Fondly referred to as the ‘Queen of the Hills, Darjeeling is the perfect getaway if you’re looking for harmony with nature. You’ll find this beautiful location amongst rolling mountains, vibrant green tea plantations and under the shadow of the snow-capped Mount Kanchenjunga. Relax and unwind with a cup of freshly brewed Darjeeling tea, known as the ‘champagne of teas’, or see the sights from a carriage on the World Heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a century-old miniature steam engine that chugs gently uphill at an impressive gradient.
Darjeeling is home to the musky sweet flavoured Darjeeling tea which is sometimes referred to as the ‘champagne of teas’. The tea is processed as black, green, white and oolong tea, and yields a light-coloured, thin-bodied infusion with a floral aroma when properly brewed. Most Indian teas are brewed from the large-leaved Assam plant, but Darjeeling tea is usually made from the small-leaved Chinese variety of Camellia Sinensis Var.
A visit to the beautiful Puttabong Tea Estate gives you the opportunity to see one of the oldest and largest tea estates in the area that produces some of the highest quality Darjeeling tea.
A visit to Darjeeling wouldn’t be complete without a voyage on the famous Darjeeling Toy Train, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fantastic way of seeing the sights. This almost 140-year-old narrow-gauge steam train began its journeys in 1881 and rises a whopping 6500 feet in 30 miles. Take the two-hour round trip to Ghoom, the world’s highest railway station and enjoy a slower pace of life as you watch the world go by.
Darjeeling is famed for its amazing mountain views and beautiful green hillsides dotted with tea plantations. On a clear day, head to Tiger Hills early in the morning to see the sunrise over the mighty Himalayan peaks of Mount Everest, and Mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s 1st and 3rd highest peaks.
You can visit Darjeeling on our Eastern Himalayas Tour or as part of your own bespoke Indian holiday. Contact our travel experts on 01792 315499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org