Surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations and towered over by majestic Khangchendzonga, Darjeeling is the definitive Indian hill station and is arguably West Bengal’s premier attraction. Darjeeling has a Tibetan influence in their craft, culture and cuisine. Beautiful colonial architecture including mansions and churches dot this little beautiful town. Tiger Hill offers a spectacular view of both Mount Everest and Mount Kangchenjunga. Lloyd’s Botanical Garden has a collection of several species of flora including oak, magnolia and bamboo. The toy train established back in 1881, still runs in this part and is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Darjeeling provided stunning locations for many Bollywood movies including Barfi, Main Hoon Na.
Gangtok is a beautiful hill town and the capital of north-eastern state of Sikkim. This is one place which many tourists like to combine along with a visit to Darjeeling. And while in Gangtok, tourists visit several other places including the wonderland of Yumthang valley in north Sikkim, and Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass in East Sikkim, Pelling in west Sikkim etc.
Lachung: A Tibetan village with a unique local and traditional self-government body called the Zumsa, Lachung is situated at an altitude of 9000ft. It is the last village in North Sikkim before Yumthang and has emerged as a tourist destination because of its natural environ and the popularity of Yumthang valley.
Pelling is a small hill town of western Sikkim with magnificent views of Kanchenjunga peaks. Pelling is also well known for several historical sites & monasteries, natural landscapes including lakes and waterfalls, and of course its friendly and charming people. The name Pelling as per the Buddhists texts means the seat of the religious body formed by Pema Linga who was a discoverer of ancient Tibetan texts and also a treasure revealer.