The road to Senchal winds through mature forests of oak, magnolia and fern and reaches Tiger Hill, 8,482 feet above sea level. The view of the Himalayas here is captivating and if you reach here before dawn, you’ll be able see the sun rise over the Kanchenjunga. Senchal Lake, a lovely picnic spot, is nearby.
LLOYD BOTANICAL GARDEN
Situated at an elevation of 6,000 feet, this sprawling garden is packed with native flora characteristic of the Sikkim Himalayas as well as exotic plants from the world over. The notable features of the garden are (Sir John Anderson) Rock Garden where Alpine and sub-Alpine plants are grown by replicating their natural habitat; Orchid House, where over 2,500 orchids of 60 types are grown in a huge glass house; a herbarium with about 3,230 plant species classified into 170 families; a cactus section with about 150 forms on display, and the rare living fossil Dawn Red Wood, nicknamed Phantom tree, a genus known only from fossil records from Pliocene deposits.
An engineering marvel and a sight to behold, the Batasia loop is a winding hillside junction where the toy train negotiates a steep 1,000 feet. The sight of the train making ‘S’s and ‘8’s amidst the streams and flowers of the mountain is a beautiful one indeed.
AVA ART GALLERY
Named after the embroidery genius of Darjeeling, Ava Devi, the gallery exhibits an eclectic collection of 60 works of art including water, oil, and thread paintings. You can see here Ava Devi’s exquisitely fine embroidery work created by splitting silk thread 20 times.
BARBOTEY ROCK GARDEN AND GANGA MAY PARK
These are two adjacent scenic spots with natural waterfalls and a lake with boating facilities.
JAPANESE PEACE PAGODA
Built between 1992 and 1995 under the guidance of Buddhist master Nichidatsu Fujii, this white pagoda aims to unite all creeds and communities in peace and has interesting images of Buddha.
HAPPY VALLE TEAM ESTATE
This is one of the oldest and renowned tea estates in Darjeeling. As you walk through the tea carpeted gardens, you can also see picking, manufacturing, and processing of tea. This is also a good place to buy some good Darjeeling tea.
Built on the lines of the famous Pashupatinath temple of Kathmandu, this ornate Shiv temple was built in 1939 and shows Tibetan influences. Lord Shiva’s statues outside the temple have five different expressions and the third eye. The temple is a minute's walk from Darjeeling Railway Station.
DARJEELING-RANGIT VALLEY PASSENGER CABLE CAR
This ropeway is India’s oldest passenger ropeway. Now revamped, the ropeway provides a delightful, panoramic trip from Darjeeling to Singla Bazaar.
YIGA CHOLLING MONASTERY (Ghoom Monastery)
Built in 1875 and blessed by Tomo Geshe Rimpoche of Tibet, this monastery is intriguing in that it has an idol of the 'future Buddha', known as Maitreya or Jampeyang. You’ll also find here some rare handwritten Buddhist manuscripts.
DRUK THUPTEN SANGAG CHOLING MONASTERY (Dali Monastery)
One of the most famous monasteries of the Kargyupa sect, this monastery is the headquarters of Drukchen Rimpoche XII, head of the Kargyupa lineage.
TASHI DARGYALINHH MONASTERY OR TAMANG GHUMBA
Established in 1926, this is one of the oldest monasteries of the Tamangs of the Nyingmapa sect.
MAG-DHOG YOLMOWA BUDDHIST MONASTERY (Aloobari Monastery)
In addition to valuable ancient scripts, this monastery has some stunning paintings done with herbs, statues of different forms of Lord Buddha, including a beautiful statue of Padmasambhava.
Midway between Darjeeling and Siliguri, Mirik is a lake town 5,800 feet above sea level. The natural lake here is fed by perennial streams and rain, and is bordered on the west by thousands of Cryptomaria japonica (Japanese Cedar) trees. Walking around the forested ridges of the lake, boating, and fishing are enjoyable activities at Mirik.
Situated 4,101 feet above sea level, Kalimpong has a cool temperate climate and is full of nurseries that export exotic flowers like amaryllis lilies, anthuriums, roses, gerbera, dahlias, gladiolias as well as orchids and cacti. Somewhat secluded compared to Darjeeling, Kalimpong is nice for a quiet holiday against the backdrop of Kanchenjunga.
Situated at an altitude of 4,860 feet, Kurseong is another peaceful, beautiful hill station near Darjeeling. During biting cold winters, the milder climate of Kurseong is particularly inviting.