Top 22 Places to visit in Darjeeling

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Best things to do in Darjeeling and sightseeing in Darjeeling

Often called as the "Queen of all Hill Stations", this is one of the most popular in the whole world. This place is wrapped by everything beautiful nature has blessed the Earth with. Darjeeling is located in the lap of the Mountain Kanchenjunga and crowned by the mighty Himalayas, there is tranquility everywhere you see. There is the bright red hue of blooming rhododendrons, the peaceful white of the magnolias and also the silvery white firs all spread over the hills and the stretches of hills covered with the emerald color tea bushes. If you are out during the early mornings, the clouds will cross across your face. This is a perfect place for a tourist, ornithologist, trekker, a photographer and children too. The famous toytrain of Darjeeling is now a Heritage of Bengal. The other nearby attractions are Mirik, Mall, Batasia Loop, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Dooars Valley. A trip to this beautiful place is sure to fetch you a lot of memories to be etched in your heart forever.

Tiger Hill - Darjeeling

One of the most important attractions in West Bengal, this is around 12 kilometres from Darjeeling and is a point 2555 metres above sea level. The Tiger Hill is famous for the rare views at dawn. The only condition if you want to enjoy this enthralling experience is that you have to be awake and ready by 4AM in the morning. You go straight to the Tiger Hill before the sun comes out and take the last views of the snow capped Kanchenjunga Peak. As soon as the sun comes out, the color of the sbow turns absolutely red and a little later Orange and then turns to Golden which again cpmes back to white when the sun is completely up. This natural show of lights is extra ordinary and is a visual treat. Starting your day to something like this is complete bliss. You can come to this place at anytime of the year except for monsoons and deep winters as the climate is extremely uncomfortable at this time.
Sunrays kisses the peak of Kanchenjunga
Sai Sandeep

1 Followers, 1 Reviews


Despite it's popularity, an eyeful of sunrise at Tiger Hill remains one of the most popular things to do in Darjeeling. Soak up the mountain sun, amidst the emerald horizon of tea meadows. The most mesmerizing burst of colours that light up the whole sky is one of the most spectacular things you can witness. You'll be enveloped with a blanket of serenity, something that can only be felt in the arms of nature.
Tripoto

811 Followers, 799 Reviews


This place is famous for its Panoramic view of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga. During sun rise, snowy mountains of Everest and Kanchenjunga become golden. Awesome place to visit in Darjeeling. Must see
Rahul Goley

4 Followers, 18 Reviews


Best time to visit
April- June and September- December
Things to do
Sunrise viewing
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Keventers - Darjeeling

If you are in Darjeeling, this restaurant is a must visit. They are here for about 100 years and is a must for all people who love their ice- creams and non- veg food. This is more of a café and they still serve softy ice- creams. Their milkshake is very famous along with their sandwiches and other snacks. The view from the balcony seating area is extremely beautiful. This is also the place where a part of the famous Bollywood Movie 'Barfi' was shot.
A full English breakfast
Prajwal Sharma

4 Followers, 5 Reviews


A trip to Darjeeling is incomplete without a trip to Keventers! Their hot chocolate is to die for. You can sit for as long as you want there, admiring the view [you have to sit at one of the roof-top tables], and nobody would ask you to leave, at least so has been my experience!
Anwesha Maiti

178 Followers, 11 Reviews


Old world charm,reasonably priced food and an unparalleled view make this place what it is.
Shubhanjana Das

271 Followers, 14 Reviews


Best time to visit
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Things to do
eat- out
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Budget
N/A

Peace Pagoda - Darjeeling

After the dropping of bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Buddhist saint Fuiji decided to spread the message of peace and harmony all around the world and this pagoda in Darjeeling is just one example of the movement. This is a Japanese Style pagoda built by the Buddhist Monk. The foundation stone was laid down in 1972 by Nichidatsu Fujii and the pagoda was completed by his biggest disciple Guruji Fuiji and opened in 1992. It is a white pagoda and white is the symbol of peace. The aim of this place was to entertain everyone irrespective of their caste and religion. You will find immense peace when you come here.
Beautiful Monastery
Rahul

246 Followers, 105 Reviews


Connect with the Buddhist heritage of this beautiful mountain town. Set amidst rolling hillsides, visit the Peace Pagoda for a tranquil afternoon in Darjeeling.
Tripoto

811 Followers, 799 Reviews


Very near to the Japanese temple is the peace pagoda, where there are four avatars of Lord Buddha. The view from the top is splendid and the snow peak range is also visible from here along with Kanchenjunga.
Ruchi Jain

519 Followers, 88 Reviews


Best time to visit
6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Things to do
Meditation
Open Hours
4:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Budget
Entry Free

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park - Darjeeling

The Darjeeling Zoo is also known as the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park to honor the ex- governor of West Bengal, Padmaja Naidu. This is a beautiful zoo where you can find some of the high altitutde animals as well as some endangered species of animals too. The zoo is in the Birch Hill area which is presently known as the Jawahar Parvat. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had dedicated the zoo in the honor of Padmaja Naidu who was also a poet and the daughter of the famous freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu. This is one of the best zoos in the world and is the first recipient of the International award of "The Earth Heroes 2014". This is an award given away by the Royal Bank of Scotland. The reason this zoo was chosen among more than 300 zoos all over the world is that it has successfully conserved and looked after Himalayan Animals and also those which are of the Alpine Region. You will find the endangered species such as Red Panda, Snow leopard and Tibetian Wolf here among many others. There are also a number of Siberian Togers and Yaks here. Very old herbs, shrubs, climbers, medicinal plants and orchids cover most of the zoo and you will also find trees such as birch and aldar here. There is a huge aviary too where very bautiful birds find home. The birds conserved here include Rose ringed Parakeets, Ring Necked Pheasants, Himalayan Mynahs, Blue- Gold Mackaws and others. There are steps on many sides inside the zoo and these are for the ones in search of extra adventures. Beyond these steps are the area which are home to H8imalayan bears, Sambhar deer, Blue Sheep. tahr, barking deer, goral and Musk Deer. They roam about openly ball around and thus a trained guide is a must when you opt for these places. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is also closeby.
The Darjeeling Zoo consists of all the wild animals found at the high altitude in the upper Himalayas. Some rare animals like red panda, snow leopard and Tibetan wolf are witnessed. I was lucky enough to have seen all of these. The surrounding is splendid as it is covered with mountains.
Ruchi Jain

519 Followers, 88 Reviews


The red pandas, the snow leopards and the Everest museum are why this place is a must visit
Shoyeta chatterjee

341 Followers, 60 Reviews


Also called as the Darjeeling Zoo, this has to be the most well managed zoo I have been to. Quite huge and housing a variety of animals from birds to the Leopard, and the most favourite Red Panda. There is also the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute inside , started by Tenzig Norgay, one of the firsts to climb the Everest. The museum inside tracks the history of various ascents to the highest peak in the world by the students of the institute. It also houses the gear used by Tenzing during the first climb. Moreover, it has a memorial to the man himself. It is a bit of a walk from the zoo, but worth it.
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


Best time to visit
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Things to do
Wildlife trails, photography
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Budget
Rs 40 (incl. charges for the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute), Additional Rs 10 for cameras.

SANDAKPHU - Darjeeling

This place is paradise for adventure lovers. This is the highest point in West Bengal and you have to trek for around 12 hours from Maneybhanjan to reach this place. You can also hire a landrover from maneybhanjan. This is also a village and is a part of the Singalila National Park. As you reach on top of this [point, you will be welcomed with some of the most awesome views including the famous route from Bhutan till Mt. Everest. The view of the mighty River Teesta is also very attractive. This river is apt for river rafting due to the high speed in which the water flows. If you can put in physical effort for the love for nature, this is the right place to choose.
Sahil Raut

14 Followers, 14 Reviews


Trekked from Maneybhajang to Sandakphu, it was a 5 day trek for me with stay at tree houses around Indo-Nepal friendly border. It goes through Singalila National Park with Red Pandas, Leopord cat and wide variety of birds - kalij pheasant, blood pheasant and fire-tailed myzornis. On the way you get to witness up close view of the Kanchunjunga range and find Mount Everest turning golden with first ray of sunlight at Sandakphu. There is a road parallel to the trail and you can take a roadless-road ride through rocks and boulders giving your spine a challenge it won't ever forget.
Anjaneai Srivastava

6 Followers, 6 Reviews


The highest point of the trail as well as the highest point of West Bengal.Sandakphu, allow the trekkers to witness the Mt. Khangchendzonga massif along with some prominent peaks like Mt Pandim, Mt Everest, Mt Makalu, Mt Lhotse ,3 sisters etc. Sandakphu or Sandakfu or Sandakpur as it is known in nepali is 11,941 ft abovethe sea level, it parly falls in Darjeeling district of west bengal and Ilam district of Nepal. Unlike others places we've been in this trek, Sandakphu got some nice number of hotels, trekkers hut and tea houses..even got some well designated glass covered view point for the visitors.
Himadri Sinha Roy

71 Followers, 11 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Trekking
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Batasia Loop - Darjeeling

This is a railway loop a few kilometers from the beautiful Darjeeling. The toy train goes round this loop and there is also a war memorial here. This war memorial was built after independence in memory of all the brave people of Darjeeling who laid their lives in various wars since the time of independence.
Great View of Kanchunjunga
Rahul

246 Followers, 105 Reviews


Batasia Loop is a spiral of a narrow railway track where the toy train takes a sudden sharp descent from The Ghoom. You will experience a wonderful view of the garden, streams and falls which will mesmerize you. It gives a beautiful view of Darjeeling's landscape along with Kanchenjunga.
Ruchi Jain

519 Followers, 88 Reviews


Toy trains in Darjeeling are an amazing experience. Even if it feels like the most touristy thing to do here, go ahead. It has a very sweet, old-world charm to it and it gives you a chance to see the city slowly at ease. Also, a word of advice. Pre-book your tickets or else you will have to come back with only pictures (like me). It is impossible to find one on the spot. Batasia Loop is basically a garden made around a spiral route the train takes before entering a tunnel.
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


Best time to visit
7:00 AM - 7;00 PM
Things to do
Toytrain rides, photography
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Budget
N/A

Srikhola Bridge - Darjeeling

The last destination of our trek called Srikhola or Sirikhola..it was long trek but whole route was down hill through forest. Srikhola is a small village with atrekkers hut and few number of hotels by the side of river. It is a very photogenic village with a old hanging bridge over the river, we bathed in the river after 6 days and enjoyed the evening by the river , chatting along with other trekkers. It was very pleasant evening as we were on the verge of winding up our much awated trek very successfully.
Himadri Sinha Roy

71 Followers, 11 Reviews


Stayed there for a couple of hours for lunch and photography in beautiful Gurdum river in the background.
Ashar

90 Followers, 18 Reviews


This is a very good place to take your break and have your lunch. This place is midway between gurdum and rimbick. This place offers you a mini waterfall which does look really good. If you have balls, try taking a shower here, as you might be stinking real bad as of now :P.
Gaurav agarwal

4 Followers, 9 Reviews


Ghoom Monastery - Darjeeling

Built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso, this monastery in Darjeeling is mainly known for the beautiful statue of the Maitreye Buddha or the 'Future Coming Buddha'. This place is also blessed by the very famous Tomo Geshe Rimpoche of Tibet. The Monastery has conserved some very rare Buddhist Writeen Manuscripts. The monastery will fall on your way back from the famous Tiger Hill.
Not that this was the first monastery we went to (or the last), but I somehow loved it more. Extremely simple looking in appearance from the outside, its kind of amplifies as you step inside. A large, golden Buddha statue shadows over you, and soothing chants are playing in the background. There is not much space for people to stand inside, but the atmosphere it creates ends up having an impact, whether you are a believer or not.
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


The largest monastery in the region. Ghoom Monastery is also known as Yogachoeling Gompa. It is located in a place called Ghoom in Darjeeling, hence the name Ghoom Gompa. It was in the year 1875 that a Mongolian astrologer cum monk established the Ghoom Gompa. At the entry of the monastery, there is a huge giant size image of seated 'Maitreya Buddha' (prospective Buddha) inside. There are bells, ornate thanka scrolls and drums inside the monastery. Like many other monasteries in and around Darjeeling, this gompa is also a storehouse of some rare Buddhist manuscripts. Located at a distance of about 8 km south from the main town of Darjeeling, this gompa has become a destination for people seeking peace and serenity. The gompa is located nearby Ghoom station. One can also reach the gompa from Hill Cart Road as it is situated just below the road.
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 134 Reviews


Best time to visit
2:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Things to do
meditation, worship
Open Hours
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Budget
Entry Free

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway - Darjeeling

Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or more dearly known as the ‘Toy Train.’ With its narrow gauge trains of two feet, things do not get more exciting than when one is on a ride on the toy train. The length that the train covers is about 80 kilometers. The starting point is New Jalpaiguri in the district of West Bengal and the train goes past Siliguri, then Kurseong and Ghum while chugging along many loops and reverses. After having been out of service for quite some time, the toy train is now back in action and promises one a ride of a lifetime.
Sounak Ghosh

236 Followers, 93 Reviews


Its once in a life experience
Shoyeta chatterjee

341 Followers, 60 Reviews


Best time to visit
Try avoiding the winter months from December to February, as the weather may not be conducive.
Things to do
The Batasia Loop makes for a great view of Everest and Kanchenjunga. Carry your camera to capture some great pictures.
Open Hours
The toy train functions all through the week from 8:00 am to 9:30 pm. However, do check with one of the tree agencies that sell tickets.
Budget
The base or starting fare for a seat on the toy train is around INR 360.00 and the amount goes up.

Happy Valley Tea Estate - Darjeeling

This is a tea estate in Darjeeling and rolling meadows of emerald green tea plantations. It is a bliss watching the women plucking carefully the tea leaves. There is also a factory where you can see the making of tea and fermentation processes. It is both an entertaining as well as educational trip
Inhale the flavors of Darjeeling for a postcard experience of Darjeeling Tourism.
Tripoto

811 Followers, 799 Reviews


Now, there are a lot of tea estates in Darjeeling, so why should you specifically visit this one? It is because this particular tea estate is the oldest in Darjeeling. It is one of the first tea plantations planted by the British in the region and is said to produces the most tea in the area. It also offers a beautiful view of the entire city from its grounds. One can even visit the factory to watch how the tea is processed and enjoy a warm cup of some special Darjeeling tea!
Tasneem Merchant

400 Followers, 27 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Tours
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute - Darjeeling

Good museum and Zoo
Rahul

246 Followers, 105 Reviews


Place where you would see the whole history of conquering Mt. EVEREST
Sandeep Gantait

122 Followers, 3 Reviews


Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway - Darjeeling

How does the thought of a cable car ride between hills sound to you? Exhilarating is the word that describes the Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway. Open for the enjoyment by the public since the month of February in the year 2012, this ropeway is perhaps the best way to enjoy the hilltop view of all that Darjeeling has to offer. The ropeway is completely safe and spans across 298 metres making it the longest of its kind in India. The journey begins at North Point in Darjeeling and goes up till Singla.
Darjeeling ropeway is also known as the Rangeet valley passenger cable car. It gives a mind blowing view of the valley below, the lush tea gardens, dense forests, mountain streams all over along with the breath taking waterfall and snow peak in the background. You can even get down at the lower station and enjoy the tea garden by walking through it. Its really difficult to experience so many things together at the same p lace.
Ruchi Jain

519 Followers, 88 Reviews


For the view
Shoyeta chatterjee

341 Followers, 60 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Looking for adventure and some good pictures, get both when you ride this ropeway.
Open Hours
10:00 am to 4:30 pm round the week.
Budget
To get a ride on the ropeway, one has to buy a ticket that comes at INR 100.00 per head.

Neora Valley National Park - Darjeeling

Neora Valley National Park is situated in the Kalimpong, Darjeeling and was established in 1986. It spreads over an area of 88 km² and is among the richest biological zones in the whole Northeast.
Saurabh Shukla

200 Followers, 10 Reviews


Neora Valley National Park- A heritage forest of North Bengal, this river trekking will give you the opportunity to explore the core areas of Neora Valley National Park following its lifeline for its wildlife and botanical richness - River Neora.
chauthary

192 Followers, 20 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Wild life adventure
Open Hours
06:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Budget
Free

ARMY GOLF CLUB - Darjeeling

For those who like playing golf, the Army Golf Club in Kalimpong is where you would want to be. This golf club offers players a 9 hole course that lies 4000 feet above sea level. The course is challenging due to the hilly terrain. This can cause a misjudgment of the target hole and one may end up either being short of the hole or further from it. The weather in Kalimpong is pleasant and thus this makes golfing here a must try. The Army Golf Club is the pride of Kalimpong that lies around 50 kilometres away from the town of Darjeeling. Go about 15 minutes further and one will reach the Durpin Monastery.
The place is not only famous for playing but is quite preferred for preparing photo album of its visitors. The views offered by this astonishing place are quite mesmerizing and surrounded totally by green environment. Durphin Monastery situated in its vicinity also gives a great majestic touch to the photography at this place. This golf course is having nine holes course and you can also enjoy playing the game here. Army Golf Club is actually meant for the golf players and who are damn crazy of this amazing and interesting game. It is also one of the main attractions in Kalimpong and visited by many of the visitors every year
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 134 Reviews


Best time to visit
Avoid the months of December through February as the temperatures can drop quite a bit.
Things to do
If you don’t like golf, have a good feast at the Army Canteen here!
Open Hours
9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.
Budget
One would need to contact the authorities with regards to this. However, the place is open only for Indian visitors.

GHUM - Darjeeling

Known by most as Ghum, this place stand 7407 feet above sea level and at a distance of 6 kilometres away from the town of Darjeeling. This place happens to be the highest point where the toy train can reach. When here, the Batasia Loop should be the place to visit with its landscaped gardens and awesome views of the snow-capped Everest and the Kanchenjunga. From Ghoom, one can reach many other locations including Siliguri. The place is a quaint little town that offers one a peaceful and healthy stay. Around three kilometers away is the Senchal Lake that should be a priority to visit when one is in Ghum.
Ghum is where the Yiga Choling Gompa is located. It is probably the most famous monastery in all of Darjeeling. It has a 15ft high statue of Buddha and is well known for its elaborate collection of Buddhist manuscript and scrolls. It is located 8000 ft above sea level and offers a stunning view of Darjeeling. The Yiga Choling Gompa baosts of great architectural skills of the pagoda style. The best time to visit Gompa would be during the day or early evening to witness a spectacular view of the city.
Tasneem Merchant

400 Followers, 27 Reviews


Best time to visit
June to October is the best time to travel to Ghum.
Things to do
Visit the Ghum Museum when you get here.
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
No entry fees as such but one will need close to around INR 8000.00 for a week’s stay here, inclusive of food, lodging, transportation, etc.

Dali Monastery - Darjeeling

Also known as the Druk Sangag Choli Monastery, this is another beautiful place where you can rejuvenate yourself amidst divine settings in Darjeeling. The monastery was built in the year 1971. This is basically a Tibetian Monastery and thus follows the styles of Buddhism meditation. The peacefulness and tranquility of this place serves as a therapy to the mind and soul and you feel more at peace when you leave this place.
The biggest monastery, attend the morning prayers, interact with monks
Shoyeta chatterjee

341 Followers, 60 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
meditation, worship
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Rock Garden Road - Darjeeling

Also known as the Barbotey Garden, this is a local park in Darjeeling. This is a little away from the city and as the name suggests, this is built by cutting rocks at various levels. The flower plantations look beautiful and colorful and there is also a waterfall here.
Rock garden is a terraced garden at different levels which have been cut through rocks having waterfall. It has good seating arrangement. It is a good place to hang out as it's very peaceful. It is almost 10 km from the Darjeeling town.
Ruchi Jain

519 Followers, 88 Reviews


Best time to visit
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Things to do
gardens
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Budget
Rs 10 for Indians, Rs 50 for foreigners

Japanese Temple - Darjeeling

Near the giant Buddha Statue in the Thai Temple Complex is the Idosun Nippon Japanese Temple. This is a typical Japanese Temple which was made quite a few years ago but has recently opened up for the public. The temple posses very authentic, minimal designs like many other Japanes temples. There is a huge, 80 ft idol of Lord Buddha inside the temple and from outside it looks nothing but a nice, Japanese mansion and nothing more. There are a number of temples close to the Mahabodhi Tree and this is one of those. All of these are equally beautiful and has a unique charm. Make sure that you have enough time in your hands to explore all of these.
Known for it's culture, the Japanese temple is located in the Jalapahar hill, which is symbolic of peace and tranquility. It is constructed in a typical Japanese style where everyone can join the prayers and hum the chants. People fond of learning about different culture and their rituals, can go ahead and consult the shrine of the temple. They take great pleasure in explaining it.
Ruchi Jain

519 Followers, 88 Reviews


Best time to visit
5:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Things to do
meditation, worship
Open Hours
5:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Budget
Free

Chauk Bazaar - Darjeeling

If shopping is what you want then that is exactly what one gets at the Chawk Bazar in Darjeeling. Also known as lower bazaar, this place is actually a junction for shops and vendors that sell almost everything that one can imagine. Located on Hill Cart Road, one will find the bus, taxi and jeep stand nearby. Needless to say, one can assume that a place as such will be crowded throughout the day. Vendors here sell clothing, footwear, woolens, fruits and vegetables, junk jewelry, accessories and a host of other stuff as well. The Supermarket and Fancy Market are also located here and it brims with items from the local villages on Saturdays and Sundays. There are a number of great eateries here that serve local delights like sel roti and alu dum, thukpa and momos.
LLYODS BOTANICAL GARDEN. The garden houses orchids, magnolias, primulas, ferns and many other varieties of Himalayan plants. Lloyd Botanical Garden is named after W. Lloyd, the famous banker who gifted this land in 1878. You can walk along the pathways and spend a quiet afternoon in these large, open gardens. The hothouse has a fantastic collection of more than 50 species of orchids. It is the oldest Botanical Garden named as Lloyd Botanical Garden with varieties of flora and is famous for two living fossils. It is located just below the Eden Sanatorium(Saheed Durga Mall District Hospital) on an open slope covering an area of about 40 acres. Lloyd Botanical Garden is open seven days a week. There are no entrance fees. A camera, a small note book for a botany. enthusiast and a couple of hours to spare, is a must.
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 134 Reviews


Best time to visit
Daily, when one is in Darjeeling.
Things to do
Browse through the stalls and shops and pick up some souvenirs.
Open Hours
5 am to 6:30 pm daily except on Thursdays. All the shops except for medical pharmacies are closed on this day.
Budget
This actually deends on how much one is willing to spend. Things can be as cheap as INR 25.00 here.

Bhutia Busty Monastery - Darjeeling

Have a look inside the Bhutia Busty Monastery to engage with what people refer to as "inner tranquility".
Tripoto

811 Followers, 799 Reviews


Shrubbery Nightingale Park - Darjeeling

Formerly the private courtyard in front of the Bungalow of Sir Thomas Tartan and a meeting place for English women during the British Raj, the Shrubbery Nightingale Park in Darjeeling now stands as a great tourist place. The park was destroyed during an earthquake in the year 1934. It was rebuilt and began to be used as a famous Bollywood movie shooting spot during the 1950’s and 60’s. But the growing tension in the hills caused the place to be neglected. It was in 2011that the park was given facelift and restored to its former glory.
A beautiful park in the heart of Darjeeling. During the British days in early 1900s, this place was known as The Shrubbery. It used to be the private courtyard of Sir Thomas Tartan’s Bungalow. In 1934 it was completely destroyed by an earthquake.It’s ideal for relaxing and enjoying the superb panoramic views of the Kanchenjunga and the other snow peaks of Eastern Himalayas. During the tourist season, Nepali cultural programs like local dances are held here every day in the evening. Shrubbery Nightingale Park is located at about 10 minutes walk from the Mall. It is a beautiful public park area situated just behind the Raj Bhawan and on the top hill on the way to Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park with the view of Singalila Range and the awesome presence of mighty Kanchenjunga.
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 134 Reviews


Best time to visit
Things to do
Go for an evening stroll or simply relax on the grassy landscape here.
Open Hours
The Park is open to the public all week long from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Budget
An entry fee of INR 10.00 for adults is charged here.

Sandakphu Trekking - Darjeeling

Perhaps the only way to reach Sandakphu is by trekking! The place is about 3630 metres above sea level and the highest point in West Bengal. It borders India and Nepal as it a part of the famous Singalila Ridge. The trek begins at the village of Maneybhanjan in Darjeeling and takes 2-3 days to complete. While the actual journey is just 12 hours, the trekkers take the time to stop over at quaint little villages like Kala Pokhri just so that they can enjoy the lifestyle of the people there. While on the trek, one is likely to catch a glimpse of the Yellow-throated Marten or the Blood Pheasant and many other such birds and animals that dwell here. A wise thing to do is to carry one’s own water while on this trek.
The highest point of West Bengal The trek was fairly normal in terms of the route. All along we had to walk on roads formed of rocks. Challenge on this trek was twofold – to walk at a consistent pace & reach each camp on scheduled time & be able to bear the bone chilling cold as we went up to the highest point of West Bengal, Sandakphu. We did well on both accounts and it was a major relief to come back in one piece. The trek route went through Nepal, which technically made it an ‘international trek’. We lived in pucca accommodation at all our camps. Local hosts at each camp were as hospitable & warm as one could be. They carried bright smiles on their faces whenever serving food or helping us out. It makes you think when people living in such difficult weather conditions were always smiling and going about their work so enthusiastically. Throughout the journey, we had mountains around us & the weather got colder as we went up. It was my first encounter with snow and a bone chilling one too. Due to very short days and lack of sunlight, the cold got worse (highest temperature being -5o and lowest being -14o). It was very interesting to find the snowflakes falling were mostly star-shaped or flower-shaped. Admittedly, the best part of our trek was its descent. As we came down from Sandakphu, the weather got pleasant and the surroundings got greener. We even met with a river on the way down to our last camp – where we had the best time on the entire trip. Getting away from the noise and pollution of a metro, you can’t find a better place than a river to relax. The sound of the water flowing can calm your mind like nothing else. After an arduous 5 days of the trek, we collected our certificates & moved on to our next destination.
Kaushal Vasa

205 Followers, 6 Reviews


Best time to visit
One will be wise to avoid trekking during the months of December and January.
Things to do
Just enjoy the walk and the many villages that one is likely to cross. Try the local cuisine at these villages and adapt to the lifestyle of the people here.
Open Hours
8:00 am to 8:00 pm all the days of the week.
Budget
Free

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