Darjeeling is a hill station popular with Indian tourists escaping the heat of the plains, international tourists, and tea enthusiasts.
The town is known worldwide for its tea industry and is surrounded by acres of tea plantations owned by various companies. Tours can be arranged through some of these plantations although many tourists are happy to sample the plethora of fresh tea varieties at the numerous tea shops and merchants in town.
Situated in West Bengal, Darjeeling can be reached by its UNESCO World Heritage designated Darjeeling Himalayan Railway departing from Siligauri. It is a 60cm narrow-gauge railway and is affectionately referred to as the "toy train". The nearest airport is in Bagdogra, 93km from town. Four wheel drive jeeps can be hired to drive the long and winding narrow roads that snake around the steep slopes up to town.
Gangtok (meaning the 'Hill Top') is the largest city and the capital of the Indian state of Sikkim. The soaring Mt. K2 (Kanchenjunga) is seen from most parts of the city.
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