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Darjeeling is a town in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is noted for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway,a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Darjeeling is the headquarters of Darjeeling district which has a partially autonomous status within the state of West Bengal. The development of the town dates back to the mid-19th century, when the colonial British administration set up a sanatorium and a military depot. Subsequently, extensive tea plantations were established in the region, and tea growers developed hybrids of black tea and created new fermentation techniques. The resultant distinctive Darjeeling tea is internationally recognised and ranks among the most popular of the black teas. Darjeeling has several British-style public schools, which attract students from India and neigh bouring countries. The varied culture of the town reflects its diverse demographic milieu consisting of Nepalese,Tibetan, Bengali and other ethno-linguistic groups. Darjeeling, with its neighbouring town of Kalimpong,was a centre of the Gorkhaland movement in the 1980s.

Places to visit

  • Tiger Hill
  • Himalayan Railway
  • Batasia Loop
  • Peace Pagoda
  • Suntalekhalo
  • Roy villa