West Bengal shopping

Tea in Darjeeling

Nathmull’s Tea Room

Darjeeling produces some of the world's finest teas and Nathmull’s is the best place to pick up some, with more than 50 varieties. Expect to pay ₹200 to ₹400 per 100g for a decent tea, and up to ₹5000 per 100g for t…
Arts & Crafts in Darjeeling

Hayden Hall

Sells Tibetan-style yak wool carpets as part of its charitable work (₹10,800 for a 0.9m by 1.8m carpet) and offers shipping. You can see the carpets being made out the back. There are also good jumpers, caps, gloves…
Books in Darjeeling

Oxford Book & Stationery Company

The best bookshop east of Kathmandu, selling a good selection of novels and Himalayan titles.
Arts & Crafts 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 …
Photography in Darjeeling

Das Studios

Digital photo accessories, printing and instant passport photos (six for ₹75). The reprinted early-20th-century photographs depicting old Darjeeling and Himalayan scenes make for great souvenirs (₹500); ask to look …
Food & Drinks in Kalimpong

Lark’s Provisions

This is the best place to pick up local cheese (per kg ₹600), produced in Kalimpong since the Jesuits established a dairy here in the 19th century. It also sells locally made milky lollipops (₹30) and yummy homemade…
Carpets in Darjeeling

Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre

This centre makes gorgeous Tibetan carpets to order, if you don’t mind waiting six months for one to be made. Choose from the catalogue and staff will ship the finished carpet to your home address.
Sports & Outdoors in Darjeeling


This shop stocks quality imported gear alongside decent Chinese knock-offs, including backpacks, stoves and trek boots. 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 quiet bazaar roars to life with a plethora of merchandise ranging from food and textiles, to objects of daily life and sundry other knick-knacks.
Arts & Crafts in Darjeeling

Life & Leaf Fair Trade Shop

Supports local artisans and environmental projects through the sale of organic honey and tea sourced from local small farmers, plus jute bags and Assamese silk scarves. The selection is small.