There are numerous things you must know about Darjeeling

“Queen of Hills” is being addressed even today by tourists, when they plan their trip to Darjeeling. The inflow of foreign and domestic tourists continues to plan their holidays when on getting a chance to move around. The salubrious climate coupled with flora and fauna make Darjeeling a visiting paradise. The word Darjeeling is derived from the Tibetan word “DORJE” which means lightning and the word “LING” is associated with land. So it infers to be the land of the thunderbolt. The original people who inhabited the land are the lepchas or the Rongpa. Hindi, Bengali, English, and Nepali are spoken in the region. In some areas, Tibetan language is also spoken. We can emphatically state that the land is the precious gift to India from Mother Nature.

HOW TO REACH?

Darjeeling can be reached via roadways, railways, and airways. One can choose the famous 88km long Darjeeling Himalayan Railway from New Jalpaiguri. This railway is declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1999 as an epitome of social –economic development of a multicultural region. One can catch the National Highway 55 from Siliguri which is about 77km away. The Bagdora airport is around 90km from Darjeeling if one is planning to come via airways. If you are planning your holiday trip during monsoon then you might want to rethink about choosing roadways because roads get disrupted due to landslides. Though it may appear a bit cumbersome it’s worth a try, to visit Darjeeling.

WHAT TO EAT?

You must have heard of the ubiquitous word “MOMOS” in the cuisines of the Elite appreciating its healthy food composition. That is actually a Tibetan dish which is widely available in Darjeeling. Darjeeling can offer you with really good rooms to stay with exotic dishes which you can pamper your taste buds. The following are real good dishes to try to explore the mosaic culture of Darjeeling:

Momos

This can be both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The meat dumplings are actually steamed and then stuffed inside with other vegetable curries. This is accompanied with soup and pickle to give a taste. Since it is steamed it retains the essential nutrients and the proteins which get annihilated if fried or roasted. If you are vegetarian then you can definitely order for vegetable momos.

Thupkas

Thupkas are noodles mixed with egg and meat. Needless to say that noodles have become our mouth-watering dishes of many. The noodles which you would be exploring in thupkas are Tibetan style. It is accompanied with soup and vegetables.

Shaphalay

The name may sound unique to you but it is actually Tibetan bread which is stuffed with meat. If you try it once, be sure you can’t stop having just one.

Tibetan tea

This tea is mixed with butter. The taste is inexplicable so you need to experience it by yourself.

There are many more dishes where you can explore by yourself but do try the above if you have a holiday at Darjeeling.

WHAT TO DO?

Tourism is one of the biggest and most important businesses of Darjeeling. Endowed with natural beauty coupled with beautiful cultural places to visit your tourism experience would be memorable for your lifetime. Below are the few places to visit:

Dali Monastery

This is one of the most famous monasteries located at Dali and is around 4 km away from Darjeeling town. It belongs to Kargyupa sect. It was pioneered by ThuksayRimpoche.

Ghoom Monastery

The monastery specialty is that it contains the statue of the future coming of Buddha known as Maitreye Buddha. The monastery is located in the return journey from Tiger Hill to Darjeeling. It contains some recorded Buddhist manuscripts which are very special to this monastery.

Tamang Ghumba

It is the sub-community of the Gorkha and was established in 1926.It is one of the oldest monasteries of the community.

Many other places to visit are the AloobariMonastry, Ramakrishna mission in Royal Villa, Raj Bhavan, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Happy Valley Tea garden and much more of you connect to the locals for exploring places.

WHERE TO STAY?

The Budget Homestay in Darjeeling can be best preferred compared to a near side hotel as the budget accommodation is cost effective at the same time it is quality wise very efficient. They can give you personalised attention along with the basic cultural ideas and much more details about the vicinity.

Pahunalaya Homestay

Located at green valley at Takdah, this budget homestay in Darjeeling offers a beautiful scenic location and a cost effective homestay compared to the hotels around. The surroundings will definitely soothe the eyes with homely food. They have a deluxe room which can accommodate up to 2 guests along with attached bathroom and locker facilities. The restaurant comes from the paid facility.

Lamahatta Homestay

This budget accommodation in Darjeeling is located in Lamahatta district. There are the triple bedroom and four bedroom and deluxe room which can accommodate guest based on their capacity. Amenities include Wi-Fi, air-conditioner, room service and car parking facilities. Hiring a motor bike or car parking facilities, serving evening meal and packed lunch come under paid facilities.

RS urban farm

This homestay is located in Tinchulay near Ladakh cantonment offers deluxe room which can provide you and your companion budget accommodate in Darjeeling up to 2 guests. There are an attached bathroom and heater facilities. Wi-Fi, Wheel chair accessibility, Door man, Family and kids friendly are the amenities provided by this homestay accommodation in Darjeeling. Paid facilities include Barbecue and you have the availability to stay at least 10 nights.

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