The Kanchenjunga – The Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world and a pillar of the Great Himalayas. Its name is derived from the Tibetan words ‘Kanchen’ and ‘Dzonga’ which translates to “The Five Treasures of the Great Snows”. To Darjeeling, it is truly a treasure. The majestic white peaks of the Kanchenjunga are visible from Darjeeling and provides an incredible view as a backdrop to this city.
Tiger Hill – If you love a good sunrise ( Who doesn’t? ), Tiger Hill cannot be missed. At Sunrise the Kanchenjunga can be clearly seen from Tiger Hill illuminated by the sun. The blaze of the sun reflecting on the white peeks rapidly changes colours creating a visual experience of a lifetime. Watching the sun go up from behind the Kanchenjunga into the sky, as the sky shapeshifts is worth getting up at 4.30 am to arrive here. Get here early so you can find a comfortable spot at the Observatory deck. There is no better way to start your morning.
Batasia Loop – The Batasia Loop is a Spiral Railway pathway through which the Toy train runs through. It provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the lush green mountain valleys and the Kanchenjuna. However, it is also a spot to visit in its own right. The Batasia Loop is full of lush green gardens with seasonal and perennial flowers. Right in the center of the gardens stands the Gorkha War Memorial which was built in honor of the Gorkha soldiers that sacrificed their lives in various operations and wars following India’s Independence. In the mornings you can expect to see a flea market at Batasia Loop. Shop away!
Himalayan Toy Train – The Darjeeling Toy Train was built is 1881 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The route runs for 80 kilometers from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling via Siliguri, Kurseong and Ghoom. This train route provides for breathtaking sites and a truly exhilarating ride as it travels on the edge of the mountains taking multiple reverses and loops. One of the most scenic views can be seen when it spirals through the Batasia Loop at its highest point in Ghoom. This is not your average boring train ride and is a must-do.
Tea Estates – Even if you don’t know much about Darjeeling, you’ve probably heard of Darjeeling Tea. Darjeeling tea is regarded as top standard all around the world. Currently, there are over 80+ plus tea gardens in Darjeeling sprawling over 19,000 hectares, all producing the finest quality tea. If you’re in Darjeeling, visiting a tea estate and learning about the delicate process is essential. If you’re going to be shopping for one thing from Darjeeling, make it Darjeeling Tea and your morning routine will thank you.
The food – Shameless binge eating is a normal part of every Holiday and at Darjeeling the options are endless. Authentic Tibetan food is necessary eating when in Darjeeling, so visit Kunga Restaurant and fill up on Thukpa and Momos. For ___ English breakfast head to the 1911 born Keventers Restaurant and enjoy your morning coffee with a view of Darjeeling city. Glenary’s Restaurant is pretty much unmissable from Mall road and has an unbeatable bakery, so head in for freshly made baked goods. Originally Italian owned, Glenarys is an iconic Darjeeling eatery and is a no brainer spot for a meal with a view. Don’t miss out on the street food in Darjeeling either, Mall road is laced with pocket-friendly food stalls selling delicious snacks.