The wonderfully cool climate, clear brisk air and the breathtaking views of the Himalayas drew the British here to escape the stifling heat of Kolkota.
As the oldest and many say the best hillstation in India, Darjeeling was an extremely popular destination in the time of the British Raj.
It is still a very popular place for honey-mooners, trekkers and others seeking to escape from the oppressive build up of heat on the plains before and after the monsoon season: the climate is temperate with temperatures ranging only between 1.5 and 24 degrees. The two high seasons are between April and June, and from September to December. During these months the mountains are clearly visible especially if you’re an early riser!
You will need to bring warm clothes throughout the year but particularly from November onwards when the temperature starts to drop, although it rarely gets below freezing. However there is a wide range of cold weather gear for sale everywhere in Darjeeling, from hand-knitted Tibetan sweaters to imported down jackets.