Darjeeling lies in the north-east of India, along the rolling foothills of the Himalayas. At an elevation of 6982 feet, Darjeeling is a wonderful place to get away from it all. Fondly called "the Queen of the Hills," Darjeeling is particularly known for its fine tea and the steam powered Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
Life functions at its own pace in Darjeeling, unperturbed by the constant haste in the rest of the country and everything is relaxed, the people friendly and content amidst the dreamy, misty mountains. The town itself has grown, but the quaint cafes and restaurants of old remain. The hotels offer guests a journey back in time with their wood paneled rooms with fireplaces, bars true to tradition and dining rooms that are positively charming. Certain lovely spots offer stunning views of Mt. Kanchanjunga with its snow-capped peak.
Tea estates spawn from the settlement and continue on for acres into the hills, rolling along the topography both high and low. Little villages of workers punctuate the estates, offering, along with the wonderful natural beauty, a glimpse into life here- attractive in its simplicity, continuity and comfort.
An excellent spot for tea-lovers, Darjeeling is best visited through the months October to June. Avongrove is an hour’s drive from the town and we serve a delightful lunch.