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Tea gardens of Darjeeling
Originally just a cluster of villages that was administered intermittently by Nepal andSikkim,
Darjeeling grew in prominence during the mid 19th century when, because of its climate, the
British first established a hill station there after leasing it from the Chogyal ofSikkim and later
discovered that the area was particularly well suited for tea plantations. In 1849, the British
annexed the area and Darjeeling became a part of British India. The Darjeeling Himalayan
Railway was opened in 1881 (it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the town
became the de-facto summer capital of India during the days when the Raj was governed
Because it was a popular hill station during the days of the Raj, a lovely Victorian town was
built among the Himalayan foothills, the remnants of which are still visible around the
Chowrasta and Darjeeling remains a popular summer and fall resort for the natives
of Kolkata today. For foreign tourists, the main attractions are the cultural diversity (many
Tibetan refugees moved here after Tibet was annexed by China and they co-exist with the
descendants of the many Nepali and Bihari laborers brought to work in the tea plantations),
the beautiful views (including the wonderful vista view of Kanchenjunga), a variety of trekking
options, and the opportunity to cool down after a stint in the plains. The town is also a
jumping off point for travelers heading to Sikkim.
There has been intermittent political action from Gorkha groups demanding an independent
state (Gorkhaland). In June 2008 a strike paralyzed the area, with closed hotels, restaurants
and shops, and the accompanying protests even turned violent a couple of times. Though
inconvenient, tourists generally are not at risk, but recently they do check the status before
The nearest airport is Bagdogra, near Siliguri, 96 km from Darjeeling. Bagdogra Airport is 2.5
hours by road from Darjeeling and 2 hours by air from Delhi, and 50 minutes by air from
Air India (fomerly Indian Airlines), India's largest airline, has flights from:
Delhi - AI 880 (Tu/Th/Sat) and AI 879 (Mon/Fri - via Guwahati)
Guwahati - AI 879 (Mon/Fri)
Kolkata - AI 721 (Tu/Th/Sat)
Jet Airways, a private airline, has flights from:
Delhi - 9W 601 (Mon/Wed/Fri - Via Guwahati) and 9W 602 (Tu/Th/Sat/Sun)
Guwahati 9W 601 (Mon/Wed/Fri)
Kolkata 9W 617 (Daily)
Spice Jet also operates flights from Kolkata & Delhi.
Indigo has also started direct/indirect flights to & from Delhi and Guwahati since April, 2009
Go Air has daily flights to and from Delhi.
All other cities major cities can be accessed by taking a flight to Delhi/Kolkata and
You can take a prepaid taxi or shared jeep from Bagdogra to Darjeeling as explained below.
Getting to and from Nepal can be tricky, despite their close proximity. One can catch a share
jeep to Siliguri and a bus to the Nepalese border, changing buses in Nepal. An alternative is
that Juniper Tours and Travels - located just next to the clock tower in Darjeeling offer a
service where a driver can take you across the border and drop you at the Bhadrapur airport
in Nepal for your connecting flight to Kathmandu. It is more expensive than organising your
own transport but they make a concerted effort to look after you and will help you out if the
situation becomes dicey (particularly with strikes in Nepal), they cannot be recommended
highly enough and this is unusual for India.
By taxi/shared jeep
Siliguri is the nearest town connected to the mainline rail network. Ample transport is
available to Darjeeling from here. The most popular modes of transport are taxi (usually
shared by three to four passengers), shared jeep (ten passengers) @ 100-200 depending
on bargaining skill.
Shared jeeps depart regularly, from several locations around town. They are probably
cheapest at the main bus stand. They leave when full, and are a cheap and fast (but
uncomfortable as roads are poorly maintained) way to get to Darjeeling. An air conditioned
prepaid taxi will cost 1800 (as of December 2012) - if you can find people to share it with
you it will obviously be cheaper!
If you have arrived by train at NJP, you can take a taxi or shared jeep to reach Darjeeling
from the booking counter at the taxi stand in front of the railway station. There is also a
prepaid taxi stand in front of the train station. Note that if you arrive too late for the jeep to
make a return journey from Darjeeling, you may end up paying more, e.g. 200 per person.
The prepaid counter will tell you that no jeeps are available, so you'll have to find one via a
fixer or by negotiating directly with drivers.
Tourists often opt to buy an extra seat or two to have more space for the 3 hour journey up
to Darjeeling! Luggage is carried for free on the roof. Jeeps may stop for a snack and toilet
break on the way up (normally a few km short of Kurseong).
While going to Darjeeling from NJP, try to hire a Taxi/Jeep/Sumo with overhead carrier,
which has just arrived from Darjeeling, as this will be much cheaper if you hire a vehicle
which is going directly from NJP to Darjeeling.
Reserve cars are available from Kings Travels,dial: 098304-28401/ 093319-39486.
There is a regular bus service from Silguri to Darjeeling. However, they are quite slow due to
the steep, twisty climb up to Darjeeling. Shared jeeps are almost as cheap, and faster.
As of 2014, there are not any buses running to Darjeeling
The nearest railway station to Darjeeling is New Jalpaiguri which connects the city with all
the major parts of the country. There are a number of trains from cities like Kolkata, Delhi,
Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar and Kochi.
Toy Train of Darjeeling
New Jalpaiguri (NJP),Siliguri is the nearest station on the main inter-city line. Direct trains to
NJP run from Delhi (approx 27 hours) several times a day. If you are traveling from Kolkata
(Sealdah Station) the best train for you will be Darjeeling Mail (circa 12 hours) running
nightly at 10:05PM.
From there (NJP), the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), known to all as the 'Toy
Train' completes the journey to Darjeeling. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was the first,
and is still the most outstanding, example of a hill passenger railway.It is now listed as a
World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO.
This route is very popular with tourists as it passes through some very picturesque mountain
scenery and has been the subject of many romantic articles. The line has a series of zig
zags and loops to gain height and runs straight up several village main streets!
NJP to Darjeeling Toy Train service is suspended after railway track damage due to recent
earth-quake (September 2011). The service may not be restored until 2013. The train now
starts at Kurseong and terminates in Darjeeling Railway station though times are not fixed. It
is probably best not to rely entirely on this service rather reach Darjeeling by other means
and go for a joy ride if and when time permits. Collect enough information if you are planning
to reach Darjeeling by Toy Train.
The steam 'Joy' train operates from Darjeeling to Ghoom round the famous Batasia Loop,
once or twice a day (10AM)&(1:40PM) – enquire at Darjeeling station. Costs about 250
(First class)/ 50 (Second Seating). Strongly suggested you buy tickets for earlier train as
the 2nd train rarely has enough people. Website DHR: 
A steam train also operates Siliguri to 'Agony Point' above Tindharia most Saturdays and
Sundays. Enquire to Siliguri station. There is also a daily 'School Train' that leaves Kurseong
at 06:15 arriving Darjeeling at 08:45. It leaves Darjeeling at 16:00 arriving Kurseong at
18:30. This is still hauled by a steam engine and is one of the last 'day to day'/ordinary
steam trains running anywhere in the world. IR keeps changing the times for it and it is
notoriously unreliable often running hours late.
Darjeeling is a small town and the salubrious climate means walks around town are an
extremely enjoyable means of getting around. For longer trips, taxis are available in stands
near the entrance to the Mall.
Taxis and travel agents sell various tour packages based on "points" which are simply the
number of attractions covered. A 7-point package includes seven places to visit such as the
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute/Zoo, Cable Car, Peace Pagoda, etc and takes about 5
hours to complete with the driver waiting at each attraction. Price in April 2014 was Rs.
1,200 for a dedicated car. Numerous taxis also sell "Local Sightseeing" trips on a shared
basis with up to 10 travelers, in a Tata Sumo or Mahindra Bolero SUV.
Point-to-point dedicated taxi rides start at Rs. 150 for even short distances. The most
economical way is to flag a shared taxi. Rides are Rs. 10 for short distances and Rs. 20 for
longer distances. Traffic jams are common especially around the mall and bus station areas.
It may be easier to walk rather than sit in a crowded taxi.
A great way to spend a day is to take a shared-jeep to Ghoom (the next town up the ridge),
visit some monasteries there and walk back to Darjeeling via some of the villages.
Reserve cars available for tour purpose in Darjeeling from Kings Travels,dial-093319-39486/
Kunchenjunga covered with snow
A view of river Teesta, flowing through the mountains
Mirik Lake is a nice place for boating
View of Kunchenjunga from Tiger Hill
Toy Train at Batasia Loop
Darjeeling Cable Car
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute(HMI), (naveen), ☎ 09711100094, . This
Institute was founded and managed by the late Tenzing Norgay who conquered Mt
Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. Today, it has on display records of some major
expeditions undertaken. Next to this is the Everest Museum, which traces the history of
different attempts on the world's highest peak. You may also contact the institute for
mountaineering courses for all levels. And a one-off rock-climbing session can be taken
at the Tenzing Norgay Rock, located on the northern fringes of Darjeeling. Open from 9
am-4.30 pm Entrance fee: Rs 6 edit
Himalayan Zoo (Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park - shares the premises of HMI). It has a
good collection of animals found in the Himalayan region. Animals seem to be treated
well (particularly by developing country standards), but some of the big cats don't look
very happy in their small-ish cages.
40 for Indians, 100 for foreigners, 10 per camera. Ticket also includes entry to the HMI
Please note that the HMI & Zoo are closed every Thursday.
Japanese Peace Pagoda. This impressing building is part of a grid of around 30
pagodas spanning the whole globe. Constructed by the Japanese Buddhist Nipponzan-
Myohoji Order, the one at Charlimont on the outskirts of Darjeeling was consecrated in
1992. A small temple just lies alongside. If you're woken up due to the sound of
drumming in the streets of Darjeeling between 4 and 5AM: These are the monks
(Theravada) of the Japanese temple having their early morning walk. edit
Tiger Hill - Ideal to visit early morning when the first rays of the sun kiss the Mt.
Kanchenjunga and give it a golden color. To visit the hill, one needs to get up at 3AM in
the morning. You can taste some excellent tea on your way to the hill, which will provide
much needed warmth on cold Darjeeling mornings. When getting into a taxi at 4AM keep
in mind that they are shared taxis and your driver might wait around in vain for others to
join your taxi causing you to miss the sunrise! Those travelling alone or as a couple
might want to squeeze into an already occupied jeep to insure full viewing pleasure.
Though it has an executive lounge (
40/- per person) and special lounge ( 30/- per person), nothing beats having a view from
open area, as you can have a full paranomic view from outside avoiding crowd in the lounge.
The earlier you can arrive, the better place you can find to stand inside or outside the
observatory tower. If you are late, you may find yourself standing behind many people with a
lot obstructions to feeling the sunrise and magic lighting on Mt. Kanchengunga. You may
also need to walk a lot to reach there via a steep ascendent road. The tip of Mt. Everest can
also be seen on clear days.
Observatory Hill: Observatory hill is the oldest site in Darjeeling. This hill is also known
as the “Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan” in local area. It is said that a Red Hat Buddhist
Monastery stood at this very spot. Nepal people destroyed this monastery in the 19th
century. It also offers a good vantage point for viewing the himalayean range.
Rock Garden. Its a beautiful place with a small waterfall. This place has got varities of
flowers landscaped in the rocks. Females can also get dressed in the local dress and
take pictures. edit
Batasia Loop. Batasia Loop is bascally a place where the legendary toy train makes a
loop. there is a Gorkha martyr memorial here. There is also a landscaped park. If you go
early in the morning (before 8 am) you can get the glimpse of a local crafts market here.
One can get dressed in the local attire and get their pictures taken. edit
Nightingale Park/Srubbery Park. It is about 2-5 kms from Darjeeling Railway Station
and walkable from the Chowrasta. It is a beautiful park with a package of cultural
program performed daily during the tourist season and its opening time is 4.00 p.m. and
closing time is 8.00 p.m. The park has recently been extensively re-developed, and now
comprises of a giant Statue of Lord Shiva, a temple, and provisions for live-interactive
entertainment. The best time to visit the park is in the evenings. Entrance fee is charged
and nominal charges for photography may also be required to be made by the visitor.
You may think alternative of Tiger-hill to see the sunlight magic on Kanchenjunga from
this Park. Good spot for photographers. This place is not very crowded and you can
enjoy your photography from here. Nice landscape is visible from this park. edit
Ropeway/Cable car- Darjeeling Ropeway started in 1968 and went through a major
upgrades in 1988. It is a joint venture between the Forest Development Corporation of
the state and a private company called Conveyor and Ropeway Service Pvt. Ltd. Over
the years, it had become one of the key tourist attractions in Darjeeling. However since
an unfortunate accident that took place in October 2003, the ropeway has remained
closed. Three cable cars slipped out of track from the Darjeeling Singamari station and
crushed into the tea gardens some 100 feet below causing death of four passengers and
injuries to several others.
But the good news is that after the second inspection by the Public Works Department, the
ropeway is now fully operational and starts at the Darjeeling Singamari station. Riders get off
at Tukvar downhill, enjoy the lush tea gardens, take their time and come back to the
Darjeeling Singamari station. The total distance round-trip, Singamari-Tukvar, is about 5 KM
and takes 40 minutes. Allow 2 hours from the time your ride starts.
The total round trip costs Rs. 150/- per person (subject to change). *Timings- 10am to 4pm
during winter (off peak) and 10am to 2 pm during summer (peak). Capacity of each cabin is
6 persons. Pets are not allowed. Children above 8 years are charged adult fare. The service
shuts down on the 19th day of each month for maintenance.
There is no advance reservation required. However, during the peak season there are often
long queues for the rides. *Location- The Darjeeling Ropeway or cable car station is located
at Singamari which is 3km (1.8 miles) away from the Chowk Bazaar (the main market center
of Darjeeling at the lower level). You will get cabs or shared jeeps from Chowk Bazaar that
takes about 15 minutes to reach unless there is a traffic jam in the market area which is
often the case. Get down at North Point on Lebong Cart Road which is quite close to the St.
Joseph's college. Across the road you will find a narrow and steep stairway that leads to the
Singamari cable car station located at a higher level. You can see the station at a height
from the road and the cable cars passing over your head down to the valley below
Hiddenparadise Adventure Tours (Trekking Agency and Trekking
Guide), Darjeeling, ☎ 8348468878, . 24 hours. Trekking in darjeeling and sikkim.
trekking guide. Any trekking equipments on hire. edit
Darjeeling is one of the oldest hill stations in India, and has plenty of options, both for those
seeking a lazy getaway from the hot plains, as well as nature enthusiasts and adrenaline
junkies. Do not get fooled by the touts trying to talk you into 100/spot. Almost all the tourist
attractions are located in 3-4 clusters of walking distance. Apart from sights within the town,
there are plenty of trek options along the Himalayan ridges on the Indo-Nepal border near
Darjeeling. The most popular one being the Singhalia Ridge Trail. Bookings for guides,
porters and accommodation on the trail can be made in Darjeeling or in the nearby town of
Manebhanjang, which serves as the trail-head. Be aware that from July to mid-September
the Singalia park is closed, but because of the rain, clouds and fog it is less enjoyable
Shruberry Health Club. less visited but offers unique and charming views of
Kanchenjunga.Few locals can been found jogging here and offering prayers to various
Singalila National Park, (west of Darjeeling, adjacent to Nepalese border). Singalila is a
trekking destination in the far northwest corner of West Bengal state. Kanchenjunga, the
world's 3rd highest peak, is visible for much of the trek, to the north, on the Nepalese
border with Sikkim. Usually the park is accessed from Maneybhanjang, approx. one
hour, or 30 km. west of Darjeeling. The park can also be accessed from Rimbik, where
many trekkers finish up, or from Bijanbari, with one extra day's walking. Trekkers must
pay a 100rp fee to enter the park, and must hire a guide. Porters can also be hired in
Maneybhanjeng. Many trekkers sign up for a 3, 5 or 6 day trek in Darjeeling, where
various trekking companies make all of the arrangements. Passports must be carried, as
the trek crosses briefly into Nepal, then back into India. Sleeping bags and layered warm
clothing are a must, as the temperature dips well below freezing most nights. Overnight
lodging is done at assorted huts or simple guesthouses along the way, and hot meals
are available at the same. Starting from Maneybhanjang, most trekkers stay overnight in
Gairbas or Kalipokhari, and press on to Sandakphu for the 2nd night. Sandakphu at
3636 meters, is a favorite spot to view the high Himalayan peaks of LLotze, Everest,
Makalu, etc., in early morning when visibility is good. 3 day trekkers turn aside and head
downhill to Rimbik for their final night, while others head further north for spectacular
views from Sabarkum and Phalut, then downhill for Raman, and finish in Rimbik for the
last night. For greater cash outlay, non-trekkers, or those pressed for time can hire a
jeep as transport from Maneybhanjang to Sandakphu, and stay overnight to catch the
sunrise views. The ideal time to visit is April or May, in spring when the rhododendrons
are in bloom, but Singalila can also be done in the fall, after monsoon season. If you are
looking for a best trekking Agency in darjeeling,Hiddenparadise Adventure Tours is
expert in organising any treks in darjeeling and Sikkim(
firstname.lastname@example.org/ 08348468878) edit
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, nicknamed the
"Toy Train", is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow-gauge railway from Siliguri to Darjeeling in West
Bengal, run by the Indian Railways. It was built between 1879 and 1881 and is about 86
km (53 mi) long. The elevation level is from about 100 m (328 ft) at Siliguri to about
2,200 m (7,218 ft) at Darjeeling. It is still powered by a steam engine. A modern diesel
engine is used for Darjeeling’s mail. edit
Mountain Biking, . Mountain biking is an adventure and the best way to explore the
beauty of any mountain or hilly area. This is the best way to explore the natural beauty of
the Darjeeling. Darjeeling has many exciting tracks for the motor biking. Adventure
lovers love to ride on these roads as they provide them the opportunities to explore the
natural beauty at their own with some adventure and thrill. edit
Walk along trails northeast of the center,, (Starting at the south entrance of
Chowrasta entrance, fork right, downhill, just behind the benches). Walking down the
path one will encounter houses, great scenery, and local people walking about -- kids
going home from school, women sweeping the trails, farmers transporting vegetables.
The path goes downhill, the first sight is Bhutia Busty Gompa. Further down, forking left,
is the Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre. Forking right leads to the public grounds
(known as stadium by locals) in Lebong, near Hill Cart Rd. Cheap momos and thukpa
can be had at a restaurant there. Shared jeeps are available to take you back up to
Darjeeling via the main road for 16 rupees. edit
Tea. Darjeeling is famous the world over for its teas, which are very aromatic and have a
delicate taste. Shops selling teas (usually owned by local tea gardens), dot the area in
and around the Mall, and at the Chowrasta. Golden Tips & Nathmulls are especially
known for their tea and also ship worldwide, but their prices are 3-4 times more
expensive than the shops on the road near Rink Mall. Stop by to smell the numerous
varieties they have to offer. 'Darjeeling Tea House' located just diagonal to Nathmulls is
also a good place to purchase tea.
Curio items pertaining to Tibetan and Himalayan cultures, such as thangkas,
miniature monasteries and garments made from yak wool. Shops are located in and
around the Rink Mall, Chowrasta and Darjeeling Local Haat.
Dorjee. The most unique shop that perhaps has the most facinating & exotic collection
of local oriental & Buddhist artefacts is located just opposite the General Post Office.
This place, though surprisingly small, is more like a mini Alladin's cave. A must-visit for
all objet-d'art lovers. However, The owner is rude towards Indians and they are
frequently cold shouldered unlike the deep interest shown to foreign customers.This
behaviour stems from the fact that the Indian tourists see through the sham of the
mentioned shopkeeper. Yes this is very true. When buying artifacts it is best to take a
round and not to appear in a hurry. You may try few other shops which are opposite the
state bank of india and also below the mall, chowrastha. edit
Tibetan art from Ava Art Gallery, Darjeeling, (On the way to Ghoom, 4 km from
market Square and National Highway; 10 minutes from Taxi and Bus Stand). 8 a.m -12
noon; 1- 5 p.m. edit
Hand Pick. Located inside the Rink Mall, this place offers a plethora of handicrafts not
only from in and around Darjeeling but several places across the country. Ethic
garments, statues in wood, metal, etc., leather goods & ethnic dresses & footwear,
singing bowls, artificial jewellery, paintings, thangkas, Rajasthani decorware & gift ware,
furnishings, etc. Prices labelled & reasonable. edit
Oxford Bookshop, Chowrasta. Excellent selection of titles. Local travel guides. edit
Das Studio, The Mall. Posters and picture postcards. Excellent selection of posters and
cards depicting scenes of the Himalayas. Handbags & junk jwellery- Darjeeling is a
place where you can get variety of ladies hand bags and junk jwellery at an completely
affordable price. you can try some bargain if you really like a piece. edit
Several eateries which dish out North Indian, Nepali, Tibetan, and continental fare dot the
area around the Mall. Vegetarian and Jain food is available at several restaurants. "Momos",
a steamed Tibetan delicacy are a staple food offered by almost every eating joint.
Keep in mind that everything closes pretty early in the night (The town goes to sleep before
9PM). So, do keep something in stock to eat, if you are planning to stay up late.
Glenary's Bakery and Cafe, Nehru Road (The Mall). A good place for cakes, pastries,
the ubiquitous Darjeeling cuppa, sizzerlers and North Indian fare. Offers nice views of Mt
Kanchendjunga on clear days. edit
Hot Stimulating Cafe. On the way to Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, on Hooker
Road, is this lovely little cozy place with pictures of Bob Marley covering one whole wall.
The Momos here are awesome! They even offer a Momo-cooking course! The guy who
owns it can double up as your local guide, trekking along with you to some adventurous
outings from Darjeeling. edit
Hotel Lunar, (Near the clock tower and the Dekeling Hotel). This is probably the best
vegetarian restaurants in town where you can enjoy a great view and wonderful
Roly Poly Pudding (Windamere Hotel), Observatory Hill, Darjeeling. India Pin Code:
734101, ☎ 91-354-2254041, . The food is authentically prepared porridge for
breakfast" and "cheese & onion pie". edit
Hotel Lunar, (Near the clock tower and the Dekeling Hotel). This is probably the best
vegetarian restaurants in town where you can enjoy a great view and wonderful
Hotel Chanakya. If you are looking for an authentic Bengali restaurant in town where
you can enjoy both veg and nonveg dishes then this is the place where you should
Kunga's, 51 Gandhi Road (Very close to the clock tower and the Dekeling Hotel). An
excellent Tibetan place, situated just above the clocktower. It serves superb Tibetan
food, including hearty Tibetan soups (Thentuk is recommended). It is, however, tiny,
hence often full and crowded.Visit with a bit time in your hand and enjoy the delicious
The Park, (50 meters from the clock tower). Located near the clock tower, this
restaurant is especially popular with tourists. They have two menu cards, one Thai and
the other Indian, and the cook mastered both cuisines. The Thai cuisine is quite
excellent. Try their Thai style chicken rice noodle. Rs 90-150. edit
Keventers, (Nehru Road (The Mall)). This place with it's awesome western delicacies
and cool view was featured in a number of movies and books. Don't forget to try the
chicken sausages and the chocolate milk shake. edit
Kanika's (Veggie Lovers), H.D. Lama road, (beside Bank of India), ☎ 91-0354-
2258721/22/23. A small but artistically designed hotel with lot of intersting painting. For
vegetarians good place to eat with North and South Indian dishes, Chinese. One must
taste Thupka (soupy noodles) here. If you play guitar just pick the guitar keep in the
reception and start playing it! Medium range. edit
Golden Tips Tea Cosy, Chowrasta, The Mall, ☎ 0354-2253251, . 0830-2100. The
finest collection of Darjeeling Tea in loose (estate) & handcrafted Gift Packaging. Over
250 varieties - Darjeeling Black, Green, Oolong, White, Flavored, Herb Teas. Gourmet
Tea sit in service with a handsome and well presented range of snacks and eatables.
Tea Menu with almost 75+ kinds of different hot & iced teas, tea mocktails. Tea
Paraphernalia like metal /' silver tea sets & pots, strainers, infusers, spoons, tea cosies,
etc. Rs. 300-12,000-00. edit
Nathmull's Tea Cosy, The Rink Mall (Opposite General Post Office), also another
location at Chowrasta, ☎ 0354-2257309, . A great place tastefully done up with an
amazing ambience and collection of hundreds of varieties of the finest Darjeeling Teas.
Serving almost 100 varieties of tea & tea mocktails from a Tea Menu. A large collection
of tea accessories such as silver tea pots & sets, tea cosies, tea strainers & infusers
books on teas & other paraphernelia Rs. 20 to Rs. 12000-00. edit
Boney's Snack Bar, Capital Market, Ladenla Road (Opp Clock Tower, Near Hayden
Hall). Serves very good grilled sandwiches, sandwiches, pizzas, burgers and even
Cake Lady, ☎ 00919547457734. Cake Lady makes cakes, muffins and brownies to
order and even delivers them free of charge to your hotel or home in Darjeeling town.
The cakes are a taste of home using quality ingredients (sourced locally and organic
wherever possible) and are known to be the best in town! Just call 0091 9547457734
and order the day before. She does not have a retail outlet. edit
Boney's Snack Bar, (30 meters from the clock tower). Located in the market building
near the clock tower, it is very easy to miss the place. They have a mind boggling variety
of sandwiches, out of which one must try the Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwich. Portion
size is massive. Also of note are their Chinese recipes and French Fries edit
food stands south of Chowrasta. There' a bunch of food stands that sell momos, egg
rolls (a flour tortilla with an egg fried over it, then stuffed with vegetables. It's possible to
add extra eggs and cheese), steamed buns, chowmein, oily deep fried stuffs (chicken
legs, meat stuffed puris) and more. 30 rupees for 5 chicken momos and 5 rupees for
chai at the two northmost stalls. Not the greatest quality food, but it's fresh and cheap.
Except the fried things; They're terrible. edit
a Tibetan family-run joint, (Across from the food stands south of Chowrasta there are
three restaurants, this one has no curtains, no signs, and some incense stocked in front
of the store window). They begin making and selling meat momos at around 12pm. It
comes with some broth. They sell thukpa and large pork baozi too. edit
Kalden Cafe, (nestled between the food stands below Chowrasta). The soup
(Gyanthup?) is delicious. There's a choice of vegetable, chicken, or beef. It might be
possible to mix them. They also sell a hot ginger lemon tea, which is fun to drink. edit
The Chinese Sausage place, Near Joey's pub, opp rink mall (The old wooden house
situated between Beni's cafe and Union Bank). If you love them chinese sausages, this
is the place to be. The chinese lady here nicknamed "aunt" makes the best ever chinese
pork sausages. Its a place which reminds of the colonial past of this beautiful place. edit
Mohan daju's, old club stand (below what used to be the boat restaurant). If you want to
try authentic nepali food at minimum cost this is the place. In fact its not about the cost.
This is one of the very few places that serves you authentic nepali cuisine. This isnt a
fancy place but the food here is really good. It is a family run business. Dried beef curry
is a must try. edit
Tea. Darjeeling tea is world renowned after all. Also called the 'Champagne of Teas',
You can taste and buy the best teas in the market & at Tea Cosy, the tea parlors with an
excellent environment located inside the Rink Mall and at the Golden Tips
Joey's Pub, (On a small road opposite the Post Office and the Rink Mall, which also
contains Darjeeling's only cinema). Open from 5PM. Pop into Joey's Pub for some
cheap beer, great hospitality, cricket on TV etc. A British-looking pub popular with
travellers. A good place to pick up trekking information and travel partners to fill a jeep to
Sikkim or down to the plains. Featured in an Indian movie called Chowrasta. edit
Kho Cha, Laden La Road, ☎ +913542257308, . a snazzy Tea Boutique having a very
wide frontage even though the place is not all that big. Over 50 kinds of finely packaged
teas from Darjeeling & other areas in India. Oolong, black, green, white, CTC, Spiced,
herbal & many more. Besides, they also have almost 25 kinds of estate teas to see,
taste & select The place even has of a small 4-seater tea bar with a proper Tea Menu !
Interesting and very well located. Few accessories also available. Teas can also be
bought from their online website which is quite nice www.khochateas.com 80 - 9.000.
Happy Valley Tea Estate, At the end of the T P Banerjee Road - a small, steep road off
Hill Cart Road (Approx 3km from Chowk Bazaar, 1km from Botanical Gardens). 8am to
4pm from Tuesday to Saturday. This tea estate is within walking distance of Darjeeling -
don't bother with taxi drivers who will want to charge you 1800 rupees(!) to get you there.
You'd get there quicker walking anyway as the traffic on Hill Cart Road is always terrible.
The walk back up to Hill Cart Road is quite steep (not recommended for anyone who's
feeble) but it's worth it. You'll need to pay a guide a small fee to show you around the
factory (around Rs.50-70) The best quality tea at the Happy Valley Tea Estate is known
as SFTGFOP (Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) - seriously. Make sure
you also visit the Happy Golden Cafe in the small shack-like building nearby. Kusum is
a very friendly lady who gets the tea from Happy Valley as her family members work at
the estate and get a weekly quota of the tea. She will show you how it's made and will
happily talk about the different varieties that are around. Depending on availability, a cup
of delicious SFTGFOP tea will set you back a mere Rs.50 edit
Chogyalzzz restaurant, unique market,chowk bazar. (near goenka petrol
pump), ☎ 9832545494. 10-16. a small family run joint serving authentic and delicious
nepali food. make sure you try the pork and the authentic dalle(nepali chillies)
chutney. 200 for 2. edit
Darjeeling has a large number of hotels and lodges. However, on the whole, budget
accommodation is of poor value compared to elsewhere in India. Most places target groups
coming in from West Bengal; backpacker-oriented accommodation is sparse and you
probably won't get touts coming to pick you up at the bus stop so it pays to have a few ideas
In general, avoid getting into deals with taxi drivers at Siliguri or NJP who offer attractive taxi
fares to Darjeeling in return for agreeing to stay at a hotel recommended by them. You can
do much better on hotel reservations on your own.
There are several forest guest houses in the Darjeeling area. In order to stay at any of these
a special permit from West Bengal Forest Department is required.
The Diocesan Guest House PH:0354-2256171 Roshan Thapa, Gandhi Road (Top
floor of the National Open School). Offers a clean and homely living at an amazing
budget. You can choose from dormitories or double or single rooms. Run by the church,
This place is an awesome place to be. The view from the place is amazing. Rs. 180-500.
Ivy Castle, (Arriving to the roundabout of the Chorasta, turn right to where the local food
market is. Keep going and when the rd splts keep on the one going down the hill. Theres
a sign). checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. Offers a clean and homely living at a very good
prize. You can bargain to 400 or may be less if staying for a few nights. Has very nice
and tidy rooms. Nice toilet with hot water, towels and soap. free wifi. Ask for the top
rooms if you want the wifi in your room. There's also TV in the room. Very nice view if
you get a clear day. Rs. 500. edit
Hotel Aliment, ☎ 03542255068. checkout: 10AM. Located at the top of the hill, the
views are nice, but the 15 min walk from the clock tower is quite steep. In some double
rooms there is hot water 6:30PM-7:30PM, but they can fill up a bucket with hot water the
rest of the day. There is also a simple restaurant, which houses an impressive library. Rs
Hotel Roma, ☎ 09339424307. checkin: 12 noon; checkout: 11AM. Located near the
mall , the views are nice, but the 3 min walk to mall. , There is also a restaurant, Rs
Abhi Satya, (on the left, south of Chowrasta). checkout: 12:00. This place has an
amazing hostel owner and worker. They make you feel at home. They don't try to
overcharge you, the rate is fixed. They only have double beds, but you may be able to
get it cheaper if you are alone and it's not busy. The rooms are not very clean, have a
TV, and the toilet is letrine with no shower, they do offer a bucket of hot water which is
enough for a nice full shower. There's no wifi, they may say they do but is just from the
guy below but charger 40rs for an hour. Rs 300 / 400. edit
Birds Eye, Dr. Zakir Hussain Rd (near the top of the hill on the south end of Darjeeling.
From the jeep drop off and train station it is up to the very top and then keep going
right), ☎ 9832321037,. checkout: noon. Opened in October 2008. Rs 300+. edit
Darjeeling Tourist Lodge, Bhanu Sarani, Darjeeling (7 minutes from Mall, near
Gymkhana Club), ☎ +91 354 2254411/12/13(email@example.com, fax: +91 354
2254412), . checkout: noon. Property belongs to West Bengal Tourism Development
Corporation and has a breathtaking location with views of Kanchenjunga. Rs 900-1,600.
Hotel Pineridge, The Mall, Darjeeling (on the left before Chowrasta), ☎ +91 354
2254074. Few rooms face Kanchenjungha. Rooms are dank & dreary with rickety old
furniture. Offers a hint of the old world charm. Rs 2000/-. edit
The Parklane hotel, N C Goenka road (from Darjeeling station on the way to chowk
bazzar), ☎ +91 354 2256902. checkin: 12 noon; checkout:12 noon. All rooms office
good hill view with balcony. Pure vegetarian restaurant is attached with hotel. Rs 850-
Hotel Prestige, (Staircase up from main post office, near Rink Mall).
checkout: 12AM. Simple hotel with cozy rooms, running hot showers and T.V., free WiFi.
Owners are nice couple of Indian (Iranian ancestry) and Japanese. Single for 400Rs,
Double for 500Rs (01/2013), bargaining little discounts is possible. Rs 400-1000. edit
Revolver, 110 Gandhi Rd (behind Union Church, go through the Open School
Gate.), ☎ +919635839614, . checkin: 12:20pm; checkout: 12 noon. A Beatles
themed lodge and restaurant. The lodge features five cosy rooms, each named after the
fab four and Brian Epstein, considered the fifth Beatle. Very affordable, each room has a
double bed, attached bathroom with hot water and closet. The lodge showcases a
constantly growing list of Beatles memorabilia. Free WiFi available. Rs 1,000-1,200. edit
Zakir Hussain Rd Lodging, Zakir Hussain Rd (Top of the hill). Offers a clutch of
backpacker-oriented places. On a north-facing slope which is perpetually misty so these
places get very cold and damp, with the lack of sunshine often being felt in the attitudes
of the proprietors too. Rs. 180-500. edit
Bellevue Hotel, P O Box 28, The Mall, Darjeeling, W.B. 734101 (Right at Chowrasta,
the central square within the pedestrian zone), ☎ +91 354
2254075 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Run by a Tibetan family for around forty years,
the hotel features a modest, dry and warm interior, rooms are wood-panelled and clean.
Free WiFi. Rs 1800 - 2,000. edit
Pahari Soul, 46 Hill Cart Road, Dali, Darjeeling, W.B. 734101 (2 minutes from Dali
monastery and a minute from dali taxi stand), ☎ +91
9800214163 (email@example.com), . Every room offers the view of entire
kanchenjunga range,deluxe rooms with room and bed heaters,tea/coffee maker,flat
screen television with cable channels,travel desk,Indian and continental food and Free
WiFi. Rs 1500 - 2,000. edit
Hotel Dekeling (At the south end of the Mall), 51 Ghandi Road, ☎ +91-354-
2254159, . checkin: 12 noon; checkout: 12 noon. Cozy atmosphere and honestly
caring oweners/staff. Wide range of nicely timbered rooms, breakfast buffet (Rs 227).
Free hot water bottle every evening. Has free WiFi and a computer (at a price) in the
community area. Rs 600-3,000. edit
Hotel Fairmont, ☎ +91 354 2253649. around Rs 2,000. edit
Gymkhana Resort, 1, ☎ +91 354 2257325. Rs 2,500+. edit
Hotel Seven Seventeen, ☎ +91 354
2254717/2255099 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Centrally located. Rs 1,500-3,100.
Mayfair Darjeeling, opposite Governor House, The Mall, ☎ +91 354
2256376 (email@example.com, fax: +91 354 2252674), . Hill resort offering
good views. This property was once the summerhouse of the Maharajah of
Nazargunj. Rs 8,000. edit
Hotel Sinclairs, . It has 46 beautiful rooms and suites, with satellite TV. The wooden
interiors give it an ambience of a traditional country home. Rs 3,500-7,300. edit
Windamere Hotel, Observatory Hill Darjeeling West Bengal - 734101 India (By Road
NH 31A By Train New Jalpaiguri 88 km(NJP) By Flight Bagdogra 90 km), ☎ +91 354
2254041/42, . Rs 6,650-12,500. edit
Elgin-Darjeeling, ☎ +91-354-2257226/2257227 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +91-354-
2254267). - A luxury heritage hotel in Darjeeling .The hotel has stories to tell from the
time of its first owner the Maharaja of Cooch Behar to Nancy Oakley in the 1950s. edit
Mirik - 50km
Kalimpong - 50km
Kurseong - 35km
Siliguri - 80km
Gangtok - 100km
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