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Top Choice Multicuisine in Darjeeling

Glenary’s

This elegant restaurant sits atop the famous bakery and cafe of the same name and is a Darjeeling staple. Of note are the Continental and Chinese dishes and the tandoori specials; try the beef steak and potato or th…
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…
Cafe in Darjeeling

Windamere Hotel

The true-blue afternoon-tea experience at Windamere Hotel is a joy for aficionados of all things colonial, with shortcake, scones, cheese and pickle sandwiches, and brews from the reputed Castleton Tea Estate. Book …
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…
Tea in Darjeeling

Nathmull’s Tea Room

Darjeeling produces some of the world's finest teas and Nathmull’s is the best place to pick up some, with more than 50 varieties. Expect to pay ₹200 to ₹400 per 100g for a decent tea, and up to ₹5000 per 100g for t…
Indian in Darjeeling

Park Restaurant

The intimate Park is deservedly very popular for its tasty North Indian curries (great chicken tikka masala) and surprisingly authentic Thai dishes, including the tasty tom kha gai (coconut chicken soup) and spicy g…
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…
Indian in Darjeeling

Lunar Restaurant

This bright and clean space just below Dekeling Hotel is perhaps the best vegetarian Indian restaurant in town, with good service and great views from the large windows. The masala dosas come with delicious dried fr…