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1. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

20 km from city center 1 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway also referred to as the DHR, and lovingly called the 'Darjeeling Toy Train', is a 2 feet narrow gauge train that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling, in West Bengal, India. A journey in the Darjeeling Toy Train has amazing sights with pleasing mountain views and pass by villages and local shops on the way, with children merrily waving at them. 

2. Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill

6 km from city center 2 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Lying at an altitude of 2590 meters and a distance of 13 kilometres away from the Darjeeling, Tiger Hill is most famous for its splendid sights of sunrise from where you can see the peaks of Kanchenjunga illuminate before the sun is seen at lower elevations. The magnificent view of snow-capped mountains sitting amidst cotton clouds attracts tourists to Tiger Hill from all over the country.

3. Batasia Loop

Batasia Loop

3 km from city center 3 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Located around 5 km from Darjeeling, Batasia loop is a spiral railway track where the toy train takes a complete 360 degree turn. The toy train descends by 1,000 ft. as it completes the loop through a large circular area.

4. Darjeeling Ropeway

Darjeeling Ropeway

3 km from city center 4 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Darjeeling Ropeway is a cable car circuit where one can witness a myriad of exquisite landscapes, from the glorious snow-capped mountains to the charming valley replete with verdant tea estates.

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1 km from city center 5 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Be it black, green, or oolong, tea is as synonymous with Darjeeling as a view of the majestic Kanchenjunga. With over 80 tea plantations in Darjeeling, spread across the slopes of the valleys of this tourist trap, a visit to at least one tea garden is crucial to the tourist's agenda. The famous Happy Valley Tea Estate is the only garden amongst these that allows tourists to view the subtler nuances of producing and processing tea with their tea factory guided tour.

6. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

2 km from city center 6 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Located in Darjeeling, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is recognized as one of the best mountaineering institutes in the world. Established on 4th November 1954, the primary purpose of this initiative was to encourage, enhance and support the interest of the people in the sport of mountaineering, and to channel the abundant energy of the youth into a productive and self-awarding sport. 

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7. Shopping in Darjeeling

Shopping in Darjeeling

0 km from city center 7 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

 Darjeeling is famous for its handmade items including pendants with gems engraved on them, paintings known as 'Thangkas' which depicts stories of the Buddhist religion. Nehru road is likely to be the perfect spot for the tourists. Another place to stuff in your shopping bags is Chowk Bazaar which has all kinds of stuff ranging from clothes to mouth-watering dishes.

8. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

2 km from city center 8 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

The Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park is a splendid enclosure in Darjeeling housing a wide variety of animals. Also known as Darjeeling Zoo, this is a haven for animals of all kinds and a huge centre of attraction for animal lovers and nature enthusiasts.

9. Darjeeling Rock Garden

Darjeeling Rock Garden

3 km from city center 9 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Rock Garden is an exquisite picnic spot terraced with natural fall known as Chunnu summer fall, located 10 km away from Darjeeling. It is also known as Barbotey Rock Garden which is surrounded by beautiful hill stream along with the slope covered with fascinating flower gardens and sitting arrangements at various level. It is considered one of the most preferred visiting destinations for nature lovers travelling to Darjeeling.

10. Singalila National Park

Singalila National Park

20 km from city center 10 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Located at an altitude of more than 7000 feet above the sea in the Singalila range, the Singalila National Park is the highest national park in West Bengal. It is most famous for the breathtakingly mind-stirring view of the Himalayan peak that it offers, providing a panoramic view of the gigantic Himalayas from Nepal to Sikkim and up to Bhutan .

11. Nightingale Park

Nightingale Park

2 km from city center 11 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Located in the mesmerising hill station of Darjeeling, the Nightingale Park is a public park area frequented by the tourists and locals to relish gorgeous views of the Kanchenjunga ranges. It serves as an ideal place to unwind and recharge amidst lush greenery and soothing winds. This park was earlier called 'The Shrubbery' when it was a private courtyard of Sir Thomas Tartan's Bungalow, during the British reign.

12. Darjeeling Peace Pagoda

Darjeeling Peace Pagoda

2 km from city center 12 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Located on the slopes of Jalapahar hills in Darjeeling, the Peace Pagoda, or the Japanese Peace Pagoda is one of the peace pagodas designed to establish unity, harmony and goodwill amongst people belonging to different sects of society. Famous for its tranquillity, it offers stunning views of snow-clad peaks including the Kanchenjunga peak making it an ideal place for peace and nature lovers.

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13. Kanchenjunga

Kanchenjunga

13 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

The third highest peak in the world, the majestic Kanchenjunga, also spelt Kangchenjunga, is one of the most stunning mountains. Surrounded by Nepal, Sikkim and Tibet, Mt Kanchenjunga was first scaled in 1955 but since then has been declared sacred. Kanchenjunga' is a Tibetan name which means 'The Five Treasures of the High Snow'.

14. Sandakphu Trek

Sandakphu Trek

27 km from city center 14 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Sandakphu Peak (11,941 Feet) is the highest peak in West Bengal. The highest peak of Singalila Ridge in Darjeeling district, almost near the border of Nepal, it is located very close to Singalila National Park. Sandakphu, the highest peak in West Bengal, gives you a spectacular view of four out of five highest peaks in the world.

15. Trekking in Darjeeling

Trekking in Darjeeling

0 km from city center 15 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Offering you a sweeping view of four out of the five highest peaks of the world Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Lhotse, all in a single stretch, Darjeeling offers some of the best trekking routes in the world.

16. Chowrasta Darjeeling

Chowrasta Darjeeling

0 km from city center 16 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Chowrasta, located at the heart of Darjeeling, is a vibrant and bustling public square that serves as the town's main focal point. Literally translating to "four roads," Chowrasta is a flat open space where four major roads converge, offering panoramic views of the surrounding hills and the majestic Kanchenjunga mountain range. This lively promenade is a favorite among locals and tourists alike, providing a charming retreat to unwind and soak in the serene atmosphere.

17. Dali Monastery

Dali Monastery

2 km from city center 17 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Dali Monastery, also known as Druk Sangag Choling Monastery, stands majestically on the slopes of Darjeeling, a testament to the rich Tibetan Buddhist heritage in the region. The monastery, founded by Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche, is not only a religious center but also an architectural marvel that draws enthusiasts and seekers of tranquility alike.

18. Ghoom Monastery

Ghoom Monastery

4 km from city center 18 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

At a grand elevation of 8,000 feet, the Yiga Choeling or old Ghoom Monastery is the oldest Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of Darjeeling. A 15-foot high statue of Maitreyi Buddha is seen in the central hall, made entirely of clay brought from Tibet. Rare Buddhist manuscripts like the Kangyur can be found here.

19. River Rafting in Teesta

River Rafting in Teesta

19 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

River rafting in the Teesta River in Darjeeling is an exhilarating adventure that combines the thrill of navigating through turbulent waters with the scenic beauty of the Himalayan landscape. Teesta, originating in the Himalayas and flowing through the picturesque hills of Darjeeling, offers an ideal setting for this adrenaline-pumping activity.

20. Monastries in Darjeeling

Monastries in Darjeeling

4 km from city center 20 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Darjeeling is home to several enchanting monasteries that add a spiritual and cultural touch to this scenic region. These monastic retreats, reflecting the essence of Tibetan Buddhism, attract visitors with their serene ambiance and intricate architectural details.

21. Tinchuley

Tinchuley

11 km from city center 21 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

At a distance of about 32 km from Darjeeling, Tinchuley is an offbeat hamlet situated close to the West Bengal-Sikkim border. With an altitude of 5550 ft, the name of the place derives from the words ‘tin’ and ‘chula’, which translates as ‘three ovens’ because the trio of hills constituting the hill station resemble mud ovens.

22. Happy Valley Tea Estate

Happy Valley Tea Estate

1 km from city center 22 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

At a magical altitude of 6,800 feet, the Happy Valley Tea Estate is the second oldest tea estate in the tea-rich town of Darjeeling. One can take a guided tour through the fragrant factory, learning and observing the procedure to produce the different varieties of tea.

23. Darjeeling Observatory Hill

Darjeeling Observatory Hill

1 km from city center 23 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Observatory Hill is a rising hill situated above Chowrasta Square, around 2 km from the Darjeeling Himalaya railway station, just above the Mall Road in the picturesque hill town of Darjeeling. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Darjeeling as it offers a panoramic view of the mountains along with the presence of various Hindu and Buddhist temples including Kanchenjunga Temple, Mahakal temple and Tibetian Memorial Shrine.

24. Bengal Natural History Museum

Bengal Natural History Museum

2 km from city center 24 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

A testament to the indigenous flora and fauna of the region, the Bengal Natural History Museum is a fascinating plethora of more than 4000 specimens being exhibited located in the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling.

25. Lamahatta Eco Park

Lamahatta Eco Park

9 km from city center 25 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Lamahatta is a scenic village in West Bengal, 23km from Darjeeling. To showcase the magnificent views of peaks & rivers and the dhupi & pine forests here, the Lamahatta Eco Park was created in 2012. Lamahatta means Monk's Hermitage and so, this place promises an environment that feels as tranquil as a monk - a measure of balance between nature & man. At an altitude of 5,700 ft., this eco-park has a lot to offer.

26. Lepchajagat

Lepchajagat

8 km from city center 26 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Lepchajagat is a small village around 19km from Darjeeling. At a height of 6,956 ft, this vilage is considered a haven for nature lovers and honeymooners. Amidst dense forests of pines, oaks and rhododendrons, this village gives you tranquility. Viewing the Kanchenjunga peaks from here is a serene experience. It is now part of a reserved forest area.

27. Mahakal Temple

Mahakal Temple

60 km from city center 27 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

The Mahakal Temple in Darjeeling is a revered Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, located atop Observatory Hill in the heart of the town. This ancient temple, dating back to the early 18th century, holds great religious significance for locals and pilgrims alike, attracting visitors seeking blessings and spiritual solace. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas, the Mahakal Temple offers not only a sacred space for prayers and rituals but also breathtaking panoramic views of Darjeeling town and its surrounding landscapes.

28. Himalayan Tibet Museum

Himalayan Tibet Museum

0 km from city center 28 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

The Himalayan Tibet Museum in Darjeeling serves as a cultural institution dedicated to preserving and showcasing the rich heritage of Tibetan culture and Buddhism in the Himalayan region. Through its diverse collection of artifacts, artworks, and multimedia exhibits, the museum offers visitors a comprehensive insight into Tibetan life, traditions, and spirituality. Situated in the heart of Darjeeling, the museum provides a platform for cultural exchange and understanding, fostering appreciation for the enduring legacy of Tibetan heritage.

29. Everest Museum (HMI)

Everest Museum (HMI)

4 km from city center 29 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Established in 1957, the Everest Museum or Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) museum stands as a testament to the rich history and culture of mountaineering in the Himalayan region. Its objectives include facilitating educational activities on mountaineering and preserving the works of Himalayan art and culture, attracting nearly half a million tourists, mountaineers, and researchers annually.

30. Malls in Darjeeling

Malls in Darjeeling

30 out of 30 Places To Visit in Darjeeling

Darjeeling, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, also boasts a shopping experience that reflects its unique cultural blend. Among the notable malls, Rink Mall on Laden La Road stands out, providing a multi-storey haven for diverse retail and entertainment against the stunning backdrop of the Himalayas.

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Bengal Natural History Museum

Bengal Natural History Museum

A great place for the patrons of history and nature, Bengal natural History Museum is one of the most prominent museums you can find in the region. This unique museum is dedicated to the rich wildlife or biodiversity of the region and its history. The museum is divided into two large sections, and features different sub-sections where specimens of a variety of avifauna and fauna that are found in the region. The museum claims to have specimens of 820 bird species on display here, which is quite impressive for any nature lover taking a tour of the museum. Location: Darjeeling – Jorethang Road, Darjeeling Timing: 8 am to 7:30 pm

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If you love being outdoors and surround yourself with the freshness and calm of nature, Dooars is the most ideal place for you to visit when you are in Darjeeling. Dooars is a place that defines ‘pristine nature’ with its untainted, lush green landscapes. It is a vast region of floodplains that encompasses tea gardens, hill slopes, undulating meadows, tropical forests, and ethnic villages. The place is ideal for nature photography, wildlife exploration, and nature stay. The natural beauty of the region and the variety of experiences it has on offer make Dooars one of the most fascinating places to visit in Darjeeling.

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The city’s Mall Market, this is the heart of Darjeeling, both literally and symbolically. Being the main market area, this is the most bustling part of the city frequented by locals and tourists alike. Chowrasta literally translates to four-way. Whether you want to let the sun warm you on a cold morning or you want to catch a crimson sky during sunset, Chowrasta is the place to be. A number of hotels, restaurants, and shops are available here so you can be assured of spending an eventful evening at Chowrasta. From relishing delicacies to shopping for souvenirs, there are a number of activities to try here. Location: The Mall, Darjeeling Timing: 10 am to 9 pm

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Ghoom Monastery

Ghoom Monastery

Step into a world of spiritual wonder at Ghoom Monastery! Located amidst the enchanting hills of Darjeeling, this iconic Buddhist monastery is a haven of peace and serenity. Experience the soothing chants, intricate murals, and the mystical aura that surrounds the monastery. Uncover the essence of Buddhism and immerse yourself in a unique cultural experience. Ghoom Monastery beckons you to explore its ancient beauty and find solace in the heart of the Himalayas. Plan your visit now for an enriching and enlightening journey.

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Tibetan refugee center.

Tibetan Refugee Center

Explore the heartwarming tale of resilience at the Tibetan Refugee Center! Nestled in a serene corner of Darjeeling, this center stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Tibetan people. Witness traditional handicrafts and vibrant cultural displays that showcase their heritage. Embrace the warmth of Tibetan hospitality and support their community through your visit. Delve into a meaningful journey of compassion and understanding as you learn about their struggles, triumphs, and the preservation of their rich traditions. The Tibetan Refugee Center invites you to be a part of their inspiring story. Visit now and leave with a heart full of admiration.

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Kalimpong science centre.

Kalimpong Science Centre

Ignite your curiosity at Kalimpong Science Centre! This fascinating hub of knowledge and exploration in Kalimpong, India, offers an enthralling experience for all ages. Discover interactive exhibits, engaging workshops, and captivating shows that unravel the wonders of science and technology. From astronomy to robotics, immerse yourself in a world of discovery and innovation. Perfect for educational outings and family fun, Kalimpong Science Centre promises an enriching adventure that sparks a lifelong love for science. Plan your visit now and embark on a thrilling journey of learning and excitement.

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Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center

Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center

This is essentially a rehabilitation centre for the Tibetan refugees, but since the place gives an opportunity to indulge in a shopping experience, it has also emerged as a popular site among tourists. This help center was initially established with an objective to make the Tibetan community in Darjeeling self-dependent by offering them opportunity to earn money. The place now offers a wide range of handicrafts including wooden articles, exquisite shawls, leather jackets, and much more that will tickle your fancy. In fact, these products are exported to 36 countries all over the world. Apart from being a place for shopping, it is also a good place to learn about Tibetan refugees living in India. Location: Havelock Villa, Gandhi Road, Darjeeling Timing: 9 am to 4:30 pm

Kala Pokhri Lake

Kala Pokhri Lake

Kala Pokhri Lake, tucked away in the hills of Darjeeling, is a lovely spot for nature lovers and adventurers. This beautiful lake sits high up at around 3,000 meters (9,842 feet), giving you amazing views of the Himalayan peaks, including the famous Kanchenjunga.

The lake's clear waters reflect the sky's colors, making for stunning sights, especially during sunrise and sunset. Surrounded by forests full of rhododendrons and pine trees, it's a great place to spot birds and other wildlife.

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Gairibas, Darjeeling

Gairibas, nestled amidst the serene landscapes of Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal, exudes an ethereal charm that beckons travelers seeking solace in nature's embrace. Situated at an altitude of approximately 2,500 meters (8,202 feet), this quaint hamlet offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Gopaldhara Tea Estate

Gopaldhara Tea Estate

Gopal Dhara Tea Estate, nestled in the verdant hills of Darjeeling, is a haven for tea enthusiasts seeking the finest brews. Established in the late 19th century, this historic estate spans acres of lush tea gardens, where meticulously cultivated tea bushes thrive in the region's unique microclimate. Renowned for producing some of the world's most exquisite Darjeeling tea, Gopal Dhara embodies the essence of craftsmanship and tradition. Visitors can explore the estate, witness the tea-making process firsthand, and indulge in aromatic tastings amid breathtaking scenery. Gopal Dhara Tea Estate stands as a testament to Darjeeling's legacy of premium tea production.

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Last Updated on: Feb 10, 2023  

About this blog: We have been exploring Darjeeling ever since we started travelling. We have also blogged about this place for long. This Darjeeling Travel Guide was written sometime back. We have now updated this Darjeeling travel guide with all the latest information and required to plan a Darjeeling trip. This guide might help you when you visit the “Queen of Hills” and make you plan a perfect Darjeeling tour.

Darjeeling, the quaint hill station located in the northern part of West Bengal is undoubtedly one of our favourite destinations of all times. To be honest, we can never get enough of Darjeeling . A land of breathtaking beauty surrounded by rolling green tea plantations along with the majestic Kanchenjunga ranges towering above the skyline has earned it the moniker of Queen of Hills .

The eternal beauty and the quaint Victorian charm of the place are enough to lure travellers and tourists alike. And the cherry on the top is the adorable Darjeeling toy train that whistles its way through the mountains. Which other hill stations have so many beauties rolled in one!

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Darjeeling Trip Plan | About Darjeeling

Darjeeling is located at an altitude of about 6710 feet and is one of the most beautiful destinations in India. The name Darjeeling came from two Tibetan words ‘ dorje ’ meaning and ‘ ling ‘ meaning land. So Darjeeling literally means ‘the land of thunderbolt’.

Previous to its acquisition by the British East India Company in 1835, Darjeeling was a part of Sikkim (Sikkim was an independent kingdom then) and also of Nepal for a brief period of time.

Agni and Amrita in Darjeeling

During February 1829, a British Officer Caption Llyod spent a few days in Darjeeling. The place was then known as the “Old Gorkha Station of Darjeeling”. The place was nothing like what it is today. It was a deserted region with dense forests and mountains. Caption Llyod realized that Darjeeling can become a great sanatorium or health resort for the British officers.

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What is the Best Time to Visit Darjeeling?

Usually, Darjeeling has two main peak seasons for tourists – March to May and October to November. This is the time when Darjeeling gets the maximum footfall of tourists. When you want to plan your Darjeeling trip, entirely depends on what you want to experience at Darjeeling. Here I would mention briefly about the seasons in Darjeeling.

March to May (Spring and Summer)

This is one of the best times to visit Darjeeling. The weather remains pleasantly cool. After all, one of the main reasons for planning a Darjeeling trip is to beat the summer heat in the plains. The sky also remains clear giving a clear view of the Kanchenjunga ranges. But this is also a peak tourist season and Darjeeling will be full of local tourists.

March and April is the spring season and also the blooming season of rhododendrons.

June to September (Monsoon)

Monsoon usually starts by mid-June and lasts until September. During the monsoon, there are chances of landslides and some of the roads might be closed due to rains. Darjeeling, however, looks immensely beautiful and romantic during the rains, though you won’t get any mountain views as the weather remains cloudy most of the time. Also, tourism is low at this time and you get to see an uncrowded and relatively serene Darjeeling.

Honestly, monsoon is one of our favourite times to visit Darjeeling . We get rooms at cheaper rates, the roads are empty and the mist and clouds that envelope the roads make Darjeeling completely mesmerizing.

Darjeeling in monsoon

October to November (Autumn)

Autumn is also a good time to visit Darjeeling. The weather remains pleasant, the nature is vibrant and the skies are clear. You would get great views of the snow-covered peaks during this time. Bur again, this is a peak season and Darjeeling will be full of tourists, both local and international.

December to February (Winter)

Winter in Darjeeling is extremely cold and the higher altitudes of experience snowfall in December. Tiger Hill, located only 11 km from Darjeeling also experiences snowfall during the winter. Darjeeling gets fewer tourists during this time. If you plan to visit Darjeeling during the winter, do carry woolens with you.

Winter is our favourite time for Darjeeling tour. We love to enjoy the winters of hill stations and Darjeeling never disappoints us in this matter. Also, Darjeeling oranges are quite famous and we get that during the wintertime.

Having said these, you cannot really predict the weather on the hills. At one time, it is sunny and bright and in the next moment, it can become cloudy and foggy.

Students at Darjeeling Mall

How to Reach Darjeeling?

The nearest airport is the Bagdogra Airport and the nearest broad gauge railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP). I have mentioned broad-gauge railways because you can reach Darjeeling from NJP by the famous toy train.

From NJP, you will get both shared jeeps as well as rented vehicles to reach Darjeeling. From Bagdogra Airport, you will get rented cabs to reach Darjeeling. Shared jeeps are also available from Siliguri Main Bus Stand towards Darjeeling. Buses are also available from Siliguri towards Darjeeling, but I would recommend you to travel by the shared sumos instead of buses.

Pro Tip: If you are coming from abroad, you will need some sort of a visa that can be applied for online, or at the embassy. For example, The India evisa for Canada citizens is available online.

Darjeeling Tourism Map

Best Places to visit in Darjeeling

  • Batasia Loop and War Memorial
  • Darjeeling Mall or Chowrasta
  • The Darjeeling Zoo and HMI
  • Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park
  • Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda
  • Happy Valley Tea Estate
  • Observatory Hill and the Mahakal Temple
  • Ghum Monastery
  • Tenzing and Gombu Rocks
  • Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre

Darjeeling is a small hilly town, but there are a number of places to visit in Darjeeling that can be accessed by travelling a short distance. Darjeeling town is small, but Darjeeling district spans across 3,000 sq km. While there are a number of places to visit in Darjeeling and several attractions around the town, you can also visit Kurseong and Kalimpong, two other hill stations that are also quite beautiful and charming. Here I have discussed some of the must-visit tourist attractions in Darjeeling.

1. Tiger Hill

Sunrise from Tiger Hill Darjeeling

I personally feel that a Darjeeling trip can never be completed without watching the sunrise at Tiger Hill . Located at the highest point in Darjeeling at an altitude of 2,590 m, Tiger Hill is located about 11 km from Darjeeling town. If you visit Tiger Hill in the day, it is just another viewpoint and you will hardly see any tourist there. But early in the morning, the place is full of a long queue of cars and people waiting for the sun to rise. Tiger Hill is now internationally famous for its magnificent sunrise view above the Kanchenjunga and other eastern Himalayan ranges.

There is a watchtower at Tiger Hill from where you will get a sweeping view of the mountain ranges.  It is an amazing experience to see the first rays of sun falling on the snow-clad ranges of the Kanchenjunga and Everest. The sky gradually changes colour from golden yellow to orange as the sun rises up the horizon.

The best time to get clear views of sunrise is during autumn and winter. But the weather in Darjeeling can be quite unpredictable and a sudden cloud can totally obstruct the sunrise view. Even otherwise, Tiger Hill is a great place to visit in Darjeeling to soak in the Himalayan beauty.

2. Batasia Loop and War Memorial

Gorkha War Memorial at Batasia Loop

Batasia Loop is located on the Hill Cart Road and is about 5 km from Darjeeling town and is one of the major attractions of your Darjeeling trip . The Batasia Loop is a gigantic railway loop where the Darjeeling toy train takes a 360-degree turn just after Ghum . You can get a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga ranges and the entire landscape from here. There is a well-maintained eco-garden at Batasia Loop along with proper seating arrangements from where you can sit down and see the wonderful views.

The War Memorial is located at the centre of the Batasia Loop. The War Memorial was opened in 1995 to pay homage to the Gorkha soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation. Just in the middle, there is a 3-metre bronze statue of a Gorkha soldier paying homage. Outside the Batasia Loop, there is a small market area selling curios, bags, hats, and other decorative items. You can visit Batasia Loop after a trip to the Tiger Hill to watch the sunrise.

Timings: Everyday 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM

3. Darjeeling Mall or Chowrasta

Darjeeling Mall or Chowrasta

Darjeeling Mall or Chowrasta is the centre of Darjeeling town and is the most happening place in the entire town. It is a flat piece of land converted into a pedestrian-only zone and no traffic is allowed at the Mall. There are seating arrangements around the Mall where you can relax and have a steaming hot cup of Darjeeling tea. A number of shops are located in the Mall area including tea bars, curio shop, book shops and more. You can stroll around the Mall leisurely or else simply sit on the bench and see Darjeeling come alive in front of you. Horse ride is also available around the Mall at a prefixed rate.

There are a few important places to visit around Darjeeling Mall. You can take a walk around the Mall Road and visit a few of the important and heritage places in Darjeeling. There is also an open-air auditorium and stage where many functions and cultural programmes take place. The Mall or Chowrasta is actually the social fabric of Darjeeling town.

4. Darjeeling Zoo and HMI

Darjeeling Zoo

Darjeeling Zoo or Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is one of the attractive places to visit in Darjeeling. Covering a vast area of 27 hectares, the zoo is the only specialized zoo for the conservation breeding programs of rare Himalayan species like the red panda, snow leopards, Tibetan wolf, Himalayan Black bear and other endangered species.

The Darjeeling Zoo is the largest high altitude zoo in India and covers an area of 67.5 acres at an average altitude of 7,000ft.

The Himalayan Mountain Institute or the HMI is said to be a pilgrimage for mountaineers and climbing enthusiast. It is also a must-visit place for all mountain lovers. It has a museum with mountaineering displays and many expedition artefacts. HMI is located in the same complex as the zoo and both of these can be visited together. Whenever we go for a Darjeeling trip, we make it a point to visit HMI. Just staring at the complex and reading its slogan “May you climb from peak to peak” gives us a feeling of happiness.

HMI Darjeeling

Timings: Everyday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM in the summer and 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM in the winters.

5. Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park

Rock Garden Darjeeling

The Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park are two beautiful parks located close to each other. The Rock Garden, located about 10 km from Darjeeling town is a terraced garden that has been cut through the rock and seating arrangements are made in between. The major attraction here is the cascading waterfall flowing down the rocks. The Rock Garden is also known as the Barbotey Rock Garden and was created by Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council to boost tourism in Darjeeling.

Ganga Maya Park is about 3 km from Rock Garden and is more spread having a beautiful flower garden and fountains. There is a small lake in the park where tourists can enjoy boating.

6. Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda

Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda Darjeeling

The Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda is the symbol of peace and a place of tranquillity. It is located in the Jalapahar Hills about 10 minutes driving distance from Darjeeling town. The temple is also known as the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple and was built in 1972 under Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist Monk from Japan. Built in the traditional Japanese style, the temple has two storeys. The view from here is simply wonderful. You can see the Kanchenjunga peak from here.

The Peace Pagoda is located just beside the temple. The Japanese Peace Pagoda was built to bring people together from all castes and creeds for the purpose of world peace. You can occasionally hear Buddhist chants and prayer at the temple. The place is indeed full of serenity and you can feel it once you are there.

Timings: Everyday from 4:30 AM to 7 PM

Prayer timings are from 4.30 AM to 6.00 AM, and 4.30 PM to 6.30 PM

7. Happy Valley Tea Estate

Happy Valley Tea Estate - Tea tourism

How can your Darjeeling trip be complete without visiting a tea garden? Happy Valley Tea Estate is the best place where you can get a first-hand experience of tea gardens as well as how the tea leaves actually make way to your cup. The tea estate was established in 1854 and was known as the Wilson Tea Estate . Later the estate was renamed as Happy Valley Tea Estate. The estate covers an area of about 110 hectares and is one of the highest tea estates in West Bengal. Most of the tea bushes here are more than a century old!

Located below the Hill Cart Road, one of the best times to visit Happy Valley Tea Estate is during the plucking and processing season between March and October. During this time, an employee with take you around the tea factory and explain the process of withering, rolling, fermenting and drying and also explain how black, green and white tea is extracted from the same tea leaves. At the end of the tour, tea tasting is also offered. There is also a tea boutique from where you can but best quality Darjeeling Tea is grown at the estate.

Timings: The Tea estate and factory are open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM from Tuesday to Saturday. The factory remains closed between November to February as tea plucking does not take place in winter.

8. Observatory Hill and the Mahakal Temple

Mahakal Temple on Observatory Hill

The Observatory Hill and Mahakal Temple is located just behind the Mall. The Mahakal Temple is located at the summit of the Observatory Hill. As you walk around the Mall Road, you will see a flight of stairs leading up to the hill and the temple. It is believed that a Buddhist monastery named Dorjeling Monastery once stood at the place where the Mahakal Temple stands.

The original monastery was built in the year 1765 by the Lama Dorje Rinzing and it was destroyed in 1815 during the Gorkha invasion. Later the Mahakal Temple was built at the place and the monastery was rebuilt at about 1.5 km downhill from the Chowrasta.

At Mahakal Temple, you will not only hear the chants of Hindu prayers but will also hear the Buddhist monks reading scriptures. It is a beautiful communion of Hinduism and Buddhism, just as we saw at Bhaktapur Durbar Square in Nepal .

Timings: From sunrise to sunset.

9. Ghum Monastery

Ghum Monastery Darjeeling - Places to visit in Darjeeling

One of the most magnificent monasteries near Darjeeling is the Ghum Monastery , also known as the Yiga Choeling Monastery . Located at Ghum at an altitude of 7400 ft and 8 km from Darjeeling town, it is one of the oldest Tibetan monasteries to be built in Darjeeling area. The major attraction of the monastery is the 15 ft high statue of Maitreya Buddha or future Buddha.

It is believed that the clay to make the statue of the Buddha was brought all the way from Tibet. In front of the statue, there are two huge oil lamps that are kept burning all the time throughout the year. The monastery also houses a number of rare Buddhist manuscripts including a 108-volume Kangyur – The Tibetan Buddhist Gospel.

10. Tenzing and Gombu Rocks

Tenzing and Gombu Rock

The Tenzing Rock is a naturally formed huge rock in Darjeeling and is named after the famous Tenzing Norgay . The Gombu Rock stands just opposite to Tenzing Rock and is named after Nawang Gombu, the nephew of Tenzing Norgay who had scaled Mt Everest twice in 1963 and 1965. These rocks are used by the HMI for rock climbing training. The right face of Tenzing Rock is used for amateur climbers, so you can also give a try at rock climbing.

11. Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre

Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre - Darjeeling

The Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre was established in 1959 for the rehabilitation of the Tibetans who had migrated to India after the Chinese invaded Tibet. In order to sustain, they adopted the principle of self-help.

The Tibetans make exquisite handicrafts, shawls, carpets, carved wooden and other items. If you visit there, you can see the Tibetan men and women working patiently on these handicrafts. There is an outlet from where you can buy these handicrafts. The Tibetan Refugee Centre is located on a hilltop that can be approached from Lebong Cart Road. There is also a small monastery at the complex. This is one of our favourite places to visit in Darjeeling trip.

Apart from these 11 fabulous places, you can visit the Shrubbery near the zoo and the Botanical garden near the Chowk Bazar.

Darjeeling Travel Guide | Darjeeling Sightseeing

Ghum Railway Station

You can go for Darjeeling sightseeing tours by getting a reserved car from Club side taxi Stand or Chowk Bazar. Usually, the cars offer 3 types of sightseeing tours – 3-point, 5-point and 7-point sightseeing tours.

  • 3-point Tour: This is the early morning tour covering sunrise at Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop and Ghum Monastery.

Tentative Rate for reserved Taxi: Rs 1200.00 – 1500.00

  • 5-point Tour: This includes Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda, Lal Kuthi, Dhirdham Temple, Ava Art Gallery and Darjeeling Zoo. This takes about 3 hours

Tentative Rate of reserved car: Rs 1200.00 – 1500.00

  • 7-point tour: This covers most of the famous attractions of Darjeeling like the Darjeeling Zoo and HMI, Darjeeling Ropeway, Tenzing and Gombu Rock, Happy Valley Tea Estate, Tibetan Refugee Centre, Lebong Race Course.

Tentative Rate of reserved car: Rs 1500.00 – 1700.00

You can also reserve a car and explore Darjeeling as per your choice. For more details of Darjeeling sightseeing and costs , please read our detailed post.

Darjeeling Toy Train

Darjeeling Toy Train - Things to do in Darjeeling

The Toy Train ride or Darjeeling Himalayan Railways is undoubtedly one of the major attractions of Darjeeling and should be a part of your Darjeeling tour. DHR is the first mountain railway in India opened in 1881 to connect Darjeeling with the plains in Siliguri. This mountain railways is said to be one of the best examples of mountain railways and definitely an outstanding engineering feat achieved during those times. The DHR has been accorded the UNESCO World Heritage site status.

If you have the time, the best way to experience the Darjeeling Toy Train is to take a ride from NJP to Darjeeling. It is a long ride almost taking a day, but the ride will be one of life kind of experience. If you do not wish to venture in this journey, you can take a toy train ride from Darjeeling to Ghum or Kurseong.

Darjeeling Toy Train Joy Ride

The best way is, however, to take the Darjeeling Toy Train Joy Ride . This is a 2-hour ride starting from Darjeeling Station to Ghum and back covering a distance of 14 km. The train stops at Batasia Loop. The fare for Darjeeling Joy Ride is between Rs 1000.00 to 1600.00 per head.

Darjeeling Tea

Things to do in Darjeeling - visit a Darjeeling Tea Garden

How can I probably not talk about Darjeeling Tea while writing about Darjeeling? There is almost no doubt that Darjeeling is one of the finest producers of tea in the world. There are a number of tea gardens and estates in Darjeeling district producing some of the finest qualities of tea. A packet of Darjeeling tea is one of the prized souvenirs of India that you can take home.

The cup is actually waiting for you. Take a sip and enjoy the aroma and taste of fresh and pure Darjeeling Tea. Well, that is enough of tea advertisements! Let me now tell you where you can have tea in Darjeeling. There are several outlets, tea lounges and tea bars from where you can taste Darjeeling Tea. Personally, our favourite is the Darjeeling tea at Nathmulls on Darjeeling Mall and Glenarys on Nehru Road. We also love the tea served by the roadside vendors.

Golden Tips Tea Lounge

Some of the best places to have tea during your Darjeeling trip are

  • Nathmull’s Tea and Sunset Lounge
  • House of Tea
  • Golden Tips Tea Lounge
  • Afternoon Tea at Windermere
  • Happy Golden Cafe

You can buy your packet of tea from any of these places. But I would suggest you buy Darjeeling tea from places that would provide you with an invoice and not from any roadside stalls. Happy Valley Tea Estate is another good place to buy Darjeeling Tea.

Where to Stay in Darjeeling?

With time, Darjeeling town has faced a lot of constructions, many of which are unplanned. Quite obviously, these constructions include mainly hotel. Darjeeling has a number of hotels catering to all types of budgets and travellers. These include century-old heritage stays, homestays, hostels and hotels as well. Here I will name a few hotels in Darjeeling of various categories.

Windamere Hotels Darjeeling

Luxury Hotels in Darjeeling

  • Windermere (Best views of Kanchenjunga)
  • Cedar Inn (Best views of Kanchenjunga)
  • Mayfair Darjeeling
  • Sinclairs Darjeeling

Mid Budget Hotels

  • Little Tibet
  • Central Nirvana (Best views of Kanchenjunga)
  • Central Gleneagles Heritage Resort
  • Hotel Shangrila
  • Darjeeling Tourist Lodge (Best views of Kanchenjunga)

Budget Hotels in Darjeeling

  • Classic Guest House (Best views of Kanchenjunga)
  • Broadway Annexe
  • Dekeling Hotel
  • Hotel Capital
  • Old Bellevue Hotel
  • Pahari Soul Homestay (Best views of Kanchenjunga)
  • Happy Valley Homestay
  • Himalayan Inn

What are the Best Places to eat in Darjeeling Trip?

Breakfast platter at Keventers

Darjeeling has a unique mixture of Bengali, Nepali and Tibetan population. This is reflected well in the food and cuisine of Darjeeling. Added to this is the English influence. So overall, food in Darjeeling is simply something that we can die for.

Delicious and crisp English breakfast is quite common in Darjeeling. Keventers and Glenarys are just the places to have a proper English breakfast. Bacon, sausages, omelettes, eggs with sunny side up, sandwiches along with fresh Darjeeling Tea – who can say no to such food? For the health-conscious, the oil can be a turn-off though.

Momo

Darjeeling is also famous for momos, thukpas and Tibetan and Nepali dishes. There are restaurants serving Indian and Continental cuisines. In short, you will not be disappointed in Darjeeling regarding food!

For detailed information, you can read our article on the best places to eat in Darjeeling .

How much does it cost to travel in Darjeeling?

Monastery near Darjeeling

Darjeeling can be quite easy on the pocket if you wish so. A typical cost of travelling in Darjeeling is given:

Sightseeing costs in Darjeeling by car are fixed. To reduce costs, you can share with other like-minded travellers. You can also walk around and explore Darjeeling on foot. We usually do that on our visits to Darjeeling. You can also hop on to the taxis that the locals use for commuting and visit from one point to the other, and then walk the remaining way.

Trekking permit at Sandakphu-Phalut will come at a fixed cost and so does guide and potter. Permit fee for Singalila National Park is only INR 100. You will get the details of the trek in our blog on Sandakphu Trek .

Shopping in Darjeeling Trip | Darjeeling Travel Guide

Habeeb Mullick and Sons at Chowrasta

Darjeeling, like most of the hill stations, is a shopper’s paradise. And one of my favourite thing to do in Darjeeling trip is window shopping! These days, you will get almost everything in Darjeeling town. However, you would probably want to buy Darjeeling Tea, antiques and jewellery, handicrafts and curio, woolen from Darjeeling.

Some of the popular handicraft items that you can buy from Darjeeling includes Tibetan masks, Thangkas, Khukris (curved Gorkha knives having decorative handles), curios and traditional jewelleries and showpieces. Stoles, woollen sweaters, jackets, caps and pashmina shawls are also widely sold.

There are many old shops and boutique shops at either side of the Nehru Road leading up to the Mall.  Nepal Curio House is one of our favourite places to hunt curio items, masks and thangkas. A Biswa Bangla outlet has also opened at Nehru Road that sells Bengal handicraft items. Another place that I would like to mention is Das Studio . You will get photography items and some old and rare photographs of Darjeeling and the mountains here. Check out the old Darjeeling postcards here.

Das Studio Darjeeling - Travel Guide

Darjeeling Mall is also dotted with a number of shops. I would like to mention about Oxford Book Stores, Habeeb Mullick & Sons (one of the best places for curios), Golden Tips and Nathmull’s at Chowrasta.

Mall Road has temporary shops with hawkers selling woollen and dress items. Bargain well when buying from these markets.

Darjeeling Toy Train Souvenir

Chowk Bazar at lower Darjeeling is a bustling market where you can get any types of household items, clothing items, bags, footwear, grocery and spices. It is infact the local market of Darjeeling town. Prices are relatively cheaper at Chowk Bazar, but I cannot guarantee the quality for items like dresses, shoes and bags.

If you want to buy authentic Tibetan handicrafts, then you should head towards the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre off the Lebong Cart Road. You will get handmade Tibetan carpets, scarves, clothes, handicrafts, thangkas and many more made by the local artisans.

Day trips from Darjeeling | Darjeeling Travel Guide

You can make day trips from Darjeeling to Mirik (known for Mirik Lake) and Kurseong. We recommend to hire a car from Chowk Bazar or Club side taxi Stand to visit these places.

You can also take a day trip to Takdah , Tinchuley and Lamahatta from Darjeeling.

Darjeeling is also the nearest town to Maneybhanjan, the base camp of Sandakphu trek.

View of Kanchenjunga and Bhanu Bhawan

Darjeeling Trip – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs answered)

Bagdogra is the nearest airport to Darjeeling. It is around 68km and takes about 3 to 3.5 hours to reach Darjeeling.

Yes, Darjeeling is quite safe for tourists and travellers. In the last few years, there had been a few agitations when Darjeeling had come to a stop. But now, Darjeeling is quite safe to travel. Do take an informed decision before your Darjeeling trip or travelling to any place.

Darjeeling is quite famous for mountains and the views of Kanchenjunga, third highest mountain of the world and tea gardens. Darjeeling tea is known all over the world. Also, Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (toy train) is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sunrise at Tiger Hill is also a major attraction.

The name ‘Darjeeling’ came from the Tibetan words, ‘dorje’ meaning thunderbolt (originally the scepter of Indra) and ‘ling’ a place or land. Thus Darjeeling is popularly known as ‘The land of the thunderbolt’.

Nepali, Bengali, Hindi and English are widely spoken in Darjeeling. Nepali is spoken by more than 70% of the population in Darjeeling, Kurseong and Mirik and is the main language in the hills, followed by Bengali.

Darjeeling has two main peak seasons for tourists – March to May and October to November. Usually these months are the best time to visit Darjeeling as the climate is at its best during this time and is perfect for outdoor activities.

Since the last couple of years, Darjeeling has witnessed snowfall in the months of December. But that is also for a few days. You will see snowfall at Sandakphu for sure.

Yes, it is advised to carry woolen clothes even during the summer. At least a windproof jacket should be taken. The weather is highly unpredictable in Darjeeling. If it rains, the weather suddenly becomes very chilly.

2-3 days are good enough for a leisurely Darjeeling trip covering the main attractions. Usually, a trip to Darjeeling and Gangtok is done together. In that case, 7-8 days are good enough for both the destinations.

Darjeeling is a sleepy little hill town. While there are bars and pubs in Darjeeling, but the town usually sleeps by 11 pm.

Yes, there are sufficient ATMs in Darjeeling. There is an SBI ATM at Darjeeling Mall. Also, most of the shops accept debit and credit cards these days.

Darjeeling is famous for its tea and you can buy Darjeeling Tea as souvenirs. You can also buy local handicraft items like Tibetan masks, paintings, thangkas, local jewellery items, woolens like shawls, pashminas and stoles, Khukris and other curio items. Authentic handmade carpets, wooden items and woollen items are available at Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre.

Golden Tips and Nathmulls are some of the best places to buy authentic Darjeeling tea. Both shops are located at the Mall. You can also buy Darjeeling Tea from Happy Valley Tea Estate. It is recommended not to buy tea from road-side shops unless you are absolutely sure about the quality.

Other Resources on Darjeeling

  • 12 Best Places to Eat in Darjeeling
  • Darjeeling Mall and a Heritage Walk around the Mall Road
  • Darjeeling Zoo – A Photostory
  • Movies shot in Darjeeling
  • Darjeeling Himalayan Railways
  • Darjeeling in Monsoons
  • Rangaroon – Experience Tea Tourism near Darjeeling
  • Singtom Tea Estate and Resort – Tea Tourism in Darjeeling
  • A Brief History of Darjeeling

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42 comments.

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Thank you very much for sharing the interesting information, I read it completely. Good you explained everything in detail it has been a great help.

I want to visit darjeeling and want to know about darjeeling before visit with my family.

Please let us kniow if you have any specific queries. We will be happy to answer.

Hi.You blog is very useful.I’m planning to visit Darjeeling in first week of July from Southern India. So we are preferring to take flight to bagdogra…i want to know does weather condition affect our flight timings?.is it better to take train?

Thanks for reading our blog. Flight to Bagdogra is fine.

This is so beautiful! You make me wanna go Darjeeling all the more. Just checking, is Darjeeling safe for solo travelers? Also where’s the best place to stay for female solo travelers? And from NJP to Darjeeling what’s the best mode of transportation for one person?

Hello Ashini! Thank you for stopping by! Darjeeling is quite safe for solo travellers. The best mode of transportation from NJP to Darjeeling for one is to take a shared jeep. otherwise you can reach Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand at Siliguri and take a bus to Darjeeling. You will also get shared cabs from there. If you want a bit more comfort, you can check wizzride as well. Revolver is a good place to stay in Darjeeling for solo travellers. Pahari Soul Homestay is also good. There are a few backpackers hostel in Darjeeling as well. You can check them as well!

i was planning to stay at Darjeeling for December for at least a month. i was thinking of renting a house since i have work from home option. Wanted to check is it possible to do so ? how much is the rent ? and do we have steady internet ? Would you be kind to respond to the above if you know about it ?

Hello Haneefa! Well, I do not have much information about renting a house in Darjeeling. But I am sure you will get one. You can check out Classic Guest House or airbnb for the same. At Darjeeeling, you will get a steady internet. No issues with that. Hope this helps. 🙂

Dear Sir/Mam,

I want to catch the 10am flight from Bagdogra. What is the earliest transport in the morning from Darjeeling?

Thanking you Kaushik Mandal

It is better to book a car for your journey from Darjeeling to Bagdogra.

That’s an amazing article

THANK YOU SO MUCH 🌎❤️

You have made Darjeeling more beautiful from your precise perceptive.

Thank you so much for your kind words. Darjeeling is always beautiful to us.

Many Thank you..TO show the beauty of Darjeeling..This was Amazing..Keep it up

Thank you so much!

Please advise the name of budgeted and good hotel for senior citizens family of 68 years where the car drops at hotel gate and its room are within 1st floor and has good restaurant and which 3-5 minutes walking distance from Mall. Thanks for your effective and blog

Thank you for stopping by our blog. There are a few good hotels near the Mall area which you can consider – Seven Seas near Keventers, The Bellevue on the Mall Road, Hotel Sunflower on the Mall, Dekeling Hotel. You can also consider staying at Darjeeling Tourist Lodge. Its about 7-8 mins walk from Mall, but is quite good.

Since childhood I’ve witnessed the gradual change in climate, education, culture, society, economy, politics and religions, and recently a bit of business. And when I take the flight retrospectively in introspective mood,I feel sad to land back momentarily. But when I see the flood of tourists with a lot of excitement and sunny faces and the depiction of Darjeeling, my aesthetic sense gets rejuvenated. Salute to the blog writer for the concern shown for sanitation and request to the upcoming tourists not to litter. Welcome for further minute details.

Thank you so much for the comment. Would love to discuss with you about Darjeeling more if given a chance. Do keep in touch!

Nice blog author. your information is so useful. thank you.

Thank you, thank you. You made my travel to Darjeeling and easy thing to plan. May I suggest you also add Summit Hermon hotel in your lists of budget friendly hotels for amazing Kanchenjunga views? They have family rooms with terrace. I can share pictures if you like. 🙂

Thank you Tanvi for your lovely comment. We will definitely include Summit Hermon Hotel in the list of hotels in the next update.

Wonderful post! This article is really helpful for travelers. I heard about Darjeeling that is a beautiful place in India. I am planning to go to Darjeeling this December. can I see snowfall in December, and what can I do with my family in Darjeeling.

Hi Akansha! Thank you for your comment. Yes, Darjeeling is quite beautiful, but you will probably not get snowfall in Darjeeling itself. You might have to go to Sandakphu. And yes, you can travel with your parents to Darjeeling.

This was amazing.. trust me Thankyou

You forgot to mention Aloobari monostry and Jalapahar, St Paul

Will include it in the next update for sure. Thank you for mentioning it.

it is a helpful and informative blog, I really appreciate the work you have done, you explained everything in such an amazing and simple way, Darjeeling is one of the most beautiful hill stations. thank you for sharing this amazing information with us.

Wow! Such a wonderful and beautiful pictures, very detail & informative article. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience with fellow travelers. Your valuable information’s will help us to plan our tour more properly. I must say you have done a great job in highlighting the beauty of Darjeeling & have justified the tag “The Queen of Hills” for Darjeeling. The pictures you have shared will definitely inspire every travelers heart to plan a Darjeeling Tour and to witness the mesmerizing beauty in the lap of Himalayas. Hope soon I could cover this mesmerizing destination with the help of your detailed knowledge.

I must say you have done a great job in highlighting the beauty of Darjeeling. Well Done and Keep it up

Thank you so much.

Thanks for a marvelous posting! I really enjoyed reading it, this post is very interesting and informative. Thanks for sharing…

I must say your photographs are too good, I have been to many places in north India, but east is still untouched. I would love to be there soon..

We guess we made a huge mistake by not going to Rock Garden! The waterfalls looks so beautiful!

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23 Mar 2023

Spread in ribbons over a steep mountain ridge, surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations, and towered over by the majestic Khangchendzonga (8598 m), Darjeeling is among the best hill stations in India. But the list of the most amazing things to do in Darjeeling goes beyond these attractions. The beautiful tea gardens on the slopes of rolling hills, the orchids, pines & rhododendrons, the cute Himalayan toy train negotiating its way through the mountains combined with great sightseeing tours, food, shopping and other exciting activities, there’s so much that this stunning town has to offer.

20 Best Things To Do In Darjeeling

Confused about what to do in Darjeeling? Here is the list of things to do in Darjeeling that will make you plan your holiday right away. Keep scrolling down and read along!

  • Teesta – Go River Rafting
  • Sandakphu – Trek The Peak
  • The Toy Train – Take A Joy Ride
  • Himalayan Mountaineering Institute – Learn Mountaineering
  • Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park – Explore Wildlife
  • Tiger Hill – Watch The Sunrise
  • Dooars – Explore The Tea Gardens
  • Kalimpong – Visit The Monastery
  • Peace Pagoda – Calm Your Mind
  • Batasia Loop – Explore The War Memorial
  • Thukpa And Momos – Relish Some Local Food
  • Keventers Restaurant – Enjoy Breakfast
  • Churpi – Grab A Candy
  • Chowrasta – Stroll On The Mall Road
  • Bhutia Market – Buy Some Woolens
  • Tattoos – Get Inked
  • Revolver Hotel – B&B With Music
  • Singalila Jungle Lodge – Lodge Amidst A Forest
  • Darjeeling Blossoms Eco-Tourism – Live Close To Nature
  • Khambuhang Nature Holiday Camp – Enjoy Cottage Camping

1. Teesta - Go River Rafting

People doing white water rafting at the river in Teesta, Darjeeling

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For one of the best experiences of river rafting in India , head to the Teesta river and find out why it is one of the best things to do in Darjeeling for all adrenaline junkies! The activity is loaded with series of rapids with varying intensities, ranging from Grade 1 to 4, wherein the latter is only allowed to seasoned, trained rafters because of the level of danger involved in it. This is one of the best adventure activities in Darjeeling.

Cost: INR 900 - INR 1500 Best Time: December - June Risk Level: High

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2. Sandakphu - Trek The Peak

Trekking at Sandakphu, Darjeeling

If you are looking forward to indulging in more adventure activities in Darjeeling . A trekking trip to Sandakphu is absolutely essential for all adventure freaks. It is the highest point in the state of West Bengal and is an ideal destination for trekking enthusiasts. Located at an astounding height of 3,636m, it is known for offering the best panoramic views of the enthralling Mt Everest and the Kanchenjunga Peak .

Cost: INR 9000 - INR 10,000 Best Time: April - May and October - early December Risk Level: Medium

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3. The Toy Train - Take A Joy Ride

People taking a ride in the toy train, one of the essential things to do in Darjeeling

The Toy Train ride is an absolute must. You can start your ride from Ghoom and get down at Kurseong , to eat at the many food joints, for Darjeeling sightseeing wherein you get a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding hills that transport you into a world of romance. It is one of the most fun activities in Darjeeling which cannot be missed.

Location: Ghoom, Darjeeling Cost: INR 100 - INR 1300 Timings: NA

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4. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute - Learn Rock Climbing

The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute at Jawahar Parvat, Darjeeling

The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute located at Jawahar Parvat in Darjeeling, conducts a number of mountaineering and adventure courses at various levels ranging from beginners to expert. The course duration ranges from a month to a few days. HMI has Rock Climbing and other basic activities for one-time tourists who do not want to get into the full-fledged courses and are visiting the town only for a few days. But whatever be the duration, the entire experience is unmatched and completely exhilarating.

Location: Jawahar Parvat, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101 Cost: The Basic Course costing INR 4000/- per person lasts for a month while Rock Climbing and smaller activities are provided through walk-in and cost a mere 200 bucks per person. Timings: 9 AM - 5 PM Risk Level: Medium

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5. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park - Explore Wildlife

Red_Panda

Located in the famous town of Darjeeling, exploring the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is one of the top things to do near Darjeeling . Get ready to meet the endangered Himalayan wolf, the Red Panda, snow leopards and more. You can also explore the ountain Institute and take a few tips for mountaineering.

Location: Darjeeling – Jorethang Road, Near Birch Hill Resort, Jawahar Parbat, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101 Cost: NA Best Time: March - June and September - January

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Places To Visit In Darjeeling

Darjeeling, the ‘tea garden of India’ is a very beautiful place to visit. The hills, the steam engine train, and the lush green tea plantations will make you want to stay here forever. And here are some of the best places and things to see in Darjeeling :

6. Tiger Hill - Watch The Sunrise

Kanchenjunga lit in many colours during sunrise

Your trip is unsuccessful until you have witnessed the sunrise at Tiger Hill . The way the sunlight falls on those snowcapped peaks of Kanchenjunga and illuminate it in gorgeous colours, that view is simply breathtaking. Hiking is one of the best things to do in Darjeeling and Gangtok . You will have the time of your life and will not be disappointed by the avenues of adventure and entertainment this place opens up for you.

Location:  West Bengal 734123 Cost: NA Best Time: October - December and March - April

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7. Dooars - Explore The Tea Gardens

The tea leaves of Dooars, Darjeeling and a woman plucking them

Taking a tour of the tea plantation is one of the top things to do in Darjeeling . Though the tea gardens of Darjeeling are world famous, you must take a trip down to them at Dooars to witness the sprawling beauty yourself and sip on that refreshing Darjeeling Tea . The verdant pruned bushes, especially in the this tea district, is a magical sight which youll never forget in life.

Location: Jalpaiguri District, West Bengal Cost: NA Best Time: mid-September - May

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8. Kalimpong - Visit The Monastery

The Prayer Wheels at Zang Dhok Palri Phodang monastery, Darjeeling

Zang Dhok Palri Phodang is a beautiful and popular monastery at Kalimpong , Darjeeling. The  monastery holds enormous significance as it is home to the many rare scriptures which were brought into India after the fateful invasion of Tibet in 1959. A trip to this peaceful sanctuary should definitely be on your list of places to see in Darjeeling . If you are a traveler who is seeking a spot for meditating, then this monastery is the perfect place for you!

Location:  West Bengal 734301 Cost: NA Best Time: March - May and September - November

9. Peace Pagoda - Calm Your Mind

The Peace Pagoda at Charlimont Hill, one of the prominent places to see in Darjeeling

Sitting atop the Charlimont Hill , Darjeelings Peace Pagoda is one of the 30 such pagodas in the world that were established by the Japanese Buddhist monk Nichidatsu Fujii as a way of promoting World Peace and harmony. Visit this one of the most popular Darjeeling attractions for an outright serene and tranquil experience.

Location:  West Point, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734102 Cost: NA Timimgs: 4.30 AM - 7 PM

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10. Batasia Loop - Explore The War Memorial

Batasia Loop, Darjeeling

This is one of the most interesting Darjeeling attractions . Venture out to Batasia Loop , the historically and scenically significant junction and a great option for sightseeing in Darjeeling! If youre traveling via the Toy Train, or walking back from Tiger Hill, look out for this famous railway loop that goes around the open-air Gorkha War Memorial , established in honour of the brave soldiers from the region who laid down their lives in WWI and WWII and among the important places to see in Darjeeling.

Location:  Darjeeling district, West Bengal Cost: INR 15 Timings: 5 AM - 4.30 PM

What To Eat In Darjeeling

Check out the list of delicious food delicacies and where to eat them while you are on a vacation in Darjeeling. Take a look!

11. Thukpa And Momos - Relish Some Local Food

Thukpa in Darjeeling

Darjeeling has scrumptious answers to your food cravings while youre there. You can enjoy some delicious variety of Darjeeling food like Thukpa and momos that are available in the street joints at almost every nook and corner of the town. Gorging on thump and momos is one of the best things to do in Darjeeling at night .

Places to eat: Kunga Restaurant, Hot Stimulating Cafe, Dekevas

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12. Keventers Restaurant - Enjoy Breakfast

Keventers Restaurant, Darjeeling

Having breakfast at Keventers should definitely be on your list of Darjeeling highlights. Dont forget to try the delicious Cheese Toast when youre dining here. You can hog on Indo-Western cuisine here or simply get a cup of coffee and drink it while admiring the views outside. It doesn’t get any better than this! This is one of the must-visit restaurants in this region. It is not hard to see why!

Location: Shop No. 1, Club Side, Nehru Rd, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101 Timings: 8 AM - 6.30 PM

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13. Churpi - Grab A Candy

Churpi Chocolate of Darjeeling

Churpi is a kind of chewing bar that is not exactly sweet in taste, but has a delicious flavor nevertheless. What makes this unique is the fact that it keeps the body warm during winters and gives energy. It is available in almost all street shops selling groceries and comes at a nominal price. You can stock a horde to treat your winter blues when youre back home.

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Where To Shop In Darjeeling

Who doesn’t like shopping? Here some of the places to shop in Darjeeling on your trip. Keep scrolling down and read along!

14. Chowrasta - Stroll On The Mall Road

A view of Chowrasta or The Mall at Darjeeling

Get to Chowrasta , or The Mall, as it is popularly known among tourists, and enjoy the beautiful evening, with a cool breeze brushing your hair while you shop. The Mall Road stretching through Chowrasta is not just a shopping hub, but is also perfect for a relaxing stroll.

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15. Bhutia Market - Buy Some Woolens

A woman selling woollens at Bhutia Market, Darjeeling

Bhutia Market is a row of temporary stalls set up by the local Bhutias and is located on a narrow lane that leads down from Chowrasta (The Mall), next to Nathmulls. It’s a shopping paradise for tourists and its where youll get all winter wear (like sweaters, gloves, woollen caps, mufflers, etc), jackets and even jeans at very reasonable prices. One of the fundamental things to do in Darjeeling is to go to Nathmulls and buy yourself an enormous stock of the refreshing Darjeeling Tea from an array of shops.

Location:  5, Mal Rd, Chauk Bazaar, Mall Rd, Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101 Timings: 9 AM - 8 PM (Closed)

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16. Tattoos - Get Inked

A woman bearing a tattoo at a tattoo parlour in Darjeeling

Darjeeling is much like Goa in terms of providing opportunities for body art. Permanent and temporary tattoo parlours, offering to convert a part of your body into a brilliant masterpiece, are available at almost every nook and corner of the town, adding a hippie influence to this scenic and serene location. And the best part, they go incredibly easy on your budget. Getting a tattoo is one of the best things to do in Darjeeling for all travelers who crave fun and thrill.

Tattoo shops: Pradhan Studio, Tattoo 29, Samink Tattoo Studio

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Where To Stay In Darjeeling

Now, let’s look at the best place where you can stay while you are on your vacation. Don’t forget to make your reservation on time!

17. Revolver Hotel - B&B With Music

Revolver Hotel, Darjeeling

Adding a unique touch to the town is its Beatles-themed hotel providing music based on both eastern and western influences. It’s a budget Bed & Breakfast Lodge and one would find every inch of the interiors laden with the popular Bands art. You have to experience it to believe it!

Location:  110 Gandhi Road, Behind Union Chapel, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101 Room charges:  INR 1400 - INR 3000

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18. Singalila Jungle Lodge - Lodge Amidst A Forest

Singalila Jungle Lodge

It is a family owned property owned and run by Avinash Rai – a local. The lodge is spread across some 9 acres of land area full of lush forest and plantations. Once you are in the lodge premises, the only noise you may hear during the day is the chirping of the birds in its garden and the gushing of streams. The lodge offers a spectacular view of the Singalila National Park. You will have the time of your life here.

Location: Palmajua, P.O Bansbotay, Rimbick, West Bengal 734201 Room charges:  NA

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19. Darjeeling Blossoms Eco-Tourism - Live Close To Nature

Darjeeling Blossoms Eco Tourism

Image Source Darjeeling Blossoms’s foray into ecotourism began eight years ago. They, along with the help of our community, have earned a name for our excellent services. During your stay with them in their complex, you will discover the inner secrets and mysteries of our fascinating land, people and culture, so different from anything that one might imagine while residing in the hustle and bustle of city life.

Location: Bara Mungwa, West Bengal 734312 Room charges:  Starts at INR 3000

Suggested Read: 5 Best Cottages In Darjeeling Where You Can Soak In Ultimate Bliss & Luxury

20. Khambuhang Nature Holiday Camp - Enjoy Cottage Camping

Khambuhang Nature Holiday Camp

The deluxe cottage at Khambuhang Nature Holiday Camp in Kalimpong, are well-designed rooms with wooden interiors to provide an authentic feel of Himalayan Houses. The rooms offer a range of amenities including high-speed Wi-Fi, 24-hour hot and cold water, toiletries, Room service, laundry service and much more. The owners will make sure you enjoy your stay at thisnature camp.

Location: Paren – Todey Rd, Paren Godak Khasmahal, West Bengal 734319 Room charges:  NA

Further Read: Toy Trains & Fragrant Teas: My Trip to Kurseong & Darjeeling

With so many things to do in Darjeeling, India and our detailed guide, we hope that by now you must be really intrigued to visit this place ASAP. Wherever you are, you must plan your trip to Darjeeling at least once in your lifetime to experience all that it has to offer. Darjeeling has all the great ingredients to provide you a perfect break from your daily life. We are also sure that you will want to come back again.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Things To Do In Darjeeling

What is there to see in Darjeeling?

The major attraction in Darjeeling include: 1. Tiger Hill 2. Kalimpong 3. Peace Pagoda 4. Batasia Loop 5. Sandakphu

Can we visit Darjeeling in December?

The average temperature in Darjeeling during December ranges from 2.5°C to 11.2°C. Most of the tourist attractions are open and there are lesser chances of snowfall. So, many people, especially couples, choose to visit Darjeeling in December too.

What is Darjeeling most famous for?

Darjeeling is famous mainly for its tea plantations. Another highlight is its Himalayan railway, which still has a working steam engine train making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Is Darjeeling safe?

As far as the safety and security of a tourist is concerned, Darjeeling is a safe place to be in.

What is the right time to visit Darjeeling?

The best time to visit Darjeeling is during summer months from April to June.

How many days are enough for Darjeeling?

5 to 7 Days are enough to explore Darjeeling and the nearby Gangtok. Keep You can spend 2 days in Darjeeling, 2 days in Gangtok and 1 day in Nathula exploring and sightseeing the places.

Is there snowfall in Darjeeling?

Yes, it does occasionally snowfall in Darjeeling and only in some parts of the districts that are located higher in altitude.

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In the country of colour, chaos and glamour, there is a scenic hill station with the aroma of tea in the air on the foot of the Himalayas. Darjeeling is much more than just a hill station. It is the heaven for mountain climbers, with a beautiful climate for the seekers of natural splendid.

History, UNESCO sites and a mix of different religions all on the foot of the world’s largest mountain range is one of the sought-after destinations that attracts over 45,0000 tourists per year. Here is my Top 27 Places to visit in & from Darjeeling : a travel guide to India for the first timer.

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Places to visit in & from Darjeeling

1. soak in the beauty of tiger hill.

Tiger-hill

To start, this is probably the one on every Darjeeling visitor’s list. Situated 11km away from Darjeeling, it offers a clear view of sunrise on the Kanchenjunga. The heavenly feeling of feeling the sun rays on your face in the chilly morning with the snow-covered range of mountains standing with pride in your sight is simply enthralling.

You can rent cars or taxis to reach. But, if you are booking a self- driving zoom car , you have to get a permit. If you go to tiger hill on peak season, taxi drivers will insist you reach the summit by 4:15 AM to avoid a long queue of people.

Entry Fee: INR-60 per person

Timing: Sunrise (4:15-4:45 depending on the season)

2 . Viewpoints for The Sleeping Buddha

Kanchenjunga-tiger-hill-view-point

Kanchenjunga often referred to as the sleeping Buddha is best observed from Tiger Hill . From the uppermost tier of Tiger Hill, you get a clear view of sunrise which will mesmerize you.

Kanchenjunga can be seen from all over Darjeeling including all of its four peaks: the Kanchenjunga central, Kanchenjunga west, Kanchenjunga main, Kanchenjunga south. The best views of both the Kanchenjunga and Mt. Everest is visible clearly in the Sandakphu to Phalut trek.

3. Exploring the Amazing Animals of Darjeeling Zoo

Darjeeling-Zoo

The Darjeeling Zoo , named after Padmaja Naidu, is a unique attraction being an excellent location for alpine animals. It specializes in rescuing and breeding snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan wolves.

You will find different species of snakes in this Zoological Park as well. Did you know that this is also the centre for India’s Red Panda program that has been successfully keeping this threatened species alive? The park has a naturally good spot as a high-altitude habitat for animals on an elevation of 7000ft.

Entry Fee: The park will charge you 20 INR as an entry fee.

Timings: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM

Main attractions: Red Panda, Goral, Tahr, Black Leopard, Snow Leopard, Markhor, Blue Sheep

4. Unlock the Wonders at The Rock Garden

Rock-Garden-Darjeeling

The ride to Darjeeling Rock Garden will captivate your senses and will be carved into your memory for a long time. The Rock Garden has located 10 km from the main Hill Cart Road on Bloomfield Road and is also named Barbotey Park.

The road consists of sharp turns and hairpin bends as the road goes down from the elevated surface. The rock garden is named so because of its natural roads made of rock, and there is Chunnu Summer Falls to add to that beauty. You will find yourself in a treat as you get 3km further down in the Ganga Maiya Valley.

Entry Fee: Separately, each park will charge INR 60 per person

Timings:  10:00 AM to 4:00 AM (Ganga Maya Park) 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Rock Garden)

Main Attractions: Chunnu waterfall, traditional dance by the tribals during peak season, the rock covered roads

5. Ganga Maiya Park Darjeeling

Ganga-Maiya-Park

Ganga Maiya Park is one of the best places to visit in Darjeeling which is a new addition to the already scenic valley. It is three kilometres further down below the Rock Garden. The main points of attracts in the park in the beautiful waterfall, its crystal-clear water and the panoramic view attract a lot of tourists.

The Ganga Maiya Park is mostly dedicated to creating a space for the locals to showcase the traditional dances and entertain the visitors. It is open to tourists from 10 AM to 4 PM. It will take you around 45 minutes to an hour to roam around this park and the peak time for visiting is 12 PM to 2 PM.

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 4 PM

Entry Fee: 10 INR for Indians and 50 INR for foreigners

6. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI)

Himalayan-Mountaineering

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is a legacy of its own. It was one of the first and elegant mountaineering institutes established in 1954 after Tenzing Norgay’s ascent to Mt. Everest with Edmund Hillary.

It is funded by India’s state and central government and is one of the best places to learn mountaineering. Along with the Zoological Park, it is located in the western part of Birch Hill. Swiss-style architecture, a museum filled with mountaineering artefacts, small souvenir shops, and tea parlours will make you feel enchanted.

Entry Fee:  INR 60

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

Main Attractions: Museum with mountaineering artefacts

7. Discover the Unique and Exciting Shopping Experience at Darjeeling Mall

Darjeeling-Mall

The chowrasta of the main Darjeeling will give you a glance at the lifestyle of the locals. It’s an open area used by the English for the promenade. The four streets, Dr Zakir Hussain Road, Nehru Road, Mall Road east and west, meet up here.

You can find a market of small local shops on Nehru market, old and heritage shops in the mall area for antique and modern unique items.

Main attractions: Eating places like Keventar’s, Dekevas, shopping centres, century-old antique shops, local street markets

8. Observatory hill:

Observatory-hill

Observatory hill is the endpoint for your walk in the Chowrasta Mall. Observatory Hill is known for snow-clad mountains and as a viewpoint for Kanchenjunga on clear days. Previously, Bhutia Busti Monastery is located in this place. The path to the main viewpoint or summit starts at the eastern mall road.

Colourful prayer flags and chiming bells will welcome you along the way. Co-existence of Hindu priests and Buddhist lamas is a sight to praise. There is a Mahakal Temple (temple of the Hindu god Shiva) at the end of the summit. The panoramic view at the end and the beautiful road makes this spot perfect for viewing Kanchenjunga and evening walks.

Timing: 7 A.M to 7 PM.

No entry fees

9. Dali Monastery:

Dali-Monastery

Drukpa Kagyupa Monastery is at an altitude of 7000ft. Between Darjeeling and Ghoom. It’s a must-visit place in Darjeeling. Visit the Dali Gompa built by  Kyabje Thuksey Rimpoche in 1971. More than 200 Tibetan Buddhists of the Drukchen sect stay at Dali Gompa.

At the entrance of the Prayer Hall, you will see a giant Buddha statue. The chanting of monks and the use of Tibetan drums with the chanting will make you feel tranquillity and peace. Dali Monastery is definitely one of the places to visit in Darjeeling on the way to Batasia loop.

Timing: 7 AM to 5 PM

10. Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop

Darjeeling-War-Memorial-at-Batasia-Loop

On the track of the toy train from Darjeeling to Ghoom, the train stops at these two places. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to visit the Monastery; the Buddist Monastery, the colourful bunting banners beside the road reflecting the red and orange rays of sunshine will mesmerize you beyond your imagination.

Along the train track on the way back, you can visit the wonder of mechanical engineering meeting the natural splendour. Batasia means a beautified garden that surrounds airy space and the loop just below the Ghoom Station. This location’s beauty will transport you to a peaceful place.

Ghoom Monastery timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Charges: INR 60 for carrying cameras, otherwise free entry

11. Darjeeling Ropeway:

Ropeway-Darjeeling

Darjeeling Cable car is India’s first cable car service. It was started its journey in 1968; currently, the cable car runs from Singamari to Tukvar. The starting station Singamari with an altitude of 7,000ft.

It is 3kms away from Darjeeling Chowkbazar. The whole ropeway course is further spread than Tukvar, and the last station is Sigla Bazar, with an altitude of 800ft.

Cable Car fare: INR 190 per adult and 100 for child

Main attractions: Visiting the scenic view of the Himalayas from a birds view at an elevated altitude.

12. Mirik Lake:

Mirik-Sumendu-Lake

The Sumendu Lake at Mirik, Darjeeling or Mirik Lake, has crystal blue Coloured water.  If there is a clear sky and the sun is out, you can see the Kanchenjunga from here. The breezy lakeside in the hill station is a prominent place for taking walks.

The lake itself is 16.19 ha or 1.25 km long. And the maximum depth of the water is 7.92m. There is a beautiful arched white footbridge 24.38 m long and is a perfect place to do photoshoots. There are no entry fees for this, but the horse rides are charged.

1 3. Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling

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Darjeeling Peace Pagoda is one of the Peace Pagodas built to serve as a focal point for people of all races and creeds in their quest for world peace. It is in the Indian state of West Bengal, in the town of Darjeeling.

It, like the majority of the other Peace Pagodas, was built under the supervision of Nichidatsu Fujii, a Japanese Buddhist monk and the founder of the Nipponzan-Myhji Buddhist Order.

Address: 27H5+2HQ, West Point, Darjeeling, West Bengal

Entrance: Free

14. Singalila National Park:

Singalila-National-Park

Located along the Singalila ridge, Singalila National Park is home to endangered red pandas and one of the most beautiful Himalayan forests. The trek route to Sandakphu runs within Singalila National Park and the park is well known for it.

Singalila National Park is also home to mammals and birds like the black panther, leopard, barking deer, yellow-throated marten, and blood pheasant. The place is a paradise for bird watching having more than 300 species of birds.

15. Nightingale Shrubbery:

Nightingale-Shrubbery-park

The private courtyard of Sir Thomas Tartan’s bungalow was redesigned after the 1934’s earthquake and made public as Nightingale Shrubbery. The public spot for visiting snow clas mountains along the beautiful walkway is a memorable place to visit in Darjeeling.

The crisscrossed paths of the park look lovely at the outset, and you can also see the range of Himalayas as snow covers the park in Winter. It’s a great place to enjoy snow battle for kids in the winter.

Timing:  9AM to 5 PM

16. Happy Valley Tea Estate:

Happy-Valley-Tea-Estate

The Happy Valley tea estate is very close to the mall road, and it takes about 20 minutes on foot. Going on a trip to Darjeeling and not visiting a tea estate is not imaginable. Happy Valley is one of the biggest tea gardens and also showcases the whole process of use of equipment and retailing.

The retail outlet also gives you the option to purchase a variety of tea leaves. It’s a must-visit place in Darjeeling which will help you experience sensory and olfactory experiences.

Timing: Open from 9 AM to 4:30 PM

Fee for Factory Visit: INR 150 per person

Things to Do in Darjeeling:

There are plenty of amazing and adventurous things to do in Darjeeling. The area is very close to Sandakphu, the Teesta River, and home to old architectural places, natural adventurous roads offering a lot of activities to the tourists.

17. River Rafting in Teesta:

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River Rafting is one of the most fun activities to enjoy with friends. Teesta has various rapids, pumping your adrenaline and there are experiences for grade 1 to grade 4 offering one of the best river rafting experiences in India. River rafting in.

Experience 4-5 rapids along the 7km of the rafting stretch. Along with offering thrill to adrenaline junkies the risk level is a little high. Grade 4 is only for trained rafters and previous ones are enjoyable with a rafter on board.

18. Sandakphu Trek:

Sandakphu-Trek

Sandakphu trek is a moderately difficult trek to climb 12,000ft but the external weather can make it challenging. Sandakphu is considered a mesmerizing wonderland for trekkers. The trek enthusiasts, explorers and hikers will find this trek easy-going while beginners may take a little time to acclimatize to the change.

 Offers the best panoramic view of Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga. Sandakphu trek is life-changing and should be experienced once in a lifetime. Make a checklist of trek poles, warm clothing, and medications prior to the trek. Also, don’t forget to exercise regularly to have a fit body for the trek.

Best time to Trek:  April to May, October to November

19. Mountaineering at HMI:

Mountaineering-at-HMI

The mountaineering Institute at Darjeeling offers courses learn mountaineering basic courses, advanced courses and adventure courses. Anybody can enrol for the basic course where all basics of rock, snow and ice climbing are taught.

There is short 3 to 5-day special courses offered for tourists as well. There are final treks to complete the curses. Both the basic and advanced courses are of 28 days. If you want to escape to the mountains while learning something fruitful, try enrolling on the courses at HMI.

Time of the Courses: March, April, May, September

20. Exploring Dooars Tea Garden:

Dooars-Tea-Garden

One of the things never to miss in Darjeeling is taking a tour of the Dooars tea garden . You have to rent a car from Darjeeling and move south towards Latagiri, Jalpaiguri to see the sprawling beauty of the tea gardens. Buy some Darjeeling tea as a souvenir and smell the aroma as you drive down green blossoming tea gardens.

21. Buy Woolens at Bhutia Market:

Woolen-cloths

Walk down to Chowk Bazar, Nehru Road where you will visit a lot of stores for woollen goods . Bhutia markets are temporary stalls set up next to Nathmull. Go on a shopping spree to find sweaters, gloves, woollen caps, and jackets at reasonable and high-quality wool. In the Bhutia market, you can also find other goods like seasonal tea leves, Churpi and small souvenir shops.

22. Relish Thupka & Momos:

Thukpa-and-momos

Mountain and momos are a combination of love.Thupka and momos these two dishes from Tibetan descent are a must-try for Darjeeling goers. Momos are an Indian variation of dumplings made from chicken, or beef or pork and vegetables.

Some of the best places to try momos in Darjeeling are Kunga Restaurant, Nepali Everest Momo, Dekevas, and Hasty-Tasty. Thupka is a noodle dish with a warm broth of meat and vegetables and will warm your soul.

Places to visit near Darjeeling:

West Bengal’s district of Darjeeling has hidden gems near its places because of the hill ranges, natural abundance and rustic beauty. If you are planning a visit near Darjeeling, you should visit these places. Here are the top 5 places that you can merge into your tour package near Darjeeling.

23. Nathula Pass:

Nathula-Pass

Nathula Pass is a pleasantly surprising alluring passway, Nathula Pass is one of the surreal experiences someone can have. Drive through Nathula Pass to go to Gangtok. Gangtok, the capital of Sikim. is a beautiful place for mountain lovers.

The best time to visit Nathula pass is from March to October. It takes around 6 hours to drive through the pass. You will need a permit to travel through Nathula Pass, offering a prismatic view of the Himalayan mountains through Nathula Pass. If you plan a Darjeeling-Gangtok trip together keep aside 6 to 7 days for the trip alone

Top Attractions : Staircase to Indo-china border, Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, Mandakini Waterfalls

Distance from Darjeeling: 150Km

24. Kalimpong:

Kalimpong

Kalimpong, 51.3 km east of Darjeeling is a hill station known for Buddhist monasteries, Durpin Dara hills, and Tibetan handicrafts. Book a cab from Darjeeling and the trip will take you two and half hours more or less. Extend your stay one or two days if you want to visit Kalimpong.

Kalimpong is situated on the ridge that connects two hills of Durpin Dara. The Deolo hill, Zhang Dhok Polari Monasteryand Teesta river are must-visit while you stay in Kalimpong. There are also temples of Hanuman and Lord Radha Krishna in Kalimpong.

Top Attractions: Durpin Dara hills & monastery, Deolo hill, Pine View Nursery

Distance from Darjeeling: 51km

25. Karseong:

Karseong

Karseong will definitely take your breath away if you want a short duration of extension to your Darjeeling to stay. Just 30 km south of Darjeeling town, Karseong is often referred to as the land of white orchids. Temples, gompas, museums and apart from Nurseries the view is also worth the visit.

The most famous attractions in Karseong are Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Museum, Tea Gardens, Ambosia Shiv Mandir, Eagle’s Crag and forest museum. You can easily have a trip to Darjeeling-Kalimpong-Karseong if you have a week in your hand.

Top Attractions: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Museum, Eagle’s Crag, Castleton Tea estate

Distance from Darjeeling:30km

26. Lataguri:

Lataguri

Lataguri is located on the outskirts of the Gourmara National Park. Enjoy your stay in Lataguri with natural wildlife safaris, and a murti river visit and enjoy an amazing time in the forest. Lataguri is 114km from Darjeeling through Peshak road and you can cover the distance within three and a half hours by car.

Go for safari visits in observatory and morning jeep safaris to explore nature in West Bengal at its best. The most Highlighting attractions in Lataguri are Gorumara National Park, Medhla tower, Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary and Jayanti Mahakal Caves.

Top Attractions: Gorumara safari, Chapramari Sanctuary

27. South Sikkim:

South-Sikkim

A Sikkim tour with Gangtok and Darjeeling takes you around 6 to 7 days. South Sikkim is surrounded by majestic mountains and forests and the enchanting beauty of Sikkim will surely mesmerize you. South Sikkim has places of Buddhist worshipers, ropeways, and tea gardens. Places to visit in South Sikkim are Namchi, Ravangla, Borong, Char Dham, Tendong Hill, Tami tea garden etc.

Top Attractions: Namchi, Tami Tea Garden, Buddha Park

Distance from Darjeeling (to Namchi): 45km

Things To Do Before Going to Darjeeling

If you are coming to Darjeeling from outside India, please check if you need a visa. Most foreign tourists except citizens of Maldives require Indian visas.

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Planning An Itinerary:

Especially if you are planning on visiting Darjeeling, creating an efficient itinerary is very important to visit and enjoy most places in and out of Darjeeling.

Here is a useful 5-day itinerary if you are visiting the beautiful hill station from Kolkata.

Day1: Sightseeing in the Chowrasta and Darjeeling Mal

Take the train to NJP from Kolkata and sightseeing in the Darjeeling mal, Mahakal Temple and the market in the Chowrasta Mall.

Day 2: TIger Hill, Batasia Loop, 7-point Sightseeing

Visit sunrise at Tiger hill early in the morning and then take the toy train ride to Ghoom monastery and Batasia Loop. For the rest of the day, you can visit the 7-point attraction that is famous in most of the. It will make sure the visit of HMI and Zoological Park, the Happy Valley tea estate, the Racecourse.

Day 3: Trip to Mirik

Take a trip to Mirik, visit Mirik Lake, ride boats and sightseeing in the beautiful scenic crystal-clear lake.

Day 4: Rock Garden & Ganga Maiya Park

Take the Darjeeling Joy ride if you wish and take a trip to Darjeeling Rock Garden and Ganga Maiya Park thereafter.

Day5: Trip to Kalimpong and Sightseeing

The Number of Days & Best Time to Visit Darjeeling:

Anywhere between 3 to 7 days is good enough to visit popular sites and experience scenic beauty. For those who want to experience snow, the summer months of April to June or the dry winter months of October to December are the finest times to visit Darjeeling.

Budget Planning Darjeeling trip:

While planning a Darjeeling trip, you have to remember the accommodation, transport, food costs, and additional costs for sightseeing and shopping. Accommodation in the main town of Darjeeling costs you around INR-1000 per night per person, at its lowest.

Considering you stay at least five days; you will have to keep a budget around INR-5500 to INR- 6000. Some of the nearby attractions are walkable. You can walk around mal road, Chowrasta, and the markets.

For going to tourist attractions such as tiger hill, Darjeeling Zoo, Rock Garden, Ghoom Monastery, and Mirik Lake you will need to rent a car. Public transport services are not that trustable. Renting a car will cost around INR-10 per km. You can put aside INR-5000 to 6000 INR for transport including train tickets.

For food Indian restaurants, small places, and other bakeries and Tibetan restaurants are available. The food cost will be around INR-2000 at least for each person. So, the minimum cost adds up to 12000 to 15000 INR per person. If you include more nearby tourist attractions like Kalimpong and Kurseong it may go up a bit. But this is the rough estimate.

Tips to remember before travelling to Darjeeling:

Before travelling to Darjeeling, there is this whole situation of planning the perfect holiday. And, if you are solo travelling or planner for your group, here are few things you might consider.

  • Researching hotel ratings: According to your stay duration and budget choose hotels with sufficient number of impressions and good review.
  • Carry Cash: While being away carrying a little extra cash than initially planned is a no-brainer yet this is for foreigners. Remind to carry indian currency because ther you may not get an exchange agency.
  • Respect Local Ethics: There might be some traditions that you are not used to or local ethics unseen before. Try to go local and enjoy the process.
  • Carry medicine kit : For most people it takes a bit of time to acclimatize in the mountains. Carry basic medicine for vomiting, motion sickness, indigestion, cuts and other medicines your intake.

Accommodation In Darjeeling:

In the main Darjeeling town, you will find plenty of accommodation options, from cheap hotels to luxury resorts. There are hotels, staycation resorts, Airbnb, which you can book in advance. Here are some recommended places to stay according to your budget.

Some recommended medium-budget hotels are Pradhan Cottage, and Hotel Tower View. And few luxury heritage hotels in Darjeeling are Elgin Hotels, Darjeeling, Sterling Darjeeling, and Omega Residency.

Budget hotels:

Pradhan Cottage

Hotel Tower View

Omega Residency

Luxury hotels:

Elgin Hotels and resorts

Sterling Darjeeling

Hotel Himalayan Retreat

Kolkata To Darjeeling Travel Routes:

1. kolkata to bagdogra:.

The best route to get to Darjeeling is travelling through domestic flights. You will get cheap flights as low as INR 1681 if you book in advance. The Bagdogra Airport is in Siliguri, which means you have to get to the Central Bus Terminal of Siliguri to catch buses for Darjeeling or rent private cars.

Every day, you will find trains running from either Howrah, Kolkata or Sealdah Station to New Jalpaiguri Station. Padatik Express, New Jalpaiguri Shatabdi Special, Howrah GHY Special, KOAA HDB special trains are available throughout the week. Still, only Saraighat SF special is available every day of the week from Howrah station.

The train fare is around 2000 to 3000 INR. For example, the Satabdi Special costs you about 2200 INR, including taxes.

After you land at Kolkata airport, you can book an Uber cab through the online app or find taxis that cost you around 300INR to the Howrah Station. And, after arriving in NJP, you have to rent a car or get public buses from Siliguri Central Bus Terminal to reach Darjeeling. The rented cars cost around 2000 INR.

Best Eateries and Halal Foods to Try in Darjeeling

Darjeeling will offer you a mix of Tibetan, Nepalese, international and Bengali Cuisine. Some must-try halal foods at Darjeeling are:

  • Momos (chicken, vegetarian)
  • Chicken Thukpa, Wai wai
  • Nepali Thali
  • Dalle or hot chilli pickles
  • Shaphale, Tibetan bread with meat stuffing
  • Churpee (local cheese) with niguru
  • Darjeeling Tea
  • Some snacks like momo, dalle, churpee are widely available in small stalls and established restaurants. Here are the few recommended and renowned restaurants if you want to try :
  • Keventar’s for English breakfast, baked items and Darjeeling tea at
  • Dekevas for Tibetan specialities like momos, shaphale, thupka
  • Penang Restuarant for Nepali thali

If you plan to go to Darjeeling, this guide will help you with all the information to chalk out the best plan.

Here is some recommendation for heritage restaurants in Darjeeling:

Being a name of its own since the British colonial time, Glenary’s is an institution of its own. Wood furniture, British architectural ambience makes its a spectacular spot for snacks, drinks and bakeries. The bakery serves delicious english breakfast, and other great snacks like pizza, sandwiches etc. The great interior with a wide array of alcoholic drinks makes it a great place to hang out and enjoy the nightlife in Darjeeling India.

Kunga Restaurant:

Kunga serves quality and quantity at a good price and is known for the amazing Tibetan and Nepalese food it has in Darjeeling. Kunga restaurant is a traditional heritage place serving tasty momos, thupka, noodles, thenthuk. These are the recommended food to must-try in Kunga. Though you may have to wait in the queue during pick-hours the foods are well worth it.

Keventer’s:

Keventar is a signature culinary destination in Darjeeling serving English breakfast, baked goods, meat platters, hot chocolate and tasty non-veg platters. The place is a must-try for breakfast, brunch and early evening snacking especially the non-veg platter with sausages, salamis, and poached eggs, with big portions for two people. They also have a rooftop set up. Sip a cup of hot tea or chocolate with an English breakfast at Keventer’s.

These were just three of the iconic hotels of Darjeeling. They are quite infamous for the legacy they have created. But other than these you can find a lot of Indian restaurants, quaint hotels, restaurants, and bars like Shangri-La, and Patio. Some honourable mentions are Lunar restaurant, Park restaurants, and Lazeez affair. Also, there are plenty of street food stalls near mall road for you to try out.

Frequently Asked questions ( FAQ’s)

How to book darjeeling toy train ride.

Darjeeling toy train joyrides can be book from the Indian railway website , or you can go there a little early in the morning to secure them to ride later in the day. The Darjeeling heritage toy train ride is the best travel option for Ghoom Monastery and the Batasia Loop.

How to Tour Darjeeling in Three Days?

On day one, you can start by going to the Darjeeling Zoo and the mountaineering Institute. From there, you can visit the Rock Garden and Ganga Maiya Valley in the afternoon and roam around the mall in the evening.

How much does the Darjeeling trip cost?

Darjeeling trip generally costs around INR 12000 to 15000 just for Darjeeling per head. If you add other places to visit near Darjeeling Gangtok, Sikkim the cost may go up to 28,000 to 30,000 INR for 5 days. Darjeeling trip is generally cheaper if you visit in the off seasons like November. For travel agencies in India, the cost may be a little higher and there are a lot of packages offered by local companies which you can check out for a rough estimate.

Which is the best time to visit Darjeeling?

The best time to visit Darjeeling is during the summer months as the temperature is in a comfortable range of 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. April to June are the best months for visiting Darjeeling for tourism and trekking as well. November is off-season but trekkers do go at that time to experience great trekking.

What is famous in Darjeeling for shopping?

Near mall road and Jaharlal Nehru road Darjeeling is famous for shops having various local goods and souvenirs to carry back home. Darjeeling tea and woolen goods are two of the best items to carry back home. Exotic tibetan items, handcarfted items and keychains are some of the best famous items in Darjeeling to go shopping for.

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Nestled in the lap of the magnificent Eastern Himalayas, Darjeeling is a breathtakingly beautiful hill station in West Bengal, India. With its lush green tea gardens, picturesque landscapes, and majestic mountains, it is no wonder that Darjeeling is often referred to as the “Queen of Hills.” From ancient monasteries to cascading waterfalls, from thrilling adventures to serene sanctuaries, the places to visit in Darjeeling offer a perfect blend of serenity and excitement for every traveler. In this comprehensive guide, we present the top 25 places to visit in Darjeeling that you must include in your itinerary.

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Amazing Places in Darjeeling to Visit

1. darjeeling himalayan railway (toy train).

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the Toy Train, offers a mesmerizing journey through the lush green hills and quaint villages. The train ride is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Darjeeling.

  • Location: Darjeeling Station
  • Entry Fee: INR 600-1000 (depending on the class)
  • Timings: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: On-site

2. Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill

To witness the awe-inspiring sight of the sun rising over the snow-clad peaks of Kanchenjunga, make your way to Tiger Hill, one of the top 5 places to visit in Darjeeling. The panoramic views from here will leave you spellbound.

  • Location: Senchal Forest, Senchal Road
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Timings: 4:00 AM to 6:00 AM (best time for sunrise)
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 11 km

3. Batasia Loop

Batasia Loop

Batasia Loop is a unique engineering marvel where the Toy Train takes a 360-degree turn around a beautifully manicured garden. It also houses a war memorial dedicated to the soldiers who fought for India’s freedom.

  • Location: Ghoom, Darjeeling
  • Entry Fee: INR 20
  • Timings: 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 5 km

4. Happy Valley Tea Estate

Happy Valley Tea Estate

This sprawling tea estate offers an insightful experience into the world of tea cultivation, processing, and tasting. A visit to Happy Valley Tea Estate is among the best places in Darjeeling to visit for tea aficionados.

  • Location: Lebong Cart Road, Darjeeling
  • Entry Fee: INR 100
  • Timings: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Tuesday to Saturday)
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 3 km

5. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

Established in 1958, this zoological park is home to several rare and endangered species like the red panda, snow leopard, and Himalayan wolf. It is one of the best places to visit in Darjeeling and Gangtok for wildlife enthusiasts.

  • Location: Jawahar Parbat, Darjeeling
  • Entry Fee: INR 30 (adults), INR 10 (children)
  • Timings: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (closed on Thursdays)
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 2.5 km

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6. Ghoom Monastery

Ghoom Monastery

Ghoom Monastery, also known as Yiga Choeling Monastery, is one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the region. Housing a 15-feet high statue of Maitreya Buddha, the monastery is a serene place for meditation and reflection and a must-visit among the famous places in Darjeeling to visit.

  • Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 7 km

7. Peace Pagoda

Peace Pagoda

The Japanese Peace Pagoda, with its gleaming white structure and golden statues, stands as a symbol of peace and spirituality. It offers a tranquil atmosphere and stunning views of the surrounding mountains, making it one of the top places to visit in Darjeeling.

  • Location: West Point, Darjeeling
  • Timings: 4:30 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 3.5 km

8. Rock Garden

Rock Garden

Rock Garden, or Barbotey Garden, is a terraced garden featuring a stunning waterfall and well-maintained flower beds. A perfect picnic spot, it is one of the best places to visit in Darjeeling for couples and families.

  • Location: Chunnu Summer Falls Road, Darjeeling
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 10 km

9. Mahakal Temple

Mahakal Temple

Situated atop Observatory Hill, Mahakal Temple is a sacred site revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple offers panoramic views of the town and is among the unique places to visit in Darjeeling.

  • Location: Observatory Hill, Darjeeling
  • Timings: 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 2 km

10. Singalila National Park

Singalila National Park

A paradise for nature lovers and trekkers, Singalila National Park is home to the famous Sandakphu trek. With its diverse flora and fauna, it is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim and Darjeeling.

  • Location: Singalila Range, Darjeeling District
  • Entry Fee: INR 200 (Indians), INR 400 (foreigners)
  • Timings: 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 58 km

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11. Tinchuley Village

Tinchuley Village

An offbeat destination, Tinchuley Village offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Surrounded by lush greenery and panoramic views, it is one of the nearby places to visit in Darjeeling for nature lovers.

  • Location: Tinchuley, Darjeeling District
  • Timings: Open 24 hours
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 32 km

12. Lamahatta Eco Park

Lamahatta Eco Park

Developed as an eco-tourism destination, Lamahatta Eco Park features well-maintained gardens, walking trails, and mesmerizing views of the surrounding mountains. It is one of the best places to visit in Darjeeling in October for its vibrant colors.

  • Location: Lamahatta, Darjeeling District
  • Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 23 km

13. Bengal Natural History Museum

Bengal Natural History Museum

This museum, established in 1903, houses a vast collection of preserved fauna specimens from the Eastern Himalayas, making it one of the best places to visit in Darjeeling for nature enthusiasts.

  • Location: Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling
  • Timings: 10:00 AM to 4:00PM (closed on Thursdays)

14. St. Andrew’s Church

St. Andrew's Church

Constructed in 1843, St. Andrew’s Church is an architectural marvel featuring Gothic-style architecture and intricate stained glass windows. It is one of the famous places to visit in Darjeeling for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts.

  • Location: Mall Road, Darjeeling
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 1.5 km

15. Dali Monastery

Dali Monastery

Also known as Druk Thupten Sangag Choling Monastery, Dali Monastery is a peaceful haven that showcases beautiful Tibetan architecture and vibrant murals. It is one of the serene places to visit in Darjeeling in 3 days.

  • Location: Dali, Darjeeling
  • Timings: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 4.5 km

16. Observatory Hill

Observatory Hill

Offering panoramic views of the town and surrounding mountains, Observatory Hill is a popular vantage point and a must-visit among the best places in Darjeeling to visit.

  • Location: Darjeeling

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17. Rangeet Valley Ropeway

Rangeet Valley Ropeway

Experience breathtaking views of the lush green valleys, tea gardens, and the mighty Kanchenjunga by taking a ride on the Rangeet Valley Ropeway. It is one of the top 10 places to visit in Darjeeling for adventure seekers.

  • Location: Singamari, Darjeeling
  • Entry Fee: INR 200 (adults), INR 100 (children)
  • Timings: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

18. Neora Valley National Park

Neora Valley National Park

A haven for wildlife enthusiasts, Neora Valley National Park is home to several endangered species, including the red panda, clouded leopard, and musk deer. This national park is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim and Darjeeling for nature lovers.

  • Location: Kalimpong District, Darjeeling
  • Entry Fee: INR 100 (Indians), INR 200 (foreigners)
  • Timings: 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 95 km

19. Mirik Lake

Mirik Lake

Also known as Sumendu Lake, Mirik Lake is a tranquil spot surrounded by lush greenery and offers activities like boating and horse riding. It is one of the picturesque places to visit in and around Darjeeling.

  • Location: Mirik, Darjeeling District
  • Entry Fee: Free (additional charges for activities)
  • Timings: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 49 km

20. Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary

Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary

Spread across the banks of the Mahananda River, this sanctuary is home to numerous species of animals, birds, and plants. It is one of the best places to visit in Darjeeling district for wildlife enthusiasts.

  • Location: Darjeeling District
  • Entry Fee: INR 50 (Indians), INR 100 (foreigners)

21. Lepchajagat

Lepchajagat

A quaint hamlet surrounded by lush forests, Lepchajagat offers a peaceful retreat for those seeking tranquility and natural beauty. It is one of the offbeat places to visit in Darjeeling, perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation.

  • Location: Lepchajagat, Darjeeling District
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 19 km

22. Bhutia Busty Monastery

Bhutia Busty Monastery

One of the oldest monasteries in Darjeeling, Bhutia Busty Monastery houses a rich collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts and artifacts. It is one of the top places to visit in Darjeeling for history and culture enthusiasts.

  • Location: Bhutia Busty, Darjeeling
  • Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

23. Glenburn Tea Estate

Glenburn Tea Estate

A luxurious tea estate offering a unique tea tourism experience, Glenburn Tea Estate allows visitors to stay in a colonial-style bungalow, explore tea gardens, and enjoy delicious tea tastings. It is one of the best places to visit in Darjeeling in January for a cozy winter getaway.

  • Location: Glenburn, Darjeeling District
  • Entry Fee: Varies (contact the estate for rates)
  • Timings: Advance booking required
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 30 km

24. Kali Temple (Shrubbery Park)

Kali temple

Located within Shrubbery Park, Kali Temple is a revered Hindu shrine dedicated to Goddess Kali. The park offers stunning views of the Kanchenjunga range and is one of the best places in Darjeeling to visit for a leisurely stroll.

  • Location: Shrubbery Park, Darjeeling
  • Distance from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station: 1.7 km

25. Nightingale Park

Nightingale Park

Formerly known as ‘The Shrubbery,’ Nightingale Park is a well-maintained public park offering beautiful views of the town and Kanchenjunga. It is one of the serene places to visit in Darjeeling at night for an evening walk.

  • Location: Richmond Hill, Darjeeling
  • Entry Fee: INR 10
  • Timings: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Whether you are a nature lover, adventure seeker, or history enthusiast, Darjeeling has something for everyone. From the iconic Toy Train to the mesmerizing Tiger Hill, these 25 must-visit places in Darjeeling promise to make your trip unforgettable. So, pack your bags and head to this enchanting hill station to discover its many wonders.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the top 5 places to visit in Darjeeling? A. The top 5 places to visit in Darjeeling include Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (Toy Train), Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Happy Valley Tea Estate, and Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. These tourist spots offer a unique and unforgettable experience of the hill station, from a scenic train ride to stunning views of the Kanchenjunga range and the opportunity to explore the local wildlife.

Q. What are the best places to visit in Darjeeling for couples? A. Darjeeling is a romantic destination that offers several attractions for couples. Some of the best places to visit in Darjeeling for couples include Tiger Hill, Rock Garden, Lamahatta Eco Park, Mirik Lake, and Lepchajagat.

Q. What are the best places to visit in Darjeeling in December? A. December is a magical time to visit Darjeeling, with the hill station decked in winter charm. Some of the best places to visit in Darjeeling in December include Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Ghoom Monastery, Peace Pagoda, and Glenburn Tea Estate. These places offer stunning views of the snow-capped Himalayas, serene surroundings, and cozy winter experiences.

Q. What are the places to visit in Darjeeling in 1 day? A. If you have limited time to explore Darjeeling, you can still cover some of its top tourist attractions. The places to visit in Darjeeling in 1 day include Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Happy Valley Tea Estate, and Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. These attractions offer a mix of natural beauty, local culture, and history, providing a glimpse into the hill station’s charm and character.

Q. What are the offbeat places to visit in Darjeeling? A. If you want to explore beyond the usual tourist attractions, Darjeeling has several offbeat places to offer. Some of the unique places to visit in Darjeeling include Tinchuley Village, Lamahatta Eco Park, Neora Valley National Park, Lepchajagat, and Bhutia Busty Monastery. These places offer a chance to escape the crowds and explore the local culture, nature, and spirituality of the region.

Q. What are the best places to visit in Sikkim and Darjeeling? A. Sikkim and Darjeeling are two stunning destinations in Northeast India, offering a diverse range of experiences. Some of the best places to visit in Sikkim and Darjeeling include Gangtok, Pelling, Nathula Pass, Tsomgo Lake, Yumthang Valley, and Singalila National Park.

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10 Popular Places to Visit in Darjeeling Town

  • December 15, 2023

This guide is designed especially for those with a day or two to spare in Darjeeling and looking to stick around town. It’s a helpful resource to explore the top attractions without the need for extensive travel. Whether you’re short of time or simply prefer discovering what Darjeeling town has to offer, this guide on “10 Popular Places to Visit in Darjeeling Town” is tailored to suit your needs. 

1. Visit tea estate: Happy Valley Tea Estate

Pond in Happy Valley Tea Estate in Darjeeling.

The Happy Valley Tea Estate in Darjeeling is a sought-after destination renowned for its exceptional tea cultivation and stunning landscapes. Its convenient proximity to the main town makes it a must-visit spot for travellers exploring Darjeeling.

This esteemed tea estate offers an immersive experience of the art of tea production and the natural beauty of the region without the need for extensive travel, enabling visitors to delve into the world of tea cultivation while staying close to the town’s vibrant atmosphere.  

Visitors have the opportunity to engage in tea-tasting sessions, discovering and relishing the diverse flavours and fragrances of freshly brewed teas, thus fostering a deeper appreciation for this globally acclaimed beverage. 

2. Curio shops: Uncovering Unique Mementos

Various pieces are displayed in the curio shop of DARJEELING.

Chowrasta and its vicinity offer a bustling array of curio shops, famed for their unique treasures in Darjeeling. These shops feature an assortment of silverware with distinctive designs, precious stones, Thangka paintings, local artists’ artwork, and an assortment of copper and brass souvenirs and decor pieces.  

Notably, among the oldest and most reputable curio stores is Habeeb Mullick and Sons in Darjeeling, situated at Chowrasta. This establishment is recognized for its reliability and authentic offerings, making it a go-to destination for those seeking genuine Darjeeling keepsakes.  

3. Tea tasting and shopping: Golden Tips Teattoria

Golden tip's Teattoria of Chowrasta, Darjeeling.

Golden Tips Teattoria is a tea shop known for its high-quality Darjeeling tea and its delicious food.    The tea at Golden Tips Teattoria is some of the best in Darjeeling. It is sourced directly from local tea estates and is brewed to perfection.   The restaurant offers a variety of Indian and international dishes, all made with fresh, local ingredients. 

The tea shop sells a wide variety of Darjeeling tea, including first-flush, second flush, and autumn flush teas. The tea is sold in loose leaves or tea bags. The restaurant also offers a variety of tea-tasting experiences, where guests can learn about the different types of Darjeeling tea and how to brew them perfectly. 

Golden Tips Teattoria is located in a beautiful setting, with stunning views of the Darjeeling mountains.

4. Exploring Religious Spots: Mahakal Temple

Gate of the Mahakal Temple, Darjeeling.

Mahakal Mandir, a revered Hindu temple nestled near Chowrasta in Darjeeling, stands as a significant spiritual landmark and a popular destination for visitors. Set against the backdrop of majestic mountains, this temple holds deep religious significance, drawing both devotees and tourists. 

The serene ambience and panoramic views from this sacred site provide a tranquil escape, while the temple’s cultural and historical importance enriches the visit. Surrounded by the lively atmosphere of Chowrasta, the temple offers a serene and spiritual contrast, making it a must-visit spot for those seeking both tranquility and cultural immersion amidst Darjeeling’s vibrant offerings. 

5. Cultural landmark: St. Andrews Church

St. Andrew's Church of Darjeeling.

St. Andrew’s Church in Darjeeling holds a special place in the heart of the town, situated in proximity to the bustling centre of Chowrasta. This historic church, dating back to the mid-19th century, stands as a prominent architectural and cultural landmark, reflecting the town’s colonial history. 

Its Neo-Gothic architecture and stained-glass windows contribute to its grandeur, drawing visitors into its historical embrace. The church’s serene atmosphere amidst the lively energy of Chowrasta invites both worshipers and tourists, offering a tranquil contrast and an opportunity to explore Darjeeling’s rich colonial heritage right at the heart of town.

St. Andrew’s Church in Darjeeling stands as a prominent architectural and cultural landmark, reflecting the town’s colonial history. 

6. The Essence of Tibetan Heritage: Himalayan Tibet Musem

Himalayan Tibet Museum, Darjeeling.

The Himalayan Tibet Museum in Darjeeling stands as a cultural gem, inviting visitors to delve into the rich tapestry of Tibetan history and heritage. 

As a prominent destination in the town, the museum offers an immersive experience, shedding light on the diverse traditions and cultural nuances of Tibet. Visitors can expect an enlightening journey through exhibitions that showcase Tibetan artefacts, art, religious relics, and historical documents, providing a profound understanding of Tibetan culture and its connections to the Himalayan region. 

The museum not only educates but also inspires with its insightful displays, offering a glimpse into the rich heritage of the Tibetan people and their influence in the Himalayan region. 

7. Discover Wildlife Wonders: Darjeeling Zoo

Red panda in Darjeeling Zoo

The Darjeeling Zoo, also known as the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, stands as a prime attraction offering a delightful experience for visitors. Nestled amidst the serene beauty of Darjeeling, this zoo is home to an array of rare and endangered Himalayan fauna. 

Guests can expect an immersive journey through diverse exhibits, showcasing indigenous species like the Himalayan wolf, red panda, and the majestic snow leopard. With its conservation efforts and naturalistic enclosures, the zoo provides a unique opportunity to witness these incredible animals in an environment that closely mimics their natural habitats. 

The visit promises not just an enjoyable day amidst nature but also an educational experience, offering insights into the conservation of these precious Himalayan species. 

8. Heart of Darjeeling: Chowrasta

Chowrasta, Dasrjeeling at dawn.

Chowrasta in Darjeeling holds a special place as a bustling centre and a beloved spot for visitors to soak in the town’s vibrant atmosphere. This prominent square serves as a hub for both locals and tourists, offering an immersive experience of Darjeeling’s lively spirit. 

With its open expanse and panoramic views, it’s a gathering point for people to unwind, stroll, shop for local goods, and indulge in street food delicacies. The ambience is heightened by the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas, providing a perfect setting for relaxation and taking in the charm of the town. 

Surrounded by cafes, shops, and a variety of cultural performances, Chowrasta creates a vibrant and inviting space that captures the essence of Darjeeling’s rich heritage and spirited community.

9. Take a walk: Shrubbery Park

Long show of Shrubbery Park, Darjeeling.

The Shrubbery Park in Darjeeling offers a serene retreat amid the town’s lively atmosphere. This charming park, known for its tranquillity and natural beauty, provides a peaceful escape for visitors. 

With its well-maintained pathways, vibrant flower beds, and lush greenery, it’s an ideal spot for leisurely walks, picnics, and moments of relaxation. The park’s scenic setting against the backdrop of the Himalayas adds to its allure, creating a picturesque environment that’s perfect for unwinding and embracing the beauty of nature. 

Shrubbery Park stands as a delightful destination for those seeking a tranquil respite amidst the vibrant energy of Darjeeling. 

10. Local Market: Beech Galli

Local chilli of Darjeeling in Beech Galli

Beech Galli, also known as Middle Street, is a narrow alleyway in the heart of Darjeeling, India. It is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, as it is home to a variety of shops and stalls selling authentic Darjeeling snacks, souvenirs, and sweets. 

Some of the most popular snacks available in Beech Galli include gundruk (a fermented dry vegetable dish), churpi (a hard cheese made from yak or cow milk), and dried meat pickle. In addition to snacks, Beech Galli is also a great place to buy authentic Darjeeling souvenirs, such as Darjeeling tea, woollen handicrafts, and silver and gold jewellery. 

Overall, Beech Galli is a great place to experience the authentic flavors and culture of Darjeeling. With its variety of shops and stalls selling snacks, souvenirs, and sweets, there is something for everyone in Beech Galli. 

This convenient proximity curtails the hassle of transportation, allowing visitors to effortlessly explore these gems without the need for extensive travel. Embracing the iconic tea estates, serene religious sites, and vibrant cultural hubs presents a comprehensive overview of Darjeeling’s essence, all easily reachable within the town’s bounds. This harmonious coexistence of attractions within the town makes for a seamless and enriching journey, inviting travellers to savour the tapestry of experiences that Darjeeling graciously offers. 

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48. Lokenath Temple

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49. Savin Kingdom Amusement Park

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50. Simana View Point

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51. Bindu Dam

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52. Bhutia Busty Gompa Monastery

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53. Hong Kong Market

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54. Castleton Tea Estate

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56. Samthar Plateau

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Trekking Through the Hills of Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a scenic hill town located in the Indian state of West Bengal. Known for its tea plantations and colonial architecture, Darjeeling is a...

Scenic Places to visit in Darjeeling

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Amidst the traffic and piercing noise, the sweltering heat and the hustle and bustle of Bengal lies a small hill station. Although a many in India but none like Darjeeling . Since the inception of time, Darjeeling has been considered one of the most preferred destinations for vacations. The regal Kanchenjunga, surrounding the tract, unmoved, like an army, a ride in a Toy Train , enjoying the envisioned landscape, the undulating hills and the mountains, sipping a cup of soothing Darjeeling Tea makes it worth the visit.

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Darjeeling tourism includes a variety of flora and fauna, surrounded by white snowflakes with the serene and eye-orgasmic landscape. Darjeeling truly is a feast, wanting to consume every bit of the place by the visitors. Right from the start of the journey, Darjeeling grips the attention wanting you to know more of the place. Known as the Queen of Hill Stations, the crest of Kanchenjunga shining brightly in the early morning truly supports the title. With all its glory, the snow-capped Kanchenjunga, standing tall, sparkling from dawn until dusk, dazzling the visitors as well as the locals, is the star of Darjeeling. The third highest peak in the world, at an elevation of 8568 m lies partly in Nepal and partly in Sikkim, India, but a full range view of Kanchenjunga can only be enjoyed from Darjeeling. One need not travel through the dismal paths just to get a glance at the majestic mountain. Kanchenjunga stands unabridged to entertain the visitors and the locals of Darjeeling.

Places to visit in Darjeeling

Symbolic of emerald green hills nestled against the backdrop of the surreal Kanchenjunga, Darjeeling is an array of remnants of the Colonial times that also serves as a quick weekend getaway to the Himalayas. Find your way around the Buddist monasteries, sign up for a joy-ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway , or grab an English breakfast at Keventers and spend an idle morning gazing at the world’s third-highest mountain- the Kanchenjungha.

If you are more adventurous at heart, sign up for a trek to the Singalila Ridge, or go visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute . Across winding lanes, bustling bazaars and amidst the winter chill, Darjeeling is the chicken soup for the thirsty explorer in you, and rightly earns its name as the Queen of the Hills .

Set out as early as 5 am to catch a spectacular sunrise at Tiger Hill. A major tourist attraction, this spot lets you gaze out over the entire horizon of the Himalayas.

Batasia Loop

The Batasia Loop was engineered by the British in 1919 to adjust and negotiate the steep gradient in the hills so as to prevent the train from drastically falling to a lower height. If you’re not taking a ride on the DHR, visit this place for panoramic views of the Kanchenjungha.

Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park

This zoological park located along rounded lanes that go uphill houses the most number of snow leopards in all of India. It is also extremely rich in flora and fauna while also housing a number of birds.

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

If you’re visiting the zoological park, make a pit stop at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute which is deemed to be among the best mountaineering institutes in the country. Experienced mountaineers and amateurs alike come here to get extensively trained on mountain climbing.

Peace Pagoda

The Peace Pagoda is symbolic of the four avatars of Lord Buddha. However, this place is a popular spot for meditation and attracts visitors from a large number of other religions as well.

Ghoom Monastery

The Ghoom Monastery is a must-see place during your trip to Darjeeling. Located very close to the Ghoom Railway Station, this monastery is among the oldest of its religion and houses sacred relics of the Buddhist culture.

Rock Garden

Popular among visitors of all realms, the Rock Garden is a man-made tourist spot that is dotted with exotic fauna and flora, tiny waterfalls, and timber-wood bridges.

Singalila National Park

A nature lover’s paradise, an adventure enthusiast’s ideal destination, the Singalila National Park is located at an altitude of 7000ft. Lush greenery speckled with rhododendron forests, a deer or so peeking through the woods, the rare sight of a woodpecker flying into the bushes- all of these make up the Singalila National Park. If the skies are clear, you might be lucky enough to get a glimpse of the Himalayas, sprawling from Nepal to Bhutan.

If you’re more of a laidback kind of traveler, spend an ideal vacation amidst the mountains sipping on a steaming cup of Darjeeling tea !

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28 places to visit in Darjeeling

Darjeeling is located in the northern part of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is famous worldwide on account of its produce of the finest variety of tea. Darjeeling is located in the lower Himalayas along the Mahabharat Range. The town was established in the mid-19th century by the British and had soon earned fame for its vast tea estates that produce the best Tea in the world. The city was under the rule of the kingdom of Sikkim till it was possessed by the Gorkhas and then it came under British rule. Darjeeling is located at a height of 2050 meters and has a rich legacy of culture, history and tradition. It has a very pleasant climate all through the year and is a popular tourist spot. Below is a list of the best places one can visit in Darjeeling.

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1. Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill

It’s a sheer delight to watch the magnificent sunrise in Tiger hill Darjeeling. The first rays of the dawn beckon the heavenly beauty to earth to satiate human souls with peace and gratitude. The layers of misty mountains of Mt. Everest and Mt. Kangchenjunga together forms a perfect canvas for the artist and nature lovers in you. Tiger Hill is a very famous peak and can be reached either by jeep or by foot meandering through some of the oldest tea plantations of Darjeeling. Located at a height of 2590 meters, it is also a trekkers’ paradise.

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2. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR)

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR)

The most attractive tourist activity in Darjeeling is to enjoy the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) or the ‘Toy Train’. It is a 2-feet, narrow gauge rail that runs zigzag and in a loop between Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri. It was between 1879 and 1881 and runs up to a height of more than 7,000 feet. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is one of the oldest and highest railway lines in the world and in 1999, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and covers a distance of 78 km. The heritage train crosses 13 stations, including Ghoom, the highest railway station in India.

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The train still operates with the original steam engines, and it attracts tourists from all across the world. The loops are extraordinary examples of human endeavour and world-class engineering. The journey offers stunning scenic views and can be called one of the most enjoyable train journeys in India. The slow pace allows passengers to hop on and off the moving train. A bird’s eye view of the Darjeeling town spread below, and the beauty of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga are spectacular additions to the joy.

3. Batasia Loop

Batasia Loop

Batasia Loop is the famous railway loop in Darjeeling of West Bengal as the ‘ Toy Train ’ makes its way across a looped track situated below the Ghoom Station. The loop goes around a beautiful park and was constructed in 1919 as an engineering requirement to lower the gradient of ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway when it seemed impossible to navigate the narrow-gauge train to navigate a steep fall. Batasia Loop also has a Gorkha war memorial and at this point as the train spirals up the hill you will get a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys and mountains, while in the toy train you can witness a 360 degrees view of Darjeeling. The loop covers an area of 50,000 square feet and passes through landscaped parks and hillocks. The passengers also enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjunga & other snow-capped Himalayan Peaks.

4. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is known for being the conservatory aiding in the breeding of legendary and endangered Red Panda and Snow Leopard. The park covers an extended area of 67.56 acres at a height of 2,134 meters. It is also the largest high-altitude zoo in India. Other rare animals that you can see here Himalayan Salamanders, Tibetan wolf, Himalayan Mountain goat and Siberian tigers.

5. Singalila National Park

Singalila National Park

Located at an altitude of approximately 2134 meters above sea level the Singalila National Park is situated in the highest regions of West Bengal. The park is known for its amazing peaks and the panoramic views of the lesser Himalayas. The National Park is famous as a trekker’s paradise with a large variety of mountainous vegetation, fauna, and birds. The wildlife includes rare and endangered species like the Red Panda, Black Bear, Leopard, Tigers, Clouded Leopard, Serow, Leopard Cat, Barking Deer, Yellow-throated Marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin and Takin.

6. Japanese Peace Pagoda

Japanese Peace Pagoda

Built during 1885-1985 by a Japanese, Nichidatsu Fuji, who was a Buddhist monk from Japan, the Japanese Peace Pagoda is at a distance of 2.5 km from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The Buddhist shrine is a beautiful white structure with golden sculptures resting picturesquely on the slopes of the Jalapahar hill in Darjeeling. This 23-metre wide and 28.5-meter high pagoda is one of the several others built across the world by the Japanese Buddhist Nipponzan Myohoji organization. M. Ohka designed this tallest structure in Darjeeling and aims to spread peace and prosperity across the globe.

7. Neora Valley National Park

Neora Valley National Park

The Neora Valley National Park was established in 1986 and is spread across an expansive 88 square kilometres. An important biological zone of the north-east, the Neora Valley National Park is the home to the largest populations of Red Panda in India. The park was and is a home to several endangered and rare species of flora and fauna.

8. Lively Darjeeling Mall Road

Lively Darjeeling Mall Road

Darjeeling Mall Road is the central place to feel the vacation vibes. Here you can shop till you drop from the busy market shops all day long. It remains bustling till the late hours in the evening and here you will find an extraordinary variety of knick-knacks and all other things that you might want to shop for. The shops remain crowded with excited tourists and the restaurants throb with the aroma of Darjeeling cuisines. Items of local handicrafts such as exquisitely designed carpets, hand-embroidered shawls, Tibetan masks, costume jewellery, uniquely designed woollen items are to be found in the shops of Darjeeling Mall Road.

9. Peaceful Dali Monastery

Peaceful Dali Monastery

Dali Monastery is located at a distance of 2.5 km from Darjeeling Railway Station. It is also known as Druk Sangag Choling Monastery and is an important tourist attraction in Darjeeling.

Dali Monastery belongs to the Kargyupa sect and was built by Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche in 1971. His Holiness Dalai Lama inaugurated this Buddhist monastery in 1993 and it is an important centre. for preservation of the age-old culture and tradition of the Tibetan monks. Dali Monastery is built in traditional Tibetan style of architecture and is the headquarters and the residence for Drukchen Rinpoche the XII, the supreme leader of the Kargyupa sect.

Here, resides 210 monks who came to live here from the Himalayan region. A small library inside the monastery caters to people interested in Buddhism and the philosophical acts of life.

10. Amazing Sandakphu Trek

Amazing Sandakphu Trek

Darjeeling is located in the Himalayan foothills and that makes this place a wonderful destination for trekking and hiking trails. Among the most popular and known trekking trails around the city, Sandakphu is immensely picturesque and enjoyable. Sandakphu trek is a moderate scale trek and offers you spectacular scenic landscape views. Reach Sandakphu at 11,929 feet to have a glimpse of the surrounding hills and valleys all across. Sandakphu being the highest peak in West Bengal, the trekkers can enjoy some grand views of the mighty Himalayan peaks and have your full dose of thrill and excitement. An excellent destination for adventure freaks and nature lovers.

11. Darjeeling Rangit Valley Ropeway

Darjeeling Rangit Valley Ropeway

Darjeeling Rangit Valley Ropeway started its operation in 1968 and since then it has become an attractive tourist destination of Darjeeling over the years. Both young and old love to enjoy a ride on this and have a mesmerizing view of the beautiful sprawling hill station of Darjeeling from high up in the exclusive ropeway. The layers of lush green verdant tea estates, dense forests, breath-taking flora and fauna and the snow-capped mountain peaks of Everest and Kanchenjunga, the glory of Darjeeling beauty can be enjoyed unhindered. There are about 16 cable cars carrying a minimum of six people per ride across an altitude of approximately 7,000 feet. The cable car travels from the North Point in Singmari to the Singla Bazaar. Click your heart away at the amazing Darjeeling landscape all around.

Rimbik Darjelling

Rimbik is a small sleepy and hilly town located in the Singalila National Park region in Darjeeling. It is considered an off-beat place and is famous for its trekking routes. This place is gradually gaining popularity among travellers and its proximity to Singalila National park and Sandakphu is an added bonus. These two routes are famous and busy for most part of the year as they are looked upon as two of the best treks in the Eastern part of India. On the way towards Sandaphu, the trekkers need to pass through the Singalila National park, which is home to the famous and elusive red panda and unadulterated natural beauty, silence and peace.

13. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) is a premier mountaineering institute famous across the globe. It was established on November 4, 1954, by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. The institute majorly aims to encourage the inclination of people towards mountaineering as a sport. Currently, this institute is marked as one of the best schools for mountaineering training and is a lucrative option for aspiring mountaineers to fulfil their dreams. Ever since it was founded, it has produced more than 50,000 students who have succeeded in becoming great mountaineers. Out of these incredible numbers of students, more than 20,000 belong to countries outside India. The location of the institute is immensely picturesque, surrounded by the mighty Kanchenjunga, which lures travellers and tourists to this spot.

14. Bengal Natural History Museum

Bengal Natural History Museum

Initially the museum was conceived at a low budget in 1903 under the initiative of the then Governor of Bengal a range of butterflies and birds of the locality. Later on the establishment was shifted to a more accommodating building and the management of the museum was taken over by the newly formed Bengal Natural Museum Society in 1923. Currently, this museum is a great place for the lovers of history and nature. Bengal Natural History Museum is one of the most prominent museums and unique in its diversity showcasing a wide variety of birds with nests, eggs, reptiles, insects and mammals of interest. The museum is said to house more than 820 specimens of bird species that can be quite a fountain of knowledge to the ones interested.

15. Ghum Monastery

Ghum Monastery

Ghoom Monastery is one of the most fabulous places to be in your Darjeeling trip . It is located at a height of approximately 8,000 feet. Ghum Monastery is also known as Yiga Choeling. It was established in 1850 by Lama Sherab Gyatso, it has a 15-feet high statue of Maitreya Buddha, which stands tall in the main hall of the Monastery and is one of the oldest Tibetan Monasteries in Darjeeling. It has a massive collection of rare Buddhist manuscripts and preserved records that can be of immense importance to Buddhist religious connoisseurs. The collection includes 108-volume Kangyur which is believed to have been spoken by the Buddha himself. Its walls are painted with beautiful representations of Buddhist literature and Tibetan art. History of Ghum Monastery dates back to 1850 when its external structure was established by the Mongolian astrologer and monk Sokpo Sherab Gyatso. He headed the operation of the monastery till 1905.

16. Amazing Rock Garden

Amazing Rock Garden

The Rock Garden was constructed by the Gorkha Hill Council Tourism Department to make Darjeeling more alluring for tourists after a temporary lull in tourism due to the political agitations of the 1980s that disrupted tourism for a while. It is a lush green, exquisitely landscaped, multi-level picnic ground that is designed around a natural waterfall. Spread on the hill slopes at an altitude of 2,134 metres, the Rock Garden was successful in becoming a centre of tourist attraction in Darjeeling. Today, it spans across a sizeable area about 10 km from Darjeeling along the Hill Cart Road that offers scenic views of the tea gardens and green picturesque valleys. The garden overlooks a hill stream cascading down the rocky slopes, known as Chunnu summer fall, with flower gardens blushing at various places at different levels. There is also a small lake and the area bustles on a usual day with tourists coming in huge numbers and hanging around at the tea shops and snack kiosks.

17. Mahakal Mandir

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The Mahakal Mandir is a famous tourist spot of Darjeeling and is located at the peak of Darjeeling Observatory Hill. Leaving the road, it involves a hike of about 20 minutes to the temple. The steep uphill trek to the temple is a bit exhausting, but the end of the trek offers the satisfaction and joy of reaching the temple. Signboards along the way guide the travellers till they reach the destination. The trek in itself is a pleasant experience where one can enjoy the beauty of simple things and simple mountain life. The picturesque cottages set against the gorgeous mountains and green valleys make the experience almost magical. At times when the clouds float downwards, one can even touch the clouds and have a memorable vacation in Darjeeling and carry back a bagful of incredible memories. The religious atmosphere that pervades all around mingles with the natural beauty to complete the joy of creation and divinity. One small caution can be to beware of monkeys on the way as they might try to snatch things, especially food items, from the travellers.

18. Observatory Hill

Observatory Hill

The Observatory Hill of Darjeeling is famous for the Buddhist and Hindu temples that are spread across the hill slopes and peaks. Some of the important temples can be named as Mahakal Temple, Tibetan Memorial Shrine and Kanchenjunga Temple that attract a lot of tourists. The point where The Mahakal Temple can be seen now was originally occupied by a Buddhist Monastery for the Bhutias. Though it no longer exists, still this Observatory Hill is held close to heart by the Bhutias and a lot of religious significance is attached to it. The trekking and hiking trails along this Hill are absolutely soaked with beauty. A mystical small cave is located at a distance of about 15-minute walk from the Hill, which people visit and feel blessed. This Observatory is one of the oldest sites of the city and thus, it is quite a popular tourist spot of Darjeeling.

19. Bhutia Busty Monastery

Bhutia Busty Monastery

Bhutia Busty Monastery is located in the Bhutia Colony after it was shifted from the Observatory Hill. The Monastery was established in 1761 by the Lama Dorje Rinzing. It was attacked and plundered and suffered damage in 1815 and had to be rebuilt in 1861. After being relocated in 1879 to the Colony it again underwent extensive damage in the earthquake, following which it was renovated in 1934. It is a cherished destination for tourists, and its rich historical legacy and tradition attracts a lot of visitors from far and near. The Monastery is built and designed in a traditional Tibetan style that has the aura of Sikkim culture. It belongs to the Red Sect of Buddhists and exhibits murals that depict the story of Buddha. The walls of the Monastery depict the stories related to Buddhism but photography is strictly not allowed inside the building.

20. Chowrasta

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Chowrasta is a favourite haunt of all young and old coming for a Darjeeling trip. It is the city’s Mall Market, located absolutely in the heart of the city of Darjeeling. It is a throbbing and bustling centre making it literally the heart. It is the main market area and caters to locals and tourists alike. Chowrasta means four-way and you can enjoy glorious warm sunshine, or a crimson sunset, a warm cup of coffee or a filling breakfast, Chowrasta is the place to be. Enjoying local and international delicacies at roadside stalls or stylish eateries, collecting souvenirs and carrying memories back, all can happen while you are at Chowrasta. See and relish the real face of Darjeeling at Chowrasta.

21. Serene Shruberry Nightingale Park

Serene Shruberry Nightingale Park

Shruberry Nightingale Park is located around 1.5 km from Darjeeling Mall, and one has to access it through a steep climb and offers a breath-taking view from the top. The Nightingale Park is well maintained and invites a huge influx of tourists all through the year. The stunning views of the rolling hills and the mighty Kanchenjunga is a soothing site for city dwellers. The park is ideal for a leisurely vacation visit and lazy stroll amidst misty mountains, a family picnic or just a relaxing break doing nothing except staring at the mountains. Years ago, the Shrubbery Nightingale Park served as a private courtyard of Sir Thomas Tartan’s bungalow in the British times of the 1900s. A giant statue of Lord Shiva, a green sprawling meadow inside the park, a musical fountain and the snowy peaks of Himalayas create an ambience to seek out for when in Darjeeling. This park is one of the best tourist attractions in Darjeeling and should be included in the travel itinerary of Darjeeling trip. To promote folk art and cultural traditions, Nepalese and regional programs are performed everyday inside the park.

22. Sanctity of Serene St. Andrew’s Church

Sanctity of Serene St. Andrew’s Church

Darjeeling is a favourite haunt of people with a spiritual bent of mind and also for lovers of architecture and ancient traditions. St. Andrew’s Church is an old Anglican church that belongs to the British colonial era and has a distinct old-world charm that draws people from all across throughout the year. It had many Scottish soldiers and tea planters residing in the Darjeeling Hill area as its early patrons and worshippers. The edifice is named after a patron saint of Scotland and was established on November 30, 1843. The structure was affected adversely in the massive earthquake of 1873 and was renovated after the disaster. It is now every visitor’s delight. Located strategically, in the vicinity of the Darjeeling Mall area, it enjoys ample adulation from the locals and the tourists. Dressing conservatively while visiting St. Andrew’s Church, Darjeeling, is recommended as its sacredness is fiercely protected by the local Scottish community.

23. Joyous Happy Valley Tea Estate

Joyous Happy Valley Tea Estate

The Happy Valley Tea Estate of Darjeeling is spread across an area sprawling of over 437 acres and is frequented by travellers and tourists. It is the second oldest tea estate of Darjeeling perched at a height of 2,100 metres making it one of the most high-altitude tea estates globally. Happy Valley Tea Estate is a very important tourist destination of Darjeeling as it is the home to the tea factory of one of the highest qualities in the world. The tea factory was established here in 1854 by an Englishman and now it is under the care and operation of a business family of Indian aristocracy hailing from Hooghly. The tea factory is bound to bring eternal joy to tea lovers and as soon as you step into the factory the fresh and additive aroma of tea will fill your senses. Apart from its own attraction of the enticing fragrance of tea, you can also enjoy some spectacular views of the majestic Kanchenjunga peak.

24. Tinchuley

Tinchuley

Tinchuley is as amazing and unique as its name. This small hill hamlet is tucked away from the main city, Tinchuley is known for its tea plantations, fruit orchards, meandering Teesta and Ranjeet Rivers and magnificent views of the Himalayan ranges close at hand. Rest, relax and soak in the peaceful vibes of the natural beauty that pervades the atmosphere all around in abundance throughout this village. The misty weather of Tinchuley adds to the gorgeous sunsets and the thrill of unexplored wild jungle trails and creates a heaven on earth for nature lovers. The quiet place is however full of scope for thrill through recreational activities, such as camping, trekking, rappelling and mountain climbing. But gazing at the blue sky from the comfort of your hammock all day long and healing your mind, body and soul is also an attractive option. Tinchuley is a perfect vacation spot close to the facilities and hustle and bustle yet having an aura of natural vibes and beauty of its own. If you want to get away from the enthusiastic rush of Darjeeling tourism, Tinchuley is a perfect option.

25. Tenzing Rock

Tenzing Rock

Tenzing Rock as the name implies, is a large natural rock named after Tenzing Norgay, who is the legendary first man to climb Mt. Everest with Edmund Hillary in 1953. This rock also serves as the training area for both amateur and professional rock climbers or mountain climbers. It is known that Tenzing himself practiced climbing here, which increases the significance of this destination among the tourists, especially those who are adventure lovers. In fact, every year, the Indian Army organizes rock climbing competitions at Tenzing Rock. Tenzing Rock is where the Indian Army holds the annual rock-climbing competitions. The meandering streams nearby or the rain might make the rock surface slippery, wet and damp making it difficult to climb. Thus caution should be practiced while attempting to climb the rock. Just beside the Tenzing Rock destination, there are many stalls, selling delicious Maggie, Momo, Steaming cups of chai and coffee on the way that tempts travellers to rest and enjoy the ambience.

26. Lamahatta

Lamahatta

A stunningly beautiful garden and a distance of 1 hour from Darjeeling. The place oozes green fresh stretches of giant conifers and pine against the majestic mountain views and forms an idyllic destination. This place is believed to be inhabited by Buddhist monks before independence. The word ‘Lamahatta’ can be broken into two words ‘Lama’ which means a Buddhist monk and ‘hatta’ which means dwelling. This garden should be included in the Darjeeling itinerary as it is very scenic and an excellent spot for photography. Get your coveted Insta click here amidst the well-manicured garden nestling among the tall pine trees. A good new place in the tourist map of Darjeeling. There are several new properties and home stays that have come up around Lamahatta making this an ideal vacation destination for a weekend or any couple of days. There is also a sacred water lake above and if you can trek up the little steep slope to reach the top, mesmerizing mountain views will dull your senses with awe. The trek is about 1 km each way and you can allow your eyes to feast on the beauty of the amply blooming flowers all around. Lamahatta forms a lovely stopover on the way to another surreal and quiet destination, Tinchooley. Lamahatta is also a favourite honeymoon destination.

Dooars

If you are dreaming of a destination in the heart of nature and plan to spend a few days in the midst of quietude and peace, Dooars is the place. The lush green vegetation, the widespread tea gardens, the exciting animal watch at the several national parks and sanctuaries, the innumerable rivers and streams, think forests of giant sal depicts nature at its best with the towering Himalayan ranges as the backdrop. Dooars is a place that defines ‘pristine nature’ with its untainted, lush green landscapes. The rushing rivulets, the undulating meadows, the tropical greenery and the rustic dwellings make this place ideal for nature photography and wildlife exploration. The natural beauty of the region and the vast extent of exotic experiences make Dooars one of the most fascinating places to visit in a Darjeeling trip. Once upon a time the Doors area was under the administration of the King of Bhutan. The British took over from Bhutan after the 1865 Bhutan war. Eventually the Doors region got divided into two parts: while the Western Doors came under the boundaries of West Bengal, the Eastern Doors went to Assam. The term Doors was derived from the word Doors, which has evolved from as many as 18 corridors that came into existence between the Doors regions and Bhutan, boosting trade between the places. The sprawling Doors region spread across approximately over 40 by 130 km square rises up to a height of 2000 feet at some places and has the rivers, namely Jaldhaka, Murti, Torsha and Kaljoni, crisscrossing. Jaldapara National Park, Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary and Buxa Tiger Reserve are the most in demand sanctuaries where you can cook up some thrill by catching the exotic animals in their natural habitat. Photography of animals and wild terrains can be an added passion to be satiated in Dooars trip.

28. Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre

Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre

A rehabilitation centre for the Tibetan refugees, the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre is an opportunity to indulge in some shopping while on a Darjeeling trip. It now has evolved into a popular tourist spot attracting a huge crowd. The centre was founded with an aim to make the Tibetan community in Darjeeling self-sustainable by offering them an opportunity to become financially independent. Keep a look out for a wide range of exclusive handicraft items, wooden carvings, woollens, exquisite shawls, leather jackets and much more. These products are also exported to 36 countries all across the globe. Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre offers an insight into the life of Tibetan refugees living in India apart from satiating your shopping mania. Get an honest picture of the life in exile of these Tibetan refugees. Get boosted by experiencing the resilience of the refugees and develop respect for their incessant efforts to preserve their tradition and handicrafts. It was established by Zhu Dan, wife of Gyalo Thondup, through a consistent effort of raising funds from local charity. Artisan and craftsmen training also happens here. Initially, it started off with just 4 workers and now is home to 130 families.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is darjeeling most famous for.

Darjeeling is a widely known name throughout the world for the excellent quality of tea it grows and the impeccable view of the Kanchenjunga range of mountains that it offers. It is also known for its famous heritage toy train and its rich medley of cultural and natural heritage.

What are the 10 most visited spots of Darjeeling?

The 10 most popular tourist places of Darjeeling are: Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Peace Pagoda, Ghum Monastery, Rock Garden, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Nightingale Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Singalila National Park.

How many days are enough for Darjeeling?

If you are planning a combined trip of both Darjeeling and Sikkim, then 2 to 3 days are enough to explore Darjeeling and another 2-3 days minimum for Gangtok. A 6–7-day trip is recommended for visiting Darjeeling and Sikkim.

Can I visit Darjeeling in one day?

Darjeeling in and around is an excellent destination for day tours and weekend trips. The towering and mystic Himalayan mountain ranges offer a spectacular panoramic view of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga, the first and third highest mountain peaks in the world.

Which month is best for Darjeeling?

The summer months from April to June are the ideal months for a Darjeeling trip. Again the autumn and winter months from October to December is a favourite time for visiting this beautiful hill town.

What is Darjeeling’s most famous and popular food?

Some delicious and famous food items and dishes of Darjeeling are: Thukpa; Traditional Nepali Thali; Naga Cuisine; Churpee; Momos; Aloo Dum; Sael Rotis along with a local brew of Chaang.

How much does a trip to Darjeeling cost?

The most popular Darjeeling tour packages of 6 Nights / 7 Days will cost around 50,000 per person including airfare and Pelling visit on an average.

Where is Tiger Hill in Darjeeling?

Tiger Hill is located at an altitude of 2590 meters and at a distance of 13 km away from Darjeeling and offers a stunning view of snow-capped mountains sitting nestled amidst fluffy clouds. Tiger Hill is among the most popular tourist places of Darjeeling.

Which day is closed in Darjeeling?

Since weekends are busy and see a lot of crowds, they must’ve figured Thursday was the least populated day over a period and hence, perhaps decided to keep it closed.

Is Darjeeling safe for solo females?

Darjeeling and Sikkim are very safe for solo female travellers. These places are very tourist friendly, and the people are known for their unparalleled hospitality.

Is Darjeeling worth a visit?

Darjeeling is popularly referred to as the Queen of hill stations. It is located in the northern part of West Bengal, and offers magnificent views of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga, beautiful cascading waterfalls, glorious sunset and sunrise behind the mountain ranges, lovely tea gardens, forested areas covered by firs, pines and ferns, and stunning natural beauty.

What is the most loved and famous fruit of Darjeeling?

In Darjeeling, oranges are very famous. In many locations along the Himalayan slopes, oranges have been cultivated since ages. Besides oranges, passion fruit is very famous in Darjeeling

Which sweets are famous in Darjeeling?

Top most sweets in Darjeeling that serve the people of Darjeeling and also the tourists from far and wide are Motichur Laddu, Malai Peda, Rasgulla and Kaju Katli.

How long is the Darjeeling toy train journey?

The toy train on the Darjeeling Himalayan section is not merely a source of delight for the young and old, it also represents the engineering skills of the highest order. This 83 km long section connecting Darjeeling with the railhead at Siliguri is of great importance and has been bestowed World Heritage Site status.

Which days do Darjeeling toy trains run?

Currently, 52541/New Jalpaiguri – Darjeeling (Toy Train) Passenger runs on all 7 days a week. It starts from New Jalpaiguri Jn (NJP) and goes to Darjeeling (DJ). There are 12 halting stations along the route.

In which month does Darjeeling get snowfall?

Snowfall in Darjeeling happens between the months of October and March. This is also the season when you can enjoy pleasant weather and view the mesmerizing snow-capped mountains. Enjoy the winter beauty of this hill paradise.

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Top 5 places to visit in Darjeeling

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Tiger Hill is an iconic viewpoint located at an altitude of 2,590 meters, offering a mesmerizing panoramic view of the majestic Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest peak. Wake up before dawn to witness the awe-inspiring sunrise painting the snow-capped peaks in hues of pink, orange, and gold. The sight is nothing short of magical, and on clear days, you can even spot Mount Everest. Don't forget to carry your camera to capture this unforgettable experience.

Distance from Darjeeling is approximately 21 kilometers.

​Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

​Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, affectionately known as the "Toy Train," is a must-ride attraction. Hop aboard the charming narrow-gauge train, which winds its way through the hills, passing over bridges and through quaint villages. The train's slow pace allows you to savor the breathtaking landscapes, tea gardens, and charming Himalayan architecture along the way. The journey from Darjeeling to Ghum, the highest railway station in India, is a captivating experience

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, affectionately known as the Toy Train, is a must-ride attraction. Hop aboard the charming narrow-gauge train, which winds its way through the hills, passing over bridges and through quaint villages. The train's slow pace allows you to savor the breathtaking landscapes, tea gardens, and charming Himalayan architecture along the way. The journey from Darjeeling to Ghum, the highest railway station in India, is a captivating experience

Batasia Loop

Batasia Loop

Situated on the way to Ghum, the Batasia Loop is a fascinating engineering marvel and a delight for nature lovers. This spiral railway loop offers a unique view of the surrounding hills and the majestic Kanchenjunga. Take a stroll along the well-manicured gardens, adorned with colorful flowers, and enjoy the serene ambiance. The centerpiece of the gardens is the Gorkha War Memorial, paying tribute to the brave soldiers of the Indian Army.

Distance from Darjeeling is approximately 4 kilometers

Happy Valley Tea Estate

Happy Valley Tea Estate

Darjeeling is synonymous with tea, and a visit to the Happy Valley Tea Estate is a must for tea connoisseurs and enthusiasts. Embark on a guided tour of this scenic estate, which sprawls across picturesque slopes. Learn about the art of tea cultivation, plucking, and processing, and relish the opportunity to savor a steaming cup of freshly brewed Darjeeling tea amidst the verdant surroundings. The estate also houses a tea museum where you can delve into the region's rich tea heritage.

Distance from Darjeeling is approximately 3 kilometers

Mahakal Temple

Mahakal Temple

Situated at the top of Observatory Hill, the Mahakal Temple is a sacred place of worship for both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and offers a serene and spiritual ambiance. As you climb the hill, you'll pass colorful prayer flags, Buddhist monasteries, and small shrines. Reach the temple to witness panoramic views of Darjeeling, the Kanchenjunga range, and the valleys below. It's a perfect spot for quiet introspection and soaking in the peaceful surroundings.

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Bejeweled by snow-capped mountains, green landscapes, gushing waterfall, eye-catching sunrise viewpoint, cascading river stream, rich flora & fauna, Darjeeling – ‘Queen of the Hills’ is an enduring hill station in the state of West Bengal located at the foothills of Himalayas.

Amidst the green-grey hills, the serene vegetation and scenic vistas guarantee a trip to cherish forever.

The untouched beauty of this hill town attracts travelers from across the world to take a break from the bustling city life.

Darjeeling has everything in its stock. However, there are many places situated around Darjeeling, which are quite unknown to many nature lovers.

So, take a plunge into this list of the serene offbeat places in Darjeeling that you might not want to miss on your trip.

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Here are the 9 Serene Offbeat Places To Visit In Darjeeling:

1. Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill, Darjeeling

At an altitude of 2590 meters and 13 km away from Darjeeling, Tiger Hill offers a magnificent view of the mountains.

Tiger Hill is eminently known for its splendid sights of the early morning sunrise where you can witness a panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga together.

The place has earned worldwide fame for the breathtaking view of the sunrise over the “Kanchenjunga” and the great eastern Himalayan Mountains. The world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, can also be viewed from here.

The first shot of sunlight at dawn shading upon the twin peaks painting the snow-clad mountains in pale orange is something you just can’t miss. It is perhaps the most splendid experience you can have, while in Darjeeling.

The wonderful view of snow-capped mountains sitting among cotton clouds draws in travelers to Tiger Hill from throughout the world that you would not like to miss at any cost.

2. Tinchuley

Tinchuley, Darjeeling

Located at a distance of about 32 km from Darjeeling, Tinchuley is an offbeat hamlet situated close to the West Bengal-Sikkim border.

Tinchuley attracts off-beat nature lovers and it is the latest secret eco-friendly travel destination in Darjeeling.

This eco-friendly destination with tea Gardens, Orange Orchard, and majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga makes it the most promising eco-village and one of the key destinations in village tourism in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal.

Tinchuley lies on the laps of nature and has a variety of sightseeing to offer where you can take a walk through the jungle trail or can dip your feet into the cool Teesta water.

If you are a bird lover you could sit in the jungle and listen to the soft chirping of birds. Not only the Mt. Kanchenjunga but also the Teesta running amidst the forest is a great view for photography lovers.

Tinchuley is the dream destination for those who are looking for something spiritual out of their travel. Its gorgeous mountainscape and serene cultivated lands attest to that.

So if you’re seeking something of exactly that nature, then you know where to be!

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3. Sandakphu Peak

Sandakphu Peak, Darjeeling

Sandakphu Peak (11,941 Feet) is the highest peak in West Bengal, near the Indo-Nepal border.

Sandakphu epitomizes the wild elemental grandeur of the snows. Nature here is at its pristine best, and the vista at the top is worth all the hardship endured on the way.

The best view possible is of mountain Kanchendzonga where you can reach the peak either by car or trekking. The trek is a beautiful 51 km long way up the hill, starting from Manebhanjan.

Aptly called the Paradise of Trekkers, the peak is a vantage point from where you can see four of the world’s five highest peaks – Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Lhotse – in a continuous snow-clad arc.

Sandakphu is not only the most popular trek in West Bengal but it is also one of the best treks in Eastern India. So, don’t miss trekking to this amazing peak because this place is a paradise for nature lovers.

4. Lepchajagat

Lepchajagat, Darjeeling

Lepchajagat is a small village around 19 km from Darjeeling. At an altitude of 6959 ft., this serene hamlet is free of tourists and is considered a haven for nature lovers.

As nature is full-blown here, so roaming in nature with the company of wild forest, numerous birds, a sea of mountains, and silver glazing Kanchenjunga can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Amidst dense forests of pines, oaks, and rhododendrons, this village gives you tranquility. Viewing the Kanchenjunga peaks from here is a serene experience. It is now part of a reserved forest area.

Lepchajagat is an ideal place for nature lovers to stay in an offbeat place with a blend of nature and peace.

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5. Batasia Loop

Batasia Loop, Darjeeling

Located at a distance of 4 km from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Batasia Loop is a railway loop in Darjeeling of West Bengal that is situated below the Ghoom station which is one of the mesmerizing places to visit in Darjeeling.

The unique design of this magnificent attraction allows the track to wrap around itself through a hilltop tunnel.

One of the most enchanting aspects of the Batasia Loop is its unmatched natural beauty which is a wonderful sight to behold. It is one of the best places to get a bird’s eye view of Darjeeling’s landscape.

You will be amazed to see the snow-capped peaks of the Eastern Himalayas. The mighty Kanchenjunga can also be seen from here. The loop is around a beautiful flowering garden which adds to the charm of the place.

The view of the train tearing past the white of the clouds and deeper into the green beauty of the terrain is a refreshing and enchanting journey that should not be missed while you’re in Darjeeling.

6. Rimbik Village

Rimbik Village, Darjeeling

Situated around 56 Km from Darjeeling town,  Rimbik  is a small town located in the Singalila National Park area in Darjeeling.

The small town is a tourist hub for trekkers traveling to the Singalila National Park area including Sandakphu. In the recent past, there has been some interest from offbeat travelers who want to explore the region beyond traditional travel destinations.

But there are not too many tourist attractions that you may be able to see in this small hill hamlet. However, this small hill hamlet is a paradise for the trekkers.

If you’re an adventure affectionate then Rimbik is a perfect place for you to be.

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7. Tenzing Rock

Tenzing Rock, Darjeeling

Tenzing Rock is a popular tourist place and is one of the only natural rock climbing sites in Darjeeling.

This gigantic rock is named after the mountaineer Tenzing Norgay who climbed Mount Everest with Edmund Hillary in 1953 and it has his name inscribed on it.

This place is a paradise for trekking and adventure enthusiasts. You will find a board on top of the rock that reads “HMI Rock Climbing Training Area”.

Tenzing Rock comprises two sides from where the trekking can be done among which the left side of the rock is for the training of the rock climbers while the right side is testing for the rock climbing skills.

So, as you climb, you can have a look at the beautiful surroundings with lush greenery and fresh air which will leave you with a unique feeling of happiness.

8. Observatory Hill 

Observatory Hill, Darjeeling

Located around 2 km from the Darjeeling Himalaya railway station, just above the Mall Road in the picturesque hill town of Darjeeling, Observatory Hill is a rising hill situated above Chowrasta Square.

Marked by several shrines, a flurry of colorful prayer flags, and ringing notes from numerous devotional bells, Observatory Hill in Darjeeling’s most ancient and sacred site.

It offers a panoramic view of the mountains along with the presence of various Hindu and Buddhist temples including Kanchenjunga Temple, Mahakal temple, and Tibetian Memorial Shrine.

If you’re an adventure seeker who wants to enjoy a mesmerizing view of the mountains after trekking along with people having religious beliefs then Observatory Hill of Darjeeling is a must-visit place for you.

9. Chatakpur

Chatakpur, Darjeeling

Situated at an altitude of about 7,800 feet, Chatakpur is one of the highest villages in the Darjeeling district that is located within the Senchal forest area.

This pristine village is bounded by the Kanchenjunga Mountain Range in the North and the river gorge Relly Khola in the south.

This village is a paradise for nature lovers as one can get a spectacular view of the imposing mountain range of Kanchenjunga and at the same time experience the overwhelming lush green forest.

If you’re tired of the busy schedules of city life, worried about the rising pollution and congestion, annoyed about the routines and deadlines then Chatakpur is surely your own heaven.

It husks all the ingredients of picture-perfect scenery, adventures for the nature lover or who thrive to enjoy simple living.

In short, Chatakpur is not a place for sightseeing. It is a place to enjoy nature and the view of a beautiful mountain range.

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