Japanese Peace Pagoda
: The Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist inaugurated the Japanese Peace Pagoda in 1992. It is a
recent landmark constructed by Japanese Monks and commands an excellent view of the town
and the Himalayan Range.
Dhirdham Temple :
Situated just below the Railway station the temple is a structural replica of the famous 'Pashupatinath'
temple of Kathmandu, Nepal.
A view from The Mall
The Mall and
Chowrasta : The Mall road originates and culminates at the Chowrasta which is the
hub of Darjeeling town, a square on the ridge of Darjeeling town and a good place to sit
and relax. It is ideal for a leisurely walk around a setting that is perfect. A walk
around The Mall is a must just at any time of the day with the pleasant view of the
mountains, valleys with rhododendron trees and old houses.
Museum : While taking a walk in The Mall a visit to the Museum of Natural History
which lies closeby is worthwhile. This fine small museum exhibits an unique collection of
the fauna of the Himalayan region, especially of the Eastern Himalayas.
Mountaineering Institute : It was founded in 1954 after the historic conquest of
Everest on the 29th of May in 1953, when two people set foot atop Mount Everest. They
were, Tenzing Norgay (Sherpa) from Darjeeling and Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand. As
an honour to the great Sherpa this Institute was formed with the aim of imparting
mountaineering skills to all the enthusiasts. Tenzing Sherpa himself was one of the
founding members and also the Field Director of the Institute. It is situated on Jawahar
Parbat and adjoins the Zoo. This Institute also houses a museum which holds a rare
collection of mementos from various Everest expeditions. Nawang Gombu, the first man to
have climbed the Everest twice is presently the Chief Advisor for the Mountaineering
Zoological Park and Snow Leopard Breeding Centre : A high altitude wild life park
and new home of the Siberian Tiger, Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer etc. , Padmaja
Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park or the town Zoo exhibits some rare Himalayan Fauna
including the Snow Leopard, Red panda, Tibetan Wolf, Himalayan Pheasants, etc. It is a
treat for all wild life enthusiasts. Just nearby is a very successful Snow Leopard
Botanical Garden : This is a colourful garden situated just below the market. In
1878 Mr. W. Lloyd gifted 40 acres of hillside to make a garden with local plants and
flowers. It still has the most varied collection of rhododendron, magnolia, orchids, etc.
of the Eastern Himalayas. It also has a glass-house full of alpine flowers and also
features an Orchidarium and a collection of medicinal plants.
Lloyds Botanical Garden
Darjeeling Rangeet Valley
Passenger Ropeway : This Ropeway is in one of the most beautiful part of the town
and is situated at North Point about 3 kms. from town. The cable car ride takes 6
passengers at a time and it passes over the lush green tea gardens with breathtaking view
of the mountains (Kanchenjunga) and provides an experience that cannot be easily
forgotten. The valley has glorious views of Sikkim and the river Rangeet.
Carpet weaving at Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre
Darjeeling has some interesting places to watch the local handicrafts being made as well
as a various range of choiced handicraft souvenirs. The Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre
is a self-supporting Centre for Tibetan refugees which manufactures some intriguing
Tibetan handicrafts. Established for the rehabilitation of Tibetan refugees who had
followed the Dalai Lama to India in early 1959. It offers a wide choice of Tibetan
handicrafts, Tibetan woollen carpet is very popular. Hayden Hall, a Roman Catholic social
service centre also has a handicraft section with the purpose of helping the local poor
Handmade items are available for sale at
reasonable prices. The Manjusha Bengal Emporium offers prominent hill handicrafts,
handloom and silk products of West Bengal for display and for sale. It is situated at
Nehru Road. Gram Shilpa is another such showroom displaying Khadi handloom silk products
and set up by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Govt. of India. It is situated
Ava Art Gallery :
Approximately 10 minutes by taxi from the motor stand, it is just below the main road on
the way to Ghoom. This gallery houses fine art and embroidery work of Mrs. Ava Devi.
| Ava Art Gallery | Batasia Loop | Buddhist Monasteries |
Dhirdham Temple |
Handicrafts | Himalayan Mountaineering Institute |
Himalayan Zoological Park |
Japanese Peace Pagoda |
Lloyds Botanical Garden
| Natural History Museum
| Observatory Hill |
Passenger Ropeway |
Tea Gardens |
| Tiger Hill |