Experiences and Souvenirs:
Darjeeling is as much a place to feel as much as it is to see.
Darjeeling is a foodie's paradise. A breakfast of hot chocolate, sausages, sandwiches and meatloaves is a must at the iconic Keventer's roof top cafe. A few iconic films have been shot here, most notabley, Satyajit Ray's "Kanchenjunga" and more recently, "Barfi!". Another must visit place for breakfast is Boney's Snack Bar. In the evenings, a visit to Glenary's is a must where one can taste great confectioneries while watching the sun slip behind the horizon. Street foods predominantly includes momos, noodles and roasted corn. Fine dining with delicious food is on offer at the Shangrli-La restaurant and the Dekevas restaurant.
Beautiful handicrafts of Tibetan and Nepali origins can be found in the markets of Darjeeling and at the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre. These include statues and idols of Buddha, Wind chimes, prayer flags, prayer wheels and Thanka paintings. Handcrafted woolen garments are another sought after item of Darjeeling.
The most beautiful and unique of all gifts and souvenirs can be the world famous Darjeeling Tea. One of the best places to buy and taste tea is at the Nathmulls.
Other Places of Interest:
A lot of places near Darjeeling offers far more soul searching experience. Some of them are Kalimpong, Lepchajaghat, Lamahatta,Tinchule and Mirik. The trio of Lava-Lolegaon-Rishop,set among lush pine forests offering unhindered views of Mount Kanchenjungha and a pleasant solitude.
Darjeeling can also act as the base for the trek to the Singhalila ranges - most notably the Sandakphu trek and the Phalut-Varsey trek.
A lot of information about Darjeeling and surrounding places can be found here.