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Top 6 Places to Visit in Darjeeling district, West Bengal

The district of Darjeeling is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in West Bengal.

The serene hilly district is endowed with all the natural beauties that impress the hearts of everyone that visit it.

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There are plenty of attractions where you can enjoy adventure sports, relax amidst nature, spot various flora and fauna, and many more.

In this article, you will get to know about the following places to visit in the Darjeeling district,

  1. Darjeeling town
  2. Mirik
  3. Lepchajagat
  4. Sevoke
  5. Kurseong
  6. Tinchuley

Let’s see each of these places in detail…

1. Darjeeling town

Darjeeling

Darjeeling Town is one of the most picturesque destinations in West Bengal.

The lovely place is blessed with rolling hills, clear blue skies covered with fog and clouds, majestic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, lush green tea estates, and wild orchids.

If you are looking for peace amidst the pleasant weather of the hills, this quaint hilly town is ideal for you.

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Every year a large number of tourists are drawn to this popular tourist spot.

You can enjoy toy train rides, take photographs of the mountain peaks covered with snow and wild rhododendrons, spot exotic species of plants and animals, and experience a spiritual ambiance in the monasteries.

The best time to visit Darjeeling town is from October to March.

Top Attractions in Darjeeling

  1. Batasia Loop
  2. Darjeeling Mall
  3. Peace Pagoda
  4. Japanese Temple
  5. Happy Valley Tea Estate

There are also many other popular places to visit in Darjeeling.

2. Mirik

Mirik (Shubh.ch1994, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Mirik is another picturesque destination cradled amidst the quaint valleys and forests of the district Darjeeling.

The name Mirik derives from the Lepcha word “Mir Yok” which means place burnt by fire.

Mirik is bestowed with all the natural assets like tea gardens, temples, monasteries, orange orchards, and gardens.

The natural beauty, soothing climate, and easy accessibility of the place make it a popular hilly tourist spot.

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You can take lovely photographs of sunrises and sunsets from the viewpoints of Mirik, hike through the easy trails bounded by lakes and pine trees.

You can also enjoy pony rides and shikhara rides, and blend yourselves with the peaceful ambiance of monasteries.

The best time to visit Mirik is from October to March.

Top attractions in Mirik

  1. Mirik Lake (must visit)
  2. Sumendu Dhap
  3. Rameetay Dara
  4. Tingling ViewPoint
  5. Deosi Dara
  6. Mirik Tea gardens.

3. Lepchajagat

Lepchajagat

Lepchajagat, situated in the Darjeeling district is a small hamlet wrapped in the wilderness. It is located at an elevation of 6956 ft above sea level.

This place is a paradise for nature lovers and newlywed couples.

Lepchajagat was considered to be a village of the Lepchas.

The reserved area of the dense forest is covered by tall trees of spruce, rhododendron, and oaks.

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Most of the time these dense forests are covered with mists and fog which makes the entire Lepchajagat look more mystical and offers you an ideal spot for photography.

If you visit Lepchajagat you can spot wildlife like Himalayan Salamanders and birds like Warbler, Minla, and Sibia.

You can also witness the marvelous snow-capped peaks of Kanchenjunga, blue skies with majestic sunrises, and many other things.

You can visit this place during the winter.

Top attractions in Lepchajagat

  1. Forests covered in mist
  2. Sunrise point

4. Sevoke

Coronation Bridge, Sevoke (Sourik8, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Sevoke is a spot filled with spectacular natural beauty. It is located near Siliguri and Dooars in the Darjeeling district.

The place is known for its unique blend of hills and plains.

It attracts many tourists every year because of the enchanting beauty of the Coronation Bridge which is considered one of the architectural marvels in West Bengal.

Sevokeswari Kali Temple is a renowned Kali Temple that is situated here.

There is also a Shiva temple situated opposite it, where devotees come to offer Pujas.

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You can also see varied wildlife here like monkeys, elephants, leopards, and spotted deer.

The best time to visit Sevoke is from autumn to winter, especially during the Durgapuja and Kali Puja when grand occasions take place.

Top attractions in Sevoke

  1. Sevokeswari Kali temple
  2. Coronation Bridge
  3. Lush green forests

5. Kurseong

Kurseong

Kurseong is a small and quaint hilly town located at an altitude of 1458 meters from Sea level.

The name ‘Kurseong’ is derived from the Lepcha word “Kharsang” which means land of White orchids.

The small hamlet is filled with colonial buildings and cottages.

The place is wrapped in tranquility and there are numerous tourist attractions you can visit here.

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If you are an adventure lover, you must visit this place to enjoy trekking and white water rafting.

The beautiful destination is surrounded by lush green valleys, viewpoints, parks, temples, and museums.

The best time to visit Kurseong is from March to May and again from August to October.

Top attractions in Kurseong

  1. Dow Hill
  2. Giddapahar Durga Mata Mandir
  3. Eagles Crag View Point
  4. Makaibari Tea Estate
  5. Salamander Lake
  6. Kettle Valley Picnic Spot

6. Tinchuley

Tinchuley

Tinchuley is a name for three “Chullas,” or ovens.

It is a small hilly town close to Darjeeling town. The place has gained popularity recently as a result of locals’ efforts to promote local tourism.

Tinchuley’s unspoiled natural beauty is its main center of attraction.

Since the town is not located on a major thoroughfare, you may safely stroll there without having to worry about traffic backing up behind you.

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Poets, writers, wildlife enthusiasts, and photographers have all been fascinated here by the village’s tranquil atmosphere and favorable weather.

You shouldn’t be shocked if you see a writer spending a whole month in the community working on their upcoming book or a bird lover walking about with a pair of binoculars around their neck.

This place provides jaw-dropping views of the surrounding mountains including the Teesta valley.

Top attractions in Tinchuley

  1. Tinchuley Monastery
  2. Gumbadara Viewpoint
  3. Tinchuley sunrise point
  4. Chota Mangwa
  5. Bara Mangwa

These are some of the best places to visit in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal.

So if you are looking to spend a beautiful time amidst the mystics of the mountains and forests, pack your bags and visit one of these places.


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