Destination Darjeeling

    Your World in a Tea Pot


    Darjeeling captures visions of serenity, of vibrant green hills steeped in splendour,
    a land of breathtaking beauty crowned by the majestic Himalayas.


    Darjeeling – the name is derived from the Tibetian word ‘Dorje’which means ‘precious stone’ or ‘ecclesiastical sceptre’, which is emblematic of the thunderbolt of Lord Indra, and ‘ling’– a place, hence the ‘Land of the Thunderbolt’. The sceptre of Indra is believed to have fallen at the place now called Observatory Hill.


    Darjeeling beckons thousands today for a leisurely respite from the bustle of the madding crowd. The traveler – whether a tourist or a trekker, a bird watcher or a photographer, a botanist or an artist – will find in Darjeeling an experience which will remain etched in memory – forever.


    General Information

    • Area :11.44 sq.km
    • Altitude :2,134 m.
    • Population :3,45,669 (90-91)
    • Language Spoken :Gorkha, Hindi, Bengali and English.

    For more information visit: www.darjeeling.gov.in (Official Darjeeling District Website)


    Location & Climate


    The location is most convenient on Hill Cart Road, midway between Siliguri and Darjeeling (80 minutes by road). The nearest town is Kurseong (20 minutes away).


    Period Temperature Rainfall Clothing
    16 March – June 12 – 18°C 240 mm Spring / Summer
    July – September 15 – 20°C 451mm Summer / Rain protection
    October – November 7 – 13°C 36 mm Light Woollens
    December – 15 March 5 – 10°C 0 mm Heavy Woollens


    Tourist Information


    Tiger Hill:
    Situated at an altitude of 2590 metres (8482 ft.) and 13 kms from Darjeeling, this spot has earned international fame for the magnificent view of the sunrise over “Kanchenjunga” range.


    Batasia Loop:
    About 5 kms from Darjeeling, this Railway Loop is a marvelous feat of engineering.


    Himalayan Mountaineering Institute & Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park:
    On Jawahar Parbat about 2 km. from Chowrasta, this unique institution trains mountaineers.


    Tenzing Rock and Gombu Rock:
    Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) conducts courses on Rock climbing on these Rocks.


    Lloyds Botanical Garden:
    A colourful garden, having a representative collection of Himalayan plants, flowers, including orchids.


    Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway:
    At North Point about 3 km from the town. The first passenger ropeway in India.


    Barbotey Rock Garden:
    Situated 10 kms. from town it is a very attractive picnic spot with natural water falls.


    Himalayan village at 3636 Mts. can be reached by arduous 10 hour trek from Maneybhanjan or equally challenging 4 hours drive. It is the peak of the Singalila range – and offers stunning views of Mt. Kanchendzonga and Mt. Everest!


    Also See Kalimpong | Kurseong | Mirik

Clients Testimonials

Birds singing. Flowers pretty. Star's shining. Moon's rising. Darjeeling is nice place.

Shinichi Okada, Japan

We shall remember the beauty of Goomtee Estate. Thank you for your hospitality. Your kindness and your introduction to the tea production process.

Constantin Pavleas & Stephanie Alest, France

What a beautiful garden, and such a lovely and friendly hospitality. Now I know where to come for the most peaceful valley, and the most restorative clouds and flowers. And the best cups of tea.

Elizabeth Hightower, NM, USA

Goomtee is Temple to Tea and learning set in the most beautiful place in the world. Many thanks.

Tim D 'offay,United Kingdom

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