Top things to do in Darjeeling

Top Choice National Park in Darjeeling

Singalila National Park

Singalila National Park covers the Indian side of the scenic Singalila Ridge, the Darjeeling region's finest trekking area, along the India–Nepal border west of Darjeeling. As well as providing fantastic views of 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 1881 and is one of the few hill railways still operating in India. It h…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Darjeeling

Glenary’s

Popular Glenary's sits above the famous bakery-cafe of the same name and is a classy Darjeeling staple. Of note are the Continental and Chinese dishes and the tandoori specials; try the beef steak or roast pork or t…
Top Choice Tea in Darjeeling

Nathmulls Tea Room

The Darjeeling area produces arguably the world's finest teas and Nathmulls is one of the best retailers, with more than 50 varieties. Expect to pay ₹200 to ₹400 per 100g for a decent tea, and up to ₹2500 for the fi…
Religious Site in Darjeeling

Observatory Hill

The hill rising above Chowrasta is home to several much-visited temples, approached through a flurry of colourful prayer flags and hanging bells. The main summit temple is sacred to Mahakala, a Buddhist protector de…
Museum in Darjeeling

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

Within the zoo precinct, the prestigious HMI was founded in 1954 and has provided training for some of India’s leading mountaineers. Its fascinating Mountaineering Museum exhibits evocative memorabilia from the 1922…
Community in Darjeeling

Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre

Established in 1959, this refugee centre includes a Tibetan Buddhist temple, workshops producing carpets, woodcarvings, wool and woollen items, plus a home for the aged, a kindergarten and a clinic. Visitors are wel…
British in Darjeeling

Windamere Hotel

The authentic afternoon-tea experience at Windamere Hotel is a joy for aficionados of things colonial, with crustless cucumber and tuna sandwiches, shortcake, scones with jam and (albeit synthetic) cream, and brews …
Buddhist Stupa in Darjeeling

Japanese Peace Pagoda

Perched on a hillside 2km south of the town centre, the gleaming white, 28m-high Peace Pagoda is one of more than 70 pagodas built around the world by the Japanese Buddhist Nipponzan Myohoji organisation. During the…
Buddhist Monastery in Darjeeling

Yiga Choeling Gompa

Yiga Choeling Gompa, the Darjeeling area's most famous monastery, founded in 1850, houses up to 40 monks of the Gelugpa school. The serene temple has wonderful old murals and enshrines a 5m-high statue of Jampa (Mai…