Darjeeling


World’s Most Scenic Train Rides

Technicolor greens, brilliant saris, ancient temples: these are my clearest memories of riding India’s South Eastern Railway many years ago. I still recall the rickshaws and rivers full of locals bathing, as the tropical landscape…


All the Tea in Darjeeling

I traveled to Darjeeling, in northeastern India, to smell tea leaves. Seriously. But I went with Steve Smith, the CEO of Tazo Tea. Smith’s mission in life is to find the most succulent leaf, from…


Bengali serial unit shoots in Kalimpong

Persuaded by several people that the Hills were limping back to normalcy, the unit of Bengali serial ‘Kusum Dola’ took a chance and landed in Kalimpong. The risk seemed to pay off, at least on…


Top getaways from Darjeeling

After you are done exploring the queen of the hills and want to deviate a little off the beaten track, there are plenty of places to visit near Darjeeling which are even more beautiful and…



Places that make Darjeeling proud

From verdant tea plantations to enchanting Buddhist fortifications—these places to visit in Darjeeling offer the perfect getaway. Surrounded by infinite slopes of bright green tea plantations and set against a backdrop of jagged white Himalayan…


Eating out in Darjeeling

Offering an eclectic mix of local fare and international cuisines, the restaurants in Darjeeling will surprise you with the variety and taste of the food on offer. Whether it is sampling delicious cakes and sipping…


On the road to Kanchenjunga

Sikkim, we were told, was a fairy-tale kind of place. Known for its isolation, its mystical monasteries, its princesses and chogyals and Himalayan people estranged from modern life, this tiny thumbprint of a state was…


Through the hills and valleys

During a tour of East India in November and December last year, we were accompanied by a group of about 60 enthusiastic tourists, mostly senior citizens. Although most of the places we visited were unique…