Darjeeling Tea is sold at Cafés around the world, but it tastes best when had at its place of birth. Here, it is freshly brewed and served with a view of the hills. In fact, every street in the hill town of Darjeeling has views worthy of a postcard. The bright blue sky fades into the white snow-capped mountains. Lush green tea plantations sit below these majestic mountains. Darjeeling is easily one of India’s prettiest hill stations.

The town offers an enviable view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak. It also has botanical gardens and monastries for day visits. The spectacular cable car ride here is one of the longest in the country.

Darjeeling’s quaint guesthouses, chai stalls, and restaurants are a treat. Friendly locals love whipping up Bengali delicacies as well as continental comfort food like apple pie, grilled meat, and a cheesy pizza.

This hill town draws people from all walks of life—adventure enthusiasts, painters, writers, lovers, and families. And while in Darjeeling, they all find themselves enjoying the old-fashioned lifestyle and marveling at the view—with a cup of hot tea in hand.

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