Located above Chowrasta Square, Observatory Hill is one of the most visited places in Darjeeling. It offers panoramic views of the mountains along with the presence of Hindu and Buddhist temples like Mahakal Temple, Tibetan Memorial Shrine, and Kanchenjunga Temple.
Many adventure seekers visit this place as you need to trek to reach the top along with devotees who trek to reach the temples. It takes about 15 minutes to reach the top from Mall Road and in the narrow and steep uphill path. There is a small cave, which you need to pass. The cave is revered by temples.
En route, you can witness the walk filled with colorful flags and small shrines with relaxing sounds. Older citizens can take a rest on the benches along the route while trekking to Observatory Hill as it can be tiring for them.
Below mentioned are the details to plan your trip to Observatory Hill easily
Observatory Hill Darjeeling History
Lama Dorje Rinzing of Bhutia Basti Monastery built Observatory Hill in 1765. After years, Gorkha invaded this place and destroyed the hill in 1815. Later, in 1861, it was rebuilt before an earthquake devastated it again in 1934. The present one owes its existence to Raja of Sikkim.
Temples at Observatory Hill
You can visit many temples around Observatory Hill in Darjeeling. The famous one is the Mahakal Temple located atop a hill, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Siddhi Sai Baba Temple along the roadside and a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman can also be visited.
Observatory Hill Timings
Sunrise to Sunset with no entry fees.
Best Time to Visit Observatory Hill
April to June will be the best time to visit Observatory Hill in Darjeeling to see picturesque views of Darjeeling town.
How to Reach Darjeeling Observatory Hill
No vehicles or taxis can take you up the hill and the only way to reach the top is by trekking. It is located behind Chowrasta Mall, encircled by the Mall Road, about 500 m of uphill walk. The trek will take about 15 minutes to reach Darjeeling Observatory Hill and the Mahakal Temple.
Other Places to Visit around Observatory Hill
Other than Observatory Hill, you can explore Mall Road and Chowrasta Square located near the hill. They are popular tourist places in Darjeeling located at a height of approx. 2,134 meters.
Even with a lot of tourists visiting these places daily in large numbers, it is one of the cleanest places that offers a peaceful time. You can enjoy the views, click pictures, ride ponies, and buy yourself some souvenirs for memories.