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Darjeeling Tours

Tour Overview

1. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

The story of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway dates back to the 1800's when Indian was under the British colonial rule. During those times, Darjeeling had become a well-known hill station and many Englishmen, mostly from Kolkata, would visit this hill station with their families. Consequently, the traffic in this part of the country increased significantly. This journey, from Kolkata to Darjeeling, was originally a long and tedious one, which took well over two weeks. Even after the development of some railway lines by the Eastern Bengal Railways and Northern Bengal Railways, the ascend to Darjeeling continued to remain a major problem.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway also referred to as the DHR, and lovingly called the 'Darjeeling Toy Train', is a 2 feet narrow gauge train that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling, in West Bengal, India.

The construction of this 88-kilometre long railway line took place between 1879 and 1881, and a ride on this train route has been a coveted experience ever since. A journey in the Darjeeling Toy Train has amazing sights with pleasing mountain views and pass by villages and local shops on the way, with children merrily waving at them. 

The construction of this 88-kilometre long railway line took place between 1879 and 1881, and a ride on this train route has been a coveted experience ever since. A journey in the Darjeeling Toy Train has amazing sights with pleasing mountain views and pass by villages and local shops on the way, with children merrily waving at them. 

2. Tiger Hill, Darjeeling

Lying at an altitude of 2590 meters and a distance of 13 kilometers away from the Darjeeling, Tiger Hill is most famous for its splendid sights of sunrise from where you can see the peaks of Kanchenjunga illuminate before the sun is seen at lower elevations. The magnificent view of snow-capped mountains sitting amidst cotton clouds attracts tourists to Tiger Hill from all over the country. Interestingly, this is also the summit of Ghoom, which is the highest railway station in the  a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The starting time from Darjeeling is 3.30 AM to reach tiger hill by 4.15 AM  The starting time becomes 4.15 AM in winters due to delayed sunrise time.  The roads get blocked by a convoy of jeeps and cars during the peak season. To get up to the sunrise spot, it requires a  short climb on foot from the parking spot. One can book a car or an Innova for INR 1200/ INR 1800 from a travel agency in the city or pay INR 200 per head.

3. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

Located in Darjeeling, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is recognized as one of the best mountaineering institutes in the world. Established on 4th November 1954, the primary purpose of this initiative was to encourage, enhance and support the interest of the people in the sport of mountaineering, and to channel the abundant energy of the youth into a productive and self-awarding sport. Aspiring mountaineers from all over the world come to this institute to develop their skills. Besides being one of the best mountaineering institutes in the world, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute has become a significant tourist attraction on account of its picturesque setting in the hill station of Darjeeling. The magnificent view of the 8586-meter high peak of Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, from this institute is genuinely mesmerizing.

In the field of adventure, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute aims at developing mountaineering as a sport of scientific and entrepreneurial pursuit. A mountaineer doesn't just climb mountains, he understands them. He feels the earth beneath his feet and pampers it. Mountaineering is a scientifically artful sport that needs intensive training and deliberate technique, and this is where this grand institute comes in. In the 63 years existence, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute has trained over 45000 students including 2500 aspirants from different countries of the globe. The thrill of mountaineering; of climbing snow clad mountains through the raw landscape in the midst of untouched nature is one that can't be expressed by mere words. This is an adventure of a lifetime and for a lifetime.

4. The Mahakal Mandir

Popularly called 'The Mahakal Mandir', the sanctity of this elevated abode of the Gods fills the air of Darjeeling with purity and peace. Serving as the panopticon, it overlooks as well as looks after this hill station, which has changed consistently over the years. Located at the highest crease of the Mall Road or the Chowrasta (as the locals prefer to call it) the way to the Mandir is roughly around a 15- 20 minute walk uphill (depending on how old your bones feel!). The walk is breathtakingly, and rightly so, beautiful. One can expect to be taken aback by the view of the Kanchenjunga mountains, the smell of wood and bhuttas (charred corn) and overwhelmingly friendly fellow pilgrims- humans and monkeys. On the way to the mandir, it is a common sight to find tourists chatting with the locals, momolas and popolas (grandmothers and grandfathers) pace faster than the youngsters and hear the call of the bells. With railings and bars ringed with prayer flags, brightly hued holy threads and khadas (holy white scarves), it is the vibrancy of this short journey that ceases to leave, though one might have left the destination. Prepare to be greeted by grand gates and entrances, deafening ringing of bells and trance-like rhythmic chants emerging out of every corner.

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