Tiger Hill

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Karsten
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May 2022 • Solo
Tiger Hill Observatory is one of the best viewpoints of Mt. Kanchenjunga (in Tibetan language it means Five Treasures of Snow) and it's also the highest point in Darjeeling. Here you'd be able to see the the highest peak in India and the 3rd highest summit in the world glowing as the mighty sun shines on its peak. You can also get an awesome view of the Eastern Himalayan Range. You have to reach around 4am to find a perfect spot before it gets too crowded.

I woke up at 3am. The temperature was already at 12° C. I managed to take a quick bath and I put on a knee length dress hoping it will protect me from the chilly weather. Google said during summer months (May to July), temperature ranges from 19° to 23° C so I didn't bring any jacket or sweater. I thought it'll feel like Manali which also has the same elevation of 1500 meters.

When we reached, the temperature dropped to 9° C. Luckily, there were several stalls selling hats, gloves and souvenir items. I got myself a woolen shawl and umbrella since it's started raining. To keep myself warm, I bought coffee served in a bhar/ kulhad (clay cups) which I hope can be adopted by the rest of the world. It's better than using paper or plastic cups. I also hope that there's a bin where we can throw these cups as people tend to just throw them everywhere.

The government of Darjeeling should also do some renovations on the observatory deck,maybe put a sky deck since it's gaining popularity for tourists in Sikkim. Have a better seating area especially for old people and those who couldn't stand longer. Shade where people can stay when it starts raining, toilets, food stalls and a specific area where vendors can sell their products.

I stayed there until 6:30am hoping that the sky would clear up and the fog will dissipate however there's still no sight of Mt. Kanchenjunga or the Himalayas.

Even if I didn't see Mt. Kanchenjunga, it was still a nice experience, I enjoyed being in nature - cool breeze, fresh air and trees all around me. 𝘈𝘮𝘪 𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘬 𝘬𝘩𝘶𝘴𝘩𝘪. 🇮🇳💖🏔️🧳
Written 13 May 2022
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Kalpesh A
Mumbai, India219 contributions
Apr 2022
Don't waste your time. Most of the times due to bad weather you cannot see anything worthwhile. Plus, the commute is harrowing. You could be stuck in traffic for hours due to too many vehicles on a small stretch of road. If you want to visit just to see the wilderness, do so in the afternoon or evening.
Written 12 May 2022
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akghosal
Stoke-on-Trent, UK23 contributions
Mar 2022
There are beautiful views from this place across both Darjeeling & Kanchenjunga in clear weather (with even Mt Everest barely visible if your luckier) although it was foggy when I visited. It was nice to go there despite the fog blocking the view, however, the main reason I haven't given four or five stars is that the car park at the viewpoint area featured some abandoned construction works (it is disappointing to see this at an otherwise significant viewpoint and I sure hope that is addressed in the future) and that there wasn't anything else to see or utilise there (no information point, café/restaurant or toilets).
Written 28 April 2022
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TheHumbleTravellers
Greater Noida, India680 contributions
Feb 2022
A very touristic place of Darjeeling but full of nature. We visited Tiger hill for some birding and boss we were amazed, so much of diversity is at this place.

You will experience much crowd but if you arrive early then can have good chance of sighting birds in silence.

Its quite famous for sighiting common hill pattridge and after waiting for 3 hrs he just came out
Written 17 April 2022
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Rakesh Kumar
Khagaria, India2 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
A sudden plan was made with about 8 friends in January 2022.
To go to Tiger hillsyou have to leave Darjeeling at around 2:00 in the morning, only then you can see the sunrise.Tiger Hills is situated at a very high altitude that's why you have to trek, and the road is slippery, that's why take trekking shoes
Written 3 April 2022
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ariEE
40 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
It was a spectacular view from Tiger hill of 'Kanchanjangha' the third highest mountain in the world of 8,586m. Tiger hill is of 2590m. Before visiting, it is necessary to google the time of sunrise. It will take 45 mints from mall road to Tiger hill by car. After the car drops, we had to climb for 15 minutes to finally reach the top. We were lucky as it was not cloudy and we clearly saw the mountains. There was coffee available for 20 rs. and also you can rent a telescopic view. We tried to click some photos but honestly the eyes are far better than the camera. It was a very good exeperience.
Written 24 March 2022
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malonemi
Chennai (Madras), India107 contributions
Mar 2022
We walked up from Jorebungalow. Recommend this only if you start at 4:00 am, to be ahead of the endless rush of fume and dust spewing jeeps. Thousands at the top, with huge viewing structure useable, but still under construction. Interestingly, while we were focused on the High Himalaya views, most were focused on the sunrise to the east. So photo ops easier for us. After the thousands rushed out to the next stop on the jeep tour, the walk down was absolutely beautiful in solitude.
Written 18 March 2022
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rads2k
Chennai (Madras), India182 contributions
Dec 2021
We had to leave the hotel very early to reach this place before sunrise. It was a cold walk in the early morning to reach the view point. There were hundreds of vehicles before us, and thousands of people already.

The experience was good and the view was fabulous.
Written 9 January 2022
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Ambarish2012
Kolkata (Calcutta), India153 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Once upon a time it was a unique experience. But now it is an overhyped activity while visiting Darjeeling.
There are now so many spots from where you can see an amazing sunrise. As such, importance of Tiger hill is downgoing.
Another problem is too many people causing massive crowds. Besides, a lot of construction work is happening in the location (a natural consequence of tourist footfall). As such the original charm of the place is not there.
Written 4 December 2021
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Sid G
73 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
Heavenly experience, what can be more mesmerising than watching the sunrise at one side and watching its reflection on the Kanchenjunga mountains on the other side
Written 9 November 2021
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