Darjeeling is in the West
Bengal state of India in the Himalayan foothills. Known as the queen of hills
and famous for its distinctive Darjeeling tea, Darjeeling is one of the most
visited places by travelers. Darjeeling has many interesting places to visit
such as Ghoom Monastery, Peace Pagoda, Batasia Loop, Tenzing Rock, Tibetan
Refugee Self-help Centre, Rock Garden, and Ganga Maya Park. Of these many
places, Darjeeling has a famous place called Tiger Hill. Tiger
Hill is the highest place in Darjeeling and is located 11 km from
Darjeeling town. From Tiger Hill, you can view the sunrise over the Himalayas,
and the view of Mt. Everest and Mt. Khangchendzonga is breathtaking from here.
Sunrise view from Tiger Hill
Catch a splendid sunrise at Tiger
view the glorified sunrise from Tiger Hill, you need to wake up as early
as 4 am and reach Tiger Hill. The morning grogginess will vanish as you view Darjeeling
like never before in the wee hours from Tiger Hill. Tiger Hill is the highest
point in Darjeeling hills at an altitude of 8482 feet (or 2590 meters) and once
you are at Tiger Hill, the view of the sunrise from atop makes the whole thing
worthwhile as it casts a golden glow over the Himalayan peaks. People from many
places visit Darjeeling just to view the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest and
Khangchendzonga from Tiger Hill, Darjeeling.
View from Tiger Hill on a clear day
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
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.
How to Reach Tiger Hill
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 people can be accommodated in a cab.
also a biking trail to Tiger Hill, which goes through the Senchal Wildlife
Reserve starting from Jorebungalow, if you are game for an adventure.
can also trek to Tiger Hill. It’s around 11 km from Darjeeling town to the peak
of Tiger Hill.
not forget to carry warm clothes with you. Pack yourself with lots of warm
sweaters, a jacket, 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 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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