Every one of us had dreamed about going to the “Queen of the hills” Darjeeling, seeing it’s breathtaking pictures and wondering how beautiful it would be to be there! The peace, the traditional food including momos and thukpas, talking to the locals, exploring a whole new kind of people their culture and tradition, sounds like a lot of fun, right?
So here we are to help you out for exploring Darjeeling with an all-set budget as low as 5000! What a cheat sheet, isn’t it?
How to reach Darjeeling?
You can board the bus from Siliguri to Ghum which would cost you 90 rs and from Ghum you can board local auto to Darjeeling which takes 20 rs per person. You can also board buses from nearby towns like Kurseong and Kalimpong to reach your destination.
The nearest railway station from Darjeeling is at New Jalpaiguri and what is the exciting part is you would be boarding the famous toy train from here to reach Darjeeling and can enjoy the beautiful and serene views, the train also halts at Batasia loop which is one of the most famous and visited places of Darjeeling.
Bagdogra is the nearest airport from Darjeeling, direct flights can be boarded from your nearest airport till Bagdogra. From there you can take cabs or shared transportation to reach Darjeeling.
Places to explore
1. Happy valley tea estate
The Happy Valley Tea Estate is a precious part of Darjeeling, you can learn about the process of tea-making, experience the fresh aroma of tea and also can buy some of it. This is something you should definitely cover while visiting Darjeeling.
Entry Cost: 100 Rs.
2. Batasia Loop:
The famous War Memorial of Darjeeling, where the toy train halts on the way to Darjeeling. You can do various activities like enjoying the view of mountains nearby through the telescope, visiting the Eco Garden. You can enjoy the scenic view of the whole Darjeeling with white snowy clouds like a cherry on the cake.
Entry Cost: 15 Rs.
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3. Japanese Peace Pagoda
Known for its peace and tranquility Japanese Peace Pagoda would definitely do the work of soothing your soul and relaxing your mind. Its a perfect place for peace and nature lovers, you can also enjoy the views of Kanchenjunga mountain from the Peace Pagoda.
Entry Fee- 0 Rs.
Want to enjoy the amazing view of the sunrise, Tiger Hill is the best place to complete your desire. You should leave till 3:30 am to get the perfect shot of sunrise and enjoy the beauty of nature, amazing views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Kanchenjunga.
5. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
The Darjeeling Toy Train which was declared as the UNESCO World Heritage site is an impeccable part of Darjeeling Himalayan Railways. Starting at New Jalpaiguri and terminating to Darjeeling while halting on Batasia Loop, you will love your journey. The train also provides a round trip from Darjeeling to Ghum and back to Darjeeling while covering up places like Museum, Batasia Loop and more.
Entry Fee: 600 Rs. (First Class Seats)
6. Darjeeling Ropeway
The ropeway completes a total of 3 km in 45 mins from Singamari to Singla Bazaar at an altitude of 7000 feet. The mesmerizing 45 minutes journey gives travelers a different and extraordinary experience as they can enjoy the views of various waterfalls, mountains, tea gardens and much more from the ropeway and also don’t forget to click beautiful pictures while your journey.
Entry Fee- 200 Rs.
7. Himalayan Zoological Park
Unlike other zoos, Himalayan Zoo tried to provide natural habitat to its animals as much as possible and so it is also home to many endangered species of animals and birds. You may find many animals which you cannot spot in any other zoo. It is located Jawahar road and has varieties of snow leopard, red pandas, Tibetan Wolves, and Himalayan Bears.
Entry Fee: 20 rs for Nationals, 50 rs for foreigners.
8. Himalayan Mountaineering institute
If you Need training for mountaineering then go ahead with one of the best mountaineering institutes. The Himalayan Mountaineering institute provides various courses for training, leats starting with a 28-day course. The purpose is to enhance and motivate the art of mountaineering in people and make them experts in mountaineering sport.
Entry Fee: 40 Rs.
These are the places you should definitely cover while your trip, other than these you can also cover up places like Barbotay Rock garden, Observatory Hill, Ghoom Monastery and Shrubbery Nightingale Park. Apart from everything don’t forget to enjoy the tasty traditional food at reasonable prices.
Pro Tip: Try to interact and have conversations with locals, knowing about other cultures is a different kind of happiness in itself! 😀