Museum in Darjeeling

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 off Bishop Eric Benjamin Rd. The giant leeches and horrific baby animals pickled …
Buddhist Temple in Darjeeling

Japanese Peace Pagoda

Perched on a hillside at the end of AJC Bose Rd, this gleaming white pagoda is one of more than 70 pagodas built around the world by the Japanese Buddhist Nipponzan Myohoji organisation. During the drumming puja (pr…
Gardens in Darjeeling

Lloyd Botanical Gardens

These pleasant gardens contain an impressive collection of Himalayan plants, most famously orchids and rhododendrons. Follow the signs along Lochnager Rd from the Chowk Bazaar bus and jeep station, until the hum of …
Handicrafts in Darjeeling

Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre

Established in 1959, this refugee centre comprises a home for the aged, a school, an orphanage, a clinic, a gompa (Tibetan Buddhist monastery) and craft workshops that produce carpets, woodcarvings, leather work and…
Nursery in Kalimpong

Santi Kunj

Kalimpong is a major flower exporter and produces about 80% of India’s gladioli as well as many orchid varieties. Visit Santi Kunj to see anthuriums and the bird of paradise flower (bulbs are also sold here).
Nature Reserve in Sunderbans Tiger Reserve

Sunderbans Tiger Reserve

Home to one of the largest concentrations of tigers on the planet, this 2585-sq-km reserve is a network of channels and semisubmerged mangroves that is part of the world’s largest river delta. Royal Bengal tigers (e…
Museum in Sunderbans Tiger Reserve

Mangrove Interpretation Centre

At Sajnekhali, the official gateway into the Sunderbans reserve, you’ll find the Mangrove Interpretation Centre with a small turtle and crocodile hatchery, a collection of pickled wildlife and a blackboard with the …
Museum in Up the Hooghly

Cultural Institut de Chandernagar

You can visit an 18th-century mansion now housing the Cultural Institut de Chandarnagar at the former French outpost of Chandarnagar. It has collections documenting this colonial outpost.
Historic Building in Up the Hooghly


Climb the lofty clocktower of the romantically crumbling Imambara, where the view over the river (not to mention the climb) will take your breath away. The building was constructed in 1806 to host the Shiite process…
Hindu Temple in Bishnupur


Known for its beautiful terracotta temples, Bishnupur flourished as the capital of the Malla kings from the 16th to the early 19th centuries. The architecture of these intriguing temples is a bold mix of Bengali, Is…