“Darjeeling is a lush green hill town in West Bengal, famous for its tea plantations. Developed by the British in the 19th century, this
serene town is now home to the vibrant Tibetan and Sikkimese cultures. Hop on to the quiet Himalayan Railway to experience some of the most breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas on your journey. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Ghoom Monastery, Peace Pagoda, Tenzing Rock, Japanese Buddhist Temple and Happy Valley Tea Estate are must visit places in Darjeeling”
(1) Tiger Hill
One of the best tourist places in Darjeeling, Tiger Hills is a complete package for a nature lover. If you can bear the chilling cold, climb up this hill to witness the charismatic first rays of the Sun on Mt Everest. Drive to Tiger Hill before sunset and fix your camera settings and shutter speed for the mesmerising aura. It happens with a blink of an eye.
Don’t miss: Experience spectacular sunrise and spot different peaks through a telescope at from Tiger Hill view tower
(2) Batasia Loop
This elevated area below Ghoom has spiral railway tracks through a tunnel over a summit. What adds to the panoramic view is a nicely decorated garden area that offers a perfect retreat. It is the wide expanse of planned greenery that makes Batasia Loop one of the famous tourist places in Darjeeling.
Don’t miss: See the toy train meandering over the loopy tracks. A picturesque sight!
Opening hours: Accessible throughout the day
(3) Darjeeling Zoo
Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park is another name among the rich in some of the most exquisite and rare flora and fauna. Located downslope from the Jawahar Road, this zoological park is home of largest population of snow leopards in India.
Don’t miss: Red pandas, Himalayan bears, clouded leopards, and Tibetan wolves. Do not forget to visit the snow leopard breeding centre.
Opening hours: 8:30 am to 4 pm
Entry fee: INR 20 for domestic and INR 100 for others
(4) Peace Pagoda ( Japanese Temple)
Peace Pagoda reflects four avatars of Lord Buddha and is located adjacent to Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple. It attracts people from all religion and offer spiritual serenity and love to all. Spend half an hour meditating here and you are in for a trance nothing else can guarantee.
Don’t miss: Panoramic bird’s eye view of Darjeeling including Kanchenjunga from the summit of the Pagoda.
(5) Ghoom Monastery
Also known as Yiga Choeling Monastery, this popular destination among the tourist places in Darjeeling is located downslope of Ghoom Railway station. This monastery is one of the oldest of the region and reflects the ancient glory of Buddhist culture.
Don’t miss: The prayer room, library and study hall. Do not forget to taste the awesome momo and thukpa just outside the monastery.
Opening hours: 12:00 am to 12:00 pm
(6) Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park
Rock Garden of Darjeeling is one of the famous tourist spot of Darjeeling. It is a man-made rocky garden enriched with flora, waterfalls and bridges. With plenty of activities to do over a widespread expanse, this park is popular tourist place in Darjeeling. So, if you are visiting Darjeeling with your family, do visit this garden!
Don’t miss: Picnic in the rocky area, clicking photograph in local attire and pony riding
Opening hours: 8 am to 5 pm
(7) Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Among the other top tourist places in Darjeeling is the toy train that starts from New Jalpaiguri and terminates at Darjeeling. This station in the lap of Himalaya is a picturesque destination. A UNESCO world heritage site, this railway station has been used for filming several documentaries and movies.
Don’t miss: Scenic greenery, toy trains
(8) Shrubbery Nightingale Park
Take a stroll in the nightingale Park and breathe in the salubrious mountain air while you enjoy scenic mountain views. The park was not open for public until 2011 and was called Shrubbery then. It is a perfect spot to sit in peace amidst nature. There is even a large statue of Lord Shiva and a musical fountain in the center of the park.
Entry Fee: INR 10 for adults
Timings: 7 AM – 8 PM
(9) Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
One of the purposes why people visit Darjeeling is the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Ambitious mountaineers and amateurs come to this place to take training and get themselves fit for the mountains as it is recognized as one of the best mountaineering institutes in India. The reason it has also become a significant tourist attraction is because it is set in alluring backdrop perched on a mountaintop.
Entry Fee: Inr 40 for adults, Inr 10 for camera
Timings: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Closed on Thursdays
(10) Singalila National Park
Situated in Darjeeling district, Singalila National Park is a delight for nature and wildlife lovers. Located at an altitude of 7000 ft above sea level, it is the highest national park in West Bengal sprawling with rhododendron forests and greenery. It offers riveting views of Singalila Mountain Range and impressive panoramas of the Himalayas from Nepal to Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, up to Bhutan.
Entry Fee: INR 100
Timings: 8 AM – 2 PM
(11) S.t Andrews Church
If you are looking for a church in Darjeeling, then this is one of the best churches. Built in the colonial era, it stands as an architectural marvel. It is close to Mall. It holds many memories of the past that you must see! This is one of the famous tourist places in Darjeeling definitely!
Location: Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101
(12) Happy Valley Tea estate
Your trip to Darjeeling will be incomplete without visiting one of the tea estates that are the pride of this hill station! Happy Valley tea estate is one of the oldest in the town and adds to its beauty! Make a visit, understand the process of tea making and buy some tea!