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  • The one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once - by even a glimpse - would not give that glimpse for the shows of the rest of the world combined’, is how Mark Twain described Darjeeling.  Quite true because a visit to Darjeeling will surely remain etched in our memories forever. Often referred to as the “queen of the hills”, this small picturesque town still retains it colonial flavor and old world charm. It is steeped in history, and the glorious past this small hill station enjoyed is visible in every nook and corner of the small town. The Mall, the gardens and a host of landmarks like the St. Andrews Church, the Gymkhana, the Town Hall and a number of schools housed in buildings that date back to the late 1800s make a visit to Darjeeling a travel back into time. A walk in the mall and a ride on the celebrated ‘toy train’ against the backdrop of one of the most stupendous views of Kanchenjunga is indeed a journey back into a bygone era. Spread over in a natural amphitheatre with Kanchenjunga as its backdrop Darjeeling offers beautiful imagery often described in superlatives. Today it is the land of the beautiful rhododendrons, the sparkling white magnolias, never ending rolling hills covered with a sea of tea bushes, the evergreen forests of silver fir-all under the blanket of a brilliant azure sky dappled with specks of clouds. Darjeeling with its soothing climate and its beautiful landscape draws thousands of tourists from all around the globe. The laidback atmosphere, the ever smiling people, the unique culture and the magnificent scenery and provides a respite to all weary minds. It is a great escape and a perfect place to unwind and enjoy the bounties of nature.

  • Documentation
    An Indian visa is required to visit Darjeeling. It can be obtained in the Indian Embassy or in the consulates in your country.

    Medical Facilities
    There are many pharmacies which sells medicines and some have a doctor’s clinic. Prescription is not a requirement for purchase of harmless drugs in India.
        
    Time Zones
    India is 5 hours 30 minutes ahead of GMT.

    Best Season
    It is best to visit this region in spring and autumn. Spring generally begins in March and ends in May. Though there is a slight haze the forests covered with a riot of scarlet coloured rhododendrons, primulas, daisies, white magnolias and a host of other beautiful plants making a trek an exhilarating experience. Mid September heralds the beginning of the autumn season. Mid September to mid November enjoys excellent climate coupled with deep blue sky and clear days making this period the best trekking period of the year.

    Currency

    The currency in India is the Indian Rupee (Rs), which is divided into 100 paisa (p). Bills are available in 10, 20, 50,100 and 500 denominations. Travellers’ Cheques can be changed at banks in the cities but not necessarily elsewhere, although some hotels and travel agents are licensed to change money. US dollars in cash are not widely accepted so it is prudent to change your money into rupees before embarking on a trip. Your guide will be able to advise on where to change money. You will need your passport when you change money.  Credit cards are accepted in hotels and shops catering to tourists. Credit cards are also useful as an emergency source of cash as there are a lot of automated teller machines in the major cities and towns and the major cities from where money can withdrawn. You may well be approached by people offering black market currency exchange – this is of course illegal, and hard currency gained in this way often contributes to criminal activities.

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