Posted by: Brad Beaman | October 9, 2007

Darjeeling view of Kangchenjunga

Darjeeling is internationally famous for its tea. The Darjeeling tea plantations date back to the mid 1800s. The distinctive hybrids of black tea and fermenting techniques are considered the best in the world and that is why Darjeeling tea is nicknamed “The Champagne of Teas.”

Darjeeling is a three or four hour mountainous drive from the Bagdogra Airport (IXB). I would not recommend taking the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (toy train) to get to Darjeeling. You can take the toy train joy ride at Darjeeling but the famous toy train will take you 9 hours which is too much of a good thing.

Kangchenjunga translated means “The Five Treasures of Snows” is the third highest mountain in the world at 8,586 metres (28,169 feet) after. It is located on Nepal’s eastern border with the state of Sikkim in India.


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