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Darjeeling District (West Bengal)

Posted Date: 12 Jan 2009      Posted By: Tony John    Member Level: Gold  Points: 0

Local Representative for Darjeeling district

State: West Bengal
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Taluks in Darjeeling district:

  • Kalimpong
  • Siliguri
  • Kurseong
  • Darjeeling

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    Darjeeling district is located at the northern part of West Bengal. The district consists of hilly terrain (Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong) and plain land (Siliguri). The district is well-known all over the world because of its hill-stations and tea. In addition, some very good residential schools are also located in this district. Darjeeling district shares international boundaries with Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.


    Darjeeling town is known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’. The main tourist spots in and around the city are Tiger Hill, Raj Bhawan, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Chowrasta, Zoo,logical Park, Rock Garden, Ganga Maya Park, Japanese peace pagoda, Botanical garden (oldest in India), Observatory Hill and Mahakal temple, Dhimdham temple and Happy Valley tea garden. Kalimpong is another famous hill station. Dr. Grham’s Homes School, Durpindra, Gouripur House, Kalibari, Thongsa Gumpa, Flower Nurseries, 7th Mile view point, Pedon Monastry, etc. are important tourst spots. Kurseong is the third famous hill station in the district. The Lake, Kawlay Dara, Deosi Dara, Cardamom grove, Singha Devi Mandir are important tourist spots of the town.

    The State Government has developed many more beautiful tourist spots in recent days. Rishyop, Sandakphu, Lepchajagat, Labha, Lolegaon, Mirik, etc. are some of them. Those who want to explore these tourist spots can go through the following article:-Some lesser-known hill stations of West Bengal.


    The nearest airport is Bagdogra, which is at a distance of 59 Kilometer from Darjeeling town. The important railway junction is New Jalpaiguri (NJP), which is very near to Siliguri.

    Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the first and still the most beautiful example of hill passenger railway. It started in 1881 and the tourists are marveled by the examples of the ingenious engineering solutions and resplendent natural beauty during the journey through this narrow-gauge railway route.

    Darjeeling Tea

    Darjeeling Tea is world-famous for its taste and smell. It is exported world-wide. In the district, here are 144 tea- gardens. The tea plantation is restricted to Darjeeling and Kurseong sub-divisions of the district. Tea-tourism is becoming popular nowadays.

    Educational institutes

    Darjeeling district is also well-known for educational institutions, especially residential schools established during British period. Some of the important educational institutions are mentioned below:-
    (a) St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling-Established in 1823
    (b) Loretto Convent, Darjeeling-Established in 1846
    (c) St. Joseph’s College, Darjeeling-Established in 1888
    (d) Dr. Graham’s Home, Kalimpong-Established in 1900
    (e) Dow Hill School, Kurseong-Established in 1879
    (f) Victoria Boys’ School Kurseong-Established in 1879
    In addition, Army School, Jalapahar, Mount Hermon School, Singamari, Bethany School, St. Joseph’s School, Darjeeling Government College, etc. are also equally famous education institutes of the District.

    Some Important details

    Some important details about Darjeeling district administration are given below:-
    Present District Magistrate: Shri Anurag Srivastava, IAS
    Telephone Nos.-0354-2254233/2256201 (Office), 0354-2256182 (Residence)
    Fax No.-0354-2254338
    E-mail: dm-darj@nic.in
    Website: www.darjeeling.gov.in

    Darjeeling district has the following four sub-divisions: Darjeeling (Sadar), Kalimpong, Kurseong, Siliguri.

    - Partha K.

    Updates and comments from members:

    Posted By: Bhupesh Gautam    Posted Date: 19 Jul 2011   Points: 4   (Rs 2)
    District : Darjeeling
    Sub-divisions: 4
    Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Siliguri.
    Municipalities: 4
    Darjeeling, Kurseong, Mirik, Kalimpong
    Municipal Corporation: 1
    Assembly Constituencies : 6
    Parlimentary Constituency: 1

    Contact Details:
    District Magistrate : 0354-2254233/2256201
    Fax: 0354-2254338

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