Top ChoiceNational 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...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Darjeeling

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

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....

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...

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...

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...

Buddhist Stupa in Darjeeling

Japanese Peace Pagoda

Perched on a hillside 2km south of the town centre, the gleaming white, 28m-high Peace Pagoda is one of more than 70 pagodas built around the world by the Japanese Buddhist Nipponzan Myohoji organisation. During...

Buddhist Monastery in Darjeeling

Yiga Choeling Gompa

Yiga Choeling Gompa, the Darjeeling area's most famous monastery, founded in 1850, houses up to 40 monks of the Gelugpa school. The serene temple has wonderful old murals and enshrines a 5m-high statue of Jampa...

Museum in Darjeeling

Himalayan Tibet Museum

This well-thought-out museum (one large room) is a good, colourful introduction to Tibet and its culture. The attractive displays introduce the Dalai Lama, stupas, and Tibetan religion, script, medicine, history...

Viewpoint in Darjeeling

Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill

To watch the dawn light break over a spectacular 250km stretch of Himalayan horizon, including Everest (8848m), Khangchendzonga (8598m) and two more of the world's five highest peaks, rise very early and take a...

Tea Estate in Darjeeling

Happy Valley Tea Estate

This 1854 estate on the northwest edge of town is a good place to learn about tea, especially when plucking and processing are in progress (March to November). An employee guides you through the aromatic factory...

Zoo in Darjeeling

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

This zoo, one of India’s better ones, was established in 1958 to study, conserve and preserve Himalayan fauna. Housed within its rocky and forested environment are species such as Asiatic black bear, clouded...

Buddhist Monastery in Darjeeling

Bhutia Busty Gompa

This temple originally stood on Observatory Hill, but was rebuilt in its present location in the 19th century. It houses fine murals depicting the life of Buddha, and Khangchendzonga provides a spectacular...

Cable Car in Darjeeling

Rangit Valley Ropeway

The scenic Rangit Valley cable car was out of action at research time due to maintenance and an administrative/legal hiatus. Ask at your accommodation whether it has reopened: the 20-minute ride takes you from...

Monument in Darjeeling

Batasia Loop

If you’re travelling on the toy train, look out for this famous railway loop that goes around an open-air war memorial, erected in honour of the brave soldiers from the Darjeeling region who have laid down their...

Buddhist Monastery in Darjeeling

Mak Dhog Gompa

This century-old Nyingma-school monastery is run by people from Yolmo in Langtang, Nepal, who emigrated here 150 years ago. The atmospheric upper-floor chapel is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) and the...

Museum in Darjeeling

Ghum Museum

This museum inside Ghum station has a collection of memorabilia and photos from the bygone days of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. In an outer courtyard, you'll find Baby Sivok, the oldest engine of the...

Buddhist Monastery in Darjeeling

Druk Sangag Choeling Gompa

About half way along the road between Darjeeling and Ghum is the huge Druk Sangak Choeling Gompa, inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 1993. Known for its vibrant frescoes, it is home to 300 Himalayan monks who study...

Gardens in Darjeeling

Lloyd Botanic Garden

These half-hidden gardens contain an impressive collection of Himalayan plants, most famously orchids and rhododendrons. Follow the signs down Loch Nagar near the Motor Stand, until the hum of cicadas replaces...

Buddhist Monastery in Darjeeling

Guru Sakya Gompa

This fortress-style Sakya-school monastery, established in 1909 and with a big new temple consecrated in 2015, conducts prayer sessions between 5.30am and 7.30am, helpful for those returning from a dawn visit to...

Buddhist Monastery in Darjeeling

Samten Choeling Gompa

The active Tibetan-style Samten Choeling Gompa has the largest Buddha statue in West Bengal, a chorten containing the ashes of the German Buddhist mystic and author Anagarika Govinda, and even a small cafe.