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How to Spend 1 Day in Darjeeling

How to Spend 1 Day in Darjeeling

If you’re willing to wake up early, you can pack a lot into just one day in Darjeeling. You’ll have time to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas, learn all about tea production, and spend time immersing yourself in Indian culture. Here’s how to make the most out of 24 hours in Darjeeling.

Morning: Tiger Hill and Around

Start your day in Darjeeling bright and early with a trip up to nearby Tiger Hill to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas. Because of the hill's position, you can see select peaks illuminated by the early morning sun, and on clear days, Mount Everest is visible. Most visitors come here on private tours that include predawn hotel pickups and return transfers. Some tours also  include postsunrise visits to the nearby Ghum Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, followed by a stop to look at the Batasia Loop, a spiral railway designed to make getting up the steep hill below Ghum more manageable.

Afternoon: Darjeeling Tea

Darjeeling is known the world over for its fine teas, and there are plenty of opportunities to learn about the tea-production process at one of the area's many tea estates. Tours generally start with visits to tea fields, followed by the chance to learn about how tea leaves are processed; some even allow visitors to look right out on the factory floor. Tea tours typically wrap up with tea-tasting opportunities. While some plantations allow walk-in visitors, you can save yourself a lot of hassle by prebooking a tea tour, which includes round-trip transportation from your Darjeeling hotel. 

Evening: Dine with Locals

While Darjeeling is full of restaurants serving up fresh Indian and Tibetan fare, for something a bit more culturally immersive, consider spending your last night in town attending a cooking demonstration or dinner in the home of a local family. These experiences are popular throughout India, and though they vary quite a bit depending on your hosts, more often than not they include the chance to learn about what goes into making a (usually vegetarian) North Indian meal. You’ll also get the chance to learn about life in Darjeeling from locals and maybe even get some insider tips on off-the-beaten path spots to visit.

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An Excursion into the World of the famous Darjeeling Tea

An Excursion into the World of the famous Darjeeling Tea

Discover the world-renowned Darjeeling tea on a journey to the Sourenee Tea Estate. The tea plantation is set at the edge of the Himalayas which provides stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Learn about the tea production process at the hundred-year-old estate and sample the world-famous Darjeeling tea which can only be grown in this remote region. Round-trip hotel transportation and lunch is included.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$291.00
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$291.00
Price varies by group size
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Excursion to Tea Estate Tour With Tea Processing Tour with Transportation

Excursion to Tea Estate Tour With Tea Processing Tour with Transportation

Benefit from personalized attention during a private half-day tour to a tea estate from Darjeeling. Take a guided tour of the tea garden and factory to learn about the tea production process from field to cup, then top off your tea estate tour with a tea tasting. Your tour includes admission, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Darjeeling, allowing you to relax and enjoy the experience.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.04
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$70.04
Price varies by group size
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Private Morning Excursion Tour To Tiger Hill (3 Points) With Pickup and Drop

Private Morning Excursion Tour To Tiger Hill (3 Points) With Pickup and Drop

Wake up bright and early to explore some of Darjeeling’s most beautiful locations on a private tour. Visit the beautiful Ghoom Monastery, take a toy train on the Batasia loop for stunning views of Darjeeling and the Himalayas, then head to Tiger Hill for panoramic views of the world’s third tallest mountain Kanchenjunga. Enjoy a personalized experience with your own tour guide and vehicle.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.04
Price varies by group size
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Price varies by group size
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Happy Valley tea tour, Darjeeling, India

Happy Valley tea tour, Darjeeling, India

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Want to learn the ins and outs of tea production? With this tour of the Happy Valley tea factory you can do just that. You'll learn everything about the process of getting tea from gardens to your cup, including how leaves are selected, sorted, fermented, and graded. Finish it all off with a free tea-tasting session!
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  • 1 hour
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