Bengal Natural History Museum
Established in 1903, this minor sight houses a moth-eaten collection of Himalayan and Bengali species, hidden away in a compound just...
Darjeeling Gymkhana Club
The Darjeeling Gymkhana Club offers tennis, squash, badminton, roller skating and table tennis; call to check the schedules.
Bhanu Bhakta Agharya Statue
At the base of Observatory Hill.
The true-blue afternoon-tea experience at Windamere Hotel is a joy for aficionados of all things colonial, with shortcake, scones,...
Mamta Pizza Place
An unlikely address (or name) for a pizzeria, this cramped but sociable one-table place tosses up excellent European-accented pizza,...
Observatory Hill information
Sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus, this hill was the site of the original Dorje Ling monastery that gave the town its name. Today, devotees come to a temple in a small cave to honour Mahakala, a Buddhist protector deity also worshipped in Hinduism as a wrathful avatar of Shiva the destroyer. The summit is marked by several shrines, a flurry of colourful prayer flags and the ringing notes from numerous devotional bells.
A path leading up to the hill through giant Japanese cedars starts about 300m along Bhanu Bhakta Sarani from Chowrasta; watch out for marauding monkeys. Disappointingly, there are no mountain views, but the still, pine-scented ambience is worth taking in.