INTRODUCTION : Darjeeling is one of the most magnificent hill resorts in the world. This heavenly retreat is bathed in hues of every shade. The flaming red rhododendrons, the sparkling white magnolias, the miles of undulating hill sides covered with emerald green tea bushes, the exotic forests of silver fir, all under the blanket of a brilliant azure sky dappled with specks of clouds, compellingly confounds of Darjeeling as the Queen of hillstations.Darjeeling is famous for tea gardens, magnificent view of the Himalayas, Kanchenjunga peak, beautiful valleys, trekking to high altitude and famous toy train. Darjeeling is loaded with scenic wonders and a rich folk culture..
ORIENTATION : Darjeeling is situated in the lower Himalayas at an altitude of 6,982ft.It lies in the northern side of West Bengal and has Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan as its neighbours.
HISTORY : The name Darjeeling otherwise means ‘the Land of Thunderbolt’. Darjeeling initially in the 18th century was under the reign of the rajas of Sikkim which was soon taken over by the Gurkhas.But however the East India Company fought with the Gurkhas and captured Darjeeling.Campbell from British built the district and laid the foundation of the, now multi-million dollar tea industry in 1841.In 1988 the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council was formed under whose jurisdiction the hill station is governed and maintained.