1. Tiger Hill
One of the biggest attractions of Darjeeling is the Tiger Hill and I must recommend that you never ever skip on the chance if you get one to climb all the way up to the peak and witness the glorious sun coming up. You can book a cab and drive to the hill and then take a local guide and explore the beautiful peak while basking in the scenic beauty of the stunning surroundings. Make sure that you go there in the early morning to catch the rising sun or you will miss out on the world famous sunrise. As you inch towards the Tiger Hill, you will get a better view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga which is a sight worth relishing.
2. Batasia Loop
You will pass the Batasia Loop if you rise the Toy Train Ride but you can also reach the destination if you just ride a cab from the town and the latter will give more scenic views of the city. Situated on the Hill Cart Road, it won’t take you longer than 20 minutes from the town. Fall in love with nature all over again and succumb hard to the temptation of finding the nature connection.
3. Ghum Monastery
Whether you are religious or not, you will surely enjoy your trip to the Ghoom Monastery so take a brief walk around the city and visit the grand statue that’s so world famous.
4. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
The zoo is beautifully structured, and you will love the abundance of gorgeous species like the Himalayan fox, Bengal tiger, etc. If you enjoy nature safaris, you will definitely enjoy a ride through the zoo and if you are great with the aesthetics, go ahead, click some great shots and make your own nature’s exhibition.
5. Peace Pagoda
Located just a few kilometers from the Darjeeling town center, the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple is among the best scenic spots in Darjeeling. The building has a beautiful and conventional Japanese style architecture which you won’t find much in India so if you are in the city, make the most out of it.
6. Happy Valley Tea Estate
Visit the Tea producing mine of Darjeeling, Happy Valley Tea Estate which is indeed a gorgeous spot if you want to visit. You can visit between Tuesday to Saturday from 8 in the morning to 4 in the evening and even get a guide. You can also visit the Tenzing Rock when you are on your brief trip out in the city.
7. Mahakal Mandir
This sacred place is open for all: for those who believe and those who don’t. You will love the breathtaking walk to the temple and the stunning view of the Kanchenjunga mountain will surely soothe your wounded soul. If you have been pining for inspiration, this is exactly where you should be.
How to reach Darjeeling?
By Road: You can easily reach Darjeeling from Gangtok, Kalimpong, Kolkata, Kathmandu and most other cities. Once you reach the airport, you can just book a cab.
By Train: New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station that links Darjeeling with most of the other major cities. You can also book yourself a private cab all the way from the station and reach your destination in Darjeeling.
By Air: You can fly to Bagdogra which is the nearest airport to Darjeeling (located around 95km from the city). Flights are available directly from Kolkata, Guwahati, and other major cities like Delhi, etc. Once you reach the airport, you can book a cab and arrive at your destination.