About 32 kilometres from the crowded hill station town of Darjeeling is a calm and quiet hamlet surrounded by thick pine forests and lush green tea gardens with a backdrop of the stupendous Kanchenjunga range. The word 'Tinchuley' literally means three chulahs or ovens, which is represented by the three prominent hilltops that resemble the three chulahs. An initiative that was started by the local people with active support from the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) turned this secret beauty into a self-sustained organic ecotourism destination. If you love to witness the beauty of the Himalayas, watch the Teesta river wind its way through the hills, smell the aroma of tea bushes, walk along lonely village trails and mingle with local people, then Tinchuley is the right place for you.

View of Kanchenjunga Range from Tinchuley

Sightseeing and Activities

The Sunrise Point at Tinchuley is an excellent place to view sunrise in the morning. It also offers a spectacular view of the snowy mountain peaks. One can go for village walks, nature hikes and tea garden visits during their stay at Tinchuley. The pristine natural forest surrounding the village is a paradise for birdwatchers paradise. Another attraction is the Tinchuley Monastery which is quite revered by the locals. Nearby lies the Gumphadara Viewpoint which provides a telescopic view of the Teesta River valley from above.

Best Time to Visit

Tinchuley can be visited throughout the year except during the monsoons. However if you would like to get a clear view of the snow-capped mountain peaks, then October to March would be the best time to visit.

How to Reach

Trains are running from Sealdah, Kolkata and Howrah to New Jalpaiguri. Tinchuley is 80 km from New Jalpaiguri. Hired cars are available from New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri to reach Tinchuley via Teesta Bazaar.


Gurung Guest House. Tariff: Rs. 2000-4700. Tel: 9933036336, 9434514614.
Sky High Resorts. Tariff: Rs. 1600-2500. Tel: 9836739437.

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