Darjeeling + Eastern India

Tips and Articles in Darjeeling + Eastern India

WHY NOW For an exotic take on Western holiday traditions, head to Darjeeling, in northeast India. This former British colonial resting spot in the foothills of the Himalayas (elevation: 7,000 feet) combines English customs with the culture of neig...
It's that time of year—when flickering lights illuminate the sky, snow blankets the ground, and airports overflow with travelers. While destinations that promise a white Christmas are the obvious choice (and for good reason), holiday cheer can als...
I’m a tea obsessive. I carry bags of loose tea on business trips and judge restaurants by the breadth of their selection. I know the names of specific gardens in Darjeeling, India, and age cakes of Pu-erh in my wine cellar. Still, I never thoug...
Manish Chakraborti lives in the city of Kolkata—known until recently as Calcutta—where he is an architect and a historical preservationist. Chakraborti, who is 35 years old, is a man of great enthusiasm and energy; he is also a master of understat...
“What a weird dog,” said a stalwart traveling buddy of mine as our taxi curved around the driveway of the Tollygunge Club in Calcutta. Something piebald and mangy stood at the edge of a putting green. “I don’t think that’s a dog at all,” I repli...