Explore the Beauty of the Darjeeling by Planning a Trip in May 2024

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The state of West Bengal is well-known for its awe-inspiring beautiful hill station- Darjeeling which is home to several Buddhist monasteries. The vast tea gardens, ancient old, toy train, the backdrop of Kanchenjunga, and pleasant weather, makes Darjeeling in May quite popular among all kinds of travelers. Once the summer capital of West Bengal during British rule, Darjeeling is the perfect destination for your summer vacations.

If you also plan your summer holidays in these mesmerizing hills in May, then you must move ahead to get a break from the scorching heat. Read out this informative guide to know the best places to visit, the best things to do, whether in Darjeeling in May, and much more.

6 Best Places to Visit in Darjeeling in May 2024

  1. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR)
  2. Sandakphu
  3. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
  4. Tiger Hill
  5. Kalimpong
  6. Rock Garden Darjeeling

1. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR)
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

One of the key attractions in Darjeeling is DHR, which is almost a 2 feet narrow gauge train track covering the distance between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling. DHR is commonly known as Toy Train. It is the main attraction among the tourists visiting Darjeeling in May. In 1999, this centuries-old train has been declared a World Heritage by UNESCO. The train will take you to a height of over 2000 meters. A journey from Siliguri to Darjeeling or a Toy Train ride is a lifetime experience that must not be missed.

This toy train ride of Himalayan Railways Station is both adventurous and will take you close to nature.

2. Sandakphu

The location of Darjeeling in the Himalayan foothills makes it an ideal destination for trekking and out of many trekking trails, Sandakphu is the most popular one. It is a moderate-level trek that eventually takes you through some extremely scenic landscapes before finally reaching Sandakphu.

It is probably one of the best treks one can explore in Darjeeling in May. Since Sandakphu is the highest peak in West Bengal, so one can get grand views of the grandest Himalayan mountains from the top.

3. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
himalayan mountaineering institute darjeeling

Established in 1955 with the aim of motivating people in the mountaineering sport, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is presently one of the best schools for mountaineering training. Thus, many aspiring mountaineers apply here to chase their dreams. Since its inception, the institute has trained 50,000+ students who have become great mountaineers.

The picturesque setting of this institute has made it a popular tourist destination in May in Darjeeling. It is located amidst the splendid peak of Kanchenjunga making it worthy.

4. Tiger Hill             

Tiger Hill is best known for its trekking and breathtaking views of Mt. Everest and Kanchenzonga. Reaching this hill in Darjeeling takes you through some of the oldest tea plantations. It is suggested to witness the first rays of the sun on Mt. Everest. Another amazing thing about this place is that it is the summit of Ghoom- a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the highest railway station in Darjeeling. The best time to visit Tiger Hill is May due to the favorable weather.

5. Kalimpong

Kalimpong is another popular destination in Darjeeling that can be visited in May. The journey from Darjeeling to Kalimpong will be a pleasant experience as it consists of beautiful roads offering an excellent view of the river Tista and Rangeet. Other important places to see here include Kalimpong Art and Craft center, monasteries, orchid nurseries, Dr. Graham’s Home, etc.

6. Rock Garden Darjeeling
Rock Garden Darjeeling

The Rock Garden or Barbotey Rock Garden is almost 10 km from Darjeeling town. The picturesque and colorful terraced gardens dotted with a variety of flowering plants are the key attraction. Also, Ganga Maya Park, which is located 3 KM away is a nature park with a narrow gushing stream flowing through it. The park also has varied species of colorful flowers and a lake to see.

For all nature lovers, visiting Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park is a must. Lofty mountain ranges, dancing clouds, narrow gorges, relaxing water streams, lush greenery all around, and enchanting hills will take your breath away.

Weather in Darjeeling in May

This is the peak season for tourists in Darjeeling due to the summer holidays and due to the pleasant weather. The temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius which is perfect for sightseeing and enjoying the beauty of the hill station. Cotton clothes and some light warm clothes for night are enough for this weather.

The climate in Darjeeling in May is all quite lively and pleasurable letting you enjoy some days away from the scorching summer heat

Things to do in Darjeeling in May


Trekking- Trekking is an adventurous activity for the ones who love the thrill. There are numerous treks you can enroll in but the best ones are the trek to Rohini and the Kamala Falls trek. While trekking on the Kamala Falls, you will get a chance to witness the marvelous waterfalls, Shiv Temple, and Kalijhora Bridge. While the Rohini trek will let you enjoy the aroma of authentic tea. Choose the trek based on your preferences and have fun amidst nature.

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting- If you want to enjoy white water rafting then you must head to Rangpo in Darjeeling. Get ready to witness rafting in the River Teesta and Rangeet at Darjeeling. This rafting is ideal for both, beginners and experts. White Water Rafting will please the adrenaline junkie within you. Rafting is an activity which you can enjoy the best in the summer season.


Paragliding- Enjoy paragliding in Darjeeling in May. The paragliding duration will be almost 10- 30 minutes and will give you a bird’s eye view. The best part about paragliding in May is the pleasant climate. So if you are visiting Darjeeling, then you must book paragliding as well.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking- Another best thing to do in Darjeeling in May is Mountain biking. If you look for some thrill on your trip, you must definitely get indulged into it. Numerous mountain biking organizers organize mountain biking packages that you can choose according to the level you are at. So get ready to have an amazing experience in Darjeeling.

Toy Train Ride

Toy Train Ride- Whether it’s summer or any other season, your Darjeeling trip will not be considered complete without the toy train ride of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways. It is a heritage transport and thus must not miss this adventurous ride.

How to Reach Darjeeling?

By Air

Bagdogra Airport is 90 KM away from Darjeeling. It is the closest airport connected by flights from major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, etc.

By Rail

Apart from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station, there are two closest railway stations including Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri. These railway stations are directly connected with cities like Kolkata, Delhi, and Guwahati, among other major cities of India.

By Road

Darjeeling is accessible by road via Siliguri, which is well-connected to all the major cities of India. The travelers can reach the airport or railway station and continue the rest of the journey by road.


The breathtaking beauty and pleasant weather are the reasons to visit Darjeeling in May and have an amazing vacation. So are you ready to explore Darjeeling? Make your plan to visit Darjeeling this summer season with us. Honeymoon Bug creates the best-customized Darjeeling packages for couples covering all the important sightseeing along with organizing other adventure activities in and around this beautiful hill station.

FAQs About Darjeeling Trip in May

Can I visit Darjeeling in May?

Yes, it is the best time to visit Darjeeling as it has a pleasant climate.

What are all adventures activities can I do in Darjeeling in month of May?

Some of the famous adventure activities to do in Darjeeling in May include biking, trekking, Parasailing, river rafting, etc.

What is Darjeeling famous for?

Darjeeling is famous for its wonderful climate and environment. It is a cooler place in India, where summers are awesome. Besides nature, the place has numerous tourist attractions which amuse all kinds of travelers.

What should I pack while traveling to Darjeeling in May?

Darjeeling is quite a cool place, so carry the clothes accordingly. Carry some light woolens that keep you warm.

What are the top things to do in Darjeeling in summer?

There is no dearth of things to do in Darjeeling with the top ones being trekking, shopping, riding a toy train, paragliding, visiting the monasteries, and more.

Is a sweater needed in Darjeeling in May?

The temperature in Darjeeling in summer varies from 20- 25 degrees Celsius. Even during summer, the temperature might drop unexpectedly sometimes. So the travelers are suggested to carry some warm clothes even if they are visiting Darjeeling in summer.

How many days are needed to explore Darjeeling?

2- 3 days are enough to explore Darjeeling; however, travelers can extend their trip to 4-5 days and explore other attractions too near Darjeeling as well.

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