Tiger Hill, India

Sunrise at Mt Kanchenjunga, viewed from Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill, India

Tiger Hill is located 11 kilometres from Darjeeling town in West Bengal, India, and one of the places to visit in this town famous for its tea gardens. With Tiger Hill’s summit perched at a height of 2,573 metres, it is the highest point among the hills of Darjeeling. On our tour of Darjeeling, Sikkim, and Bhutan, we take a sunrise drive to this summit, in order to see the dawn light breaking over the snow peaks before sunlight even reaches the lowlands. Visible from Tiger Hill on this sunrise view are the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, and the third highest, Mt Kanchenjunga. The summit at Tiger Hill also commands a panoramic view of the vast plains of North Bengal.

Sunrise at Mt Kanchenjunga, viewed from Tiger Hill
Sunrise at Mt Kanchenjunga, viewed from Tiger Hill

A tour of Tiger Hill will include a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as the summit is located above Ghoom (also spelled Ghum), a small locality that is home to the highest railway station in India, one of the railway station stops of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (or Toy Train), sitting at 2,258 metres. Travellers ride the steam-powered locomotive that stops at scenic Batasia Loop.

View from Batasia Loop, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, India
View from Batasia Loop, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, India

Tiger Hill is one of India’s most popular tourist places. It can get crowded, so if you want to see Kanchenjunga and Everest in peace, it is advisable to get there very early (starting your journey at around 3:30 am) on your Darjeeling tour.

 Your drive to the viewpoint will take you past Senchal Lake, part of the Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary which was set up in 1915.

You will be able to join a sunrise visit to Tiger Hill with a local guide on Odyssey Traveller’s tour of Darjeeling, Sikkim, and Bhutan. Odyssey Traveller conducts educational tours focused on history, culture, and architecture, and has been serving global travellers since 1983. Our tour costs are inclusive of all entrances, tipping, and majority of meals. On this particular tour, nearly all of the daily meals are provided, especially during the Bhutan leg of the trip, giving you a chance to try each destination’s unique cuisine.

Stunning view of a green tea plantation during a beautiful sunset. Darjeeling tea is a tea grown in the Darjeeling district, Kalimpong District in West Bengal, India.
Stunning view of a green tea plantation during a beautiful sunset. Darjeeling tea is a tea grown in the Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India.

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