Take a blissful walk along the heritage sites in Darjeeling
Posted On March 27, 2019
you like exploring history? If yes, then travel to Darjeeling to know about
history by going on a heritage walk here!
About the walk!
The “Queen of Hills” as they call
Darjeeling to be, is a hilly town in West Bengal. It is a town which has been
designed beautifully by the British in India. These wonderful architectures are
still preserved. While there are many roads for exploring this town but we
shall start this walk by giving you a glimpse of what the town is and what it
Information to know before you start!
- From the 1800s, the British
Colonial administration has left many historical landmarks and heritage
- Known as the world’s top tea
producing estate in India, these tea estates in Darjeeling has been laid in
- The toy train of Darjeeling is
a marvel which has been recorded in the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- The people, culture, flora,
fauna, mountains, and valleys can also be added in the rich heritage of
Delightful heritage walk to get a
glimpse of old Darjeeling!
1. First day Heritage walk:
Before starting you can avail NJP to Darjeeling car rental option to
reach Darjeeling. The walk starts from Gandhi Road which was also known as
- Planter’s Club: Established in 1868 for the British planters and their wives to
have a lovely evening. Many known personalities also visited this club.
- Darjeeling Municipality
Building: It is one of the well-known landmarks
with a Clock Tower in the front. Constructed in 1850 was also known as the Town
Hall of Darjeeling.
- Darjeeling Head Post
Office: Located further ahead on the Ladenla Road
is the known post office. Being the oldest post office in Darjeeling it was
built in 1921.
You can also see two of the old restaurants on Nehru
Road which came up during the British times.
- Keventer’s: It is the remain of Edward Keventer’s dairy farm in Ghoom. However,
Keventer’s restaurant is famous for its breakfast with bacon, sausages, and
- Glenary’s: It was founded by an Austrian named Pliva. It has a famous Bakery
and Tea Room and a multi-cuisine restaurant. Also, a bar and disco named
- Das Studio: It is one of the oldest studios in Darjeeling. Many old films have
been shot here during those times.
- Observatory Hill and
Mahakal Temple: This place has the oldest Hindu
Temple of Lord Shiva. There was a monastery too which was later shifted to
- St. Andrew’s Church: It is an old Anglican church which was built in 1843. Being
beautifully decorated, this church gives memories of many more residents in
Other olden attractions to be named
- Darjeeling Gymkhana Club
- Government House or the Raj
- Bengal Natural History Museum
The first-day heritage walk ends here!
2. Second day Heritage Walk!
- Jama Masjid and Old
Supermarket: Walking downhill towards the Chowk
Bazaar, you can walk past Jama Masjid. It was originally built in 1850 and
rebuilt in 1910. Also, visit the Old Supermarket.
- Himalayan Mountaineering
Institute and the Zoo: Mountaineering Institute was
built in the memory of Tenzing Norgay. The Zoo is also famous for its
collections of rare species of animals.
- Old Cemetery: This is the resting place of many old British settlers including
the discoverer of Darjeeling.
- Roy Villa: This house is famous for two reasons. Sister Nivedita lived the
last days of her life. It is the same building where the Himalayan
Mountaineering Institute started its first operation.
- Other olden attractions to
be named of:
- Hooker Road
- Judge Bazaar
- Darjeeling Railway Station
- St. Columba’s Church
- Bishop’s House
mind-blowing history by exploring these heritage sites and get to see
Darjeeling in a new way like never before!