At the mention of Darjeeling, the first thing that comes to mind is Tea. Over the years Darjeeling has become synonymous with the refreshing beverage Tea, as the town excels in the production of exotic varieties of tea in abundance. Being a prominent tourist destination of India, Darjeeling is located in the state of West Bengal.
Popularly known as the "Queen of the Hills", Darjeeling is a town that offers a spectacular view of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks to the visitors. Darjeeling is a famous honeymoon spot as well, thanks to its enticing weather and amazing scenery. Apart from the exceptional views, Darjeeling also has an array of attractions that the visitors can enjoy looking at.
Enjoy taking a tour, virtually, through the tea plantations and ride the renowned Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the "Toy Train", which are major attractions of Darjeeling.
The rich, aromatic tea from Darjeeling is loved by people from all over the world for its exotic and musky taste. Varieties such as black, green, white and oolong teas are cultivated here. The majority of India's tea production happens in Darjeeling.
In addition, the sprawling tea plantations and estates found in this town are marvels by themselves. Visitors can take a walk through these plantations and revel in the endless greenery and alluring scent of tea. Paying a visit to the Tea estates should not be missed out on, when in Darjeeling.
The Toy Train
Known as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India, the Toy Train or the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways is yet another tourist attraction. Inaugurated in the 1800s, this train is of immense historical importance and also the only mini train service offered in the entire nation, which connects New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling.
The Toy Train is just about 2 feet in length and was used for transportation of the military forces during the second world war. Today, the Toy Train offers joy rides to the tourists. The beautiful gardens and panoramic views of nature that can be seen during the journey are beyond words. A ride in the Toy Train should definitely be added to your list of things to-do when you are on a trip to Darjeeling.