State: West Bengal
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: Nepali, Tibetan, Bengali, Hindi, English
Best Season: Sep - May
Weather: Summer 19-37°C, Winter 3-24°C
Altitude: 2050 m
STD code: 0354
Until the early part of the eighteenth century, Darjeeling was under the king of Sikkim. Later Gorkhas invaded the region and annexed the area, which they eventually lost to British. The British used the place to escape the heat and found the strategic importance of the area. They, hence, developed the area as a hill station and tea-growing area. Darjeeling is well known for its tea industry and eco-tourism.
Darjeeling is thought to be derived from Dorjeeling, which literally means 'the place of Dorjee' the majestic thunderbolt. Some believe that the thunderbolt belongs to the Lamaist religion and some believe that it belongs to Lord Indra.