A beauty in the cradle of the Himalayas, Darjeeling is locale that is as stunning as it gets. Wrapped up in the mountains, this beautiful place is dotted with glaciers, forests and extensive rice fields. Not to forget, you will love getting lost in the greenery of the tea plantations and the colourful decorum of the Buddhist monasteries.
An emerald jewel clinging to the steep walls of the Himalayas, carved over millennia by the relentless work of the water and over the centuries by the humble and difficult man. In this piece of land lost in the folds of time, glaciers are softened in a maze of deep valleys, where a thousand steps outline the profile of the rice fields and a thousand lines define the geometry of the tea plantations. All the colours of green are broken by pyrotechnic punctuation of Buddhist monasteries.
Surrounded by tea gardens and orchards, the small town of Darjeeling is a place that reminds me of the warm scents of childhood. It is a wonderful place to be lulled by the intense aroma wafting in the air, from the elegant background music, to the professionalism of the people who work there. The place evokes the passion for the real story and that for the traditions and legends of the hills.
Darjeeling is a great place to witness some gorgeous scenery. Darjeeling Tea is known and loved around the world as the champagne of teas and in the heart of the tea gardens, Darjeeling reveals it’s most intimate and authentic side. The richness of this land expresses the evocative power that draws on the history and the charm of its locations.
The best time to visit this place is definitely from end of Oct to December when the weather is fine and the light snow begins to fall and cover its upper reaches. With majestic views of the Kanchenjunga and on a clear day even Mount Everest, try to wake up early around 4 so you can enjoy the view of the sunrise, which is nothing short of a spectacle of great beauty. A day of excitement, that starts early with a race against time to get to Tiger Hill and watch the sunrise on Kanchenjunga, when the ice wall turns pink.
The Kanchenjunga, along with the beautiful tea plantations, is the scenery dotted with temples which unfolds to the day traveller. Darjeeling is very famous for its manicured botanical gardens in the city centre and you will also find the famous Darjeeling zoo that is home to some rare species of birds and animals, including the wonderful Siberian tiger, and the red panda. Another must-see is the Lloyd's Botanical Garden, a colorful garden that contains Himalayan plants, flowers, and multitude of orchids.
Walking around the curves of the hill roads fetches you bright and vibrant fragrance with diverse flowers all around. Notes of frangipani announcing a delicate heart of jasmine and orange flowers, suffused with an accent of caramel that fades into the enveloping silage will be a sensory treat worth remembering. Waves of amber and oriental orange trees and star anise, reveals its charm to hearts and encompasses all facets of incense.
Intense and persistent with patchouli, and multi-faceted scent of cedar with the flowers of rose, jasmine and lavender blend with the scent of saffron embroidering a joyful heart and life of iris, violet, heliotrope, hydrangeas, azaleas, peonies, geraniums, wild roses, and climbers and even pomegranate trees invite you to discover a thing in the shades of the woods that is deep absolute and seductive, with a warm, intriguing and sensual oriental character.
In the midst of the aromas of strong vinous and intense fruity fullness the colour and fragrance of the hills differs from ruby red to pale and finely fragrant scent, declined to hints of cherry and raspberry, with hints of spice routes.
Darjeeling has often been a place of inspiration for many artists and writers with the atmosphere and enchanted aura of the area, has meant that the hills became the set of many movies such as Barfi to Parineeta and Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, as well as lots of music videos.
During their flowering, which spreads round the year, Darjeeling is intoxicated by their scent emanating everywhere and enchanting by their beautiful colours ranging from white to pink and yellow to orange colours in the midst of large yellow flowers with large petals and a delicate fragrance as also the old roses with a seductive fragrance. In other words, you can stroll under a roof of roses.
Along the path that surrounds the entire hills are lined with orchids, all famous for their intensity and complexity of the fragrance, which include myrrh, musk and fruity accents where, you are immediately struck by the exotic fragrance notes.
The slow journey of the Toy Train through the picturesque landscapes will surely cheer your heart with lovers of Chinese food like momos, thukpas and in particular churpee, the food of the gods can entice you and rediscover the authentic aromas and flavours along this journey of taste.
There are fragrances that transport you to another world, from the mythological fire red earth and sand that will slip through your fingers with the scent embodies all the great passion and is like travelling in search of an essence.
As winter arrives Darjeeling becomes even more fascinating with the sun shining on the campaign of dazzling green, flowers sprouting everywhere and a multitude of things to do to enjoy full days in the open air and is really a journey between scents, colours, and sensations of the hills and the best time to book tickets is…coming soon.