10 Hill Stations in West Bengal: 2021 Updated
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Hill Stations in West Bengal

Darjeeling, Siliguri, Rimbik, Sandakphu, Kalimpong, Mirik, Dooars, Kurseong, Gangtok and many more.

For your next vacation, visit the charming and breathtaking
hill stations in West Bengal for an offbeat experience. Perfect for a summer getaway, these eastern hill stations are bestowed with incredible unique landscape and incomparable beauty.

The simplicity and warmth of the people here, cool and misty weather, majestic views of some of the highest peaks in the world like the Everest and Lhotse - the reasons to travel to West Bengal are aplenty!

Every hill station has its unique charm with heavy influences of the serenity of Buddhism on their vibrant cultures, architecture, and food. Right from heritage toy trains, lush tea and nut plantations, orchards of orange, wildlife sanctuaries, rhododendron, and the elusive silver fir forests, these astounding places promise to make your vacation incredibly memorable.

Here is a list of hill stations in West Bengal:

Hill Stations in West Bengal

01

Darjeeling

On a summer day, the fragrance of tea leaves lifts off the hills and hover over Darjeeling like a hat and the wonderful things breathes unsaid inside that, like the bent trees, the happy earthworms, the reluctant tea-colored puddles, flowering Rhododendrons and Magnolia plants and the wild garden flowers blooming in different colors of rainbow and a British bungalow growing a fragile façade of greenery for ages amidst a sprawling tea garden. The tourist places in Darjeeling will leave a traveler mesmerized and awed with the beauty that the place offers.

And when the heavens’ open up to hammer the water down, the grass looks wet-green and pleased, loose earth shapes off its edges, the washed off dust-green trees smiles afresh and the green countryside glitters in the traces of sunshine.Covered with the dense evergreen forests of Sal and Oak, with ducks and teals creating waves in water, and with rare breeds of orchid spreading colors on a moist soil, Darjeeling, a previous summer capital of India under the British Raj holds the incredible panoramic views of Kanchenjunga snow peaks, beautiful colonial architecture including mansions and churches, an influence of diverse cultures in the majestic craft and cuisine, a beautiful women, the taker of the seeds with a yellow scarf on her head and tea-bag on her shoulders, and a vast expanse of Tea estates in its root.

This “Mecca of Tea” with over 80 operational tea gardens spread across acres of land, writes on a foggy day sitting inside a vintage Toy Train from 1880s, a whimsical poem, of what is delightfully read as the "Champagne of tea". The northwest winds visit Darjeeling to tear it full of holes but the new beautiful things come in the first spit of spring on the northwest wind, and the old leaves go, not one lasts but the beauty stays with the new and lasts for eternity. Darjeeling is a beauty that won’t let your heart stop, from beating in ecstasy, and the tourist places in Darjeeling shall always ensure that!

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02

Rimbik

Popular amongst the trekkers and the most loved hill station in West Bengal, Rimbik is a small town situated in the Singalila National Park area of Darjeeling district . It is sitting on the river Rammam and is close to Sikkim.

Rimbik is best known for attracting trekkers and offers two trekking routes that connect Sandakphu to Rimbik. One is a track from Bikebhanjan to Rimbik connected directly through woods. The other trekking path passes through Gurdung and Srikhola to Rimbik.

Best time to visit- March, October, and November when the temperature is pleasant and minor rainfall can be witnessed.

Highlights- Get a spectacular view of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest peak and visit Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.

How to reach Rimbik:
-Via Air- Nearest airport to Rimbik is Bagdogra.
-Via Train- The nearest railway station to Rimbik is Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri.

03

Sandakphu

Also located in Darjeeling district on the West Bengal-Nepal border, Sandakphu is that hill station in West Bengal that has the highest peak in the State. A paradise for all the trekking lovers, it provides a breathtaking view of the mountains and nature. It is a great place to visit because of the natural beauty and pleasant temperatures.

Best time to visit- There are two seasons to visit Sandakphu. From April to June and from October to December.

Highlights- Get a view of the World's four highest peaks namely- Everest, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Makalu.

How to reach Sandakphu:
-Via Air- Nearest airport to Sandakphu is Bagdogra.
-Via Train- The nearest railway station to Sandakphu is New Jalpaiguri.
-By Road- Catch a bus from Siliguri to Maneybhanjan via Sukhiapokhri.

04

Kalimpong

Home to popular monasteries, churches, and Tibetan handicrafts, Kalimpong is that hill station in West Bengal which is left unexplored by a lot of tourists. It is located an hour away from Darjeeling and offers a mesmerizing view of the Teesta valley.

It has many  colonial-era buildings like MacFarlane Memorial Church and Durpin Monastery. To get the mesmerising view of the city visit the beautiful Deolo Park.

Best time to visit- March to June and September to December.

Highlights- Explore the home of tigers in Neora Valley National Park, Pine View Nursery and Kalimpong Science Centre.

How to reach Kalimpong:
-Via Air- Nearest airport to Kalimpong is Bagdogra.
-Via Train- The nearest railway station to Kalimpong is New Jalpaiguri.

05

Siliguri

Also known as “the gateway of North India”, Siliguri is resting upon the banks of Mahananda River and the Foothills of Himalayas. Apart from offering a brilliant view and being a getaway from the hustle-bustle of cities, it is famous for its tea, timber, and tourism. The most famous thing to do here is the traversing the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and visiting the Salugara Monastery.

Best time to visit- From October to December and again from February to March.

Highlights- Bengal Safari and Hong kong market are a must-visit Hill
station in West Bengal.

How to reach Siliguri:
-Via Air- Siliguri is 15 minutes away from Bagdogra airport.
-Via Train- The nearest railway station to Siliguri is New Jalpaiguri which is 8 km away.

06

Mirik

Known as the Valley of the Sun, Mirik is famous for its beautiful mountains and lakes. It is the only hill station in West Bengal that offers you a getaway where you can spend peaceful moments, or shop around in a bazaar or go on a boat ride. It is also known for its orange orchards, natural beauty and  tea gardens.

The best time to visit- March, April, October, and November are the best months to explore Mirik.

Highlights- Sumendu Lake, Orange Orchards, Don Bosco Church and Bokar Monastery.

How to reach Mirik:
-Via Air- Nearest airport to Mirik is Bagdogra.
-Via Train- The nearest railway station to Mirik is New Jalpaiguri.

07

Dooars

Dooars is known as India’s gateway (door) to Bhutan and that is where its name was derived from. This hill station in West Bengal starts from River Teesta in the East to River Sankosh in the West and Dooars. It offers a huge range of fauna like  deer, elephants,  one-horned rhinos, guars and reptiles. Also, it is known for its deep forests that one can explore. It is a perfect destination for nature lovers.

Best time to visit- During winters. I.e from September to May.

Highlights- Champrapari wildlife Sanctuary and Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary.

How to reach Dooars:
-Via Air- Nearest airport to Dooars is Bagdogra.
-Via Train- The nearest railway station to Dooars is New Jalpaiguri.

08

Kurseong

Translated to “Land of White Orchids”, Kurseong is famous for its temples, museums, parks, waterfalls, churches and Buddhist gompas and also one of the most visited hill stations in West Bengal. This scenic place is said to be the home of 300-year-old idols of Hindu god attracting tourists to absorb its history and culture.

Best time to visit- March to June and September to December. Monsoons to be avoided at any cost.

Highlights- Toy train ride giving the whole view of the place.

How to reach Kurseong:
-Via Air- Nearest airport to Kurseong is Bagdogra.
-Via Train- The nearest railway station to Kurseong is New Jalpaiguri.

Hill Stations Near West Bengal

09

Gangtok

Gangtok, the exotic capital city of Sikkim, is a Buddhist haven. In sync with the Zen philosophy that divinity can only make its way through clear and clean surroundings, Gangtok is an epitome of neatness and is one of the few such places in India. The stunning panoramic views of the snow-capped Mount Kanchenjunga, only add to the Gangokian environs. Offering the best tourist places in Gangtok, this place is also famous for its distinct cuisine, of which Momos and Kinema, are an excellent example. Gangtok is a city of great food, atmospheric sceneries and beautiful Buddhist monasteries, which include Rumtek and Enchey. It has great potential for sightseeing as well, including the Nathu La Pass and Tsomgo Lake. Gangtok is also a testament to the unique fashion sense of the North East. The folks here are known to have a keen sense of style and have a totally refreshing way of wearing the most casual outfits. Gangtok also has a very folksy and indie live-music sentiment. Finally, the people make the place and it is the helpful and friendly citizens of Gangtok, who are true exemplars of the principles of the Buddhist lifestyle.   

Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage. Mountain views act as the backdrop to holidays in Gangtok, where much of the focus also lies on the monasteries, shrines, and temples of this old center of Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage. Local delicacies such as momo (stuffed dumplings) also link Gangtok to Tibet. Use Gangtok as your gateway for exploring the state and beyond, with tour operators offering a number of day excursions and longer trips. To know more about the best tourist places in Gangtok, read below:

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10

Takdah


If you are looking for some unexplored hill stations in West Bengal to unwind in peace, Takdah forms an ideal getaway spot for you. Nestled at an altitude of 4000 feet above the sea level, this quaint hamlet is a treasure trove of beauty and serene environs. From tall hill ranges and scenic backdrops to verdant tea gardens such as Poomong and Rungli Rungliot, the village has everything to make you fall in love with itself. 
Though it is just 28 Km away from Darjeeling city, it still stands isolated and hidden from the rest of the world.

With snow-clad meandering paths, thick forests, and relentless chirping of birds in its background, Takdah is truly a heaven on earth. Moreover, the village also houses numerous British style bungalows which stand as testimony of its architectural marvellance. To get a sneak-peek into the rich vegetation of this region, make your way to its Orchid Center where you will find yourself surrounded by numerous exotic Himalayan orchids.

Best time to visit: October-March

Highlights:
- Orchid Center
- Tea gardens such as Teesta Valley Estate, Poomong, and Rungli Rungliot.
- Durpin Viewpoint

How to reach: Takdah is located at a distance of 60 Km from NJP and Bagdogra airport. It will take you around 2.5 Km to cover this journey by car. The town is 52 Km and 28 km away from Siliguri and Darjeeling respectively. You can easily get reserved taxis from Siliguri, Darjeeling, and NJP. If you want, you can also opt for shared taxis or jeeps.  

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"One of the best experience in my life till date. Sandakhphu trek had mesmerizing views and sceneries. Enjoyed like hell. Its great for beginners. So beautiful, so ecstatic, so adventurous. Trekking guide especially DK sir was so helpful and patient. Loved his songs. Food was great all the way. I would definitely recommend for everyone to try once in a lifeime. "
29 March 2016
Excellent
Dzongri Goechala Trek in Sikkim is one of the best treks in the town. It had been a great trek. I had a lovely time there. It was awesome. I loved it totally. One should definitely try this to know how it had been. It was definitely a nice and fun trek.
"Overall a good trek. The Himalayan Trekker guide, Arpan, was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend it for beginners. Seasoned trekkers might find it a bit easy."
Excellent
It was a great once in a lifetime experience. Thrillophilia ensures everything is well on time and coordinated. The accommodations were perfect. The food provided during the trip was good. I must recommend
Excellent
We have had a great family time traveling in Kolkata. Our driver and guide couldn't be better, as a person and as a professional, he made the experience 10x better. Beautiful place with beautiful people
12 January 2021
Excellent
I thought I was going for a trek, but instead I went on a self actualisation trip. It had everything- fun, workout, snow, car journey, bonfire, and anything else you can imagine. Before the trip I was quite skeptical, whether or not I would be able to do it, whether or not the weather and conditions would be favourable, but it all worked out. Our trek guides, Bishu and Sasang, were both so amazing, so motivating, and so supportive, that they made our trip a success. At one point, I wasn’t sure if I could continue on this trek, since my legs were giving up, but our guide motivated us, told us we’re almost there, and made us complete the journey. We took shortcuts, we clicked pictures, we went 2km along the mountains just to see the beautiful sunset hiding in the clouds beneath us, and we came back changed. I recommend this trip to anyone who is reading this. The trek is for beginners with will power, and the journey is going to memorable for years, if not more.
04 January 2021
Excellent
The best thing about the trip was our guide Vikram Da..and we generally call him Vikram. He made sure to make us comfortable and ensured our needs to be taken care of. The only thing i would ask Thrilillophilia to do is club people of similar ages and not club a 55-60 yr old person with a group of youngsters. There are differences in mental and physical attributes.
04 November 2020
Superb
Our trek was a remarkable experience. It was well organised and the accommodation along the way allowed for a very comfortable stay. The only problem which we faced was with the accommodation provided in Kalpokhari which was below average. The food was also quite good. I would personally like to thank the guide Mr Bisu Rai for helping us throughout the journey.
18 January 2020
Excellent
I have booked a cottage for our anniversary. It was having all the modern amenities. They have very well arranged a candle light dinner for us which was included in our package. We both had a great time at this property.
20 November 2019
Excellent
We enjoyed our stay in Darjeeling majorly because of all the hassle-free and advance bookings all credit goes to Thrillophilia. It was a beautiful resort with clean rooms and friendly staff. Enjoyed our tea plantation tours and exploring this beautiful city.

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People Also Ask About West Bengal

  1. What are the best places to visit in West Bengal with family?

    1. Haldia: A quiet getaway for families looking for a less touristy place, Haldia is a great option. Having something for everybody, Haldi has beautiful temples, charming markets, and beaches & ports.

    2. Lataguri: Families that love nature would love to lose themselves in the raw wilderness of Lataguri, its forests, and acres of open fields. Visit the nearby Gorumara National park and Buxa Tiger Reserve to see tigers and attempt hikes together.

    3. Lolegaon: This picturesque secluded village offers remarkable views of snow-clad mountains as one visits the beautiful Buddhist monasteries and meadow-like fields.

    4. Purulia: Take a break from your routine and head over with your family to the captivating mountainside landscape of Purulia. The place has lush green fields, streams, and forests silhouetted by great views of the Himalayan ranges in the background.
  2. What are the best places to visit in West Bengal?

    1. Kolkata: This vibrant, old-world, and beautiful city is a must-visit for its world-famous attractions like the Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, and Rabindra Bharati Museum. It is also popular for its nightlife, Chinatown, and ghat-side flower markets.

    2. Sunderbans: This is the largest mangrove in the world and a protected Biosphere. Famous for its resident tigers, marshlands, and tribal interactions, Sunderbans is a must-visit.

    3. Digha: This seaside resort town is famous for its stunning secluded beaches like Shankarpur Beach and Talasari Beach. Also famous are its temples and beautifully landscaped parks.

    4. Murshidabad: Famous as the ‘Land of the Nawabs’, the 17th-century Murshidabad is all about majestic architecture, varieties of silk, and views of the Bhagirathi River.

    5. Shantiniketan: The erstwhile birthplace of the most famous residents of Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore now houses a world-class university. It is famous for inculcating freethinking, its lush landscape, and the quintessential Bengali atmosphere.
  3. Which are some of the best hill stations in West Bengal for a honeymoon trip?

    Mirik: Nestled on the banks of a massive lake, Mirik is a hilly town that accentuates the beauty of North Bengal. The entire town is enveloped by Himalayan valleys and pristine lakes making it an ideal romantic getaway for young couples. While here, accompany your partner to the beautiful Orange Orchards or soak in the charm of Mirik Tea Gardens. To catch the alluring views of sunrise and sunsets, make your way towards Rameetay Dhara which has Kanchenjunga as its backdrop.

    Kalimpong: Hugely popular for its panoramic attractions, Tibetan handicrafts, and Buddhist monasteries, Kalimpong is a beautiful getaway for couples seeking privacy and peace. While this hill beauty is adorned with numerous sightseeing attractions such as Durpin Dara Hill and Deolo Hill, it has also emerged as a popular adventure hub in the recent years. Whether you want to set your adrenaline racing by taking a rafting trip on the Teesta river or pick up a handicraft for your way back home from Teesta Bazaar, there is no dearth of activities to indulge in here.

    Darjeeling: Panoramic sunset views, majestic hills, verdant landscapes, and old-world charm- Darjeeling has everything that makes it the queen of hills. Settled amidst the lush green tea plantations and Himalayan environs, this hill station forms a perfect escape for love birds hunting for a romantic getaway. To make the most out of your Darjeeling trip, visit Tiger Hill to catch the breathtaking views of sun rays kissing the peaks of Kanchenjunga or hike your way towards the Singalila National Park. Sandakphu Trek, Happy Valley Tea Estate, Rock Garden, and Nightingale Park are some of the other key excursions to be covered in Darjeeling.

  4. What is the best time to visit West Bengal?

    Winter months of October-March are the best for a trip to West Bengal. The summers are extremely hot and humid here and are best avoided. In winters, the weather is quite pleasant throughout the day and allows one to be outdoors to enjoy the hills, beaches, and other attractions.
  5. Is Siliguri a hill station?

    Yes, Siliguri is a small hill station in West Bengal nestled between the Doar region and Himalayan foothills. Though it majorly serves as a camp for tourists who want to explore the nearby attractions such as Darjeeling and Gangtok, it itself forms a good summer excursion.
  6. How can I go to Darjeeling from Kolkata by train?

    There is no direct train connectivity between Kolkata and Darjeeling. However, if you are planning to travel to Darjeeling from Kolkata, you have to board a train to Patna junction. Once you reach Patna junction, board on a bus to Siliguri. The remaining journey to Darjeeling can be covered by a cab.
  7. Which is the coldest place in West Bengal?

    Purulia is the coldest place in West Bengal followed by Bankura district with 7.6 degree temperature. The city experiences heavy snowfall in the late December month. The weather remains pleasant from late January to March.
  8. Which is the famous hill station of West Bengal?

    The most famous hill station of West Bengal is certainly Darjeeling. Known as the ‘summer capital of British India’, the place is loved for its charming terraced landscape, tea plantations, views of the Kanchenjunga mountain range, and superb Tibetan and Bengali cuisine. Other great attractions are the vibrant markets, its toy train, and interesting hiking options.

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