Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Darjeeling

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, known affectionately as the toy train, made its first journey along its precipice-topping, 2ft-wide tracks in September 1881 and is one of the few hill railways still operating in I…
Factory 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 and woollen items…
Museum in Darjeeling

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

Tucked away within the grounds of the zoo, this prestigious mountaineering institute was founded in 1954 and has provided training for some of India’s leading mountaineers. Within the complex is the fascinating Moun…
National Park in Darjeeling

Singalila National Park

The popular Singalila Ridge Trek from Sandakphu to Phalut passes through the scenic Singalila National Park and offers fantastic views of the eastern Himalaya. Guides (about ₹1200 per day) are mandatory within the p…
Museum in Darjeeling

Himalayan Tibet Museum

This new museum gives a good introduction to Tibetan culture and history. Displays include fine thangkas (Tibetan cloth paintings), Buddhist Tantric implements, musical instruments and even an eagle bone used for bl…
Viewpoint in Darjeeling

Tiger Hill

To watch the dawn light break over a spectacular 250km stretch of Himalayan horizon, including Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8501m) and Makalu (8475m) to the far west, rise early and take a jeep out to Tiger Hill (2590m)…
Religious Site in Darjeeling

Observatory Hill

Sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus, this hill was the site of the original Dorje Ling monastery that lent Darjeeling its name. Today, devotees come to a temple in a small cave to honour Mahakala, a Buddhist protect…
Zoo in Darjeeling

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

This zoo, one of India’s best, was established in 1958 to study, conserve and preserve Himalayan fauna. Housed within its rocky and forested environment are species such as Asiatic black bears, cloud leopards, red p…
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…
Buddhist Monastery in Darjeeling

Yiga Choling Gompa

Yiga Choling Gompa, the region’s most famous monastery, has wonderful old murals and is home to some 30 monks of the Gelugpa school. Built in 1850, it enshrines a 5m-high statue of Jampa (Maitreya; ‘Future Buddha’) …