Heritage Walk

Darjeeling Heritage Walk

Darjeeling Heritage Walk

Tour brief

Darjeelings’ heritage includes Colonial buildings, its Railway, its Tea Garden and its Culinary heritage. We bring a glimpse of each into this tour.


We start early in the morning our tour ends early around lunchtime. The duration of the tour is about 6 hours which includes a Joy ride in Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and Breakfast at a popular Darjeeling Cafe.



Our Walks are organised bespoke. This is not a fixed itinerary but rather a program designed and customised as per the traveller’s preference. The tariff also varies from one group to another. For tariff and further details, you may call us or contact us by submitting the form below.

History of Darjeeling

The original inhabitants of Darjeeling was indigenous tribes such as the Lepchas. The area was relatively unknown to the outside world till the British came to the hills. The British East India Company acquired Darjeeling in the early 19th century. It was part of a treaty with the Kingdom of Sikkim after the Anglo-Nepalese War (1814-1816). Darjeeling was initially a territory of Sikkim, but it was ceded to the British in 1835 as a sanatorium and resort for British officers and soldiers.


The British recognized the potential of Darjeeling’s cool climate and scenic beauty, and it soon became a popular hill station for British officials and their families, as well as for tea planters. The British developed Darjeeling’s infrastructure, including roads, schools, churches, and the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the “Toy Train.”



Another significant contributions of the British to Darjeeling was the establishment of tea plantations. They introduced tea cultivation to the region, which flourished due to the favorable climate and soil conditions. Darjeeling tea gained fame worldwide for its unique flavor and aroma.



The British colonial period also had a significant impact on the cultural landscape of Darjeeling. European-style architecture, educational institutions, and English language schools were established, leaving a lasting legacy on the region.



In our Colonial Heritage walk, we explore the landmanrks of British legacy in Darjeeling.



Darjeeling Heritage Walk

Nestled in the lush hills of West Bengal, Darjeeling is a town that resonates with history, culture, and breathtaking natural beauty. Beyond its famous tea estates and panoramic vistas of the Himalayas, Darjeeling boasts a rich heritage that is best explored on foot. A heritage walking tour through the charming streets of this town is not just a stroll; it’s an immersion into the layers of history and culture that have shaped Darjeeling into the unique destination it is today.


Darjeeling’s colonial history is evident in its architecture, street layout, and the very essence of the town. Established as a hill station during the British Raj, Darjeeling was a respite from the scorching Indian plains for the colonizers. The remnants of this era are scattered across the town, from colonial-era buildings to the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

The tea industry is inseparable from Darjeeling’s heritage. The sprawling tea estates surrounding the town have not only shaped its economic landscape but also influenced its cultural identity. A visit to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the Darjeeling Tea Museum provides insights into the town’s association with mountaineering and the globally acclaimed Darjeeling tea.

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Sample Itinerary of a Colonial Heritage Walking tour in Darjeeling

Our itineraries are mostly handwoven and keep on changing according to the interest of the traveller. The following is a sample itinerary to give you an idea about a typical walking tour. The actual walk may differ significantly and will be communicated to you directly.

This sample heritage walk of Darjeeling, starting from Chowrasta and encompassing some of its iconic landmarks, offers a delightful journey through the town’s rich history and culture.


We start at Chowrasta – The Heart of Darjeeling early in the morning. After a brief introduction, we start our walk

Our journey takes us on a stroll past architectural gems steeped in history. We admire the majestic St. Andrew’s Church, an epitome of colonial architecture, and ascend Observatory Hill, resonating with spiritual significance and offering panoramic views of the town.

As we meander through the streets, we encounter the distinguished Gymkhana Club and other heritage buildings, each narrating tales of Darjeeling’s bygone era. The colonial charm exuded by these structures evokes a sense of nostalgia, inviting us to delve deeper into the town’s past.


Our expedition leads us to the lush expanse of the Darjeeling Tea Garden, a testament to the town’s association with the world-renowned beverage. Here, amidst verdant tea bushes, we gain insights into the art of tea cultivation and processing, a tradition deeply ingrained in Darjeeling’s heritage. Engaging with local tea artisans, we unravel the secrets behind the exquisite flavour and aroma of Darjeeling tea.

We return to Darjeeling Mall and visit a delectable pit stop at Glenary’s, a renowned bakery and restaurant cherished by locals and visitors alike. The bakery was established more than 120 years ago.


Our final stop on this enchanting journey is the iconic Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, affectionately known as the “Toy Train.” Embarking on a nostalgic ride aboard this UNESCO World Heritage Site, we traverse scenic routes, marvelling at the engineering marvels and relishing the picturesque vistas unfolding before us. The rhythmic chug of the train resonates with the town’s nostalgic charm, encapsulating the essence of Darjeeling’s heritage.


As our heritage walk draws to a close, we carry with us memories of a captivating journey through Darjeeling’s storied past, its architectural splendours, cultural treasures, and the enduring legacy of its colonial heritage.