Sightseeing in Darjeeling

Sightseeing in Darjeeling

Darjeeling is initially famous for three things – tea, tourism and toy-train. Finest quality of aromatic black tea is cultivated in and around Darjeeling, toy-train rides take you to an amazing trip through forests, hills, tea-gardens, mesmerising view of Mt Kanchenjunga etc and these are two of the main points of interest behind the popularity of Darjeeling tourism. Apart from those, there are monasteries, temples, zoo, botanical garden, hilltops, and viewpoints etc, which altogether make Darjeeling sightseeing trips more interesting to the tourists.

Places to Visit in Darjeeling

Tiger Hill

Witness the sunrise behind the undulating hills like never before! On a cloud-free day, the sunrise reflects on the Mt Kanchenjunga and blesses us with a heavenly bliss. Even Mt Makalu and Mt Everest can be seen at far distance. It’s one of the most attractive points among all Darjeeling tourist spots.
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Botanical Garden

Spreading over almost 40 acres area, Lloyd’s Botanical Garden is situated in Lebong Cart Road and preserves local plants of Himalayan region, orchids from Singalila Ridge, flowers like rhododendron oak, magnolia etc and around 150 species of succulent and cacti.
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Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park

The park is famously known as Darjeeling Himalayan Zoo or Darjeeling Zoo. Its reputation lies on the breeding and conservation programme of endangered Himalayan animals like snow-leopard, red panda, salamander, Himalayan-wolf, and endangered bird species etc.
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Rock Garden

Surrounding the Chunnu Summer Falls, there is a garden with different species of beautiful flowers. Except for the summer, the waterfall smoothly streams down and people like to arrange for picnic and get-together around it. Darjeeling tour plan is incomplete without a visit here.
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Singalila National Park

The trekking route to Mt Sandakphu is covered through the amazing national park of Singalila range. It’s a very important part of Darjeeling tourism as wide variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. Sirikhola and Ramman are two beautiful rivers which flow through this area.
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Bhutia Busty Monastery

The Bhutia Busty Monastery was originally built in the Observatory Hill, which was relocated in the Bhutia Busty during 1860’s. The Nepali intrusion once destroyed the monastery, even after the relocation it was again devastated by earthquake. But today it is one of the prime tourist places near Darjeeling.
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Observatory Hill

The Observatory Hill is one of the most visited Darjeeling tourist places and an excellent viewpoint to experience the sublime beauty of the surrounding localities, forest, hills and valleys of Darjeeling. The Mahakal Temple on the hill is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a popular pilgrimage. There is a cave near the Mahakal Mandir, considered to be a sacred site.
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Batasia Loop & War Memorial

The toy-train ride from Darjeeling will take you to a spiral track around a War Memorial, which is a symbol of the strength and bravery of Gorkhas against British Raj. The track here is famous as Batasia Loop. The site offers great view of valleys around and holds a great part in a Darjeeling tour.
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Peace Pagoda

The Peace Pagoda was built according to Japanese architecture with the aim to take people of all religion, caste and creeds under one shelter of peace. This is undoubtedly one of the most important places to visit near Darjeeling.
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Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling

With the aim to establish mountaineering as an organised and respectable sport, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute or HMI was founded in Jawahar Parvat area of Darjeeling in West Bengal. The institute was built during 1953 to commemorate the success of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay to climb Mt Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary. The location is only 14 km away by driving via Gandhi Road from proper town are of Darjeeling.
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Ghoom Monastery, Darjeeling

Yiga Choeling Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Darjeeling that follow the Tibetan Buddhism. Established in 1850, it is located below Ghoom Railway Station. Another monastery in Ghoom is Samten Choling Monastery, which is also referred as Ghoom Monastery by local drivers, although the previous one, known as Old Ghoom Monastery, is the original one and more famous. It is situated at a distance of 7 km from the town area of Darjeeling.
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Darjeeling Mall & Chowrasta

One of the obvious places you meet with while visiting or staying at Darjeeling is the Chowrasta and the Mall. This place is the heart of Darjeeling town of West Bengal. The Mall is beside the Chowrasta Square, which is a flat land located on top of Nehru Road. The word ‘chow’ means four and ‘rasta’ means road. Four roads meet here with each other, making a square like space in the centre.
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Darjeeling Ropeway

One of the biggest tourist attractions on a Darjeeling trip is riding the cable cars or ropeway. As it is operated over the valley of Little Rangit River, it is named as Rangit Valley Cable Car, and it provides astounding view of the valley, along with the hills around. The ride is operated from Singamari, about 3 km from Chowk Bazar, to Singla Bazar at the bank of Ramman River, which means within 45 minutes you travel from 800 ft to 7000 ft of elevation. Started in 1968, it was the first cable car ride in India.
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Mahakal Temple, Darjeeling

Mahakal Temple is located in the Observatory Hill of Darjeeling town in North Bengal. The temple is situated literally at the summit of the hill and holds quite significant historical and religious role. The hill is near the Mall area and the Mall Road circles it at the bottom. After 15 minutes uphill walk from the road, you will reach at the top of the hill where the Mahakal Temple resides.
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Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre, Darjeeling

On 2nd October of 1959, a centre was built in Darjeeling Himalayan hill region of West Bengal to provide shelter to those Tibetan refugees, who escaped Tibet following Dalai Lama. This rehabilitation centre is today known as Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre or TRSHC, and its prime activity lies on the production of Tibetan handicraft by the refugees themselves. It is located at hillside Lebong at an altitude of 2143 m.
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