Wondering Where to Travel with Your Kids in 2021? Consider, Darjeeling, West Bengal that has it all for your kids. This vacation plan in the hills is best for kids and families to enjoy nature’s lovely beauty. Let your kids know more about the heritage toy train, Zoological Park, landscaped nature views, beauty of Kanchenjunga (the third highest mountain in the World), tea gardens, and valleys.
As a Tourist let’s become a Part of Clean India Campaign or Swach Bharat Abhiyan that was recently launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Here are some tips that we can follow to preserve the beauty of hill stations, Darjeeling.
- Never write on the walls of monuments or carve on words. Let’s not spoil the precious treasures of the nation such as Monuments. Also if you see others doing it please ask them to stop. You can also inform by clicking pictures and send them to Government Authority or tweet to take some action.
- Never Urinate/spit anywhere in tourist places or even on the roads. It creates a very unhygienic environment. Always find a public washroom when you need to relieve yourself. Indian corners are fully sprayed “pan” / “gutka” spits. If you notice any tourist spitting, act your duty to stop and report to the authorities.
- Avoid plastic bags and use recycled products. As we all know Polythene takes about hundreds of years to get decomposed. Hence it is always advisable to carry your own paper or cloth bag. [READ: 4 Must-Have Tactical Clothing]
- Stop littering here & there. Remember this basic important thing anywhere you travel or even in parks, streets, or trains. Throw whatever garbage in just the dustbin. And if there is no dustbin available around you, make sure to keep any sort of garbage like empty wrappers, packets, in your purse or pocket to throw them whenever you see a dustbin.
- We observed Cigarette butts litter is the most problem at many places. If you smoke, make use to dump the cigarette butts in dust bins or ashtrays to dump rather than just throwing them away.
We enjoyed our 4 days tour to Darjeeling with kid and Here Are Some of the Must Visit Places in Darjeeling-
1. Tiger Hill, Darjeeling
Tiger Hill is the highest point in Darjeeling and just a short drive from the main town. It’s ideal for trekking and hiking beside the mesmerizing Kanchenjunga Range views. We could not even make it to Tiger Hill and the sunrise view due to the foggy weather. [READ: 6 Best Places To Visit with Kids and Family in Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar #SayYesToTheWorld]
Tourists visit here by four in the morning to get the beautiful sunrise view from the observatory located on top of the hill. No view is possible in the weather or fog, so make sure to check before leaving.
• Timing: 4 am
• Entrance Fee: Rs. 50
2. Darjeeling Toy Train
Whether visiting as a couple, family, or along with kids, Darjeeling Toy Train is a must-take experience for it being a World Heritage by UNESCO. It is also known as The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and takes you through the magnificent hill station of West Bengal. The must learn and show the engineering marvel to the kids. The narrow (2 feet) train takes on an approx 2-hour trip, i.e. from Darjeeling station to Ghum and back. One is definite to enjoy the journey through the ascent hilly terrains with majestic Himalayas stunning views.
The toy train joy ride crosses via Batasia Loop and halts here and Ghoom for Monastery and Museum. Enjoy the fantasy world of trains and bewitching panorama with your kids to gain some knowledge make memories.
• Entrance Fee:
Diesel engine rides: Rs.1000
Steam engine rides: Rs.1600
**Please book the tickets in advance as the trains have limited seats. [READ: 7 Popular Zoos in India (Best Zoological Parks)]
3. Batasia Loop
The very popular place to visit in Darjeeling is the Batasia Loop. Be there at 9am for some amazing views, a shopping experience, and see the Toy Train. Batasia Loop will give you some very amazing views of the mountains and valleys of Darjeeling. Also, don’t forget to rent and wear to get yourself clicked in the local Gorkha traditional Nepali dress. Buy Things To Carry While Travelling To Hill Station
***Mask is compulsory to enter the premises due to Covid-19
4. The Ghoom Monastery, Darjeeling
The Ghoom Monastery was built by a lama called Sherab Gyatso in the year 1875. It has a Maitreya Buddha statue of 15 feet in height. This is also known as Yiga Choeling Monastery which has some very rare, handwritten Buddhist manuscripts.
• Timing: 10 am -6 pm
• Entrance Fee: Free Entry
***It is closed due to Covid-19 pandemic
5. The Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling
This Japanese Peace Pagoda is located on the slopes of Jalaphar Hill where one can get four avatars of Lord Buddha, which also includes the Maitreya Buddha. People of any race and creed are welcome here and are also made with a purpose to propagate prosperity and peace in the world. It has been built for about 20 years (1972 to 1992). This symbol of peace and unity is the very popular landmarks of Darjeeling. It measures about 94 feet in height and 23 meters in diameter, which makes it the highest free-standing structure in Darjeeling. Do take breathtaking views and many pictures from the top of the white pagoda to capture the lush landscape of Darjeeling in your memories. [READ: 6 Best Virtual Vacations To Take With Your Kids From Home]
• Timing: 4:30am – 07:00pm
• Entrance Fee: Free
6. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute And Zoo
The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is the campus memorial for Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary. It is also a museum showcasing various mountaineering equipment used by Tenzing Norgay. [READ: 5 Most Beautiful Flower Gardens Of India]
•Timing: 09:00 am to 01:00 pm; 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm
**Closed on Tuesday
7. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
Just to the other side of The Mountaineering Institute is a zoological park having various Himalayan animals’ species.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park spreads across 67.56 acres and is at a height of 7000 feet above the plains. This is the largest high-altitude zoo in India. This popularly known as Darjeeling Zoo Wildlife Park has Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wolf, and various endangered fauna of Eastern Himalayas. Kids will surely love the wildlife at this zoo. Some of the biggest attractions are Red Panda, Himalayan Deer, Black Bear, and macaw.
And if you are an animal lover, this zoological park offers an ‘Adoption Program’. Visitors can adopt the animal and make payment for their care by entering into a special agreement provided by the zoo.
• Timing: 08:30 am – 04:00
**Closed on Thursday
• Entrance Fee: Indians Rs. 20
Foreigners Rs. 50
Camera charges: Rs. 10
***Mask is compulsory to enter the premises due to Covid-19
8. Tea Plantations, Darjeeling
Tea Plantations in Darjeeling is a must-visit place in India. Darjeeling has more than 86 tea gardens producing popular Darjeeling tea. Due to the bad weather, we did not get an opportunity to visit processing tea but definitely enjoyed the magnificent tea estates views. This is among the best things to do in Darjeeling with kids
• Timing: Not applicable
• Entrance Fee: Free Entry
Chowrasta is a well-known street of Darjeeling for tourists and locals to hang around. This place near mall road is loaded with many restaurants and shops and is considered the commercial and social hub. Enjoy the Victorian-era architecture of this place while you take a stroll. Just laze yourself sitting on the roadside benches or take a pony ride, for a super fun experience.
While returning to NJP, you can take a small Mirik tour. Notice the beautiful green meadows with picturesque valleys throughout the journey to reach Mirik. This must-visit tourist destination is known for the amazing climate and natural beauty. Sumendu Lake marks the major attraction which is surrounded by a garden on a side, while there are pine trees on the other. And this is linked by a footbridge known as Rainbow Bridge, Indreni Pull.
Sit and relax yourself by the glorious Sumendu Lake. Some popular activates in mirik are canoeing and boating. And if you like trekking, welcome yourself to the Darjeeling’s exotic forests.
Mirik is among the best Scenic Tourist Places in Darjeeling. This place is the largest supplier of oranges in the state of West Bengal. You can also plan for a one-day stay to visit the Orange Orchards, Mirik. Let your kids fall in love with this unique numerous plantation of orange spread thorough the city. The orange orchids will definitely make your kids day, plan your tour accordingly to see them in full bloom.
*** Best time to visit Mirik orange garden is the blooming season from 15th November – 15th January. Oranges are harvested between late December to early January.