Darjeeling in August 2024: Places to Visit, Things to do, Weather Guide

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To enjoy the spectacular view of the Himalayas in a greener and blissful way, you must consider visiting Darjeeling in August. During the monsoon season, Darjeeling gets covered with clouds, making the surroundings calm and pure. The glimpses you can get here are just can’t be explained in words. If you plan a visit to Darjeeling in August, then you must check this blog in which we have discussed some of the best places to visit in Darjeeling in August, things to do, the temperature in Darjeeling in August, and so on.

Darjeeling Weather in August

Darjeeling in August is a moderately hot rainy (monsoon) season month, with average temperature varying between min 19.8°C (67.6°F) and max 24.9°C (76.8°F).

Why visit Darjeeling during the Monsoon Season

Misty mountain roads, clouds covering the tall pine trees, beautiful green shades all across the valley, toy train chugging, greenery all around, makes Darjeeling the perfect getaway in Monsoon.

Key reasons to visit Darjeeling in Monsoon include:

  • The hustle and bustle of tourists are very low in August, so you can get good deals on your Darjeeling package.
  • You can grab the best deals on almost everything, accommodation, transport, or shopping.
  • You don’t have to stand in a long queue to get Darjeeling Toy Train tickets.
  • One can visit this destination in August to enjoy the beautiful resorts and hotels.
  • Furthermore, there are several indoor sight-seeing options, like visit tranquil monasteries and quaint little lounges while enjoying the pitter-patter of rain outside.

Things to do while visiting Darjeeling in August

Some of the things to do in Darjeeling in August include:

The Rock Garden

The Rock Garden

The garden is located near the Chunnu Summer Falls and Ganga Maya Park. It is one of the best places to visit in Darjeeling during the monsoon. Darjeeling in August is spectacular as you can see hilly streams covering amazing vegetation. If you’re a nature lover, you must visit this garden.

Nightingale Park

Nightingale Park

The Nightingale Public Park is one of the most amazing places to visit in Darjeeling, especially in August. The park was formerly known as The Shrubbery and tourists visit this place to enjoy the background view of snow-covered mountains from here. You can enjoy a superb view of Kanchenjunga and enjoy the overall scenic beauty.

The pebbled walkway around the park, the musical fountain, and the huge statue of Lord Shiva are incredibly beautiful.

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

Padma Naidu Zoological Park is the only internationally specialized zoo in India and is the largest elevated zoo in India. The tourists can see high-altitude Himalayan wildlife species and even some rare animals like Red Panda, Snow Leopards, and Tibetan Wolf here, which are difficult to find somewhere else. It is amongst the best zoos in India and is thus visited by tourists coming from faraway places.

Darjeeling Ropeway

Darjeeling Ropeway

The small yet beautiful town of Darjeeling is famous for its scenic beauty and the best way to experience the beauty is via a cable ride. Darjeeling Ropeway is the first cable car system in India, which was started in 1968. By this ropeway, you can travel from 7,000 ft. to 800 ft within 45 minutes. Another name of this ropeway is Rangeet Valley Passenger Cable Car as it provides a scenic view of the River Little Rangeet.

St. Andrew’s Church

St. Andrew’s Church.

The church is one of the most beautiful structures of Darjeeling and has been a famous tourist attraction among all. The church was constructed in the 18th century by the British and is the oldest church here. You can visit this church in Darjeeling in August to see the original historical form which has been kept intact. The tourists can get a glimpse of the superior British architecture here. So visit the church in August and enjoy the beauty of the place.

Ghoom Monastery

Ghoom Monastery

Yoga Choeling or Ghoom Monastery is the oldest Buddhist monastery of the Tibetan culture in Darjeeling. The central hall of the monastery has a 15-foot high statue of Maitreyi Buddha made up of clay brought from Tibet. Inside the premises, you can see a lot of Buddhist manuscripts and the prayer flags a part of Tibetan tradition. Get the dynamic Kanchenjunga view from outside of the monastery.

Tea Gardens

Tea Gardens

The world’s finest tea is grown in Darjeeling. You can enjoy cool breeze while enjoying a hot cup of tea, grown in the gardens here. The weather of Darjeeling in August makes it perfect to include this key attraction in your illiteracy. So, make sure you visit tea garden and enjoy some organic food mid-way.

Toy train ride

Toy train ride

The toy train of Darjeeling is world-famous and is the heritage. The weather in Darjeeling in August is the perfect time to enjoy the toy train ride. While on the train, you can get a phenomenal view of the hilly slopes of the Himalayas and local markets. Riding on the train on a cloudy day in August in a foggy environment looks more exciting.

Tips to Travel to Darjeeling in August

Darjeeling is not just another hill station, rather it is has so many lovely scenic places, landscapes, villages, and a huge range of flora and fauna. Starting from lake to monasteries, there are so many things to see in Darjeeling. The travel tips while traveling to Darjeeling in August include

  • Visit destinations like Tiger Hills, Old Ghoom Monasteries, Batasia Loop, etc. early in the morning or during the sunset.
  • Do not miss the key attraction in Darjeeling- the toy train. Since the train gets booked fast, so make sure you book in advance. It is a heritage site with two coaches.
  • While visiting Darjeeling carry your trekking shoes along with you, as you have to walk a lot. Not all destinations are accessible by vehicle.
  • The Darjeeling cuisine is famous for its tangy flavor, so make sure you try it. Also, don’t miss the Darjeeling tea.
  • Keep warm clothes as the day might be warm but the nights will be very chilly. Also, carry an umbrella with you.
  • Do not miss sunrise views across the hills of the Himalayas.
  • The city of Darjeeling gets drenched in rain and makes it the best picturesque place in the country.
  • Wear shoes rather than wearing sandals and avoid wearing heels, especially during the monsoon season in Darjeeling

How to reach Darjeeling in August

There are three main ways to reach Darjeeling air, train, and road.

By Air: The closest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra, which is around 95 km away. One can take taxi which takes almost 3 hours to reach Darjeeling.

By Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri at a distance of 70 km from Darjeeling. Various direct flights from the cities like Kolkata, Delhi, and Guwahati can easily be taken to reach Darjeeling. From the airport, it takes almost 3 hours to reach Darjeeling.

By Road: Regularbuses run to Darjeeling from Siliguri and Gangtok. The state of Darjeeling is well-connected to some of the major cities like Gangtok and Kalimpong, which are located closer to Darjeeling. The city is also well-connected with Kolkata and it takes almost 14 hours to reach here.

By Rail: The nearest railway station to Darjeeling is New Jalpaiguri connecting the city with different major parts of the country. Various trains from cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, and Kochi reach Darjeeling. After reaching the railway station, travelers can take private cabs to reach Darjeeling.

The monsoon time is an ideal time to visit Darjeeling and enjoy the beautiful sights. Enjoy the scenery of lush green forests, walk through the clouds, enjoy a toy train ride, and do a lot of other things while visiting Darjeeling in the monsoon season.

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FAQs About Darjeeling Trip in August

Can I see snow in Darjeeling in August?

No, the travelers can witness snowfall at the higher altitudes area of Darjeeling, East Sikkim and North Sikkim during the winter season.

Is it good to visit Darjeeling in August?

August is the month when Darjeeling experiences monsoon. There are some amazing places and things you can do in Darjeeling during the rainy season.

What are the key attractions of Darjeeling?

The key attractions of Darjeeling include tea plantations, Himalayan railway- Darjeeling Toy train, Kanchenjunga Mountain, Tiger Hill, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, etc. are some of the key attractions.

How many days are needed for the Darjeeling trip?

Most of the tourists book 6-7 days of Darjeeling package. A couple of days are needed to visit Darjeeling. Kalimpong is also a beautiful place and thus worth spending a day here.

Is Darjeeling safe during the rainy season?

Yes, it is completely safe to visit Darjeeling in the monsoon. Darjeeling has excellent road connectivity with Siliguri and Bagdogra and you can visit the place. 

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