of its roots can be witnessed in the numerous rituals, traditions and food of the people.
Darjeeling is located at a distance of 80 km from Siliguri by road; nearest railway station is located at NJP at 85 km; nearest airport is Bagdogra which is located 90 km from Darjeeling town.