Darjeeling, really a dream word for all the nature loving people. It is not only famous for the delicious ‘Darjeeling Tea’ – unique of its kind but also for its cultural & natural heritage. The city is really a brain child of the British ruler on India. In 1835, Darjeeling was given to the East India Company by the King of Sikkim. It became a popular resort for the British who wanted to escape from the sweltering heat of the plains. When the British first arrived in Darjeeling it was almost completely forested and virtually uninhabited, though it had once been a sizable village. Rapid development work by the British resulted in construction of a road in 1840, numerous houses and a sanatorium was built and a hotel opened.
The area of the region is now about 1144 sq km. This hilly region of India is spread from the `Terai` and `Dooars` plains of Bengal and with an altitude of more than 12,000 feet. The Darjeeling district is the combination of three distinct parts namely Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong, which are nothing but blessed with innumerable beauty of the Himalaya. The city is surrounded by the Indian state of Sikkim in the North, Nepal border in the West and Bengal on the South and East.
This is literally a place for religious and social harmony. By 1857 Darjeeling had a population of some 10,000. The population increase was due mainly to the recruitment of Nepalese laborers to work in the tea plantations. Other then them Bhutanese, Tibetan or Lepcha. Thought the Hindus are the majority of the population but there is a strong influence of the Tibetan Buddhism and other religion
Darjeeling is designated as the queen of all hill station for its wonderful scenic beauty. The clean fresh air,year round pleasant weather and above all, the ever smiling and welcoming local people.The 3rd highest pick in the world,mount Kanchenjunga is very close to this and also gives the clearest view. Spring, summer, autumn, winter, and the monsoons five seasons can be observed here. The average annual precipitation is 281.8 cm (110.9 in), with the highest incidence occurring in July (75.3 cm or 29.6 in).
Darjeeling tea is considered as the world’s finest blend of tea. Along with the tourism this all attract the world toward her. These tea gardens have significant contributors to Darjeeling's economy.
Darjeeling offers education system of world class standard. Students from different districts through out the India enroll themselves for better education at Darjeeling. Number of foreign Students is also very appreciable in these institutions.
Darjeeling sitting at a very high altitude definitely rules the region not only with the height but also its beauty, economy and rhythm of life.