Best Offbeat Things to Do in Darjeeling

  • Jun 8, 2020
  • Ashmita Trek & Tours

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Village to Village Trek

Our Village to Village Trek, also known as the Homestay Trek in Darjeeling, is a favorite off-the-beaten-path experience in Darjeeling. If you are interested in learning about local cultures, this is the choice for you! Let your worries in the outside world dissolve while living the simple, authentic village life.  Take a break from the bustling city life and immerse yourself in the village culture of local Sherpa, Rai, Tamang, and Dukpa ethnic groups. Learn about the unique language, food, history, and festivals of the locals. The genuine memories made in each village will be cherished for your lifetime. Beyond the rich cultural value, throughout the Homestay Trek, you will be encompassed by magnificent sceneries. Peaceful rivers, cascading waterfalls, and lively forests make up your path. Enjoy pristine nature and well-preserved culture in this amazing 9-day home stay trek in Darjeeling! Ashmita Trek & Tours handles the package with full management.Ask us for more details.

Chatakpur Day Hike

The splendid Chatakpur Day Hike leads adventurous day trippers through the Senchal Wildlife Reserve to Chatakpur. At an altitude of 7,887 feet (2404 meters), take in the sensational view of Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. Embark on this gorgeous trail in the early morning, beginning through the wildlife lover’s dreamland. In the early morning, you have a better chance of seeing the exotic animal species, including the barking deer, Himalayan black bear, wild boar, leopard, jungle cat, common rhesus monkey, and more! Let the blowing wind, murmuring river, and chirping birds give you peace throughout the day. At the top, the precious view of Kanchenjunga and its throne of majestic peaks will make your jaw drop. The Chatakpur Day Hike is best during the spring and autumn when the skies are clearest, but it is possible all throughout the year! Book your Chatakpur Day Hike with Ashmita Trek & Tours today

Try the Local Food

One of the best ways to understand a culture is through its cuisine. Luckily for food lovers, Darjeeling is at a crossroad of many different cultures. Try some Tibetan snacks, like momo, thukpa, laphing, and the distinctive salted butter tea. Also, most Darjeeling’s resident are Nepali, so there are lots of scrumptious places to gorge on a serving (or two) of dal bhat, Nepal’s traditional meal. There are also loads of small shops to have a typical Bengali thali set. If you’re feeling spunky, try the local alcoholic beverages – Tongba and Chhyang. The former is a hot, fermented millet beverage served in a large metal and typically sipped through a perforated bamboo straw to filter the tasty beverage from the millet. The flavor and strength intensifies as you drink more, and once you are finished, ask for more hot water to enjoy the millet-soaked drink once more. Chhyang, another favorite, is a millet, barley, and/or rice beer that is enjoyed during the warmer months. Come have some traditional snacks and imbibe delicious drinks with us in Darjeeling!

Takdah Tinchuley

Few of Dajeeling’s visitors have ever heard of Takdahor Tinchuley, two neighboring hillside settlements with pristine beauty. Takdah (meaning ‘fog’ or ‘mist’ in Lepcha) was a living quarters for the British military in the early 1900’s. Today, the place is home to some of Darjeeling’s finest tea gardens. Take a tour of the gardens and see how the tea is produced! Then, sip some rejuvenating Darjeeling tea while wandering through the sprawling hills. Tinchuley lies a mere 3 kilometers from Takdah, and offers a different experience. Tinchuley is renowned for its family-owned orange orchards, which open to an expansive view of the Kalimpong Hills. From Tinchuley View Point, bask in the beauty of the snow-capped peak of Kanchenjunga. Another gem of the settlement is Tinchuley Monastery, where it is said that a lama had meditated for 17 straight years. If you want to get off the tourist trail, check out the lovely villages of Takdah and Tinchuley.


Get to this burgeoning tourist destination fast! The recently developed eco-tourism spot has several charming homestays and is perfect for a romantic weekend getaway. Spend some intimate time with your significant other visiting beautiful temples, taking scenic day hikes, and just hanging out by the luscious garden with amazing views. You truly can’t get bored here. Visit the cave temple lying a pleasant 2 kilometers walk from the village. Or, check out one of the several tea estates nearby. Also worth visiting is the quaint LamahattaGompa (Monastery). After all, Lamahatta’s name comes from the words lama (Buddhist monk) and hatta (hut) –  a perfect place for a monk’s hermitage. The village is excellently peaceful and serene, but it may not be like that for long.  Visit Lamahatta before the crowds of tourists find out about it!