Day hiking in Darjeeling are for those who don’t have sufficient time to go for long treks and are interested in exploring natural and rural areas of Darjeeling. There are operators in Darjeeling who offer complete packages for such day hikes along with guides.
It is from Tiger Hill that you can view the majestic contours of the Himalayas and Mount Kanchenjunga. If you tread all the way to Tiger Hill, be ready to be treated with breathtaking views. The magnificent sunrise and sunset views provides a perfect photography spot. March and June is the perfect time to visit this spot. During this time Tiger Hill is frequented by hundreds of people to experience one of the best hikes in India. In fact thousands of people climb the hill during this time every day.
You should try to get here by pre-dawn to witness the sunrise. During this time, the mountains are painted by the sun’s rays in vivid colors such as yellow, pink and purple. After witnessing the splendid sunrise, you can hike to Ghoom – which is a scenic town. On the way you can see beautiful tea plantations that will amaze you to no end.
Hike starting point is chowrasta with hiking via aloobari road to Jorebungalow. After reaching Jorebungalow trails is uphill till Tiger Hill. One can get back Darjeeling same road or descend down till jorebungalow and take a share jeep back to Darjeeling.
A small village between Manebhanjyang and Sandakphu in the Darjeeling district, Tonglu is the perfect retreat to unwind and/or explore the mountains. A trek through a forest in the eastern Himalayas, a panoramic view of snow-covered peaks such as the Kanchenjunga, Pandim and the Makalu, a picturesque trekkers’ hut and solitude – Tonglu promises much and delivers for the most part.
The village is named after one of the higher peaks on the Singalila Ridge. It is located inside the Singalila National Park in the Darjeeling subdivision of the district, near the India-Nepal border. The hamlet generally serves as a night halt for trekkers on their way to Sandakphu.
Day hike to tonglu is for true nature lovers, Once you reach tonglu view of Himalayas is also extraordinary.
Trip starts from darjeeling to dhotrey drive which is around 1 hours 30 minutes drive , Hike starts from dhotrey with single trail inside deep forest. While descending hikers can come via tumling, meghma route till maneybhanjyang. Later Drive to Maneybhanjyang to Darjeeling.
Note : Foreigners have to carry passport during this trip
The Darjeeling to Kurseoung trail via the Old Military road is considered one of the top hiking destinations in India. This is essentially a one-day hiking trail. Due to this, it is a very popular one amongst first-time hikers. The expedition starts off in the picturesque settings of Darjeeling and ends at Kurseoung.
The Old Military road is an amazing sightseeing route to take. One point of interest is the Mag-Dhog Yolmowa Buddhist Monastery. Also known as Aloobari, this monastery was built by Sri Sangay Lama. Construction of the monastery began as early as 1914. This was the same year that the First World War erupted. Hence, the monastery got the name Mag-Dhog – which means avoiding war.
Apart from the monastery, the coffee plantations are worth a visit. These plantations stretch over several acres of land and offer one of the best hikes in India. These sloping lands have narrow passages for people to walk through. Along with coffee plantations, there are plenty of tea estates as well. These sprawling tea estates give off the aroma of tea leaves.
The freshness of the air is unmistakable. You will feel like you are in one of purest environments on Earth. One of the reasons to this is that the estate owners take special care that the environment that these plants grow in is pure and verdant.
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