Darjeeling, a hill station in North Bengal, is known as the Queen of the Himalayas. Not only is it resplendent in glorious natural beauty, the district is also famous for its tea. It is rich in cultural heritage, being home to 16 indigenous communities. It is, thus, replete with colourful traditional performing art forms, each unique in its form, content, presentation and musical richness. Kalimpong is a hill town in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal. Perched on a ridge above the Teesta River, it is home to colonial-era buildings.
The Snow Lion dance of Tibetan folk artists, Chyabrung dance of the Limbu community, Damphoo dance of the Tamang community, Naumati Baja of the Damai community, Lakhe dance of the Newar community, Sakewa dance of the Rai community, and the traditional songs and dances of Mangar, Lepcha, Bhutia and Dhimal community are integral to the culture of music and performance of the region.
Plenty of hotels and lodges of various price range is available in Darjeeling.
Hundreds of performing artists from different hill communities like Gurung, Rai, Newar, Kami, Damai, Dhimal, Tamang, Sherpa, Mangar, Tibetian, Khas, Bhutia, Limbu and Lepcha perform their own songs and dances in Darjeeling Kalimpong Folk Festival. The craft stalls showcase traditional handicrafts along with food, dress, publications etc. Lot of tourists visit this festival to celebrate the cultural diversity of the region.