Sipping over Darjeeling – Top 10 things to do

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The dazzling snow peaks of Kanchenjunga that overlook the hill town, the beautiful tea gardens on rolling hill slopes, the waterfalls, orchids, pines & rhododendrons, the cozy Himalayan toy train gliding its way through the mountains and of course – If that isn’t tempting, what is? Add to that some great sightseeing tours, food, shopping. Known for its youthful vibe with modern as well as colonial charm Trust Darjeeling is keep you entertained, joyful and at peace, all at once. Although there are a hundred things you can do in Darjeeling, we thought we’ll save you the time by telling you about the TOP 10. Let’s begin.

1. Tiger Hill

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Wake up early and jeep out to Tiger Hill to watch the dawn watch the dawn breaking over a spectacular 250km stretch of Himalayan horizon. You’d be blown away and that’s our promise.

2. Breakfast at Keventer’s

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In Darjeeling, Keventers is your doorway to a scumptious meat fest. Easy to spot on Nehru Road, Keventer’s specializes in delicious ham, bacon and sausages.

3. A joy ride on a toy train!

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Don’t miss a trip on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, popularly know as a toy train. Book a joy ride ticket –  a tourist ticket that takes you to Ghum and back .

4. Ghum – All’s well that ends well
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Once in Ghum you can do two things – Take the road is adjacent to Ghoom Railway Station and walk for hardly 10 minutes to the famous Yiga Choeling Monastery that’s known to have some very rare Budhhist texts. The other thing is a visit to The Ghoom Railway Museum, a UNESCO heritage site that houses the origins of the toy train  you had just been riding on.

5. Glennary’s
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Give yourself a well deserved lunch with a great view of the Khangchendzonga following which you might want to stroll along the nearby Lloyd’s Botanical Gardens before heading back to your hotel.

6. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

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Snow leopards, red pandas, Tibetan wolves. You name it!

7. Happy Valley Tea Estate

Women picking tea leaves, Happy Valley Tea Estate, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
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Take a free tour of the factory at the Happy Valley Tea Estate. From March to November, you’ll see tea pickers at work, which in itself is quite an quite amazing experience.

8. Darjeeling Ropeway

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A ride on  the Rangeet Valley Passenger cable car offers you a breathtaking view of the valley below, the spread of lush green tea gardens on the hill slopes, flowing rivers, forests, waterfalls and to top it all a magnificent view of the Eastern Himalayan range including the snow capped peaks of the Kanchenjunga you cannot miss.
9. The Observatory Hill
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Locally known as The Mall, this place if full of locals and tourists. There are several family owned shops here since British days selling Tea, Souvenir, paintings or handicrafts. You may buy Darjeeling souvenirs from one of these shops.

10. Nathmulls – A little some thing to take back

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It’s no good leaving if you aren’t carrying back some of the world’s finest tea from Nathmulls Tea Room. Ask for a tasting and texpertly brewed tea would be served to you at this eighty-three -year-old establishment . You can also pick up some attractive teapots, strainers and coasters from here.

So if you’re planning to visit the queen of hills anytime soon, you know what all you absolutely must NOT miss!