What You Could Get in Darjeeling for $10 – Ride the Town with the Steam-Powered Train

Hi everyone! 😀

As surprisingly as it sounds, this week’s $10 series will be the first post covering a town in India. Yup, the last post on my blog covering India, it was about the local beauty products from India.

And this will not be the touristic city like New Delhi or Mumbai. Instead, we’re going to cover a town that is famous for its significant tea: Darjeeling.

You see, I honestly know nothing much about the city except for its tea. But then again, thanks to Somnath from Travel Crusade, now we can know better about the town. Moreover, we can find out what’s the best thing to do in Darjeeling with your $10!

What You Could Get in Darjeeling for $10 - The BeauTraveler

Memorize Your Stay through Souvenir, and Feel the Joy of the Town!

If you plan to visit the queen of hills in India, you can do a lot of things if you have $10 USD in your pocket.

If your accommodation is taken care of, you can do all the city sightseeing, which include visiting the rock gardens for a small entry fee of $1 USD. The fee includes permission to use your camera and other electrical gadgets.

Other than that, you can also step into the Pashupati market and buy small souvenirs like the sleeping Buddha for $3 USD and you can definitely come back home with wonderful memories to last forever.

Sleeping Buddha Souvenirs

The sleeping Buddha that is available in the market can be purchased for a few cents if you want to buy them from the main city outlets in the market.

Sizes differ, and the smallest piece available would cost you around $3 USD. A perfect size that is portable and easy to carry. The sleeping Buddha is mostly purchased by travelers, especially those who come to pay a tribute to the region during different time frames of the year.

People also buy other souvenirs like woolen garments and different types of silk products that might be a bit more expensive. However, those products are usually locally manufactured in the corner of this country.

Toy Rides around the Town

One can also enjoy the toy rides in the city that are meant to go for a merry-go-round around the region with the locals and other tourists who come to enjoy the beauty of this exotic location.

These toy rides operate from Darjeeling up til Sonada, one of the subdivisions in the city where people need to pay for around $2 USD to enjoy all the rides.

The rides operated by a steam train, and this will be an important highlight to be done in the region. It is because in India, it is rather rare to find a steam-powered train to travel around the country. Other than that, find more about Darjeeling here.


Contributor: Somnath from Travel Crusade

Somnath is an avid traveler, wayfarer, mountain writer and a naturalist based in India with his personal interest in writing, photography, gardening, and mountaineering. He started the travel journal Travel Crusade in 2016 with an aim to promote destinations, travel values, cultural differences prevailing in various countries. He dedicates his blog to all people who are passionate about traveling and awake the wanderlust inside all of us. 

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