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Darjeeling is the north-most district in West Bengal. The headquarter (Sadar Town) of the district is also known as Darjeeling. It is famous as a tourist destination, as well as tea industry. The district lies between 27°13' and 26°27' north latitudes and 88°53’ and 87°53’ east longitudes.

Total Area :: 3,149 sq km

Altitude :: 2,050 m (6710 ft)

Average Max. Temperature :: 14.9°C

Average Min. Temperature :: 8.9°C

Annual Rainfall :: 362 cm

Average Rainy Days :: 126 Days

Best Seasons to Visit :: March to June and October to December.

District Headquarter :: Darjeeling (covers an area of 11.44 sq. km)

Other Towns :: Siliguri, Kalimpong, Kurseong and Mirik

Neighboring District :: Jalpaiguri to the East and Uttar Dinajpur to the South

Neighboring State :: Sikkim and Bihar

Neighboring Countries :: Nepal, China, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

Population :: 1,842,035 (Males- 934,797; Females- 907,238; Census- 2011)

Population Density :: 585 people per sq. km.

Literacy Rate :: 79.93%

Language Spoken :: Bengali, English (Official Language), Nepali, Hindi

Major Religions :: Hindusm, Buddhism and Christianity.

Ethnic Communities :: Gorkhas, Bengali, Adibashi, Rajbanshi, Limbu, Rai, Tamangs, Lepchas, Gurung, Bhutias, Sherpas, Newars, Anglo-Indians, Chinese and Bihari

Currency :: Indian Rupee(rupee)

Nearest Railway Station :: Darjeeling (Narrow Gauge) and New Jalpaiguri & Siliguri (Broad Gauge)

Airport :: Bagdogra (Domestic Airport)