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Things to do in Darjeeling + Eastern India

Much of the appeal of Darjeeling is wandering its streets, dotted with colonial-era cottages and views of the valleys and peaks of the Himalayas. A hot toddy, or tea and pastries, by a roaring fireplace is as much a part of the Darjeeling experience as any other activities, but there are some sights every traveler should see:

  • Tiger Hill. About 7 miles out of town, Tiger Hill has stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Everest.
  • Ghum's Buddhist monasteries. The town of Ghum is home to a number of Buddhist monasteries, the most famous is Yiga Choling Gompa, noteworthy for its fifteen-foot tall statue of Maitreya Buddha and murals.
  • The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Also known as "the toy train," this engineering wonder is a UNESCO Heritage site. The narrow railway ascends some 50 miles from the plains to Darjeeling, with countless switch backs and panoramic views along the way.
  • The Mountaineering Museum. Founded in 1957, this museum's displays capture the excitement and challenges of climbing in the Himalayas, including a large section on the various ascents of Everest.
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  • Chamba Lamba

    A Tibetan antiquarian shop. More
  • Indian Museum

    This, the country’s largest museum, is a vast and stolid colonial edifice full of unheralded oddities and treasures hidden in plain sight. More
  • Marble Palace

    The tumbeldown manse was built during the 19th century by the trader Raja Rajendra Mullick to accommodate a strange hoard of Chinese urns and ornat... More
  • Tollygunge Club

    entrance fee $2 More
  • Victoria Memorial Hall

  • Weavers Studio

    Visit this sophisticated textile gallery and wander around in a daze induced by the wealth of crafts traditions (among other things, India invented... More

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