Spread over a mountain ridge, surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations and towered over by the majestic Khangchendzonga (8598 m), Darjeeling is one of India’s best hill resorts. But Darjeeling’s list of the most beautiful things to do goes beyond these attractions. The exquisite tea gardens on the slopes of rolling hills, the orchids, pines & rhododendrons, the adorable Himalayan toy train making its way through the mountains combined with great sightseeing tours, food, shopping and other exciting activities, there is so much that this breathtaking town has to offer. Though there is a lot of things that you can enjoy here, but if you are short of time and have just a weekend to spend, then I would suggest some not to be missed things that you can take up while in Darjeeling.
1. River Rafting at Teesta
For one of India’s best river rafting trips, head to the Teesta river and find out why it’s one of the best things to do in Darjeeling for all adrenaline junkies. The activity is loaded with a series of rapids with varying intensities, ranging from grades 1 to 4, wherein the latter is only permitted to seasoned, trained rafters due to the level of danger involved. This is one of Darjeeling’s best adventure activities.
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2. Trek the peak at Sandakphu
If you plan to engage in more adventure activities in Darjeeling, a trekking trip to Sandakphu is absolutely necessary. It is West Bengal’s highest point, and is an ideal destination for trekking enthusiasts. Situated at an impressive height of 3,636 m, it offers the best panoramic views of the majestic Mt Everest and the Kanchenjunga peak.
3. Take a Joy ride on the Toy Train
The trip on a Toy Train is a one of a kind experience as the tracks meander through the high hills of the Himalayas and lush tea plantations. A ride aboard this unique train is a must if you are traveling towards the tea capital of India. The train lets you have a wonderful sightseeing experience where you get a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding hills that will take you to a romantic setting. It is one of Darjeeling’s most fun activities which cannot be skipped.
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4. Explore wildlife at Padmaja Naidu zoological park
Located in the famous town of Darjeeling, one of the top things to do near Darjeeling is to explore the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. Get ready to meet the threatened Himalayan wolf, the Red Panda, the snow leopards, etc. You can also visit the Mountain Institute, and take some mountaineering tips.
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5. Tiger Hill-The Sunrise Dome
Your trip to Darjeeling is not complete until you are at the Tiger Hill to witness the sunrise. The way the sunlight falls on those Kanchenjunga snowcapped peaks and illuminates it in beautiful colors, is simply incredible. Hiking is one of Darjeeling and Gangtok’s very best things to do. You’ll have the time of your life and won’t be disappointed by the adventure and entertainment avenues that this place opens up for you.
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6. Explore the Tea gardens at Dooars
One of the best things to do in Darjeeling is to take a tour of the tea plantation. While Darjeeling’s tea gardens are world-renowned, you should take a trip down to them at Dooars, to marvel the sprawling beauty for yourself and sip on that refreshing Darjeeling Tea. The verdant pruned bushes, especially in this tea district, are a magical sight you will never forget in life.
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