West Bengal Hills 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…
Tea Estate in Kurseong

Makaibari

If you like tea, you should visit this organic and biodynamic tea estate; the factory is open to visitors. In-between the huge sorting and drying machines, and the fields of green bushes, you may run into the owner,…
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…
Buddhist Monastery in Kalimpong

Durpin Gompa

Kalimpong’s largest monastery, formally known as Zangtok Pelri Phodang, sits atop panoramic Durpin Hill (1372m) and was consecrated by the Dalai Lama in 1976. There are impressive religious murals in the main prayer…
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…