Gifted to the British East India Company in 1817, Darjeeling is the hill station of West Bengal.
Darjeeling has been lovingly referred to as the ‘Queen of Hills’. It is one of India's most famous hill stations and is 2134 m or 7000ft above sea level.
In 1835, Darjeeling was given to the East India Company by the King of Sikkim. It became a popular resort for the British who wanted to escape from the sweltering heat of the plains.
Tiger hills is the highest point in the area which provides the most exotic view of the Kanchenjunga peaks. From this place the other peaks of the Eastern Himalayas can also be seen. On a clear day, the sight of Mt.Everest is just enthralling.
The toy train coming from Siliguri is something which is enjoyed by the elders and the children equally. The real fun in coming to Darjeeling is on the toy train. It takes six to seven hours to cover a distance of 82 kms and the slow speed gives you enough time to watch and appreciate the beauty which nature has provided. This train passes through the forests, waterfalls, over deep valleys and through the mountains and tunnels
The city is centered around the Mall which has a variety of shops, restaurants and hotels and beautiful walk ways starting from the Mall.
Between Darjeeling and Siliguri is the small town of Kurseong which has several educational institutions and churches.