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 community tourism. The leading effort comes from the Gurung family who has developed the model of homestay to suit their condition.
WWF declared Tinchuley as a model village for its effort in the improvement of the environment of Darjeeling and its adjoining areas with active participation from the local people. The people of Tinchuley have undertaken several eco-friendly projects including the building of forest nursery, floriculture project, bio-compost manure projects, vermicompost projects, and many other such projects.
The main attraction of this village is its Home Hospitality where one gets to eat bio-organic food and stay in the village.
If you are coming from the West, i.e. places such as Kalimpong, Gangtok or even Siliguri, the road via Teesta Bazar is the shortest. From Teesta Bazar, an obscure road with steep ascent will take you to Tinchuley. From Tista Bazar the distance is just 15 km.
If you are not very comfortable with the steep ascent, you may take the alternative road through Rangli Rangliot Tea Garden and Takdah. This road is especially suitable for anyone coming from Dooars or Siliguri. The road starts from the National Highway 31A at a village named Rambhi, about 12 km before Tista Bazar. From here Tinchuley is about 27 km away.
If you are traveling from Darjeeling side, you will drive through Peshok road till 6th Mile. Here take a right turn and follow the wooded road to reach Tinchuley via Takdah cantonment area.
Things to See
The primary attraction of Tinchuley is its pristine natural beauty. The village is not on any of the main roads, and you can safely take a stroll on the main road without vehicles queuing up behind you. The peaceful nature of the village and pleasant weather has drawn Poets, writers, nature lovers and photographers here. Don’t be surprised to find a writer spending a whole month in the village writing the next publication, or an ornithology enthusiast roaming around with binoculars around the neck. Overall Tinchuley is not a place for typical sightseeing points and list of things to see. It is a place to relax, to rejuvenate and to soak in the mystical magic of the hills.
Tinchuley Sunrise Point - This place provides beautiful views of the surrounding mountains including the Tista valley. All major places in the region including Kalimpong as well as places in East and South Sikkim such as Namchi is visible from here.
Tinchuley Monastery - Revered by the locals, this small monastery is a must see if you are in Tinchuley. Locals tell stories of a monk meditating in the monastery for 17 years.
Chotamangwa – Another offbeat tourist destination of the area, it is located about 2 km downhill from here.
Takdah – This used to be a British cantonment and base for the cinchona plantation in the area. A number of British styled Bungalows can be seen here.
Rangli Rangliot Tea Garden – One of the best tea gardens of Darjeeling hills is located about 6 km from here. Picture perfect views of Tista Valley and the plains of Dooars and Terai can be seen from here.