Darjeeling district is mostly a hilly area bounded on the west by Nepal, on the east by river Teesta, on the south by North Dinajpur district, and on the North by the state of Sikkim. The area has been a popular tourist destination since the British developed Darjeeling town as a summer sojourn. Apart from Darjeeling town, Kurseong also came up to be a popular destination during British times. The other places of the district mostly remained unexplored except for tea and cinchona planters.
During the last 3 to 4 decades there has been tremendous growth in the area in terms of developing new tourist destinations. Mirik came up as a tourist destination during the 1970s, the quintessential Bengali tourists, famous for their long travel, started visiting the rural areas beyond Darjeeling and Mirik. With the development of the road, network tourism started to spread. The people of the hills who had limited employment opportunities due to a lack of industries in the hilly terrain grabbed the opportunity. The millennium brought tremendous growth in rural and Homestay tourism in the region. Today the hills of the Darjeeling district have several hundred homestays in rural destinations.
We will try to provide you with information here not only about the major tourist destinations of the Darjeeling district but also about the new and lesser-known places.