Darjeeling, the enchanting town also known as the “Queen of Hills” lies nestled in the grandeur of the snow-capped mountains and lush green tea gardens. A holiday resort during the British rule still attracts lots of visitors. Darjeeling is at an altitude of 7000 ft and shares it’s border with Sikkim, Nepal and Bhutan.
Darjeeling is known world wide for its tea and the toy train. It is one of the few remaining steam powered trains in the world. It gives enough opportunity to enjoy nature and see beautiful waterfalls and streams as it passes through deep green valleys, mountain passes, tea gardens and tunnels.
Darjeeling is also famous for its tea. It has many beautiful tea plantations where one can actually watch tea being processed. Darjeeling is also a trekker’s paradise and provides ample trekking facilities to the adventure lovers. The Padmaja Naidu Zoo that houses animals ranging from Siberian Tigers to snow leopards.
The name Darjeeling has been derived from the Tibetan name ‘Dorjee-Ling’, which means ‘Place of the Thunderbolt’.