Darjeeling: the Queen of Hill’s Calling!

“Darjeeling”, the very well known destination among every tourist enthusiast is an evergreen place where every time one visits, he will definitely find their own favorite stop where they will confine into silently sipping their hot cup of tea or even having a loud, cheerful family breakfast.

Darjeeling famous for its blue “chuk-chuk” toy train, the lip smacking Darjeeling tea, the breath taking kangchendzonga view early in the morning and its changing into vibrant colours casting an everlasting spell in the mind of the visitors are not the only things to look up to when you make a visit to this magical land. We would like you to explore the other side of Darjeeling which every food lover is definite to fall in love with.  Other than the above famous destinations one must make it a point to visit the famous eating joints which Darjeeling is equally famous for.

Early in the morning after having the grand view of the Kangchendzonga, make your first stop at Keventar’s.  Established since the time of colonial rule, completing its 100 years keventer’s has become a dear eating stop for every tourist and even the localities. It serves some of the best English breakfast, tea and snacks.  On the ground floor is the bakery and take away. When one climbs up through the wooden stairs he will find himself at the restaurant, decorated cozily with the wooden chair tables instantly giving you a homely atmosphere.  In case you want to enjoy the Darjeeling view while having your food, climb on to the open terrace restaurant. During the winters they also put up umbrellas when it drizzles. Here, you will get the view point of the Darjeeling hustle bustle along with distant mountain ranges enwrapped in fog.  The experience becomes totally worthful when accompanied with the hot Darjeeling tea or coffee and meat loaf and eggs for breakfast.  One can also give a try at the unique “Rose Shake”.  Keventer’s is also well known for its “chocolates” and other non-vegetarian foodies and shakes. The waiters are quite friendly and you can easily engage into a friendly conversation with them. In short, it is guarantee once you make your visit to this restaurant you will always find your way back here at Nehru Road. After relishing the breakfast make your next stop to the “Super Soft Ice Cream Parlor”.  Here give your taste buds the joy of relishing genuinely creamy handsmade ice creams of different flavors, freezing your throats.

Thus, kenventer’s is a must for every one visiting Darjeeling. The foodies can look upon the delicious food while the non- foodie can silently sip his hot tea and enjoy the awesome surrounding. Hence, this food  joint has something in its plate for everyone, making it special and a must visit!

Places to Stay in Darjeeling: Splurging on accommodation in the picturesque hill town of Darjeeling involves much more than just comfortable beds, jacuzzis and savouring multiple cuisines. From taking nature-walks in tea plantations to sipping the famous Darjeeling tea by the bonfire, these luxury spaces will redefine your lodging experience.

Singtom Resort: Experience living in a tea estate surrounded by lush tea plantations all around at Singtom Resort. Mornings at Singtom begin with walks in the tea estate and nights end with conversations by the bonfire.

The Elgin Hotel: The 125-year old and erstwhile summer residence of Maharaja of Cooch Behar (a town in West Bengal), The Elgin is now a luxury hotel located on Lama Road, Darjeeling. Extensively refurbished, the hotel is at a walking distance from the hill town’s centre of activity—The Mall. Appointed with their own fireplaces, the hotel has 25 luxury rooms which offer a premium stay. Guests can enjoy a light meal at the gazebo at the hotel garden while taking in the splendid views of the surrounding hills, or sip their evening tea at the hotel’s tea lounge. Offering a selection of Indian, continental and Italian cuisines, The Orchard Dining Room caters well to food cravings. Those who want to enjoy a few drinks with their friends can head to the Timber Bar. A well-stocked library, games room and children’s activity centre are some of the facilities open to all residents. The hotel’s spa offers massages and beauty treatments.

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