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Observatory Hill

Observatory Hill is breathtaking and one of the most visited attractions of Darjeeling. It is located above Chowrasta Square and is well known for offering 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, and devotees 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 rest on the benches along the route while trekking to Observatory Hill, as it can be tiring.

Below 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 the 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. The climate condition is pleasant and lets you enjoy a joyful sightseeing. 

How to Reach Darjeeling Observatory Hill

No vehicles or taxis can take you up the hill, and trekking is the only way to reach the top. It is located behind Chowrasta Mall, encircled by Mall Road, about 500 m of uphill walk. The trek will take about 15 minutes to reach Darjeeling Observatory Hill and the Mahakal Temple.

Tourist Places to Visit around Observatory Hill

Besides Observatory Hill, you can explore Mall Road and Chowrasta Square near the hill. They are popular tourist places in Darjeeling found at the height of approx. 2,134 meters. Even with many 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.

Apart from this, there are many tourist places that you can explore by booking a tour with us. Browse the list of Darjeeling tour packages and contact our tour experts to modify your choices for a remarkable vacation.

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