Things to do in the Queen of Hills, Darjeeling

Darjeeling, the queen of all hill stations and also the ‘Dream-land of the East’ is famous for its natural beauty, clean fresh air, balmy weather round the year – and above all her tea estates. Covering an area of 1,200 sq. miles and surrounded by the Himalayan peaks, it’s a fascinating place rich in natural beauty. Darjeeling is a tourist’s paradise as there are many places which can captivate the tourist and provide him pleasant experiences.

Bhutia Busty Gompa: Located on the backdrop of the Kanchenjunga range, this is one of the most popular monasteries in Darjeeling. It also has a library inside, which has a collection of religious texts including a copy of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. One who wants to have in-depth knowledge of Buddhist treatises must visit the site.

Ghoom Monastery Darjeeling
Ghoom Monastery: Also known as Yogachoeling Gompa, it is located at a distance of 8km from the town. It also has an image of Maitreya Buddha. Photography is allowed inside the monastery. Tourists having an interest in history and Buddhism can find the place suited to their interest.

Tibetan Refuge Centre
Tibetan Refugee Centre: It is the place where a large number of Tibetan migrated here in the year 1959 due to the annexation of Tibet by China. Its craft workshops produce pure Ladakhi wool items, carpets and interesting woodcarving products. One can have a feel of the original Tibetan culture and their lifestyle here.

The Lebong Race Track
The Lebong Race Track: 8 Km from Darjeeling, this race course is the highest and smallest track in the world. Under the management of the Gymkhana Club, races are held here during the military parades. Motor sports enthusiasts can find this place as an attractive destination.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Taking a ride on the ‘toy train’ was a highlight. Built between 1879 and 1881, the 2ft narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a feat of engineering mastery. Tourists shouldn’t miss a trip on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. A joy ride ticket – a tourist ticket takes you to Ghum and back for a nominal price.

Snugly located on the lap of Darjeeling, Mayfair Hotel provides you all the comforts and amenities which will enable you forget the worries and enjoy the queen of Hills, Darjeeling to the utmost.