Darjeeling conjures visions of serenity, of vibrant green hills steeped in splendour. A land of breathtaking beauty, crowned by the majestic Himalayas ---- the abode of the Gods. This most magnificent hill station of India , has been rightly christened "The Queen of Hills".
The beauty and ideal location of this place first caught the eyes of the erstwhile East India Company. It became the "Summer Capital" of West Bengal . A haven, away from the sweltering heat of Calcutta.
The British pioneered the Tea Plantations and the produce rightly earned the sobriquet "The Champagne of Tea" as it is popularly known today, worldwide.
Another unique feature was the launch of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) on 4 th July 1881 , which went on to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visited by tourists from across the world. Very aptly, it is known all over as The Toy Train.
Breathtaking hills, winding roads, gushing waterfalls and lush green carpeted Tea Gardens are a feast for the eyes. Lesser known and virgin destinations are dotted all around the Kanchanjunga region, providing all diverse tourism related activities that one can dream of. Be it religion based (Buddhism), diverse cultural heritage, adventure and nature tours or pleasant pastimes like bird watching, trekking and white water rafting ------ the region offers it all.