The best offbeat retreats in Darjeeling

Darjeeling is mostly known for the main Darjeeling hill town, but retreats in Darjeeling district are many. If you think that places to visit in Darjeeling ends with the Mall Road, then you are terribly wrong. The beautiful hill district of West Bengal, Darjeeling is by far one of the best destinations visited by Indians and foreign tourists alike. The majestic Mount Kanchenjunga, in all its magnificent glory stands at the backdrop, adding to Darjeeling’s beauty and allure. So, when you are in Darjeeling, do take a chance with the destinations listed below.


A little place that is about 19 km away from Darjeeling town, Jorpokhri features two beautiful lakes. The best time to visit here is from October to March, and on offer are spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Replete with greenery, Jorpokhri has a certain charm to it that is quite unexplainable. Its quietness is one of its main USPs, and you can take long walks along its verdant pathways.


Another quaint town in the Darjeeling district, this is perfect to get away from the touristy crowd of Darjeeling town. One of the best places to visit in Darjeeling district, Takdah is almost 28 km away from Darjeeling town. Its tea gardens, nature trails, and little water streams can make any traveler fall in love with its spirit. It was a military cantonment during the colonial days and today, its dense forest can be hiked by travelers freely.

People who love staying in quiet yet luxurious resorts prefer staying at Elgin Hotels & Resorts, Darjeeling. Elgin is situated in the heart of Darjeeling town, 6,000 feet up in the Himalayas. It’s a heritage resort originally built in the year 1887. A-list personalities like Shah Rukh Khan, Mary Kom, Baichung Bhutia etc have stayed at this beautiful property.


Developed as an eco-tourism destination in the district of Darjeeling, Lamahatta has now grown as a major honeymoon destination. Regardless, you can go on a trip to this charming little place for a great vacation. Languid by all means, Lamahatta is one of a kind. Today, there are quite a few homestays here that make your stay even more comfortable. Located at a distance of 23 km from Darjeeling, Lamahatta is nature’s haven, at its purest.


Sitting 3 km above Takdah, Tinchulay is yet another destination that thrives on organic tourism, and offers stunning views of the Himalayan range. You can also see Teesta river flow, walk through tea gardens and orange orchards, and enjoy bird-watching. Yet another destination that is away from the madding crowd of tourists, there is a sense of tranquillity here, and life is easy.

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