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Best Places to Visit in Darjeeling in 2019

  • Creating a memorable holiday experience for you, there are a variety of places to visit in Darjeeling. Located in the foothills of Himalayas in the state of West Bengal, Darjeeling is an absolute beauty, appealing to different kinds of tourists all around the year. Whether you are travelling to Darjeeling for regaining your peace of mind or you are in search for some serious thrill, this city and all that it possesses will not disappoint you. The endless green tea estates, the incredible views of the highest Himalayan peaks, the beautiful places of worship with divine aura – Darjeeling is truly versatile!

    Darjeeling is well-connected with major cities of India through railway and airway, so you can comfortably travel to this city for creating some memories to cherish during vacations. It is the kind of tourist destination that is appropriate for those who travel with family as well as for those who prefer to travel solo. With a variety of tourist places in Darjeeling including monasteries, temples, wildlife parks, and trekking trails, it is an extraordinary recipe for a perfect exploration.

    Below are the best places to visit in Darjeeling:

  • 01 Sandakphu Trek

    Sandakphu Trek
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    If we have led you into believing that Darjeeling is purely a touristy place, that is far from the truth. Thanks to the position of Darjeeling in Himalayan foothills, there are a number of excellent trekking trails you can find around the city; Sandakphu being one of the popular ones. It is a moderate level trek that takes you through some extremely scenic landscapes until you finally reach Sandakphu at 11,929 feet.

    This is probably the best trek you can undertake in the region if you are an experienced trekker. Sandakphu is the highest peak in West Bengal, so you can imagine the grand views of the grandest Himalayan mountains you can witness from here. Sandakphu Trek is an ultimate dose of thrill and amusement.

    Location: Begins at Manebhanjan, West Bengal

    Top Things To Do in Sandakphu Trek

  • 02 Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

    Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
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    Treat yourself with the impressive fauna species of the Himalayan biodiversity by visiting Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park with your friends and family on your trip to Darjeeling. Opened in 1958, this zoo is the largest high-altitude zoo in the country, sitting at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Spanning across 67 acres, this wildlife abode houses exotic animals like snow leopard and tiger.

    The other highlights here are endangered species like red panda and Himalayan wolf. All in all, with a unique range of Himalayan animals and birds on display, this place is an absolute delight for any nature or wildlife lover coming to Darjeeling.

     Darjeeling - Jorethang Road, Jawahar Parbat, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101

    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Entry Fee:
    INR 30 per person

  • 03 Ghum Monastery

    Ghum Monastery
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    Yiga Choeling is the real name of this monastery belonging to Gelukpa sect of Buddhists. The vivid colours in the exteriors of the monastery complex and the fine architecture come together to create an enchanting atmosphere for visitors, especially architecture buffs. Built in 1850, this is monastery is one of the oldest ones in Darjeeling.

    The highlight here is an idol of Maitreya Buddha that is 15 feet in height. Apart from being a very significant religious place for local Buddhists, Ghum Monastery is one of the most peaceful places to visit in Darjeeling for the tourists.

    Ghum, Darjeeling

    10 am to 6 pm

    Entry Fee:
    No charges

  • 04 Peace Pagoda

    Peace Pagoda
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    A symbol of eternal peace among people belonging to all nations and religions, Darjeeling Peace Pagoda is one of the most iconic tourist places in Darjeeling.  In other words, Peace Pagoda is a temple symbolising ‘Unity for World Peace’. Due to its incredible design exhibiting the fine Japanese architecture, a visit to this place would be a treat for anybody who is interested in photography or architecture.

    The temple complex houses a total of four golden Buddha statues, and the inner walls are adorned with carvings depicting different stories from the life of Lord Buddha. You can spend a day here soaking in the tranquil vibes of this peaceful place.

    West Point, Darjeeling

    4:30 am to 7 pm

    Entry Fee:
    No charges

  • 05 Dooars

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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.

    The Dooars region politically constitutes the plains of Darjeeling District, the whole of Jalpaiguri district and Alipurduar district and the upper region of Cooch Behar district in West Bengal and the districts of Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Goalpara and Bongaigaon in the state of Assam.

  • 06 Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

    Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
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    Your Darjeeling tour is clearly incomplete if you do not indulge in the once-in-a-lifetime experience of taking a ride in the Toy Train that runs on Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Just grab a window seat, and get lost in a world full of amazing views and refreshing moments. If you are interested in photography, you will find the experience heavenly after all the breathtaking frames your camera captures during the journey.

    One of the most exciting parts of being on this train is that you will be gaining a lot of elevation along the route from New Jalpaiguri at 100 m to Darjeeling at 2,200 m.

    New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling

  • 07 Tiger Hill

    Tiger Hill
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    Imagine watching the most spectacular mountain peaks in the world – Mt Everest and Mt Kanchenjunga – during sunrise. Imagine how the sky changes its shades every minute and paints the towering mountains in its own shades. Feels magical, right? Tiger Hill is the place where you can bring this fantasy to life. Boasting an elevation of 2,590 feet above the sea level, Tiger Hill is located above Ghum at a distance of 11 km from Darjeeling City Centre.

    The site has an observatory where you can sit and enjoy the awe-inspiring Himalayas. Popular for the panoramic vistas you can enjoy from up here, Tiger Hill is one of the must visit tourist places in Darjeeling.

    Location: 11 km from Darjeeling

    Timing: 4 am to 6 pm

    Observatory Fee: INR 10 to 40

  • 08 Batasia Loop

    Batasia Loop
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    Located near Darjeeling, this is a spiral railway track engineered during the era of British India. When you are taking a journey on Toy Train in West Bengal, this is inarguably the most fascinating stretch you will cover. Due to its unique path where the train spirals over itself through a tunnel, Batasia Loop becomes one of the most interesting tourist places in Darjeeling.

    The site also features a memorial dedicated to Gorkha Soldier of the Indian Army who laid down their lives in the post-independence India. You can enjoy a 360 degree panoramic views of Darjeeling from here.

    West Point, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734102

    5 am to 8 pm

    Observatory Fee:
    INR 15 per person

  • 09 Singalila National Park

    Singalila National Park
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    West Bengal, being in the shadow of the Himalayas, boasts of being a place with rich collection of flora and fauna. And to find out the truth on your own, Singalila National Park is the best place to be. Ranging between at an altitude of 7,900 feet to 12,000 feet, located on the Singalila Ridge, this national park was established in 1986.

    During a jeep safari here you will get lucky to witness some of the most unique species of flora and fauna. During winters, frequent snowfalls make the park appear surreal. Apart from wildlife, the park also gives you an opportunity to absorb in the magnificent views of Mt Everest and Mt Kanchenjunga.

    37 km from Darjeeling

    6 am to 7 pm

    Entry Fee:
    INR 100 per person

  • 10 Mahakal Mandir

    Mahakal Mandir
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    One of the best places to visit in Darjeeling for a spiritual trip, Mahakal Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built by Lama Dorjey Rinzing in 1782, this temple has a great reverence not among the local Hindus but also Buddhists. The temple complex houses three gold-plated lingams. Besides, the site features a cave called Mahakal Cave which makes it more intriguing for tourists.

    Since the temple is located on the top of a hill known as Observatory Hill, the site also serves as a great vantage point which offers panoramic views of the natural beauty that surrounds it in addition to view of Mt Kanchenjunga.

    Location: Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling

    Timing: Sunrise to Sunset

    Entry Fee: No Charges

  • 11 Rock Garden

    Rock Garden
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    Make the best of your time in Darjeeling by driving through the scenic route that leads to Rock Garden. The 10 km long hill route will refresh your senses even before you reach your destination, Rock Garden, which is a site full of surprises. This multi-level garden is created by cutting rocks, and is scenic in its very character.

    Located near Chunnu Summer Falls, this spot is perfect for a day outing and family picnic. The garden is surrounded by verdant hills and features a peaceful ambience, ideal for relaxation. Snacks and beverages are also available here to add to your enjoyment.

    Rock Garden Rd, Bloomfield Tea Garden, West Bengal 734102

    Timing: 8 am to 6 pm

    Entry Fee: INR 10 per person

  • 12 Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

    Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
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    This mountaineering institute is nothing short of a pilgrimage for the lovers of Himalayas and adventure. The institute was established in 1954 with an objective to promote and support the sport of mountaineering. The institute offers various mountaineering courses to those who are willing to convert their passion into profession and develop themselves from hobbyist hikers to professional mountaineers.

    You can learn a lot of interesting details about the sport and Himalayas by paying a visit to this place when you are in Darjeeling. Renowned all over the world as one of the top mountaineering institutes, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is among the interesting places to visit in Darjeeling.

    Location: Jawahar Parvat, Darjeeling

    Timing: 9 am to 5 pm

    Entry Fee: INR 40 per person

  • 13 Tenzing Rock

    Tenzing Rock
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    Named after one of the first two mountaineers to make it to the summit of Mount Everest, Tenzing Norgay, Tenzing Rock is a rock near Darjeeling with his name inscribed on it. The rock is located opposite Gombu Rock, which is named after Nawang Gombu. If you are craving some mountain adventure in Darjeeling, visit Tenzing Rock, for it is a popular site for rock climbing.

    If you are an experienced climber, you can climb up to a height of 500 metres here. As you reach the top of the rock, splendid scenery teeming with raw nature welcomes you. Besides, beginners also practise rock-climbing here.

    Jawahar Parvat, Darjeeling

    8 am to 5 pm

    Entry Fee:
    INR 2000 per person

  • 14 Neora Valley National Park

    Neora Valley National Park
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    Established in 1986, Neora Valley National Park, located in Kalimpong District of West Bengal is one of the best places to visit in Darjeeling for indulging in wildlife experience. The wildlife park spreads over a region of 88 sq. km and houses some exotic species of flora, fauna, and avifauna. The extremely charming valleys and hills at the park are soothing to one’s eyes, and call for a unique photography session.

    The rich Himalayan biodiversity of Neora Valley National Park attracts wildlife enthusiasts from different parts of the country. The park is also famous for trekking trails that pass through it.

    Neora Valley, 81 km from Darjeeling

    9 am to 4 pm

    Entry Fee:
    No Information

  • 15 Observatory Hill

    Observatory Hill
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    If you want to relish the panoramic views of Darjeeling and its surrounding hills, Observatory Hill is the place that serves the purpose. A vantage point quite popular among locals as well as tourists, Observatory Hill is best known for being the place where the famous Mahakal Temple is located. So, you will find a mix of travellers and devotees here.

    The observatory here also lets you see some of the most prominent Himalayan peaks including Mt Kanchenjunga and others. For the reason of being the place offering such diverse experiences, Observatory Hill is one among the best places to visit in Darjeeling. Summing up, Observatory Hill is a good place to visit with family.

    Location: Near Chowrasta Square, Darjeeling

    Timing: 7 am to 7 pm

  • 16 Darjeeling Ropeway

    Darjeeling Ropeway
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    One of the most exciting things you can do in Darjeeling is take a cable car ride to observe the beauty of this place from a new perspective. Introduced in 1968, this was the first cable car system in the country. It is also popularly known as Rangeet Valley Passenger Cable Car. Ideal for people belonging to all age group, the activity lets you enjoy a touch of thrill while you are looking around to admire the scenic beauty of Darjeeling.

    The cable cars run between the North Point of Darjeeling to Singla on the banks of the river Ramman. So, sit tight and keep a camera handy because the moments you capture here will become a lifelong memory for you.

    Singamari, Darjeeling

    9:30 am to 4 pm

    Entry Fee:
    INR 200 per person

  • 17 Chowrasta

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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.

    The Mall, Darjeeling

    10 am to 9 pm

  • 18 Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center

    Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center
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    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.

    Havelock Villa, Gandhi Road, Darjeeling

    9 am to 4:30 pm

  • 19 Bengal Natural History Museum

    Bengal Natural History Museum
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    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

  • 20 Happy Valley Tea Estate

    Happy Valley Tea Estate
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    A special treat for the lovers of tea in Darjeeling, Happy Valley Tea Estate is an excellent place to spend a joyful day with family. Darjeeling Tea is undoubtedly famous all over the world, and a tour of Happy Valley Tea Estate is sure to refresh your senses with the aromatic air and spellbinding greenery. It is the second oldest tea estate in India, established in 1854, and spread across a region of 177 hectares.

    A tour of this tea estate will give you some valuable insights into the entire process involved in the production of tea. Enjoy the tasty, authentic Darjeeling Tea and buy some extra kilos to take back home.

    Location: Lebong Cart Road, Chawk Bazar, Darjeeling

    Timing: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm