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Darjeeling is a small city in the Indian state of West Bengal and was just a cluster of villages in the beginning and later became a prominent part of British India. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was thrown open in 1881. It used to be the de-facto summer capital of India during British Raj. For foreign tourists, main attractions are cultural diversity, beautiful views of Kanchenjunga, a variety of Darjeeling Tourism trekking options, and the Weather Darjeeling is just superb and makes the city a heaven on Earth! The nearest airport of Bagdogra is around 100 km from Darjeeling India where regular flights by Air India, Jet Airways, Indigo, Spice jet, and Kingfisher Airlines are operated from Delhi, Guwahati, and Druk Airways has also started direct flights to and from Paro and Bangkok, twice a week. Siliguri is the nearest town which has the mainline rail network and from there, many transport options are available to Darjeeling. Most popular modes of transport are taxi and shared jeep which depart regularly from several locations around the town. They are a cheap and fast way to reach Darjeeling Tourism. If one gets down at New Jalpaiguri by train, one can also take a taxi or shared jeep to reach Darjeeling. There is a bus service from Siliguri to Darjeeling on regular basis but they are quite slow due to steep climb to Darjeeling. Direct trains from New Delhi to NJP run frequently every day.

From Kolkata, the best option to travel is the Darjeeling Mail train which takes around 12 hours and from NJP, the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, called as the 'Darjeeling Toy Train' completes the journey till Darjeeling. This route is hugely popular with tourists as one gets to see some of the best mountain scenery and has a series of regular zig zags to gain height and takes almost 7 hours to reach Darjeeling.

Darjeeling is a small town with a great Weather Darjeeling which makes it a great way to explore the city on foot. One can also visit some monasteries in Ghoom and walk back to Darjeeling enjoying the beauty of the area and its villages. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is one of the most visited spot in Darjeeling India and was founded by late Tenzing Norgay who climbed the Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary. Himalayan Zoo has a good collection of Himalayan animals. Japanese Peace Pagoda and Tiger Hill are ideal to visit in morning. Mountain biking is the best way to explore the beauty of any mountain. Darjeeling Tea is famous all over the world for their aromatic and delicate taste.

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