Gifted to the British East India Company in 1817, Darjeeling is the hill station of West Bengal.
Darjeeling has been lovingly referred to as the ‘Queen of Hills’. It is one of India's most famous hill stations and is 2134 m or 7000ft above sea level. 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. Tiger hills is the highest point in the area which provides the most exotic view of the Kanchenjunga peaks. From this place the other peaks of the Eastern Himalayas can also be seen. On a clear day, the sight of Mt.Everest is just enthralling.
Sikkim, an erstwhile Himalayan Kingdom, had been a state of India since its merger in 1975. Located in the Himalayas, it is wedged in between the Kingdoms of Nepal in the west and Bhutan in the east. With an area of 7,096 sq kms, it has a rectangular shape measuring about 114 kms from north to south and 64 kms from east to west. The elevation varies between 300 mts to 8500 mts. The greater Himalayas form a natural boundary with Tibet and Singalila range with Mt. Khanchendzonga (8545 mts), the third highest peak in the world running north to south separating Sikkim from Nepal.