Situated just 686 km from Kolkata in West Bengal but vastly distinctive in all geographical and cultural aspects, Darjeeling is one of the most popular hill resorts in India. Against the scenic backdrop of the snow-clad Himalayas, Darjeeling provides tourists with breathtaking views, pleasant climate and delicious local food. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) which is a world heritage site lures tourists to take a ride in the toy train. The marvelous tea gardens on rolling hills are a sight to behold. On a sunny day, one can see the Kanchenjunga, which is the worlds third highest peak. The Sangalila National Park which is home to the red panda is popular with wildlife enthusiasts. The Park is an admired family camping destination as it is free of vicious snakes and animals unlike most other camping sites. Mountain biking, river rafting and kayaking are other popular activities available here for adrenaline junkies.
For those not looking for an adrenaline rush, a long walk down the quaint streets of Darjeeling is a rejuvenating experience. The local cuisine here is delicious with restaurants serving heavy potions. The thupkas and momos in Darjeeling are worth trying. Darjeeling has also been featured in several Bollywood movies due to its beauty and splendor. Several documentaries have also been made depicting the nature and lifestyle in this alluring hill station in West Bengal. One such video made by Mark Wiens takes us through the town, its daily life, the railway, the zoo and the beautiful views Darjeeling has to offer. Brace yourselves. This short video will introduce you to the charm of Darjeeling.