The junction of Ghoom is home to a number of colourful Buddhist monasteries. Yiga Choling Gompa, the region’s most famous monastery, has wonderful old murals and is home to some 30 monks of the Gelugpa school. Built in 1850, it enshrines a 5m-high statue of Jampa (Maitreya or ‘Future Buddha’) and 300 beautifully bound Tibetan texts.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
This prestigious mountaineering institute was founded in 1954 and has provided training for some of India’s leading mountaineers. Within the complex is the fascinating Mountaineering Museum . It houses sundry details and memorabilia from the 1922 and 1924 Everest expeditions, which set off from Darjeeling, as well as more recent summit attempts.
Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre
Established in 1959, this refugee centre comprises a home for the aged, a school, an orphanage, a clinic, a gompa (Tibetan Buddhist monastery) and craft workshops that produce carpets, woodcarvings, leather work and woollen items. There’s also an interesting, politically charged photographic exhibition portraying the early years of the Tibetan refugees in Darjeeling.
Tea Factory and Plantation Visit
The aroma and taste of Darjeeling orthodox tea is unparalleled in the world. There are a total of 78 tea estates in the hills which have been accorded the status for its produce, as Darjeeling Tea by the Tea Board of India. These estates cover over 17,500 hectares producing over 9 million kg of tea engaging about 50 percent people of the district.
It it interesting to visit a tea plantation and factory to observe the process of tea production.
To watch the dawn light break over a spectacular 250km stretch of Himalayan horizon, including Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8501m) and Makalu (8475m) to the far west, rise early and jeep out to Tiger Hill (2590m)
Batasia Loop & War Memorial
While returning from Tiger Hill or travelling on Toy Train you will pass through Batasia Loop. This is a spiral loop created to lower the gradient of ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. It is located 5 kms from Darjeeling Town. Batasia Loop also offers a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga range of mountains.
A Gorkha War Memorial constructed in the memory of the brave sons of the soil who laid down their lives in World War 1 & 2.
One can experience the panoramic views that Darjeeling by taking a ride on the ropeway. It's also called the Rangeet Valley Cable Car as during the ride you will get a spectacular view of the valley around the river Rangeet. The boarding point is from Singamari which is some 3 kms away from Darjeeling Chowk Bazaar. During the ride you will travel from an altitude of 7,000 ft down to 800 ft naer the Singla Bazar.
Himalayan Zoological Park
This zoo was established in 1958 to study, conserve and preserve Himalayan fauna. Housed within its rocky and forested environment are species such as Himalayan bears, clouded leopards, red pandas and Tibetan wolves. The zoo, and its attached snow leopard–breeding centre (closed to the public), are home to the world’s largest single captive population of snow leopards.