About Darjeeling...

There are many reputed Darjeeling & Gangtok tour operators at Sikkim offering tour packages for the hilly terrain. Tour operators at Gangtok also provide variety of packages for these destinations. There are many North East tour operators offering tours of the most fascinating Indian destinations in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura. Travel agents in Darjeeling, gangtok mostly being locals, they have advantage of better understanding of local routes, hotel locations and provide better itineraries

It offers splendid views of the snow-clad Himalayas, beautiful natural wonders and some of the world's best tea. Along with old cottages, a huge oak and pine tree, Darjeeling also offers great trekking options. In fact, one of the most frequented routes is the Darjeeling Sandakphu / Phalut trek, which is visited especially in April and May. The name Darjeeling is a composition of 'dorje' meaning 'thunderbolt' and 'ling' meaning 'place' ... meaning 'the Land of Thunderbolt'. The Nepalese had marched till the east of Sikkim in 1780 as far as Tista river. Due to a disagreement with Nepal, the British declared war against Nepal at the end of 1813. After settling the internal factions between Nepal and Sikkim, found their way to a place called Chungtong to the west of Darjeeling and were very impressed with what they saw and thought of making this place a sanatorium. Other British officers also reported favourably on the situation of the hill of Darjeeling. The East India Company then directed its officers to start a negotiation with the Rajah of Sikkim for the handing over of the hill either for an equivalent in money or land. This transfer was successfully done in 1835. Then due to some problems the British stopped paying the annual allowance and annexed this territory. By 1860s peace was restored in the borders and the march of progress began. Roads and important construction were done, Tea plantations started developing all around Darjeeling. During this time immigrants flooded in to work in construction sites, the tea gardens and other agricultural works. After India gained independence in 1947, the district of Darjeeling remained in the partitioned section of Bengal (West Bengal) and therefore in the Indian union. With the district's sub-Himalayan and geographical condition, it occupied a unique status in the state. The only remaining industry, that is the tea industry, continued to play a major role in the economy of the area and the country as well. The other natural wealth is forests. In the years since independence, much has been done for the area's education, communication, attention to cash crops like orange, potato, cardamom, ginger, etc. On 29th May 1953 two men set foot on Mount Everest for the first time in history and one of them was Tensing Norgay, from Darjeeling. This historical event led to the formation of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling. Old heritage the Toy Train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is now listed under UNESCO's world heritage.

Darjeeling houses several interesting sightseeing options. Among these, the most popular is Tiger Hill, which provides great views of the sunrise over the Kanchenjunga Mountains. The Bhutia Basti Gompa is located one km from Darjeeling and houses several ancient texts and manuscripts. You can visit Ghoom Monastery, which is one of the most famous monasteries in Darjeeling. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, which contains records of all expeditions on the Himalayan Range, is also located in Darjeeling. Darjeeling is extremely popular for the scenic and snow-clad range of Himalayas and widespread tea gardens. For trekkers, Darjeeling can be compared with heaven. The Darjeeling hotels are located at convenient locations from where the major attractions of the city can be reached with ease. There is no dearth of sightseeing options in the city of Darjeeling. The hotels of Darjeeling give a tough competition to the five star hotels of international destinations. Beholding the first ray of sunrise at Tiger Hill is the real pleasure of life.