West Bengal Hills shopping

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…
Handicrafts in Darjeeling

Hayden Hall

Sells Tibetan-style yak-wool carpets (₹10,800 for a 6ft by 3ft carpet) as part of its charitable work with mothers from poor Darjeeling-area families, and offers shipping. You can see the carpets being made out the …
Books in Darjeeling

Oxford Book & Stationery Company

The best bookshop east of Kathmandu, selling a good selection of novels and Himalaya and India titles.
Carpets in Darjeeling

Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre

This centre makes gorgeous Tibetan carpets to order, if you don’t mind waiting about six months for one to be made. Choose from the catalogue and staff will ship the finished carpet to your home address. A 6ft by 3f…
Photography in Darjeeling

Das Studios

Digital photo accessories, photo printing and instant passport photos (six for ₹100). The reprinted early-20th-century photographs of Darjeeling and Himalayan scenes (₹990) and the colour mountain scenes (₹1990) mak…
Handicrafts in Darjeeling

Dorjee Himalayan Artefacts

This tiny Aladdin’s cave is crammed full of Himalayan knick-knacks, some antique, some made yesterday, from Tibetan gau (amulets) to cast Buddhas and silver prayer wheels. A good collection of masks and thangkas is …
Food & Drinks in Kalimpong

Lark’s Provisions

This is the best place to pick up Edam-like local cheese (per kilogram ₹600), produced in Kalimpong since the Jesuits established a dairy here in the 19th century. It also sells locally made milky lollipops (₹30) an…
Handicrafts in Darjeeling

Life & Leaf Fair Trade Shop

Supports local artisans and environmental projects through the sale of organic honey and tea from local small farmers, plus local handmade paper products, scarves, hats, pickles and painted bags. The selection is qu…
Sports & Outdoors in Darjeeling


This shop stocks some a few international brands alongside decent Chinese knock-offs, including backpacks, jackets, stoves and hiking trainers. The fakes come at nearly half-price; you get what you pay for.
Market in Kalimpong

Haat Bazaar

On Wednesdays and especially Saturdays, this normally quietish bazaar roars to life with a plethora of merchandise ranging from vegetables and beans to spices, herbs, clothes and plastic garlands.