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Darjeeling


Darjeeling is popularly known as the "Queen of the Hills" and produces the famous Darjeeling tea, one of the world's finest teas. It is also home to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the oldest hill stations in India, Darjeeling has plenty of options, both for those seeking a lazy getaway from the hot plains, as well as nature enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies. Apart from sights within the town, there are plenty of trekking options along the Himalayan ridges on the Indo-Nepal border near Darjeeling. The most popular of these is the Singhalia Ridge Trail.
The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is one of the most visited spot in Darjeeling. This institute was created by the late Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa who climbed Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary. The institute has a fascinating Everest Museum and offers some mountaineering and adventure courses. Situated on Jawahar Parvat, the institute is famed for its exceptional collection of mountaineering equipment and findings.
Just beyond the quaint Tibetan market lies the Observatory Hill, the popular meeting place of tourists and residents. It is popular not only for its religious significance but also for the scenic views. Another popular spot for short treks is Tiger Hill, the summit of Ghoom, the highest railway station on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. It is famous for its spectacular sunrise view over the Himalayas. Leveling out at 8,500 ft, Tiger Hill is the highest summit in the immediate surroundings.