Attractions

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, …
Hindu Temple in Bishnupur

Temples

Bishnupur was the capital of the Malla kings from the 16th to the early 19th centuries, and the Hindu dynasty constructed several temples dedicated to Lord Krishna in the vicinity during their reign. The architectur…
Museum in Shantiniketan

Uttarayan Complex

This beautiful complex thrown around tree-lined avenues, gravelled courtyards and exotic gardens boasts several buildings built in architectural styles varying from art deco to rural Bengal. Once the residence of Ra…
Museum in Murshidabad & Berhampore

Hazarduari

Literally meaning 'house of 1000 doors', Hazarduari was built in 1837 and housed the Murshidabad nawabs through their reign over the region. Not all of its 1000 doors are real, though: some are merely executed in th…
Nature Reserve in Sunderbans Tiger Reserve

Sunderbans Tiger Reserve

The 2585-sq-km Sunderbans Tiger Reserve has 100-plus royal Bengal tigers that lurk in the impenetrable depths of its mangrove forests and swim the delta’s channels. Also dubbed the world’s largest river delta, the e…
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…
Temple in Up the Hooghly

Hanseswari Temple

About 6km north of Hooghly, Bansberia is home to the imposing Hanseswari Temple, devoted to an avatar of the goddess Kali. Its tower, comprising 13 sikharas (Hindu temple-spires), looks like something you’d expect t…