25 things to do in Darjeeling that will make your trip unforgettable

Popularly known as “the queen of hill stations” Darjeeling is one of the most famous tourist destinations in India. If you are planning a vacation with your friends or family or even honeymoon then you should definitely consider visiting Darjeeling. The beauty of this place will definitely blow away your mind. Here is a list of the top 20 things you should do in Darjeeling:

1. Experience the joy of Toy Train ride:


You should definitely not miss the toy train ride which provides mesmerizing views of the snowcapped views of Kanchenjunga as well as the scenic beauty of the town.  UNESCO has recognized Darjeeling railway as the most outstanding example of a hill passenger railway in the entire world. You will definitely have a memorable experience as the trains toots and chug-a-lugs its way around the mountain. Toy train ride is one of the most famous activities to do in Darjeeling

Best time of visit: March to Mid May or September to mid-November

2. Visit the Padmaji Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park:


The zoo plays a very important part in the conservation of endangered species. The red panda is one of the most favorite attractions of the zoo. Most of the people and tourist come to the zoo to see the red panda. The zoo also has a variety of other species like the Tibetan wolves, the Himalayan black bears and the clouded leopards.  The Darjeeling Zoo remains open from 8 am to 4 pm

Location: Jorethang Road, Jawahar Parbat Darjeeling West Bengal.

3. Enjoy a thrilling ride on the Darjeeling Ropeway:


Also known as the Rangeet Valley cable car, it is definitely one of the best ways to get a clear and panoramic view of the scenic beauty of Darjeeling.

Location: Singmari Darjeeling West Bengal.

4. Sit and relax in Darjeeling Chowrasta:


If u had a hectic day, rest in Chowrasta in the evening and watch the setting of the sun. The view will definitely mesmerize and charm you. It is one of the best tourist points in Darjeeling.

Location: Nehru Road, Darjeeling.

Best time to visit: Evening.

5. Experience the thrill of River Rafting:


For all the adrenaline junkies looking for adventure, river rafting in Teesta is one of the best things to do. The intensity of the rapids varies from grade 1 to 4. You will definitely have the best time of your life. It tops the list of the Darjeeling points of interest.

Best time: July to September.

6. Learn mountaineering skills in the Himalayan mountaineering institute:


Himalayan mountaineering institute of HMI provides full-fledged mountaineering courses as well as a one-time course for tourists. It includes rock climbing and other basic activities like trekking. It will definitely be an exciting and a memorable experience. It is also a mountaineering museum.

Location: Jawahar Parbat Darjeeling.

Best time of visit: March to May or September to November.

7. Treks to Sandakphu:


If you are in Darjeeling and love to trek then you should not miss the trek to Sandakphu which opens from March until Mid June. Known to be the highest point of West Bengal the trekking adventure offers the mesmerizing views of the fascinating Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest. It will definitely be an amazing experience for all the adventure enthusiasts.

Best time of visit: March to Mid June.

8. Visit the Japanese Temple:


The Japanese temple was built for the promotion of peace by a Buddhist monk named Nichidatshu Fujii. This is definitely the place to be if you are looking for peace and if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

Location: West point Darjeeling West Bengal.

Best time of visit: March to mid-May or September to November.

9. Experience the enthralling view of the sunrise from Tiger Hill:


Your trip to Darjeeling will be incomplete if you do not visit this place. Tiger hill is one of the most famous Darjeeling sight-seeing points. Tourists from all over the world come here to witness the mesmerizing view of the sunrise. The view of Kanchenjunga from here is simply overwhelming.

Location: Senchal Road Darjeeling.

Best time to visit: March to Mid May or September to November.

10. Experience Darjeeling Teas and stay in a Tea Garden:Darjeeling-Teas

Darjeeling is also known as the Mecca of tea. Darjeeling Tea is famous all over the world. The tea gardens are definitely one of the major tourist attractions of Darjeeling. You should not only visit a tea garden but also plan to stay there as the tea estates offer very comfortable and luxurious lodges.

Best time of visit: March to May.

11. Bengal Natural History Museum:


The museum houses specimens that include a wide variety of reptiles, fishes, birds, mammals and insects. There are specimens like flycatchers, Himalayan Brown wood Owl and the Northern Spotted Owlet. It is one of the most remarkable Darjeeling museums to date.

Location: Bishop Eric Benjamin road, Darjeeling.

Best time to visit: Any day. The museum opens from 8 am to 4 pm

12. Get a Tattoo:


There are amazing tattoo artists in Darjeeling who are very passionate and skilled in their craft, therefore, getting a permanent or even a temporary tattoo will definitely be a good experience.

Best places: Gorkha Ink, Pradhan Studio.

13. Shopping in Darjeeling:


Shopping is always fun in Darjeeling. Tourist mainly shops tea, handicrafts and prayer flags. Most of the tourists look for Darjeeling tea as it is the most famous tea in the world.

Location: Chowk Bazaar, Darjeeling.

14. Taste the cuisines of Darjeeling:


If you are a foodie then you definitely enjoy the delicious variety of food like thukpa ,momos,shyapta’s and sekuwa’s which are available in everywhere possible.

Having breakfast in Keventers is probably the best thing to do in Darjeeling, the coffee is delicious and their special cheese toast will definitely delight your taste buds.

Location: Keventers is located in Nehru Road. Check out Kunga Resturant and Boney’s café near the capital market.

15. Sightseeing Batasia Loop:


Located just a few kilometres away from Darjeeling Batasia Loop is definitely a place worth visiting. You can enjoy the amazing views of the Kanchenjunga and the eastern Himalayas from here.

Location: Hill Cart Road P.O Ghoom, Darjeeling.

16. Mountain biking in Darjeeling:


For the entire adventure enthusiasts mountain biking is a must in Darjeeling. On the way, you will be able to witness the beauty of the Kanchenjunga and you will also be able to witness the lush green hills and pine forests.

Best time: March to mid-May.

17. visit Kurseong “The Land of white Orchids”:


Kurseong is a subdivision of Darjeeling. It is definitely an ideal place for spiritual devotees, historical enthusiasts and trekkers. It is famous for its tea estates and White Orchids. There are many attractive sightseeing places in Kurseong such as Deer Park, Eagles Craig and Rock Garden. Kurseong is also home to the oldest schools in Darjeeling made by the British. Dowhill Area in Kurseong is said to be one of the spookiest places in the world if you don’t have a heart problem you should definitely visit here.

Best time to visit: April to May and March to August.

18. Go for Boating in Jamuney:


It is a new tourist destination in Darjeeling. The famous movie Barfi was shot in the beautiful bridge in Jamuni. You can enjoy the scenic beauty as well as the boat ride in Jamuni.

Best time of visit: March to Mid May and September to November.

19. visit the Tibetan refugee self-help centre:


For those interested in Tibetan life and culture this place is worth the visit.they make a wide variety of handicrafts, jewellery,thangka’s they are famous for their carpet weaving.

Location: Havelock villa, Gandhi Road, Darjeeling.

20. Nightlife in Darjeeling : 


Darjeeling has an old colonial charm and it offers nighttime entertainment in its own distinctive way. The music in some of the pubs and bars in Darjeeling such as Joey’s Pub and The Buzz sets up the mood for jazz and blues and it will definitely leave you dancing and grooving to the beat.

21. Tea Tasting in Makaibari:


Makaibari is said to be the world’s first tea factory established in 1859. The tea estate is owned by Rajah Banerjee. You should definitely taste the variety of tea made from this tea garden.

Location: Pankhabari road, Kurseong.

22. Paragliding in Darjeeling:


For all those adrenaline junkies paragliding in Darjeeling is a must. If you take a paragliding flight in Darjeeling you will definitely love it as you will be able to get a mesmerizing view of Kanchenjunga.

Location: Singmari, Darjeeling, West Bengal.

Best time: October to April.

23. enjoy a cup of tea in Margarets Deck:


If you are a tea enthusiast then you should definitely visit this place as it offers many categories and of tea which will delight your taste buds.

Location: hill cart road Gairi Gaon, P.O Tung, Kurseong.

24. experience the culture and tradition of the people of Darjeeling:


The majorities of people living in Darjeeling are Nepali; during the time of their festival ‘Dasai’, we witness the people dancing in folk songs with their traditional Nepali dress. Serving Liquor is also a major custom during the festival. There are also a considerable number of Buddhists who live in Darjeeling they celebrate ‘Buddha Jayanti’.

Best time: October

25. Visit the Ganga Maya park:


You will be able to witness a variety of flower gardens and some mesmerizing scenery of waterfalls and streams which will make you fall in love with Darjeeling even more. If you are a photographer this is the place be.

Location: Rock Garden Road, Bloomfield Tea Garden West Bengal

Best time of visit: March to Mid May or September to November.

Darjeeling is definitely a paradise on earth. Resting on the lap of the Kanchenjunga it is definitely one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Apart from the tea that is popular all over the world, it is simply a beautiful place with breathtaking views and sceneries.