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Best Tours of Darjeeling, IndiaDiscover the history and culture of this mountainous city

Darjeeling: the mountain city

Found in the foothills of the Himalayas, Darjeeling stands as a timeless gem in the northeastern region of India. Renowned globally for its exquisite tea plantations, this picturesque town captivates visitors with its breathtaking views of rolling hills cloaked in emerald-green tea gardens. Darjeeling's colonial charm, inherited from its British past, is palpable in its architecture, from the Victorian-style buildings to the narrow winding streets lined with quaint shops and cafes. The town's cool, temperate climate adds to its appeal, providing a refreshing escape from the summer heat prevalent in much of India. Beyond its tea estates, Darjeeling offers rich cultural diversity, with vibrant Tibetan and Nepali influences evident in its cuisine, festivals, and religious practices. Whether savoring a cup of the finest Darjeeling tea, exploring the vibrant markets, or trekking through its lush landscapes, Darjeeling promises an enchanting journey filled with unparalleled beauty and charm.

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What to do in Darjeeling

Wander the Tea Plantations

Darjeeling's tea plantations sprawl across lush green hills, painting a mesmerizing landscape. Renowned for producing some of the world's finest teas, they offer a tranquil retreat amid breathtaking natural beauty. Following your explorations why not try some of this famous tea?

See Monkey's at Darjeeling's Temples

At Darjeeling's temples, mischievous monkeys play among sacred grounds, adding a lively charm to the spiritual ambiance. Visitors delight in observing these playful creatures as they interact with each other and the serene surroundings, creating memorable moments of joy.

Explore Darjeeling

Exploring Darjeeling unveils a tapestry of delights—narrow streets lined with colorful shops, bustling markets brimming with local crafts, and quaint cafes serving aromatic teas. Amidst the colonial charm and Himalayan backdrop, each corner beckons with adventure and discovery.

Travel Tips

Currency

India's official currency is the Indian Rupee. For the latest exchange rates, consult OANDA.

Major currencies like the Euro, British Pound, US Dollar, South African Rand, and others can be exchanged locally or before departure. Bureau de changes and banks in major towns provide exchange facilities, with ATMs available. Opt for smaller denominations to ease transactions for smaller purchases and gratuities.

Vaccinations

As a guide for travelling, we recommend Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, and Polio vaccinations, along with anti-Malarial medication. Consulting your doctor or local medical practitioner is strongly advised for any additional vaccinations or treatments before visiting India.

Tap water

Absolutely not. You've likely encountered the term "Delhi belly," and consuming tap water is a guaranteed route to illness. It's key to never drink tap water; opt solely for bottled mineral water, widely accessible in hotels, shops, and restaurants nationwide. Additionally, steer clear of salads that may have been rinsed in unsanitary water.

Safe eating in India

Indian cuisine is renowned for its diverse flavors beyond spicy curries. While exploring, relish authentic home-cooked dishes. Yet, be cautious of "Delhi Belly" due to water bacteria. Stick to bottled water, avoid salads, and choose hygienic eateries. Indulge in northern specialties like Tandoori and Biryani, southern delights like Thali and Dosa, and treat yourself to local sweets like Gulab Jamun and Kulfi for a culinary adventure.

Temple etiquette

To ensure respect at religious sites, adhere to dress codes by wearing knee-length attire and sleeves. Women may carry a shawl for shoulder cover. Avoid smoking and public displays of affection. Remove shoes and hats upon entering temples. Refrain from touching sacred artifacts. Follow signage regarding photography restrictions. Seek guidance from guides regarding temple etiquette and restricted areas. Embrace cultural differences respectfully. Note potential photography fees, around USD $10 for the tour.

WiFi

In India, strong WiFi is mainly available in major metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Chennai, as well as in global chain hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops. Major airports and train stations also offer WiFi. However, WiFi outside cities is limited, especially in rural areas, heritage properties, and national parks, where it may be slow or chargeable.

Plugs and voltage

The standard voltage in India is 230-240 volts, typically 240 volts. Power sockets require round 3-pin plugs, similar yet not identical to European ones. It's advisable to carry a universal travel adapter. For U.S. appliances, a voltage converter and plug adapter are necessary for use.

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Visiting Darjeeling is an invitation to immerse yourself in a world of timeless beauty and cultural richness. From savoring the finest teas amidst lush tea plantations to exploring vibrant markets and tranquil temples, every moment promises unforgettable experiences in this enchanting Himalayan town.

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