COVID-19 : DARJEELING is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 20 Sep 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to DARJEELING?

Entry is open from all domestic states for all kinds of travel.

  • Wearing masks and adhering to social distancing in public places is mandatory
  • State wide lockdown on September 7, 11 & 12
  • Thermal screening to be done on arriving passengers
  • No COVID test certificate, travel insurance or accommodation proof required on arrival
  • Supermarkets, malls and shops are all open
  • Night curfews have been lifted
  • A health declaration form needs to be filled on the Sandhere app
  • Home quarantine for all arriving passengers will be advised
  • A screening process will be done for all passengers on arrival
Flights

the nearest airport is the Siliguri Bagdogra Airport, which is functional and receiving flights from Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Imphal.

Local Transport

Local transport is functional including taxis and buses.

Thrillophilia recommends you follow all safety guidelines issued by the West Bengal government and practice good personal hygiene to stay extra safe. All reopened hotels in Darjeeling are following the issued guidelines and are taking measures for the utmost safety of all their guests.

Lockdown in Darjeeling on September 7, 11, 12 Updated: 20 Sep 2020

Under the unlock 4.0 guidelines, a lockdown in the entire state of West Bengal has been declared on the 7th, 11th and 12th September.Read more.

Hotels In Darjeeling reopen for tourists Updated: 20 Sep 2020

Darjeeling and Kalimpong have been reopened to tourists. This includes all hotels and resorts located in these popular holiday destinations too. Read more.

No e-pass required for entry in Darjeeling Updated: 20 Sep 2020

Travellers do not require an e-pass to enter Darjeeling from other districts and states in India under the newly issued Unlock 4.0 guidelines.

Entry open to Darjeeling from all states Updated: 20 Sep 2020

Entry to Darjeeling is open for all travellers coming from other states and districts in India.

Tourist Places Near Darjeeling

Kalimpong, Jaldhaka, Kurseong, Mirik, Rajabhatkawa, Lataguri, Jalpaiguri, Lachung, Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Dooars and many more.

Consumed with mesmerizing valleys, hills and alpine trees, Darjeeling and its neighboring places to visit are one of the most attractive destinations with a distinct assortment of tourist spots to explore in India. From Jaldhaka to Kurseong, the neighbouring towns of Darjeeling are embedded with dazzling landscapes, glamorous valleys and an array of adventures to embark upon. 

From the rich collection of enigmatic wildlife creatures at the Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary to the enthralling hills and lakes found in Mirik and more, the towns around Darjeeling are simply a delight for every holidaymaker and nature enthusiast to visit. 

Places around Darjeeling also carry a rich cultural aspect and heritage that has remained in the locals for centuries. Learning about these is an exciting journey in itself. In other words, Darjeeling and its neighbouring places are what you can call the perfect holiday destinations. So, if you haven't planned your summer trip yet, you know where to look for now.

Here is the list of best places to visit near Darjeeling:

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Gangtok

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Gangtok, the exotic capital city of Sikkim, is a Buddhist haven. In sync with the Zen philosophy that divinity can only make its way through clear and clean surroundings, Gangtok is an epitome of neatness and is one of the few such places in India. The stunning panoramic views of the snow-capped Mount Kanchenjunga, only add to the Gangokian environs. Offering the best tourist places in Gangtok, this place is also famous for its distinct cuisine, of which Momos and Kinema, are an excellent example. Gangtok is a city of great food, atmospheric sceneries and beautiful Buddhist monasteries, which include Rumtek and Enchey. It has great potential for sightseeing as well, including the Nathu La Pass and Tsomgo Lake. Gangtok is also a testament to the unique fashion sense of the North East. The folks here are known to have a keen sense of style and have a totally refreshing way of wearing the most casual outfits. Gangtok also has a very folksy and indie live-music sentiment. Finally, the people make the place and it is the helpful and friendly citizens of Gangtok, who are true exemplars of the principles of the Buddhist lifestyle.   

Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage. Mountain views act as the backdrop to holidays in Gangtok, where much of the focus also lies on the monasteries, shrines, and temples of this old center of Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage. Local delicacies such as momo (stuffed dumplings) also link Gangtok to Tibet. Use Gangtok as your gateway for exploring the state and beyond, with tour operators offering a number of day excursions and longer trips. To know more about the best tourist places in Gangtok, read below:

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Dooars

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Translated from the word "doors,” Dooars is an enormous collection floodplain found between the Teesta and Sankoshi river. Embedded with a million shades of green, the place holds dense tropics with an alluring environment of gorgeous hills.

From the lush flora and fauna at Sumsing and Suntalekhola to the mythical view of the valleys at Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, tourists are awestruck by the beauty of these places. 

Best Time to Visit: September and May

Distance from Darjeeling: 1 km

Highlights: Nature lovers will love a visit at Sumsing and Suntalekhola and Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary.
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Kurseong

Kurseong
A peaceful hill station widely celebrated for its profuse greenery and extravagant collection of flowers, Kurseong stands among the most elegant places to visit near Darjeeling. Known as the “land of White Orchids,” Kurseong holds a gorgeous plantation of flowers spread on the slopes of the hilly terrain.

Visitors can also enjoy the flavorsome taste of delicious coffee that is produced in abundance here. All in all, with damp landscapes and a serene atmosphere, Kurseong is the go-to spot for every holidaymaker traveling to Darjeeling. 

Best Time to Visit: March to June, September to December

Distance from Darjeeling: 24 km

Highlights: Must enjoy a hot cup of tea. Take tons of pictures of the valleys.
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Kalimpong

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One of the best places to visit near Darjeeling, Kalimpong is acknowledged for its peaceful ambiance, monasteries, and rich culture. Places like Tongsa Gompa, Tharpa Choeling Gompa, and Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa Kalimpong are some of the most recognized tourist destinations in Kalimpong that offers its visitors a spiritual comfort and quietude.

Kalimpong also has a wealthy historic background which is depicted through a number of buildings and monasteries with some dating back to the 1600s. Visitors can also enjoy a great shopping experience here with the town’s local bazaar that serves a number of handicrafts and local artifacts. Being one of the largest flower producers in the country, the town also celebrates its annual flower festival; an extravagant experience, one must certainly enjoy.  

Best Time to Visit: Between May and June (Summer)

Distance from Darjeeling: 50 km

Highlights: Tharpa Choeling Gompa, Ongsa Gompa, Tharpa, Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa in Kalimpong.
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Mirik

Mirik
Serving as a breath of fresh air for tourists across the globe, Mirik or the “Valley of the sun” is a small hill station found on the verge of an enormous lake. Romantic and exciting, the place allows visitors to enjoy a number of activities including boating and gazing upon the mesmerizing sunset.

The bazaar here is also famous for a buffet of traditional clothes, handicrafts, and ornaments. One of the must-visit places around Darjeeling, Mirik is a natural delight perfect for both family holiday and romantic getaway. 

Best Time to Visit: March - April, October - November

Distance from Darjeeling: 59 km

Highlights: Boat ride and local shopping is a must.
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Siliguri

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A quaint town at the foothills of the Himalayan ranges, Siliguri is a postcard-perfect amalgamation of urban culture and natural beauty. The picturesque city is endowed with the best of nature, full to the brim with its rolling green tea gardens and the snow-clad Himalayan mountaintops peeking into the horizon at a distance.

Owing to its rich wildlife population, tourism in Siliguri is synonymous with its wildlife safari facilities. The vast Mahananda Wildlife sanctuary, sprawling between the banks of Teesta and Mahananda, is home to a number of species of animals and birds, and also provides its guests ample opportunities for trekking and bird watching. The sanctuary also houses the North Bengal Wild Animals Park, where tourists can avail jeep rides to watch the animals play and be in their natural habitats.

A major tourist attraction in Siliguri is the Salugara Monastery, famous for its 100-feet stupa built by Tibetan Buddhist Monks. The monastery, known as The Great International Tashi Gomang Stupa, is situated only 6 kms away from the main town and houses five major Buddhist relics, making it one of the most popular Buddhist monasteries in the world. Siliguri, however, is not negligent to other faiths. One can also find here the magnificent ISKCON temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, and Kali Mandir which welcomes a number of pilgrims each year.

If one is looking to shop in Siliguri, the Hong Kong market on Hill Cart Road is the place to go. A flea market selling goods at a fairly cheap rate, the Hong Kong market is a popular go-to place for tourists and is thronged by shoppers throughout the year.

The best time to visit Siliguri would be during the winter months between November and February when the weather is fairly cold and outdoor activities such as trekking, safaris, and bird-watching can be enjoyed in a humidity-free atmosphere.

Siliguri is well connected to all nearby cities in West Bengal by road and rail. The Siliguri railway station is the main junction of the town. The Darjeeling-Himalayan toy train, a world-famous attraction, can be availed from Siliguri junction if one desires to travel to Darjeeling from here. The nearest airport to Siliguri is the Bagdogra airport, from whence one may avail buses or cars to reach the place.

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Pelling

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Pelling is a small town situated in the hills in West Sikkim, 7,200 feet above the sea level. Despite being one of the lesser-known towns in the area, it is slowly gaining attention as a popular tourist destination. 

Pelling is a dream destination for trekkers, nature lovers, bird-watchers and serenity seekers. The city is dotted with heritage structures like ancient monasteries and breath-taking waterfalls like the Kanchenjunga falls, the Rimbi Waterfall and the Changey Waterfall. The Sanga Choeling Monastery and the Pemayangtse Monastery are the two of the main monasteries in the area that one must visit for their heritage and architectural significance when they are in Pelling. 

Pelling is easily accessible from both Gangtok and Darjeeling. It is located at a distance of 131 km from Gangtok and 73.9 km from Darjeeling. The nearest airport is the Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri from where one can hire buses and cars to reach Pelling. You can also hire buses that leave at frequent intervals from Gangtok and Siliguri that pass through Pelling. 

The best time to visit Pelling is between December to May, which consists of winter, spring, and summer. During December, the temperature drops down to -5 degrees Celsius, allowing the tourists to take advantage of the snow and enjoy sports like the snow-skating. The summers are equally vibrant, with temperatures remaining cool throughout the day and different kinds of flowers filling up the valleys in the area. 

The main language spoken here is Sikkimese, but Nepali and Hindi are also spoken fluently by the locals. The cuisine here is mainly north-Eastern and several local shops sell delicacies that are a speciality of this place. The town is well-equipped with multiple hotels and restaurants to ensure a comfortable stay for the tourists. 


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Jaldhaka

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Encapsulated with lush tropics and wildlife, Jaldhaka is one of the most scenic places to visit near Darjeeling. Captured with hills and alpine trees, Jaldhaka is known for its viridescent atmosphere and peaceful decor. The place provides for an excellent road trip, much relished by visitors.

This hill station delivers some of the most picturesque views in and around Darjeeling. Tourists are also seen visiting the hill stations, especially in the evening to enjoy the glamorous sunset here. Apart from leisure lovers, adventurers can also enjoy thrilling treks in the valleys of Jaldhaka. 

Best Time to Visit: Between May and June (Summer)

Distance from Darjeeling: 107 km

Highlights: Hills stations are a must-visit in the place. The Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary homes some of the rarest wildlife creatures. Treks, especially in the summertime are hosted here.
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Lataguri

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An amusement for the wildlife lovers, Lataguri is a place with endless thrills. Mending amidst the lush tropics, spotting the wild and taking some memorable pictures are some of the many exciting activities, enjoyed by the visitors here.

From the captivating ambiance of the Murti river to the greenery of the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, there are a variety of places to explore in Lataguri. All in all, if you are an explorer, a backpacker or someone on a road trip with the family, Lataguri is one of the most sought-after places to visit near Darjeeling. 

Best Time to Visit: December to February

Distance from Darjeeling: 111 km

Highlights: Wildlife enthusiasts should visit Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary and Gorumara National Park. Jayanti Mahalaxmi caves and the Murti river also offer a gorgeous view of the landscapes and valleys.
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Jalpaiguri

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Jalpaiguri meaning Olives(Jalpai) and place (Guri)or "The Town of Olives” is found nestled between Bhutan and Bangladesh. Visitors from various corners of the world visit here to relish it's magnificent hilltops, temples, and heritage.

The town is encapsulated with a ton of ancient establishment including a 5th century fort called Mendabari Fort. Explorers can also enjoy the Buxa Duar trek that is orchestrated here throughout the year. 

Best Time to Visit: October to March 

Distance from Darjeeling: 115 km

Highlights: The Buxa Gura trek allows visitors to enjoy a splendid walk amidst the wildlife. One can also enjoy the lush plantation of olives and the bewitching beauty of the hilltops found here.
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Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary

Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary
Found on the hills of Jaldapara, the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its diverse collection of wildlife creatures that amalgamates one-horned rhinos, Bengal tigers, elephants spotted deer, wild pigs among others. Visitors can spend hours exploring the vast sanctuary and spotting these fierce yet adorable creatures. 

Best Time to Visit: September to May

Distance from Darjeeling: 154 km

Highlights: Spot rare wildlife creatures, click tons of pictures. Must visit this place with family and friends.
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Lachung

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Snow-capped mountains, chilling atmosphere and a ton of thrills to enjoy, Lachung can be perfectly described as the charm of nature. Apart from the alpine mountain, the dazzling waterfalls here are a sight to watch and admire as well.

From trekkers to leisure lovers, explorers and photographers, the place offers a grand amalgamation of remembering to every kind of visitor. Found at an alarming 8,600 ft. Above the ground, Lachung has to be in every traveler's discovery book. 

Best Time to Visit: October to June

Distance from Darjeeling: 169 km

Highlights: Must enjoy the magnificence of the alpine Mountains.
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Guwahati

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The gateway to the northeast and the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the region, Guwahati serves as the starting block for the other seven sisters locations . This featureless city – a prosaic heap of glass and concrete for the most part – is a blend of old and new sights but there are a scattering of interesting temples to explore, when it comes to tourist places in Guwahati. Walk its back alleys and old quarters to  click some timeless picture and you will be able to salvage a generous amount of local flavour that lingers amid its suburban sprawl of ponds, palm trees, small single-storey traditional houses and old colonial-era mansions.It is located on the south bank of the river Brahmaputra and is the largest city of Assam and Northeast. The place has many ancient temples and is also known as the ‘city of temples’ in Northeast India. The temple is dedicated to goddess Kamakhya an incarnation of Sati. It is on Nilachal hill, says the Shiva Purana, which the yoni or creative organ of Sati fell when Vishnu, in a bid to save the world from the Shiva’s tandava nritya or dance of destruction, cut her dead body into 51 pieces with his sudarshan chakra. Other ancient temples located in the city are Navagraha temple, Umananda temple which is tucked on an island on the river Brahmaputra, Balaji Temple; you can also visit the state Zoo.

 

The British legacy is still visible in the architecture and food habits of the population. The place serves as the starting block to getaways like Meghalaya, Kaziranga National Park, Kohima, Imphal, Tawang, Mawlynnong, Bhalukpong, Dirang, Bomdila, Tezpur etc.  Northeast is a hidden treasure of India and if you really want to explore the best of India then do not miss this region with exceptional vistas, phenomenal cultural differences in each state and a the unaltered Himalayas with some of the highest peaks in the world. The tourist places in Guwahati are indeed is a place for every traveling soul to visit once.

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Shillong

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An abode of clouds, the rolling hills around the town and the hill station of one of the smallest states of India, Meghalaya. With the best places to visit in Shillong, it is geography synonymous to heaven, is the painting hung on your drawing-room wall, a collage of memories yet to be lived.

This prepossessing land is a beauty that floats on high over vales and hills, where the tall pine trees are seen fluttering and dancing in the breeze, and the clouds find a space along the margins of a hill unfolding the enchanting blue sky. The mystique land perched on an escarpment is more than enough to leave your imagination spell-bound.

The capital city of the state Meghalaya - a perfect blend of old charm and fresh essence, this bliss of solitude carries a number of things like falls, parks, peaks, landscapes and museums to keep a traveller’s head tossing in sprightly dance.

With the best places to visit in Shillong, this surprising holiday destination will make you forget to stop the shutters of your cam. The god’s honest harvest is ready to find a space among the favourites in your travel diary.

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Rajabhatkawa

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Home to an amalgamation of ancient temples and monasteries, Rajabhatkawa is one of the lesser-explored places around Darjeeling. Additionally, the place resides in the vicinity of the Buxa tiger reserve which is a prominent tourist destination around Darjeeling.

With activities like park safari, boating at Jayanti river and a visit to the Mahakal caves, the ambiance of the place is best suited for adventurers and explorers. In other words, if you are looking for a new destination to add in your list of explorations, Rajabhatkawa is worth checking out. 

Best Time to Visit: October and March

Distance from Darjeeling: 202 km

Highlights: Jayanti riverboat ride is enjoyable and park Safari is also very much relished.
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29 March 2016
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Dzongri Goechala Trek in Sikkim is one of the best treks in the town. It had been a great trek. I had a lovely time there. It was awesome. I loved it totally. One should definitely try this to know how it had been. It was definitely a nice and fun trek.
First of all I would like to thanks Thrillophilia for giving us such a lifetime experience in Darjeeling and Gangtok. The sunrise from Tiger Hill was truly magical. The main highlights of this tour was Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir, Tiger hill. We even went up to Nathu la pass and it was freezing up there
Visited the famous cities in this tour and it was worth buying tour. The stay was very comfortable and the transfers were also very comfortable. It was a Well planned, well managed, and cost-effective trip! The experience was satisfactory overall! We saw all the key places on the trip.
I visited Darjeeling with my friends for 3 days. We visited the tea planations and explored the monasteries of Darjeeling. Well organsied trip!!!
I booked Darjeeling trip from Delhi and I visited here with my family and we visited the famous attractions like Tsongmo Lake, Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Ghoom Monastery and more. The stay was very comfortable and food was amazing. And the snow covered golden tip of the kanchanganga in the morning is a beautiful sightseeing there.
18 January 2020
Excellent
I have booked a cottage for our anniversary. It was having all the modern amenities. They have very well arranged a candle light dinner for us which was included in our package. We both had a great time at this property.
20 November 2019
Excellent
We enjoyed our stay in Darjeeling majorly because of all the hassle-free and advance bookings all credit goes to Thrillophilia. It was a beautiful resort with clean rooms and friendly staff. Enjoyed our tea plantation tours and exploring this beautiful city.
I booked the Darjeeling package from delhi and I am thankful to the entire team of Thrillophilia for making this trip so memorable. We enjoyed both the locations equally and my favorite is the winding road leading to Darjeeling and the beautiful Kanchenjunga point.
Visited the famous cities in this package. I visited here with my friends and it was a lot of fun there. The stay was good and food was tasty. We also tasted the Darjeeling tea which was amazing. It was a mesmerizing trip!!
It was a value for money package. On our drive from Gangtok to Darjeeling, a beautiful mountain river accompanied us along the twisty roads. Special thanks to our coordinator for taking us to some unnamed spots in Darjeeling and Gangtok. The hotels were decent and food was good. Overall a great trip!!

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  1. Which hill stations are near to Darjeeling?

    1. Mirik: This picturesque hill station lying in the lower Darjeeling hills is popular for its pleasant weather and scenic beauty. You cannot miss the pristine Sumendu lake that’s enclosed within gardens and pine trees and offers views of the Kanchenjunga. You can enjoy shikara rides, visit tea gardens, and visit the serene monasteries.

    2. Namchi: Literally translating to ‘Sky High’, Namchi is famous for its vantage points that offer stunning views of the Kanchenjunga and lush valleys. See exotic flowers at Rock Garden, visit the Sherdup Choeling Monastery and the 135-ft. high statue of Guru Padmasambhava, the tallest in the world.

    3. Pelling: One of the newer tourist destinations, Pelling is famous for its tranquil 16th-century monasteries, white water rafting on Rangit River, trekking, bird watching, and kayaking. It hosts the annual Kanchenjunga festival each year, offers great Sikkimese food, and stunning exhibits of its indigenous art and culture. 
  2. What are some of the popular places to visit near Darjeeling with family?

    1. Dooars: Considered to be the gateway to Bhutan from India, Dooars is famous for its splendid tea gardens and the world-famous tea that they produce. It is famous for the majestic Teesta River along with the Gorumara National Park and its resident rhinos, Buxa Fort, Bhutanghat, and the colourful border town of Phuentsholing.

    2. Kalimpong: One of the best tourist destinations in the area, Kalimpong has a charming British-era ambience and architecture along with Tibetan, Sikkimese, Nepalese, and Lepchas influences. Visit the Deolo Hill for hiking, shop for local artefacts, and don’t miss to see terraced rice & cornfields.

    3. Rajabhatkhawa: This picturesque forested village is known for the Buxa Tiger Reserve that houses tigers, bison, elephants, Ibis Bill, Fork tails, etc. Head over to the Jayanti river spot to see beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks in the distance and explore the Mahakal caves. 
  3. What are the best places to visit near Darjeeling within 300 Kms?

    1. Lataguri: Famous for its lush landscape, Lataguri houses the Chapramari Sanctuary that offers leopard, gaur, and elephant spotting, Rover’s Point that offers gorgeous sunset views, and the pretty picnic spots like Jaldhaka, Jalbong, and Bindu.

    2. Gangtok: It's out-of-the-world scenic beauty, beautiful culture, and super fun activities make Gangtok one of the most famous destinations in the area. Visit the MG Road to enjoy great food, take a ropeway ride to enjoy panoramic views of the hills & valleys, and spend time at the serene Ridge Park.

    3. Siliguri: This beautiful place has endless attractions like the Salugara Monastery, the heritage toy train, the charming town of Dudhia, and the ancient Sevoke Kali Temple located on the banks of Teesta River. Enjoy local Bengali food and shop for apparel and electronics at the Hong Kong Market, enjoy fun rides at Savin Amusement Park, and hike at the Chilapata Forest that also has an elephant corridor. 
  4. What are the best places to visit near Darjeeling for long drives?

    1. Batasia Loop: Head over to this awe-inspiring and humongous 360-degree railway loop to see where the toy train makes its biggest loop. This loop also serves as a vantage point for seeing panoramic views of Darjeeling, its lush valleys, and the best of all-the Kanchenjunga peak.

    2. Jaldhaka: Probably one of the most offbeat destinations for a long drive located on the Indo-Bhutan border, Jaldhaka is a collection of laidback river valley villages surrounded by lush forests. Right from its tea gardens to cardamom plantations and the riverside, the place is perfect for camping in the wild, trekking, and watching hill birds. 

    3. Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary: A long drive that leads you to the exotic rainforest landscape of a wildlife sanctuary where you can see the rare one-horned rhinos, leopards, hog deer, sambar, etc. is bound to be the best long drive that you can enjoy from Darjeeling. This is one of the few habitats for birds like the Bengal Florican, Finn’s weaver, Cobras, monitor lizards, etc. 

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