Clinging precipitously to a hillside in Northeast India, Darjeeling straddles a ridge which, on a clear day, commands panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and the snow-topped peaks of the Himalayas. The temperate climate of this Raj-era hill station still attracts people escaping the heat of the plains and its winding streets are a lively mix of restaurants, guesthouses and curio shops.
With a population of Tibetan, Bhutanese, Nepalese and Indian communities, Darjeeling is a convivial melting pot of cultures and religions, and a stroll along the bustling Mall showcases this eclectic mix. For a more peaceful pursuit, the iconic Toy Train winds its way through emerald green tea plantations and lush forests, or meditate in the silence of a Buddhist monastery.
The Glenburn Tea Estate
Darjeeling, Calcutta and northeast India, India
Glenburn Tea Estate is a beautifully restored 150 year old colonial tea plantation house that is brimming with charm and style. It is overlooked by Mount Kanchenjunga and close to Darjeeling, offering treks through tea plantations and local villages.