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Darjeeling being one of the most popular hill stations of India is a preferred choice for a vacation for many Indians. One of the best places to watch the sunrise against a Himalayan backdrop is undoubtedly the Tiger Hill. Many treks and the ropeway organized by the Himalayan mountaineering institute is worth a try for attention-grabbing views.

The ride taking you through rolling green hills and scenic locales by the Darjeeling toy train route is a World Heritage site. There are lots to visit in Darjeeling so check out our list of places to visit in Darjeeling.

Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill For the panoramic views of Mount Everest is famous the Tiger Hill of Darjeeling. Tiger hill which is 11 km from Darjeeling can be reached either by jeep or by foot through Alubari, Chowrasta, Jorebangla and then climbing up the incline to the summit, which takes about 2 hours at an easy pace.

Address: Tiger Hill, Senchal Forest, Senchal Rd, Darjeeling, West Bengal 73412

Singalila National Park

Singalila National Park Singalila National Park is situated at the higher ridges of Darjeeling Himalayas in the state of West Bengal and is the home to exotic red panda and Himalayan black bear. The park is extended over 78.60 and this national park is a trekker’s paradise.

The park consisting of variety of flora and fauna is the highest park in West Bengal with altitudes ranging between 7,900 ft and 12,000 ft. In this park one can find various species of tree, not only this park is also home to different species of orchids.

For several rare mammals like the exotic red panda and Himalayan black bear, this national park is dwelling for them. In this National park you can also see leopard, chinkara, pangolin, elephant, barking deer etc.

As more than 120 species of birds are seen in the park which includes many rare birds like kalij pheasant, scarlet minivet, satyr tragopan, blood pheasant, etc the park is also an enjoyment for birdwatchers. For the migratory birds the park also serves as a home.

The national park is very much admired for its trekking trails especially during March and April the trekking is at its peak because during this season the rhododendrons and orchids bloom. The starting point of the trekking route is Maneybhanjang. Situated at height of 3636 m, Sandakphu is the highest point in the national park. In Darjeeling Himalayas Sandakphu is one of the most favored trekking destinations. Not only is this the trek to Phalut also very much popular. Amazing and beautiful views of Kunchenjungha and Mt Everest can be seen and enjoyed from both the points.

In the park there are also government run trekkers’ huts that provide basic and essential accommodation. As per your desire in Ghoom, Darjeeling or Siliguri you can also opt to stay at government run lodges.

Address: West Bengal, India

The Mall

The Mall Darjeeling’s popular commercial street is “The Mall” or the “Chowrasta Mall”. Tibetans selling hand-knitted sweaters and souvenir shops chock-full of Himalayan artifacts and both real and imitation antiques are the specialties of the Mall. Photo shops carry turn-of-the-century photos as well as specializing in hand-painted black and white prints with glowing oil colors. The Mall leads to Chaurasta, a square, which doubles as a bandstand, a pony riding arena for children and a haven for lovers.

There are several different–different routes to reach The Mall. Nehru Road starting from Gandhi Road where the restaurant Keventer’s is situated is the most popular road. The walk all along the Nehru Road which takes about 5-7 minutes by walk is a little uphill walk through shops on both sides. In the Mall area taxis are not allowed they can only come up to the stand near the junction of Nehru road and Gandhi road, or up to the Windamere hotel on the Mall road from where it would be a shorter and easier walk to the Mall.

Bengal Natural History Museum

Bengal Natural History Museum Near Chowrasta, the heart of Darjeeling is the Bengal Natural History Museum. A representative and all-inclusive, but dusty, collection of Himalayan and Bengali fauna is contained in the museum. The museum act as a dwelling for more than 4300 specimens. Displayed in the museum at true to life altitudes are the bird species, reptiles, and other animals of the Eastern Himalayas. Special attention and special mention is given to the butterfly and beetle section. In this museum one can also see the specimens of estuarine crocodile, which is responsible for the greatest loss of human life in Asia, are also seen here. Attractively displayed in the museum are the mineral forms of various stones.

Opening hours of Bengal Natural History Museum:
Throughout the year which is January to December. Open all days from 10:00 am to 04:00 pm except Thursday.

Observatory Hill

Observatory Hill Famous locally as “Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan” is the oldest site in Darjeeling which is known as the Observatory Hill. For the fame of the hill there was a myth that, a Red Hat Buddhist Monastery called Dorje Ling, or ‘place of the Thunderbolt’, stood at this very spot. In the 19th century it was destroyed by the Nepalis. The temple that stands there today is shared by the Shivas and Buddhists.

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