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It is India's most famous and interesting Himalayan hill station. Mark Twain penned, that Darjeeling area is "The one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once-by even a glimpse would not give that glimpse for the shows of the rest of the world combined."
The surrounding mountain vistas are captivating. So are the steep hill sides spotted with tea plantations.
It's slim and smallish because it runs on a narrow gauge track. The famous Toy Train slowly winds, loops, and switchbacks up the 85-kilometer (53-mile) route from the lowlands to high-altitude Darjeeling. The passing landscapes are photogenic.
This observation site offers a spectacular view of Mount Kanchenjunga (see photo above). It's the world's third highest mountain. Note: You must be on Tiger Hill at sunrise on a cloud-free morning. If sky conditions are perfect, you'll also see Mount Everest.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
Exhibits paraphernalia used by Hillary and Norgay on mankind's first successful ascent of Mount Everest.
Focuses on wildlife in the Himalayan region. The red panda is a visitor's favorite.
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The best seasons are spring (especially mid-March to mid-May) and fall (particularly late-September to October). In the summer, you could encounter heavy rains and mountain-obscuring clouds and fog. In the winter, skies are often clear, but Darjeeling is cold.
Location in India