Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a Himalayan city in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is internationally renowned as a tourist destination, along with its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is "hill town headquarters" of Darjeeling district with a partially autonomous status within the state of West Bengal. The town is located in the Mahabharat Range or Lesser Himalaya at an average elevation of 6,710 ft (2,050 m). The development of the town dates back to the mid-19th century, when the British set up a sanatorium and a military depot. Subsequently, extensive tea plantation was done in the region, and tea growers developed distinctive hybrids of black tea and created new fermenting techniques. The resultant distinctive Darjeeling tea is internationally recognized and ranks among the most popular of the black teas.[3] The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connects the town with the plains and has one of the few steam locomotives still in service in India. Darjeeling also has several British-style public schools, which attract students from throughout India and neighboring countries. The town, with its neighboring town of Kalimpong, was a center for the demand of the Gorkhaland
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In recent years. the town's fragile ecology has been threatened by a rising demand for environmental resources. The present movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland is also centered in Darjeeling town. At a Glance Darjeeling — Municipality — A view of Darjeeling from the Happy Valley Tea Estate. Page | 4 .movement in the 1980s. stemming from growing tourist traffic and poorly planned urbanization.

Hindi.08 sq mi) 2.000/sq mi) Languages Nepali. English IST (UTC+5:30) 734101 Page | 5 .57 km2 (4.000/km2 (32.Darjeeling Coordinates: 27°3′N 88°16′ECoordinates: 27°3′N 88°16′E Country State District • Chairman • Vice Chairman • Total Elevation • Total • Density • Local • Official Time zone PIN India West Bengal Darjeeling Government Amar Singh Rai Suk Bahadur Biswakarma Area 10. Tibetan.016 12. Bengali.050 m (6. Nepali. English[citation needed] Bengali.730 ft) Population (2011) 132.

org Transport The "Toy Train" approaching Darjeeling Darjeeling can be reached by the 88 km (55 mi) long Darjeeling Himalayan Railway from New Jalpaiguri.darjeelingmunicipali ty. or by National Highway 55.Telephone code Vehicle registration Lok Sabha constituency Vidhan Sabha constituency Website 0354 WB-76 WB-77 Darjeeling Darjeeling http://www. from Page | 6 .

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a 60 cm (24 in) narrowgauge railway that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999 for being "an outstanding example of the influence of an innovative transportation system on the social and economic development of a multi-cultural region.Siliguri. near Siliguri. Page | 7 . The nearest airport is in Bagdogra. Within the town. 77 km (48 mi) away. people usually traverse by walking. Gangtok and Kathmandu and the neighbouring towns of Kurseong and Kalimpong. It was proposed to be reopened in 2007. However. and finally opened in February 2012 By plane The nearest airport is Bagdogra. 96 km from Darjeeling. was closed in 2003 after an accident killed four tourists. which was to serve as a model for similar developments in many parts of the world". Residents also use bicycles. road and railway communications often get disrupted in the monsoons because of landslides. located 90 km (56 mi) from Darjeeling. The Darjeeling Ropeway. functional since 1968. becoming only the second railway in the world to have this honor. Bus services and hired vehicles connect Darjeeling with Siliguri and Darjeeling has road connections with Bagdogra. two-wheelers and hired taxis for travelling short distances.

IC 880 (Tu/Th/Sat) and IC 879 (Mon/Fri . runs budget flights to and from Bagdogra from Delhi.via Guwahati) Guwahati . India's largest airline.Air India (fomerly Indian Airlines). changing buses in Nepal.if you can find people to share it with you it will obviously be cheaper! They seem to charge an extra 170 rupees for a "big car". The most popular modes of transport are taxi (usually shared by three to four passengers).150/ to Rs. It is more expensive than organising your own transport but they make a concerted effort to look after you and will help you out if the situation becomes dicey (particularly with strikes in Nepal). You can take a prepaid taxi or shared jeep from Bagdogra to Darjeeling. despite their close proximity. One can catch a share jeep to Siliguri and a bus to the Nepalese border.Via Guwahati) and 9W 602 (Tu/Th/Sat/Sun) Guwahati 9W 601 (Mon/Wed/Fri) Kolkata 9W 617 (Daily) Spice Jet also operates flights from Kolkata & Delhi. has flights from: • • • Delhi . Druk Airways has also commenced direct flights to & from Paro as well as Bangkok.9W 601 (Mon/Wed/Fri . Getting to and from Nepal can be tricky. has flights from: • • • Delhi . By taxi/shared jeep Siliguri is the nearest town connected to the mainline rail network. Ample transport is available to Darjeeling from here. An air conditioned prepaid taxi will cost 2000 rupees (as of October 2012) .IC 721 (Tu/Th/Sat) Jet Airways. 2009 end. An alternative is that Juniper Tours and Travels .located just next to the clock tower in Darjeeling offer a service where a driver can take you across the border and drop you at the Bhadrapur airport in Nepal for your connecting flight to Kathmandu. Guwahati and Calcutta. The shared jeeps can be very uncomfortable as the ride is long and the roads are very poorly maintained. Page | 8 . twice a week for both destinations All other cities major cities can be accessed by taking a flight to Delhi/Kolkata and connecting. but the "small car" still seems to be a big SUV so this is probably a wrought. shared jeep (ten passengers) @Rs. Indigo has also started direct/indirect flights to & from Delhi and Guwahati since April.IC 879 (Mon/Fri) Kolkata . they cannot be recommended highly enough and this is unusual for India. a private airline. Air Deccan also known as Kingfisher red.200/ depends on time.

The prepaid counter will tell you that no jeeps are available. example of a hill passenger railway. They leave when full.It is now listed as a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. Direct trains to NJP run from Delhi (approx 27 hours) several times a day. twisty climb up to Darjeeling. and is still the most outstanding. Page | 9 . There is also a prepaid taxi stand in front of the train station. Rs. try to hire a Taxi/Jeep/Sumo with overhead carrier.200 per person.g.Shared jeeps depart regularly. Shared jeeps are almost as cheap. and faster. While going to Darjeeling from NJP. Tourists often opt to buy an extra seat or two to have more space for the 3 hour journey up to Darjeeling! Luggage is carried for free on the roof. Reserve cars are available from Kings Travels. Jeeps may stop for a snack and toilet break on the way up (normally a few km short of Kurseong). If you have arrived by train at NJP. known to all as the 'Toy Train' completes the journey to Darjeeling. Note that if you arrive too late for the jeep to make a return journey from Darjeeling. e. you can take a taxi or shared jeep to reach Darjeeling from the booking counter at the taxi stand in front of the railway station. The line has a series of zig zags and loops to gain height and runs straight up several village main streets! Trains depart NJP at 9AM and arrive in Darjeeling at 3:30. which has just arrived from Darjeeling. the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR). fast and reasonably comfortable way to get to Darjeeling. From there (NJP). so you'll have to find one via a fixer or by negotiating directly with drivers. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was the first.dial: 098304-28401/ 093319-39486 for tour purpose in Darjeeling. This route is very popular with tourists as it passes through some very picturesque mountain scenery and has been the subject of many romantic articles. and are a cheap. By bus There is a regular bus service from Silguri to Darjeeling. as this will be much cheaper if you hire a vehicle which is going directly from NJP to Darjeeling By train New Jalpaiguri (NJP) near Siliguri is the nearest station on the main inter-city line. If you are traveling from Kolkata (Sealdah Station) the best train for you will be Darjeeling Mail (circa 12 hours) running nightly at 10:05PM. you may end up paying more. they are quite slow due to the steep. Now the train is diesel hauled is reasonably reliable and punctual. from several locations around town. However.

(naveen). This institute was created by the late Tenzing Norgay. • Buddhist monasteries Japanese Peace Pagoda. This is still hauled by a steam engine and is one of the last 'day to day'/ordinary steam trains running anywhere in the world. Collect enough information if you are planning to reach Darjeeling by Toy Train. Animals seem to be treated well (particularly by developing country standards). All the equipments used in that climb are still a highlight in that institute. Rs100 for foreigners. The service may not be restored until 2013. Attractions Himalayan Mountaineering Institute(HMI). Strongly suggested you buy tickets for earlier train as the 2nd train rarely has enough people.NJP to Darjeeling Toy Train service is suspended after railway track damage due to recent earthquake. Enquire to Siliguri station. ☎ 09711100094. Rs10 per camera. A steam train also operates Siliguri to 'Agony Point' above Tindharia most Saturdays and Sundays. Constructed by the Japanese Buddhist Nipponzan-Myohoji Order.shares the premises of HMI). The steam 'Joy' train operates from Darjeeling to Ghoom round the famous Batasia Loop. Rs40 for Indians. There is also a daily 'School Train' that leaves Kurseong at 06:15 arriving Darjeeling at 08:45. IR keeps changing the times for it and it is notoriously unreliable often running hours late. Costs about INR 250 (First class)/ INR 50 (Second Seating). the one at Charlimont on the outskirts of Darjeeling was consecrated in 1992. A small temple just lies alongside. but some of the big cats don't look very happy in their small-ish cages. He was a Sherpa who climbed the Mount Everest on 29th of may 1953 with Sir Edmund Hillary. This is one of the most visited spot in Darjeeling. • Himalayan Zoo (Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park . It has a good collection of animals found in the Himalayan region. If you're woken up due to the sound of drumming in the streets of Darjeeling • • Page | 10 . This impressing building is part of a grid of around 30 pagodas spanning the whole globe. once or twice a day (10AM)&(1:40PM) – enquire at Darjeeling station. It leaves Darjeeling at 16:00 arriving Kurseong at 18:30. Ticket also includes entry to the HMI Museum.

Kanchengunga. The best time to visit the park is in the evenings. When getting into a taxi at 4AM keep in mind that they are shared taxis and your driver might wait around in vain for others to join your taxi causing you to miss the sunrise! Those travelling alone or as a couple might want to squeeze into an already occupied jeep to insure full viewing pleasure. You may also need to walk a lot to reach there via a stiff ascendent road. If you are late.m. and provisions for live-interactive entertainment. The park has recently been extensively re-developed. • Nightingale Park/Srubbery Park. Entrance fee is charged and nominal charges for photography may also be required to be made by the visitor.00 p. It is about 2-5 kms from Darjeeling Railway Station and walkable from the Chowrasta.per person).00 p. It is said that a Red Hat Buddhist Monastery stood at this very spot. Good spot for photographers. You may think alternative of Tiger-hill to see the sunlight magic on Kanchenjunga from this Park. and now comprises of a giant Statue of Lord Shiva. Batashiya Loop is bascally a place where the legendary toy train makes a loop. there is a Gorkha martyar memmorial here. • Observatory Hill: Observatory hill is the oldest site in Darjeeling.Ideal to visit early morning when the first rays of the sun kiss the Mt Kanchenjunga and give it a golden color. This place is not very crowded and you can enjoy your photography from here. Females can also get dressed in the local dress and take pictures. • Rock Garden. and closing time is 8. the best place you can find to stand inside or outside the observatory tower. • Batashiya Loop. The early you can reach. It is a beautiful park with a package of cultural program performed daily during the tourist season and its opening time is 4. nothing beats having view from open area as you can have a full paranomic view from outside avoiding crowd in the lounge.m. To visit the hill. if you go early in the morning (before 8 am) you can get the glimpse of a local crafts market here. There is also a landscaped park. one needs to get up at 3AM in the morning. Nice landscape is visible from this park • Entertainments Page | 11 .40/per person) and special lounge (Rs. Tiger Hill . This place has got varities of flowers landscaped in the rocks. you may find standing behind many people and a lot obstructions to feel the sunrise and magic lighting on Mt. This hill is also known as the “Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan” in local area.30/. Though it has executive lounge (Rs. which will provide much needed warmth on cold Darjeeling mornings.between 4 and 5AM: These are the monks (Theravada) of the Japanese temple having their early morning walk. a temple. You can taste some excellent tea on your way to the hill. Nepal people destroyed this monastery in the 19th century. Its a beautiful place with a small waterfall.

in early morning when visibility is good. Trekkers must pay a 100rp fee to enter the park. there are plenty of trek options along the Himalayan ridges on the Indo-Nepal border near Darjeeling. while others head further north for spectacular views from Sabarkum and Phalut. is visible for much of the trek. and finish in Rimbik for the last night. which serves as the trail-head. run by the Indian Railways. Makalu. Passports must be carried. Apart from sights within the town. Overnight lodging is done at assorted huts or simple guesthouses along the way. but because of the rain. and must hire a guide. one hour. and press on to Sandakphu for the 2nd night. adjacent to Nepalese border). This is the best way to explore the natural beauty of the Darjeeling.200 m (7. west of Darjeeling. Sandakphu at 3636 meters. • Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The ideal time to visit is April or May. is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow-gauge railway from Siliguri to Darjeeling in West Bengal. as the trek crosses briefly into Nepal. where various trekking companies make all of the arrangements. to the north. then back into India. A modern diesel engine is used for Darjeeling’s mail.Few locals can been found jogging here and offering prayers to various deities. 3 day trekkers turn aside and head downhill to Rimbik for their final night. clouds and fog it is less enjoyable anyway. For greater cash outlay. Singalila is a trekking destination in the far northwest corner of West Bengal state. Adventure lovers love to • Page | 12 . both for those seeking a lazy getaway from the hot plains. Darjeeling has many exciting tracks for the motor biking. most trekkers stay overnight in Gairbas or Kalipokhari. with one extra day's walking. or those pressed for time can hire a jeep as transport from Maneybhanjang to Sandakphu. nontrekkers. Be aware that from July to midSeptember the Singalia park is closed. Shruberry Health Club.. less visited but offers unique and charming views of Kanchenjunga. and hot meals are available at the same. and stay overnight to catch the sunrise views. then downhill for Raman. nicknamed the "Toy Train". Kanchenjunga. on the Nepalese border with Sikkim.218 ft) at Darjeeling. Usually the park is accessed from Maneybhanjang. Starting from Maneybhanjang. • Singalila National Park. as the temperature dips well below freezing most nights.. the world's 3rd highest peak. as well as nature enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies. The most popular one being the Singhalia Ridge Trail. etc. but Singalila can also be done in the fall. Porters can also be hired in Maneybhanjeng. and has plenty of options.Darjeeling is one of the oldest hill stations in India. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. after monsoon season. It is still powered by a steam engine. porters and accommodation on the trail can be made in Darjeeling or in the nearby town of Manebhanjang. Everest. Many trekkers sign up for a 3. is a favorite spot to view the high Himalayan peaks of LLotze. The elevation level is from about 100 m (328 ft) at Siliguri to about 2. Bookings for guides. where many trekkers finish up. It was built between 1879 and 1881 and is about 86 km (53 mi) long. in spring when the rhododendrons are in bloom. Mountain biking is an adventure and the best way to explore the beauty of any mountain or hilly area. (west of Darjeeling. approx. • Mountain Biking. Sleeping bags and layered warm clothing are a must. or 30 km. 5 or 6 day trek in Darjeeling. or from Bijanbari. The park can also be accessed from Rimbik.

The owner is rude towards Indians and they are frequently cold shouldered unlike the deep interest shown to foreign customers. which are very aromatic and have a delicate taste. miniature monasteries and garments made from yak wool.ride on these roads as they provide them the opportunities to explore the natural beauty at their own with some adventure and thrill. artificial jewellery. Handbags & junk jwellery. Prices labelled & reasonable. Stop by to smell the numerous varieties they have to offer. you can try some bargain if you really like a piece. paintings. etc. A must-visit for all objet-d'art lovers. statues in wood. leather goods & ethnic dresses & footwear. etc. When buying artifacts it is best to take a round and not to appear in a hurry.Darjeeling is a place where you can get variety of ladies hand bags and junk jwellery at an completely affordable price. However. furnishings. Local travel guides. Located inside the Rink Mall. • Page | 13 . • Oxford Bookshop. is more like a mini Alladin's cave. metal. Golden Tips & Nathmulls are especially known for their tea and also ship worldwide. Shops are located in and around the Rink Mall. Location: Rink Mall • Curio items pertaining to Tibetan and Himalayan cultures. Darjeeling is famous the world over for its teas. such as thangkas. dot the area in and around the Mall.This behaviour stems from the fact that the Indian tourists see through the sham of the mentioned shopkeeper. though surprisingly small. Chowrasta and Darjeeling Local Haat. Excellent selection of posters and cards depicting scenes of the Himalayas. • Das Studio. Chowrasta. Posters and picture postcards. You may try few other shops which are opposite the state bank of india and also below the mall. The most unique shop that perhaps has the most facinating & exotic collection of local oriental & Buddhist artefacts is located just opposite the General Post Office. Shops selling teas (usually owned by local tea gardens). Shopping Tea. Excellent selection of titles.. Ethic garments. The Mall. this place offers a plethora of handicrafts not only from in and around Darjeeling but several places across the country. Yes this is very true. • Hand Pick. chowrastha. thangkas. This place. Rajasthani decorware & gift ware. 'Darjeeling Tea House' located just diagonal to Nathmulls is also a good place to purchase tea. singing bowls. • Dorjee. and at the Chowrasta.

☎ 0354-2253251. The finest collection of Darjeeling Tea in loose (estate) & handcrafted Gift Packaging. Glenary's Bakery and Cafe. H. Green. Don't forget to try the chicken sausages and the chocolate milk shake.. Chowrasta. if you are planning to stay up late. situated just above the clocktower. tiny. 0830-2100. Lama road. A small but artistically designed hotel with lot of intersting painting.D. It is. • Hotel Lunar. "Momos". • Hot Stimulating Cafe. An excellent Tibetan place.Hotels Restaurants & Several eateries which dish out North Indian. is this lovely little cozy place with pictures of Bob Marley covering one whole wall. and the cook mastered both cuisines. Over 250 varieties . the ubiquitous Darjeeling cuppa. (Near the clock tower and the Dekeling Hotel). Flavored. Herb Teas. A good place for cakes. White.Visit with a bit time in your hand and enjoy the delicious food. • Keventers. For vegetarians good place to eat with North and South Indian dishes. on Hooker Road. a steamed Tibetan delicacy are a staple food offered by almost every eating joint. • Hotel Chanakya. however. The Mall. trekking along with you to some adventurous outings from Darjeeling. 51 Gandhi Road (Very close to the clock tower and the Dekeling Hotel). (Nehru Road (The Mall)). One must taste Thupka (soupy noodles) here. Oolong. Try their Thai style chicken rice noodle. pastries. The Momos here are awesome! They even offer a Momo-cooking course! The guy who owns it can double up as your local guide. including hearty Tibetan soups (Thentuk is recommended). • The Park. So. Located near the clock tower. (50 meters from the clock tower). • Kunga's. Keep in mind that everything closes pretty early in the night (The town goes to sleep before 9PM). • Kanika's (Veggie Lovers). Gourmet Tea sit in service with a handsome and well presented range of • Page | 14 . This place with it's awesome western delicacies and cool view was featured in a number of movies and books. Nepali. On the way to Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. ☎ 91-03542258721/22/23. Offers nice views of Mt Kanchendjunga on clear days. The Thai cuisine is quite excellent. If you play guitar just pick the guitar keep in the reception and start playing it! Medium range. sizzerlers and North Indian fare. If you are looking for an authentic Bengali restaurant in town where you can enjoy both veg and nonveg dishes then this is the place where you should go. Rs 90-150. They have two menu cards. (beside Bank of India).Darjeeling Black. It serves superb Tibetan food. do keep something in stock to eat. this restaurant is especially popular with tourists. Nehru Road (The Mall). and continental fare dot the area around the Mall. Chinese. Tibetan. • Golden Tips Tea Cosy. This is probably the best vegetarian restaurants in town where you can enjoy a great view and wonderful service. one Thai and the other Indian. hence often full and crowded.

Cake Lady makes cakes. tea mocktails.. the tea parlors with an excellent environment located inside the Rink Mall and at the Golden Tips Chowrasta. out of which one must try the Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwich. They have a mind boggling variety of sandwiches. which also contains Darjeeling's only cinema). CTC. • Boney's Snack Bar. Besides. Featured in an Indian movie called Chowrasta.snacks and eatables. Also called the 'Champagne of Teas'. etc. • Cake Lady. spoons. sandwiches. 12000-00. Ladenla Road (Opp Clock Tower. The Rink Mall (Opposite General Post Office). taste & select The place even has of a small 4-seater tea bar with a proper Tea Menu ! Interesting and very well located. Rs. great hospitality. You can taste and buy the best teas in the market & at Tea Cosy. white. Darjeeling tea is world renowned after all. Teas can also be bought from their online website which is quite nice www. A large collection of tea accessories such as silver tea pots & sets. Serves very good grilled sandwiches. Tea Menu with almost 75+ kinds of different hot & iced teas. She does not have a retail outlet. 300-12. Over 50 kinds of finely packaged teas from Darjeeling & other areas in India. (30 meters from the clock tower). infusers. A great place tastefully done up with an amazing ambience and collection of hundreds of varieties of the finest Darjeeling Teas.. Portion size is massive.000. • Nathmull's Tea Cosy. Few accessories also available. also another location at Chowrasta. it is very easy to miss the place. Pop into Joey's Pub for some cheap beer. ☎ 00919547457734. muffins and brownies to order and even delivers them free of charge to your hotel or home in Darjeeling town. tea strainers & infusers books on teas & other paraphernelia Rs. (On a small road opposite the Post Office and the Rink Mall. 20 to Rs. black. • Kho Cha. green. The cakes are a taste of home using quality ingredients (sourced locally and organic wherever possible) and are known to be the best in town! Just call 0091 9547457734 and order the day before. Tea Paraphernalia like metal /' silver tea sets & pots.9. Also of note are their Chinese recipes and French Fries • Drink Tea. tea cosies. burgers and even pastas. they also have almost 25 kinds of estate teas to see. a snazzy Tea Boutique having a very wide frontage even though the place is not all that big. Open from 5PM.com 80 . Boney's Snack Bar.000-00. Spiced. A British-looking pub popular with travellers. cricket on TV etc. Laden La Road. strainers. A good place to pick up trekking information and travel partners to fill a jeep to Sikkim or down to the plains.khochateas. Located in the market building near the clock tower. Capital Market. ☎ +913542257308. • Page | 15 . tea cosies. herbal & many more. pizzas. Near Hayden Hall). Oolong. • Joey's Pub. Serving almost 100 varieties of tea & tea mocktails from a Tea Menu. ☎ 0354-2257309.

There is also a simple restaurant. Budget Hotel Aliment.50 • Sleep Darjeeling has a large number of hotels and lodges. ☎ 9832321037. Dr.a small. the views are nice. checkout: 11AM. the views are nice. At the end of the T P Banerjee Road . on the whole. From the jeep drop off and train station it is up to the very top and then keep going right). budget accommodation is of poor value compared to elsewhere in India. backpacker-oriented accommodation is sparse and you probably won't get touts coming to pick you up at the bus stop so it pays to have a few ideas in advance. There is also a restaurant. This tea estate is within walking distance of Darjeeling . near Gymkhana Club). Located at the top of the hill. Darjeeling (7 minutes from Mall.50-70) The best quality tea at the Happy Valley Tea Estate is known as SFTGFOP (Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) . There are several forest guest houses in the Darjeeling area. steep road off Hill Cart Road (Approx 3km from Chowk Bazaar. Rs 1300-2000. Most places target groups coming in from West Bengal. However. which houses an impressive library. checkout: noon. • Hotel Roma. Opened in October 2008. Bhanu Sarani. • Darjeeling Tourist Lodge. She will show you how it's made and will happily talk about the different varieties that are around. Rs 250-600. In some double rooms there is hot water 6:30PM-7:30PM. fax: +91 354 • Page | 16 .seriously. Zakir Hussain Rd (near the top of the hill on the south end of Darjeeling. • Birds Eye View. checkin: 12 noon. a cup of delicious SFTGFOP tea will set you back a mere Rs.don't bother with taxi drivers who will want to charge you 1800 rupees(!) to get you there. ☎ 09339424307. 8am to 4pm from Tuesday to Saturday. Make sure you also visit the Happy Golden Cafe in the small shack-like building nearby. checkout: 10AM. Depending on availability. 9775972955. Rs 300+. The walk back up to Hill Cart Road is quite steep (not recommended for anyone who's feeble) but it's worth it.in. but the 3 min walk to mall.vsnl. Located near the mall . You'll need to pay a guide a small fee to show you around the factory (around Rs. . In order to stay at any of these a special permit from West Bengal Forest Department is required. ☎ +91 354 2254411/12/13 (dort1@dte.net.Happy Valley Tea Estate. 1km from Botanical Gardens). You'd get there quicker walking anyway as the traffic on Hill Cart Road is always terrible. Kusum is a very friendly lady who gets the tea from Happy Valley as her family members work at the estate and get a weekly quota of the tea. but they can fill up a bucket with hot water the rest of the day. but the 15 min walk from the clock tower is quite steep.

The lodge features five cosy rooms. • Mid-range Bellevue Hotel. Free WiFi available. Double for 450Rs (09/2012). Rs100-1.). dry and warm interior.. Darjeeling (on the left before Chowrasta). considered the fifth Beatle. Page | 17 . Has wifi. checkout: 12AM. the central square within the pedestrian zone). On a north-facing slope which is perpetually misty so these places get very cold and damp. • • • Hotel Fairmont. Gymkhana Resort. around Rs 2. The Mall. checkout: 12 noon.600. • Revolver. Rs 799-899. • Hotel Prestige. All rooms office good hill view with balcony.000. The Mall. ☎ +91 354 2257325. W. The Parklane hotel. Located very centrally at the south end of the Mall. Offers a hint of the old world charm. bargaining little discounts is possible. checkout: 12 noon.200. Pure vegetarian restaurant is attached with hotel. 1. P O Box 28. with the lack of sunshine often being felt in the attitudes of the proprietors too. Rs 600-3. ☎ +91 354 2253649.V. Rs 180-500. Run by a Tibetan family for around forty years. Rs 800 . 51 Ghandi Road. ☎ +919434428935. Property belongs to West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation and has a breathtaking location with views of Kanchenjunga. Darjeeling. Rooms are dank & dreary with rickety old furniture. the hotel features a modest. go through the Open School Gate. each named after the fab four and Brian Epstein. Single for 350Rs. Owners are nice couple of Indian (Iranian ancestry) and Japanese. Rs 2. • • checkout: noon. Rs 350-450. Rs 850-1. Very affordable. attached bathroom with hot water and closet. ☎ +91 354 2254075 (pulger@rediffmail. A Beatles themed lodge and restaurant. All rooms face Kanchenjungha. ☎ +91 354 2254074. Rs 850-1. • Zakir Hussain Rd Lodging.000. (Staircase up from main post office.000.500+. rooms are wood-panelled and clean. running hot showers and T. ☎ +91 354 2256902. .000. N C Goenka road (from Darjeeling station on the way to chowk bazzar). Centrally located on the main road. 110 Gandhi Rd (behind Union Church.600. The lodge showcases a constantly growing list of Beatles memorabilia.B.2.com). Hotel Pineridge.2254412). Simple hotel with cozy rooms. Rs 900-1. each room has a double bed. • Hotel Dekeling. checkin: 12 noon. free WiFi. Free WiFi. Offers a clutch of backpacker-oriented places.. 734101 (Right at Chowrasta. Zakir Hussain Rd (Top of the hill). near Rink Mall).

Has been the subject of many stories in the international media. ☎ +91 354 2254717/2255099 (manager@hotel717. Has wifi.500. Rs 6.Hotel Seven Seventeen.000. fax: +91 354 2252674).300. • Windamere Hotel.com. It is situated on Observatory Hill. ☎ +91 354 2256376 (darjeeling@mayfairhotels. • Splurge Mayfair Darjeeling. a Darjeeling landmark. Rs 3. Observatory Hill. Rs 8. ☎ +91 354 2254041/42. Rs 1. Established in the 19th century as a boarding house for bachelor English and Scottish tea planters. This property was once the summerhouse of the Maharajah of Nazargunj. • Hotel Sinclairs.com).100. Hill resort offering good views. • Page | 18 . it was converted into a hotel just before the outbreak of the Second World War. opposite Governor House. The wooden interiors give it an ambience of a traditional country home. The Mall.500-3.650-12. with satellite TV.500-7. Centrally located. It has 46 beautiful rooms and suites.

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