One of the most popular tourist destinations in India, the city is well known for its tea industry, magnificent views of Kangchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Its name comes from the Tibetan words Dorje, the thunderbolt scepter of the Hindu deity Indra, and ling means place. Specialized Darjeeling tea is internationally recognized and is one of the most popular black tea in the world.
The dense evergreen forests of sal and oak are located around the town, where a variety of rare orchids are found. The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park specializes in conserving and breeding endangered Himalayan species, while Lloyd’s Botanical Garden preserves common and precious species of plants.
Due to the distinct mix of cultures in Darjeeling, the cuisine of the city is also quite diverse, and rice, noodles, and potatoes make up the major part of the food. Momos are the most popular snack food in the city.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Tiger Hills, Batasia Loop, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling Peace Pagoda, Rock Garden, Singalila National Park, and Sandakphu are some of the major attractions in the city.