Darjeeling Ropeway is a cable car system that connects the town of Darjeeling with the valley of Singla on the banks of the Ramman River.
This is one of the best ways to experience the panoramic beauty of the town and its surroundings. The ropeway offers a spectacular view of the hills, valleys, forests, waterfalls, rivers, and tea estates of Darjeeling.
The ropeway has sixteen cars and covers a distance of 5 km (i.e. 2.5 km each way) in about 45 minutes. It has become a popular tourist attraction and is visited by hundreds of tourists.
In this article, you will get to know the following points about the Darjeeling Ropeway,
Let’s see each of these points in detail.
Darjeeling Ropeway Ticket Price
The ticket price for Darjeeling Ropeway is,
|Adult||Rs. 260 per person|
|Children (aged 3 – 8 years)||Rs. 130 per person|
Darjeeling Ropeway Timings
The timings of the Darjeeling Ropeway are,
|Winter and Monsoon||10:00 AM – 04:00 PM|
|Summer and Autumn||10:00 AM – 02:00 PM|
|Journey Time||45 minutes (Total)|
|Time required||1-2 hours|
How to reach Darjeeling Ropeway
|Address||Singamari, Darjeeling – 734104|
|Distance from Darjeeling Mall||3.2 kilometers|
You can take a taxi or a shared jeep from Chowk Bazaar or Darjeeling Mall Road to Singamari. The distance is about 3 kilometers and will take you around 15 minutes.
The ropeway station is located on Lebong Cart Road near St. Joseph’s School.
About the Darjeeling Ropeway journey
I love the natural beauty of mountains, valleys, and streams. So during my recent trip to Darjeeling (my third visit), I decided to try out the Darjeeling Ropeway to experience the “Queen of Hills” and its tea gardens in a unique way.
We took a cab to Singamari and started our journey from the ropeway station. After a few minutes, the cable car ride offered us a stunning view of the tea gardens, the River Rangeet, and the Kanchenjunga peaks. I am a bit scared of heights, but I couldn’t miss this opportunity.
The cable car traveled for 20 minutes over the mesmerizing tea gardens reaching Tukvar, from where it turned back. We got off at Tunkvar. You can enjoy the views of the beautiful landscape from here. You can also stroll through the Tea Gardens at Tukvar and click some amazing photos. There is also a small restaurant where you can have a cup of tea while enjoying the views.
After spending about 30 minutes there, we came back to the ropeway station and boarded a Gondola to return back to Singamari. It took about 20 minutes to return.
It was an amazing experience to see the landscape from a high altitude. I was mesmerized by the sight of the hills, rivers, waterfalls, and flowers along the way. The river Rammam and Rangeet flowed peacefully below us. The ropeway is a must-visit for anyone who wants to experience Darjeeling from a different perspective and enjoy a memorable ride
History of Darjeeling Ropeway
Darjeeling Ropeway was initiated in 1968 and it was the first cable car system in India. The tea gardens or the valleys were not easily accessible at that time. To cater to this problem the cable car system was introduced.
From a single cable car, it has now grown to 16 gondolas that can carry six people each.
The cable car used to stop at Tukvar Village, Burnesberg, and Singla Tea Estate (one of the famous tea estates in Darjeeling), which is now owned by Jayshree Tea Company.
These are some points about the Darjeeling Ropeway. It is a remarkable attraction that showcases the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Darjeeling.
The scenic beauty that you can witness from it will stay forever in your hearts.
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