Top things to do in West Bengal Hills

Top Choice Tea Estate in Kurseong

Makaibari

If you like tea, you should visit this celebrated organic and biodynamic Darjeeling tea estate. Walk-in visits to the processing factory, with huge sorting and drying machines, typically last 30 to 45 minutes (morni…
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…
Top Choice Cafe in Kalimpong

Art Cafe

Cool cafe with a breezy terrace offering fine views over the hills and valleys to the west and north. It does good coffee, shakes and lemon mint coolers (served in Mason jars) and good things to eat too, from potato…
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…
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 murals in the main prayer room down…