Darjeeling is in the West Bengal state of India in the Himalayan foothills. Darjeeling is also famous for its distinctive Darjeeling tea. Darjeeling is one of the most visited places by travelers. Darjeeling is also known as the queen of hills. Darjeeling has many places to visit like Ghoom Monastery, Peace Pagoda, Batasia Loop, Tenzing Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self-help Centre, Rock Garden, and Ganga Maya Park. And out of many more places, Darjeeling has a famous place called Tiger Hill. Tiger Hill is the highest place in Darjeeling, Tiger Hill is located 11 kilometers from Darjeeling town. From Tiger Hill, you can view the sunrise, and the backdrop of Mt. Everest and Khangchendzongna is breathtaking. To view the breathtaking view from Tiger Hill, you need to go to Tiger Hill early in the morning from Darjeeling town.
Sunrise view from Tiger Hill
To view the panoramic view from Tiger Hill, and if you do not want to miss the glorified sunrise from Tiger Hill, you need to wake up early in the morning and reach Tiger Hill at approximately around 4 am to experience the sunrise. You can view Darjeeling like never before in the wee hours from Tiger Hill. Once you are at Tiger Hill in Darjeeling, the view of the sunrise from atop makes the whole thing worthwhile. Tiger Hill is the highest point in Darjeeling hills at an altitude of 8482 feet (or 2590 meters). People from many places visit Darjeeling just to view the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest and Khangchendzonga from Tiger Hill, Darjeeling.
Best Time to Visit Tiger Hill
The best time to visit Darjeeling or Tiger Hill is in the summer months of April and May when the skies are generally clear, leading to unhindered views of the town and surrounding mountain ranges. If you are travelling during the rainy season then it all depends upon your luck, the sunrise may or may not be visible. And if you are travelling during winter, you may have a problem waking up early in the morning because of the freezing cold in Darjeeling. So it is advisable to visit Tiger Hill and Darjeeling during summer. There is some point on the top of Tiger Hill from where you can witness both the sunrise and the Khangchendzonga together, and for this, you need to get up and start at the perfect time. otherwise, you will miss one of them. One should also be lucky to view the clear skies from Tiger Hill.
Colourful flowers like rhododendron also bloom during this time in Darjeeling. You might also get to witness snow in Tiger Hill, Darjeeling if luck favors you.
Tourists patiently waiting for the sun to rise at Tiger Hill
How to Reach Tiger Hill
There are cabs available from Darjeeling town to reach Tiger Hill. The fare from Darjeeling to Tiger Hill varies from place to place. Darjeeling to Tiger Hill taxi fare is in the range of Rs. 1200 to 2500 for a small taxi like Wagon R and Alto and only 4 pax can be accommodated in a cab. Tourists can easily cover up the distance to reach Tiger Hill from Darjeeling town and the rates are also affordable for a taxi.
Things to Carry
Do not forget to carry warm clothes with you. Pack yourself with lots of warm sweaters, a jacket, hand gloves, woolen socks, and closed shoes as Darjeeling is a cold place and it’s good to be prepared. If you like travelling light, there are many stalls in Darjeeling town and in and around tourist places that sell warm clothes. Also do not forget to carry necessary things like a torchlight, first aid supplies, and medicines.
Do not forget to carry a good camera with you when visiting Tiger Hill in Darjeeling. If you are interested in photographs then visiting Tiger Hill in Darjeeling will be worth it.
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Getaway to Darjeeling
A Weekend Retreat to Darjeeling