Darjeeling Tourist Attractions
The name Darjeeling conjures up images of tea plantations spread across rolling hillsides for many people and with good reason. This scenic city perched majestically on the hillside is a wonderful place to while away the days. Darjeeling is known also by its nickname, Queen of the Hills.The city is more than just tea, also located here is the World Heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Owing to its fantastic location the city is also a hot spot for hiking. For those more into aquatic pursuits, river rafting is available from several local outfitters.
Chowrasta is considered to be the main area of downtown Darjeeling. The wide pedestrian only street is lined with shops and restaurants. Here visitors will also find Brabourne Park with an interesting fountain. The area is great for people watching and locals come here to chat and relax.
Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park
The Rock Garden / Ganga Maya Park is located 12km from Darjeeling and is an area of natural beauty. Waterfalls and a lush surrounding draw people who come here to relax, enjoy a picnic, or buy food at one of the local restaurants. Visiting Ganga Maya Park is best done as a simple day trip from Darjeeling.
The Ghoom Monastery in Darjeeling has two claims to fame. It contains handwritten Buddhist manuscripts and is home to the 'Future Coming Buddha', otherwise known as Maitreye Buddha. The monastery dates to 1875.
Lloyd's Botanical Garden
Lloyd's Botanical Garden in Darjeeling is a large hillside area displaying a variety of plants, trees, and flowers. This is a quiet and peaceful garden to wander through.
Tiger Hill, just a short distance outside of Darjeeling is known for its beautiful sunrises over the Himalayas and is in fact a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On clear days its possible to see Mount Everest from Tiger Hill.
The white Peace Pagoda stands atop Jalapahar Hill. It is the highest structure in Darjeeling. Visitors can hike up to the pagoda for a nice walk or take a taxi.