Top things to do

Top Choice Multicuisine in Darjeeling

Glenary’s

This elegant restaurant sits atop the famous bakery and cafe of the same name and is a Darjeeling staple. Of note are the Continental and Chinese dishes and the tandoori specials; try the beef steak and potato or 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 September 1881 and is one of the few hill railways still operating in I…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Siliguri & New Jalpaiguri

Khana Khazana

On a side alley off the busy main highway, the secluded outdoor garden here offers merciful relief from the thunderous chaos outside. The extensive menu ranges from fine curries and naan (tandoor-cooked flat bread) …
Top Choice Cafe in Kalimpong

Art Cafe

Cool cafe with a breezy terrace offering fine views over the Teesta Valley towards Darjeeling. There is good coffee, shakes, lemonade coolers (served in Mason jars) and great thin-crust pizzas (₹160 to ₹180), plus m…
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 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…
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…
Cultural in Shantiniketan

Poush Mela

The highpoint of Shantiniketan's festive calendar, the Poush Mela fair brings together artists, musicians, artisans and poets from nearby villages and far-flung continents. You can spend time with the bauls – the wa…