Darjeeling district is mostly a hilly area bounded on the west by Nepal, on the east by river Teesta, on the south by North Dinajpur district and on the North by the state of Sikkim. The area has been a popular tourist destination since the British developed Darjeeling town as a summer sojourn. Apart from Darjeeling town, Kurseong also came up to be a popular destination during British time. The other places of the district mostly remained unexplored except for tea and cinchona planters.
During the last 3 to 4 decades there has been tremendous growth in the area in terms of development of new tourists destinations. Mirik came up as a tourist destination during the 1970’s, the quintessential Bengali tourists, famous for their long for travel, started visiting the rural areas beyond Darjeeling and Mirik. With development of road network tourism started to spread. The people of the hills who had limited employment opportunity due to lack of industries in the hilly terrain grabbed the opportunity. The millennium brought with it tremendous growth in rural and Homestay tourism in the region. Today the hills of Darjeeling district has several hundread homestays in rural destinations.
We will try to provide you information here not only about the major tourist destinations of Darjeeling district but also about the new and lesser known places.
Darjeeling is one of the oldest hill stations of India and one of its most popular. The grand view of Kanchenjunga massif, Darjeeling mall – the famous promenade of town, UNESCO world
The word Tinchuley means three 'Chullas' or ovens. Tinchuley is a small village near Darjeeling which has become famous in recent years due to the effort of local people in developing
This is a forest village situated near Darjeeling town. The village is popular among tourists for its total seclusion and a grand view of the Kanchenjunga massif. Chatakpur is a village of just
Kurseong – The land of the white orchid
Kurseong is a sub-divisional town in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. The town is located almost midway between Siliguri and Darjeeling. The
28 km away from Siliguri on National Highway - 31A, Kalijhora is a small village on the roadside. The town would be budging with activity during the winter months when a horde of people from
Latpanchar is a new tourist destination that is gaining fast popularity due to its unique location, grand view of the Himalayan range and the flora and fauna in the surrounding area. The small
Mangpu is a hill station in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. The place has been made famous by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore who visited Mangpu several times. Tagore used to stay here at the home
Mirik is a hill station in Darjeeling district. It is located at an altitude of about 1500 meters or 4500 feet. The small town is centered around a 1.25 km long lake known as Lake Samendu. The pristine
A city in the sub-Himalayan foothills of Darjeeling district, Siliguri is one of the most important cities in the entire North-East of India due to its strategic location. The burgeoning city
Lepchajagat is a small village near Darjeeling which has turned into a tourist village in the recent past. The village is located on the Ghoom – Mirik road just 8 kms from Ghoom and