Standing at a height of 2590 m, it offers the most stunning viewing point of the Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest and other eastern Himalayan peaks. Read more
Timings: Sunrise at 4.55 AM
Entry Fees: General - Rs. 10 | Glass house - Rs. 40 | Note: Tour starts from the hotel at 4 AM
42kmsDarjeeling Himalayan Railway
A toy train run by the DHR Darjeeling Station, passing by the world-famous Batasia Loop and Ghoom, it chugs uphill on a narrow gauge no wider than two feet. The entire journey takes two hours. There is also a short fun ride between Ghoom and Darjeeling past the world-famous Batasia Loop. UNESCO has declared DHR as a World Heritage site.
Timings: 8 AM, 10.40 AM, 1.20 PM & 4.05 PM | Entry Fees: Rs. 340 | Note: There are 4 slots
This Railway Loop is a marvelous feat of engineering. You can see the snowy peaks and town centre from here.
Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fees: Rs. 10
A large, open area, it is surrounded by shops and restaurants and pony stables. The best place to purchase books and souvenirs. Read more
Timings: 8 AM to 8 PM
It is Darjeeling's most popular commercial street, lined with Tibetans selling hand-knitted sweaters, artifacts and antiques. Read more
Timings: 8 AM to 8 PM
1kmsLloyd Botanical Garden
The garden showcases numerous colors of orchids, rhododendrons, magnolias, primulas, ferns and many varieties of Himalayan plants. Read more
Timings: 8 AM to 4 PM
Entry Fees: Free
The cable car ride takes six passengers at a time and it passes over the lush green tea gardens while offering wonderful views of Sikkim, Kanchenjunga and the river Rangeet. Read more
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fees: Rs. 150 | Note: 6 persons in 1 cable car
This zoo houses a wide collection of high-altitude birds and animals, India's only Siberian tigers and rare species such as the red panda and the Tibetan wolf. Read more
Entry Fees: Rs. 40 (includes Himalayan Mountaineering Institute)
Note: Closed on Thursday
3kmsHimalayan Mountaineering Institute
HMI on Jawaharlal Parbat that provides training to amateur mountaineers. The Everest Museum here exhibits the history of attempts on the great peak and equipment used by Tenzing Norgay, Edmund Hillary and George Mallory - the famous British climber. Read more
Timings: 8.30 AM to 4.30 PM
Entry Fees: Rs. 40 (includes Zoological Park) | Note: Closed on Thursday
The largest monastery in the region, it belongs to the Yellow Sect of Buddhists. On the inside, it centres a 15-ft tall idol of Buddha called Maitreya Buddha (Coming Buddha) along with thangkas, sculptures, palm leaf, paper manuscripts and the Buddhist Tibetan Gospel. Read more
Timings: 6 AM to 4 PM
Entry Fees: Free
Mirik is a few kilometres away from Darjeeling. Attractions worth visiting in Mirik include the Sumendu Lake, Deosi Dara, Kawlay Dara, Rameetay Dara, Devi Sthan, Rai Dhap, Bokar Chokhor Ling Monastery, orange orchards, cardamom plantations, The Helipad and Swiss Cottage and the Thurbo Tea Garden and Factory. Read more
Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM | Note: Parking fee applicable
Nathmull's Tea Room
Darjeeling tea is one of the finest tea in the world and Nathmull's is the best place to pick up some, with over 50 varieties. Expect to pay Rs 80 to Rs 150 per 100g for a decent packet of tea and up to Rs 2,000 per 100g for the finest flushes. You can ask for a tasting, which will be expertly brewed. The shop also sells attractive teapots, strainers and cosies. Read more
Dorjee Himalayan Artefacts
This tiny Aladdin's cave is crammed full of Himalayan knick-knacks, from Tibetan gau (amulets) to cast Buddhas and silver prayer wheels. Walking in through the door is like entering a scene from Kipling's novel Kim.
Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre
This centre makes gorgeous Tibetan carpets to order, if you don’t mind waiting around six months for one to be made. Choose from the catalogue and they will ship the finished carpet to your home address.
Sells Tibetan-style yak wool carpets as part of its charitable work (Rs 6,000 for a 1m by 1.8m carpet) and offers shipping. There are also good knitwear and bags made by local women. Read more
An unexpected find in the bazaar, this shop stocks quality imported gear alongside the Chinese knock-offs, including backpacks, stoves and trek boots.
The Trekking Shop sells satisfactory Nepali counterfeit clothing, and waterproofs and jackets, as well as Chinese- and Russian-made boots.
Digital photo accessories, printing and passport picturess (six for Rs 60). The reprinted 19th-century photographs make for a great souvenir (Rs 450); take a look at their catalogue. Read more
Life and 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 stoles.
Oxford Book and Stationary Company
The best bookshop in Darjeeling, selling a good selection of novels and Himalayan-related titles.
Goodricke, The House of Tea
Sit and sip a range of brewed teas from local estates before purchasing packaged tea. Read more
Habeeb Mullick and Sons
This curio shop is located at Chowrasta Mall. This is one of the oldest shops that was established in 1980. Specialities include Indian and Tibetan artworks as well as wood craft.
Paragliding, Kayaking and Biking
Offers treks, kayaking, motor paragliding, enfield motorbike hire and mountain-bike trips. It also offers internet access, a laundromat and gear rental, including trek boots and sleeping bags. Read more
White Water Rafting
The GTA Tourist Information Centre books scenic family-orientated rafting trips on the Teesta River. A jeep will transport you to the site at Gangtok, 1.5km above Teesta bazaar. The rapids are mostly Grade II to III and dam construction has limited runs in recent years. The best times for rafting are September to November and March to June.
About 16km west of Kalimpong, Teesta Bazaar is an important centre for white-water rafting. You can book with the DGHC, about 1.5km from Teesta Bazaar along the road to Kalimpong. Read more
Mountain Climbing and Canoeing
The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute runs 15-day adventure courses in January and February, which include climbing, jungle survival and canoeing, for those aged between 18 and 30. There are also 28-day basic and advanced mountaineering courses, from March to May and September to December. Some courses are for women only. Foreigners should apply directly to the centre at least three months in advance. Read more
Beginner and advanced lessons in written and spoken Tibetan are offered at this Tibetan cultural centre, with beginner courses starting every two months. Students can lodge with local Tibetan families. They are open from mid March to mid December. Read more
Treks and Tours
Somewhere over the rainbow organises off-the-beaten track walks around Darjeeling, as well as rafting, rock climbing, cycling and trekking in Sikkim (including interesting routes from Uttarey).