Tinchuley, North Bengal – A village amidst the wilderness


Tinchuley, the hidden treasures of Darjeeling region is a village amidst the wilderness. Tinchuley means three chullas or three ovens. The localites of Tinchuley with their initiative converted their rural village into self-sustained eco-urban village. The organizations like WWF (World Wildlife Federation) with their effort led to the development of floriculture projects, forest nursery, and by-compost and vermin-compost manure projects. There are innumerable viewpoints in Tinchuley like the Gumbadara View point, which gives extraordinary views of River Teesta. The Tinchuley View point gives nearly a 180 degree view of the entire range of Eastern Himalayas with the majestic Mt.Kanchenjungha ruling the sky. The towns like Gangtok,  Kalimpong and Darjeeling are also visible from these view points.

Places to see at Tinchuley: Tinchuley has several attractions in store for its tourists. Among them Tinchuley Monastery, Tinchuley Sunrise Point, Durpin Dara, the Teesta River, the Rangit River and Gombu Dara View Point deserve to be mentioned. A local youth club provides tourists with trails, treks, transports and tours.

tinchuleyGumpha Dara Rocks in Tinchuley have emerged from the deep of underground. A long fern-covered trail through the dark and deep forest leads to these rocks. The rocks stand amidst picturesque and panoramic landscape. Gumpha Dara rocks feature the magnificence of Indian art and culture during the British Raj. Several caves lie hidden beneath the rocks. The interior of the caves is an impenetrable mystery. These rocks are historically important as it recalls a 200-year-old legend. A group of lamas with their geylings and jhamtas ran from the dead hand of their enemies and took shelter there. The British army would train its soldiers on the Gumpha Dara rocks.

The breathtaking and awe-inspiring voyage to the Teesta River is an obsession with the tourists. Especially the Lovers’ Meet point where the Rangit meets the Tista is an irresistible attraction of Tinchuley. It is a good chance to have a look of Sikkim standing on the bank of the Tista. The forbidding mountain peaks Everest and Kanchenjuaga loom at a distance from the Teesta.

Nearby Attractions at Tinchuley:

From here you can have a glance of the magnificent Kalimpong.  The meandering Teesta River will also cause an oscillation in your heart. The towering peak of mighty Mt.Kanchenjunga and numerous walks through winding paths across villages and forests are also its other attractions. You can also visit a local monastery. Darjeeling is nearby and so are the numerous Tea Estates like Runglee Rungliot and others.

Things to do at Teenchuley: Nature walk, trekking, birdwatching and cave hunting.

Best time to visit Tinchuley: The best time to visit Tinchuley ranges from the month of September to the month of April.

How to go ?

The small village of Tinchuley is located above the old cantonment area of Takdah in Kurseong. In the district of Darjeeling, West Bengal, Tinchuley is a luring call to rock climbers. It is within your reach from Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Darjeeling distances 32 kilometers and Kalimpong distances 43 kilometers from Tinchuley.


Where to stay ?

There are two accommodation options in Tinchuley – a heritage guesthouse and a village homestay. Both the accommodation options provide the necessary facilities for a comfortable stay with a touch of local culture. For booking details you may contact:

Tinchuley Retreat
9836955186, 9830947352, 9830788403

Gurung Guest House
9163755845, 9830947352, 9830788403

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.


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