Nestled among the Himalayas with the glistening Mt Kanchenjunga towering over the azure sky, Darjeeling is a cluster of beautiful villages which provides a perfect gateway for those seeking to be in harmony with nature.
The development of the town dates back to the mid-19th century, when the colonial British administration set up a military establishment in the region. Subsequently, extensive tea plantations were operated in the region the distinctive Darjeeling tea is internationally recognized and ranks among the most popular of the black teas.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connects the town with the plains and has one of the few steam locomotives still in service in India.
It is noted for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Darjeeling has several British-style public schools, which attract students from India and neighbouring countries. The varied culture of the town reflects its diverse demographic milieu consisting of Nepalese, Tibetan, Bengali and other ethno-linguistic groups.