In Darjeeling Town
You won't be short of things to do in Darjeeling, as there really is something for everyone. From the snow leopards at the world famous Zoo to the unforgettable experience of Tiger hill; from the delightful handicraft shops to the modern shopping Malls, there are plenty of ways to spend your time, whatever the weather.
Restaurants in Darjeeling
Darjeeling is definitely not short on places to eat out, and there is something to please everyone from Chinese to South Indian, and everything in between. We also own Hotel & Restaurant Shangrila, a restaurant and bar with a great location at the top of the mall that offers a range of Indian, Chinese, Tibetan and Nepali cuisine. An original British Raj building, it has the quaint charm of a Victorian seaside town.
In the winter there is an open fire to warm you up and during the day you can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and watch the crowds going up to Chowrastha. Dont forget guests of Shangri-La Regency get a 15% discount on food and drinks.
Whilst in Darjeeling make sure you sample Tibetan Momos. These steamed dumplings are filled with minced meat or cheese and served with a fiery chilli dip. The best momos and Shaphale (Deep-fried savoury pastries) can be found at Hima Tibetan Restaurant near the Darjeeling Post Office.
Nightlife in Darjeeling
Although Darjeeling is not known for its throbbing nightlife, most restaurants are closed by 10-10.30, (8.30 to 9pm during the off-season) There are a few places where you can get a late drink and meet up with your fellow travellers. Joeys pub is warm and cosy with a good crowd and popular with foreigners. It too is near the post office.
Shopping in Darjeeling
The best place to start shopping is on the Mall Road which is just few minutes walk along from Hotel Shangri-la Regency, leading up to Chowrastha. You can spend many a happy hour browsing through the myriad curio shops in Darjeeling where you will find a wide range of handicrafts such as Nepalese and Tibetan brass work and jewellery, carpets and woven crafts.
There is also a wide range of Buddhist ceremonial realia such as statues, Thankhas (Paintings) and metal work available.
Cinema in Darjeeling
If you need a break from the sight-seeing and shopping Darjeeling also boasts a newly built multi-screen cinema “INOX” showing the latest Indian and western releases. This is part of a large mall which has shops, cafes and restaurants.
Internet Access in Darjeeling
There are plenty of Internet cafes around Darjeeling where you can catch up with your emails or surf the web. One of the best is Compuset where the owner and staff are friendly and helpful. Its just opposite Hotel Shangri-la Regency on Gandhi Road.
Banks in Darjeeling
All of the major Indian banks have branches in Darjeeling and most of them have ATM facilities.