West Bengal 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 Shantiniketan

Shonibarer Haat

This open-air market sees local artisans and others selling, among other things, highly colourful textiles, bright tribal jewellery and attractive dhokra (lost-wax casting) metalwork, in the bucolic setting of the S…
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 …
Handicrafts in Shantiniketan

Tanzil

Tanzil stocks a very good range of diverse, mainly tribal, crafts and art from all over India. It's on the main road towards the northern end of town, about 800m past the main turning into the university campus.
Books in Darjeeling

Oxford Book & Stationery Company

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

Bichitra

This shop has a particularly high-quality and attractive range of pottery and textiles.
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…