It has been a long 9 to 10 years that I first discovered this website and no wonder it became a part of my life. Whether or not I am travelling to Darjeeling, it gives me immense pleasure just to browse through the rich compendium. I express my warmest commendation for your deep and insightful work.
Hello Raj, Heartfelt gratitude for your tireless endeavor in demystifying Darjeeling for serious travelers and casual tourists.
Hi Raj, Your website is very informative and full of intricate details which would be very hard to get otherwise. I have been following your website since 2015, and am astonished every time I look here for some information. The website is being continuously updated, and I can not imagine the amount of efforts you are putting in it! Surely your love and affection for Darjeeling Himalayas is depicted all over the website. A big thank you for all the regular informative updates!!
WOW! The post is beautifully crafted; was thinking of visiting the place and it answers everything! Thank you :)
Alokesh Banerji, Mumbai
Visited Darjeeling in 1972 and then again this year. After 50 years , the town has changed, what has not changed are these landmarks like Das Studio, Glenary's, Keventer's etc. Nice to see these institutions, if I may call them so, thriving. Keep it up.
Sushil Kumar Pingua
Hi Raj, Firstly I would like to mention that information available on your website regarding North Bengal and Sikkim is unparalleled, unmatched by any other travel portal. I wrote and got a wonderful reply from you on email on 13-14-Jan'21. Further, on 22 March'21 I began my two weeks' drive from Jharkhand to Darjeeling and Sikkim and back for over 2000 kms of happiness in Covid period along with my wife, mother and my 5 month's old daughter.
In Darjeeling I took booking at an apartment which was fully furnished for 5 persons, just a kilometer before the Darjeeling railway station right beside the Ghum-Darjeeling road. And I got a beautiful and safe exclusive parking space in the apartment premises for my car. The rent of the said apartment was dirt cheap.
Of the three days I spent at Darjeeling, I didn't take my car out for drive into the Darjeeling city, I used to catch the Tata-Sumo taxis right in front of the apartment @ Rs.15 per head. Hotels with parking inside Darjeeling would have cost me a bomb and Homestays didn't have in-premises parking space. The said apartment I booked even provided me LPG connection with stove and utensils included in the rent. And the veggie cum chicken shop was right 50 metres from the apartment.
On your website I learnt how to book online tickets of DHR toy train on irctc for the to & fro journey from Darjeeling and back to Darjeeling which no other website was able to explain.
I drove ahead from Darjeeling to Dentam in Sikkim for further 4 days, I cancelled my booking of Gangtok and I'm glad I took the right decision to stay away from the over-crowded Gangtok. Drove back from Dentam and reached home in Jharkhand on 3rd April'21 covering around 2050 kms in total.
Thank you Raj for providing valuable information to probable visitors solely at your own expense. I planned my stay at Lepchajagat, the drive from Siliguri to Darjeeling via Mirik, places to visit in/around Darjeeling and got my Sikkim Arrival Card of tourists based on information from your website. Thanks again,
Hi Mr. Raj we have visited Darjeeling last November 2nd to 6th. All the information I had got from your blog... from hotel booking to tour planning. It was very helpful to us. This was the best tour of my life. Thank you so much for helping us.
Though I am a tourist of limited frequencies, during my short stints with the site I have felt that it's a page of difference. The minute details generously provided without a drop of greed... it's definitely a work of heart and some tour-angel's sincere love for tourism.
Hi Raj, Your way of description is simply awesome, so much of detailing and personal touch at each point.. Thanks a lot , this helped me a lot to plan my travel in coming March. Also got a good response from Resort and Homestay mentioned... Way to go... All the best. Warm Regards
I am from Toronto, Canada, in our sixties and I was planning to visit my place of birth i.e Kalimpong also where I had my schooling in SJC. Going through the websites I came across Darjeeling Tourism managed by Raj. It was the best knowledge that I could get. Raj is a walking encyclopedia for the area tourism. His guidance has been invaluable for me to plan for our tour. On his suggestion, I changed my itinerary from Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Gangtok to the better managed Gangtok, Kalimpong, Darjeeling.
Thanks to your website and all the details provided. We did a 6 days trip to Gangtok Pelling Darjeeling. I didnt find any trouble in finding the cabs, hotels, sightseeing places as your website stands as a one stop shop :)
Dear Sir, First of all thank you so much for making such a comprehensive and passionate blog about Darjeeling! This is a mine of information, it's amazing how much into every detail you like to go. Do you know anyone who is running a blog as informative as yours, for Sikkim State ? I hope so !! Thank you very much.
Hello, I haven't seen much Sikkim tourism related information online other than in the websites of Sikkim Tourism Department, travel agents and few bloggers. You can find some information about Sikkim from my website as well... Sikkim Tourism or Sikkim Permit Requirements could be a good place to start.
Dear Mr. Bhattacharya, This is a short note to express my immense thankfulness to you and your website. I am an ardent admirer of the beauty of the hills around Darjeeling and whenever I plan a tour I visit your admirable website for the exhaustive information and helpful tips. Thank you so very much.
Hello Raj, You deserve a standing ovation for this website. This is the best website on North Bengal tourism, even I think the govt. sponsored websites also are not accurate like yours.
I am just in love with this mystique Hill Station which beckons me to visit every year (as I am from Kolkata)! I have visited Darj in all seasons of the year but I enjoy spending the winters here most. Sitting on the terrace of The Keventers on a winter morning having your favourite breakfast while viewing the mighty Kanchenjhunga is the ultimate pleasure in life! Being a retired person now, I enjoy lazing out and spending the day at the Mall. Earlier I could enjoy puffing my pipe while seated in one of the Benches, but now it has been declared a 'no smoking' zone. No regrets! I only request all to keep my favourite Hill Station clean and free of plastics. Let us keep it as beautiful as ever for generations to come .......
Khandker Fahmida Wadud
Thanks to Raj for his guidelines for Darjeeling tour. It was an amazing experience. Nature itself is enough to be in love with Darjeeling. Stay, food, shopping and site seeing are all convenient. I walked a bit and that was the best way to see Darjeeling. I wish transportation was a bit cheaper but again the climbing of hills miles after miles would cost some extra money. I just loved my Darjeeling Tour.
I know you would have read plenty of lines about yourself from various tourists admiring your work, but seriously you have done a tremendous job. I see myself in your work because I'm a person who does his work with that perfection that no one can match. I'm sure that you are also of same kind. I've noticed that you have shared experience about smallest things also. This thing one can not find at any other platform. Whenever I plan for tour I always search various websites, similarly this time also I started to look into various websites but once I've seen your work I really haven't looked any other platform. Many many thanks and congratulations for your great work. Really appreciate it.
Dear Raj, Thanks a lot for all your efforts in collating and sharing all the details along with the nitty gritties of places near Gangtok, Darjeeling and Shillong. I just came back from my trip and i must say without your valuable inputs I couldn't have planned my trip in solo. Appreciate all your efforts! Please keep it up. All the information you have provided are accurate and reliable. We simply followed all your instructions!
Hello Raj, you have set up an absolutely wonderful website here. It is very comprehensive, clear to follow and is immensely helpful. No doubt it is a passion for you. It is good to see a fellowman create something of this exemplary standard.
It's a wonderful experience travelling through Mirik to Darjeeling. Darjeeling Tourism site is the best I have ever come across. Every details of this site is true and descriptions are accurate and very tourist friendly. Before going to Darjeeling district everybody should carry a copy of details of the areas of their travel from Darjeeling Tourism.
Dear Raj, Yours is one of the best and most comprehensive information on any tourist site. Such information in other places is being done by govt and its connected agencies, but here, not only that you provide valuable and in-depth information individually, you also provide regular feedback and answers to tourists' questions promptly! Great indeed. When I see such good work, I don't hesitate to praise! So thank you for your good effort.
Dear Raj, I recently made a trip to Darjeeling. This was my most relaxed and comfortable trip, all thanks to your website. I have traveled across the world and generally do some research before starting my trip. I must say I have never come across an information source like this. Kudos to you man for creating such exhaustive and thorough travel guidance site. You must really be in love with Darjeeling. Best wishes for your future endeavors.
This is not the first time that I had been on a planned trip... However I feel that none was and will ever be like this one. The reason - perfect planning and guidance. I would say that this site is an encyclopaedia for the entire trip... WOW..!! Understandably, there was only one reference guide for this trip and it was you (Raj) and your website. And thanks for your personal guidance too.
The trip planning was going awry and by sheer luck I hit upon this site and then there was no looking further. Just back after an awesome trip to Gangtok - Darjeeling - Mirik and it was relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. And what else would one require.
Dear Raj, I am among the very few Bengalis who hadn't visited Darjeeling. We now live in Portland, Oregon. Thanks to your greatly informative website, we had made plans to go visit Darjeeling when we were in India last year. Unfortunately, we had to come back from Dum Dum Airport dejected since the flight never took off for Bagdogra due to fog. Being on a tight schedule our entire plan fell apart.
We finally made it to Darjeeling this November and sure enough, this one turned out to be one of our most memorable trips for multitude of reasons. Darjeeling, as I had imagined, had so much to offer - the natural beauty, the colonial past, the tea gardens, the local Tibetan culture and so much more. Being an addict of Darjeeling tea, I fancied myself as a kid in a candy store while in Darjeeling. And we were guided by your website at every step in our planning.
I had waited for more than a year since our fiasco trip to say this and the time has finally come - thank you! Best wishes,
Thank you so much for sharing such detailed Information through your website. It is a huge blessing for first timers like us.
Dear Mr. Raj, Wanted to thank you for the lovely guide that you have created. So practical and useful. I was travelling with my little daughter, just followed your site and had wonderful time. Your information on taxis/ shared taxis/ routes and trains helped me to save and enjoy in the most economical manner. I followed your recommendation on hotels too, it turned out just perfect. Have already recommended it to my fellow travelers, and they were thrilled to have found something so useful. Thanks again.
Greetings Mr. Bhattacharya. I am short of words as to how I may express my gratitude for the absolutely delightfully detailed description that you have provided through your blogs. Equipped with knowledge from your posts, I was able to plan my tour itineraries in Darjeeling and Gangtok, that I visited in the last week of December 2016. It was my first tryst with the grand Himalayas and I was overwhelmed. It would have been very inconvenient, had it not been for your online guidance. When I came back from my trip, I wrote short notes about individual places, posting them on my FB account - and trust me, my inspiration was your write-ups! May your elaborate descriptions and guidance keep inspiring fellow travelers from all around!
We would like to convey our sincere thanks to Mr. Raj Bhattacharya for providing such a vast range of valuable information and guidelines in his website www.darjeeling-tourism.com. This has helped us a lot in planning our 7D and 6 N Darjeeling trip in November 2016.
Because of his excellent guidance we had no hassle in choosing our hotel and tour operator, planning our itinerary, shopping etc. we had an excellent vacation in Darjeeling, enjoying the scenic beauty, interacting with the extremely cheerful and friendly locals, enjoying tasty food. We could avail good discounts at many places because of the Darjeeling Tourism Card which we purchased from Mr. Bhattacharya's website.
We sincerely thank Mr. Raj Bhattacharya and everyone who have helped to make this a wonderful and memorable trip.
Hi, I'm Devin from Shillong. Thank you for this website. I just returned from Darjeeling a couple of days ago. Before I embarked on this journey to this beautiful hill town, this was the website that I found to be the most informative and helpful in a lot of ways and I planned my journey according to the infos provided on this site. Needless to say the trip was the most memorable ever ...
Dear sir, first of all I like to thank you very much for your web site which is my base TO PLAN OUR TOUR. We are 4 male senior citizens & we travelled through Darjeeling & Sikkim from 17th to 22nd Oct 2016. Your guidance is fantastic to select mode of travel, place of stay & selection of sightseeing places within the available time, budget and personal taste. Your reply to my email regarding availability of taxi to Namchi drop from Darjeeling was helpful. On behalf of all my friends I once again thank you for your excellent guidance. Please keep up your work as I am sure there will be plenty of people benefited by your writings on the above subject.
Andy Noel, USA
Hi Raj, I wanted to thank you for the amazing information that you have on this site. I traveled to India for the first time early this year, and your guides were instrumental in navigating Northeastern India. I stayed in Mirik, Darjeeling, and Gangtok, and made all of my travel choices based on your recommendations. I would recommend this site to anyone who's interested in going to Darjeeling and/or Sikkim. I'm coming back to the area again next year, and will definitely be using your site again! Thanks again for everything.
I and my husband toured Darjeeling and Sikkim between 20th and 28th April 2016. I planned my entire itinerary based on the information in your website. Your ebook was really helpful in planning our sightseeing schedule and also in choosing the restaurants to eat and hotels to stay. The tourism card also got us discount. Overall our trip was very nice and memorable. Big thanks to you...
You are doing an awesome Job. I have planned my entire trip at my own by browsing your website only :) Holiday package was costing me close to Rs 80,000 for 3 persons while I have planned it at my own for just Rs 35,000/- for 3 persons :) All thanks to you and your website for great information.
Biplov Rai, Darjeeling
Dear Sir, Greetings! It was a great joy surfing through your site. The suggestions are golden and really accurate. It is good to find someone who truly admires Darjeeling so much. Your effort isn't just helpful for the tourist but for the locals too. Some of the truthful statements regarding the rates of hotels and the misguidance done by the lease hoteliers are very true, your job is truly appreciated by me. Once again thank you for your selfless and bold steps. May God bless you and fulfill your hearts desire.