Darjeeling located in West Bengal was the Summer resort for the British Elite class back in the pre-independence time. Darjeeling has always remained famous for three things. Firstly is the Black Tea- the aroma of this tea is believed to be the best in this world and till today the best quality of Darjeeling tea is sent to the Buckingham Palace because the Queen loves it. Secondly, the railway transport of Darjeeling is also famous which is a narrow gauge railway and is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thirdly, the British-style public schools here attracts students from all over India and the world. But the most important point is, of course, Kangchenjunga- the world’s 3rd highest mountain. But apart from these identities of Darjeeling, do you know that shopping in Darjeeling should also be an important part of your tour plan.
Take a look at these famous points for shopping in Darjeeling and come back home with many memories from the land of Kangchenjunga.
The Mall Road
Coming to Darjeeling and not visiting the famous Mall Road is no less than a crime. You would get everything here and thus you must have enough time in your hand to shop here. Fancy jewelry items, woolen clothes, Pashmina Shawls, trendy jackets for both men and women, scarves, sweaters, cardigans, mysterious Tibetan masks, and other handmade souvenirs grace this market. And you must also go to the Glenary’s if you love the baked food! Hit this place between 8 A.M. and 7 P.M.
Placed on the Hill Cart Road, you would see small shops in this market that is set up by the local people only to earn their means of livelihood. Why is it a must visit? Because of the delightful street shopping chance that every shopaholic would love. The non-shopaholics would also love the vibrant atmosphere of Nehru Road shops. Apart from the small shops, recently, some branded shops have also opened their outlets here. And the State Government also added a Handicrafts Emporium which is soul satisfying for sure. Apart from art and craft, you would love the varieties of Darjeeling tea, woolen clothes in latest designs, Khuree or Gorkha Knives, leather handbags, small souvenirs, Pashmina Shawls, and peaceful Buddha statues.
Ghum Monastery Market
If you are in Darjeeling, then the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset must be there in your “To Do” list. Ghum Monastery is a beautiful location to witness both these- sunrise and sunset. You would realize that the poets were true while describing the beauty of nature and all those people who have said you romantic things about sunrise and sunset were also true. Actually, the best time to visit this market is post-sunrise and sunset. Amongst the monks, while soaking the chilling wind and getting enticed by nature, your shopping in Darjeeling is definitely going to be an unforgettable experience. You can collect many Tibetan artefacts from here like the prayer wheels, prayer flags, singing bowls, bags, and Thangas- Tibetan wall paintings.
Batasia Loop Market
It is called loop market because of its location. Batasia is a street shopping destination that is situated in Ghum and Darjeeling’s loop line. If you know how to bargain in markets, then this is the right place to shop for some top quality bags. Without feeling a burning sensation in your pocket. Along with bags, you can also buy accessories for women, woolen goods, and home décor items. There is also a toy train here and you must enjoy this ride. 9 A.M to 6 P.M. is the time to head for this small but beautiful market.
As the market is located near the nostalgic and peaceful Teesta river, the market is called Teesta Bazar. Coming out of the shell of a metropolitan city, when you see a market surrounded by a large expanse of hills and greenery- you are surely going to be shocked. Yes, this is also India- the land of diversity. Now, on a daily basis, tourists drop here to go ahead to Siliguri or Gangtok or Darjeeling. Actually, you would cross this sprawling market while on your way to Darjeeling uphills as it is located on the Siliguri-Gangtok highway. Expensive and reasonable- you would get things here at both rates. Handicrafts sell here the most along with other things like hunting shoes, copperware, silverware, footwear, wall paintings, and lanterns.
You can come here anytime between 8 A.M and 6 P.M. Once you are done with your shopping, treat yourself with some piping hot momos served with soup and spicy chutney!