Nestled in the Himalayas, Darjeeling surrounded by tea
plantations is one of the most popular hill stations of
Darjeeling is famous for Tiger Hill, the highest point (2590 m)
and an excellent spot to see the world's third highest peak
Kanchenjunga (8598 m) at sun-rise as its snowy peak emerges from
darkness into light; Ghoom Buddhist Monastery enshrines the image
of Maietrya's Buddha. The other places of interest are the
Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Museum,
Botanical Gardens and Tibetan Refugees Self Help Centre.
Darjeeling is most famous for for export of Tea.
The best time to visit plantations is between April to November
when plucking is in the progress.
Toy Train, the journey to Darjeeling from New Jalpaiguri (main
station connecting to east and north India) on the miniature
railway (popularly called Toy Train) is a superb experience. The
train runs daily, although services during the monsoon are often
disrupted due to the track being washed away. The train passes
through interesting tea plantation areas provides a panoramic
view of the valley.