Tea, trains and tales from India’s Darjeeling

By TONY THARAKAN  in.reuters.com

(Reuters) – Darjeeling, for many people, means tea, but the eponymous hill resort nestled in the Himalayas in India’s northeast is also a gateway to spectacular views of the world’s third highest peak as well as a rare glimpse of snow leopards and red pandas.

There also are reminders of India’s colonial past, including a narrow-gauge railway known as the “Toy Train” that makes a tourist run into the hills under power of a steam locomotive.

Visitors willing to make the extra pilgrimage to Sikkim, the Indian state to the north of West Bengal, where Darjeeling is located, can get a taste of Tibetan culture without visiting the Chinese-ruled region.

Here are tips for getting the most out of a trip to Darjeeling and nearby areas from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists in all parts of the world offer visitors the best local insights. More info and photos

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