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 Jaldhapara Wildlife Sanctuary

Jaldhapara Wildlife Sanctuary

This rarely visited sanctuary protects 114 sq km of lush forests and grasslands along the Torsa River and is a refuge for more than 50 Indian one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis).
Tea Estate in Darjeeling

Happy Valley Tea Estate

This 1854 tea estate below Hill Cart Rd is worth visiting, especially when the plucking and processing are in progress (March to November). An employee will guide you through the aromatic factory and its withering, …
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 Himalayan bears, clouded leopards, red pan…
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…
Historic Building in Kalimpong

Dr Graham’s Home

This orphanage and school was built in 1900 by Dr JA Graham, a Scottish missionary, to educate children of tea-estate workers, and now has 1300-odd students. There’s a museum that commemorates Graham and his wife, K…