Gathering Darjeeling tea leaves.  Photo:  David Edwards

India is one of the most culturally and geographically diverse nations in the world. To cover each region would require a 100  page book so we’ll just offer a snapshot into the country with special attention for one particular region.

The most attractive places one should visit in India to get a taste of the cultural diverseness and the true beauty of the nation include Agra, Udaipur, Goa, Kashmir, Kanyakumari, Kerala, Old Delhi, Darjeeling, Mysore and Ajanta Ellora. Each of these places has their own beauty, transforming it into the most heavenly place on earth.  But Darjeeling, located in West Bengal, is a very special area.

Darjeeling is is known as ‘the queen of hills’ for its incredible beauty and wonderful tea. The region offers a diverse culture because of its Tibetans, Nepalese, and Bengalis citizens. Thus, it is not just the most attractive hilly region of the nation, but also an ethno-linguistically diverse place.

Batasia Loop.  Photo:  Abhishek Kumar

Some of the must-visit places of Darjeeling include the Tiger Hill, Rock Garden, Batasia Loop, Bengal Natural and History Museum. There are also some very artistically enhanced monasteries, churches as well as temples. Additionally, the eye catching site of the beautiful Kanchenjunga range, will leave you mesmerised. The gorgeous sun rise enlightens the whole mountain range, imparting the most attractive site, which one must experience at least once in their life time. Another speciality of this region is, ‘Darjeeling Tea’––the best quality tea, which is produced in abundance.

Although somewhat remote, Darjeeling offers numerous types of accommodations for every visitor.  Some very well known luxurious hotels where you can plan your stay are, Windamere, Cedar-Inn, Viceroy, Fortune Nirvana.