Tinchuley/Tinchulley, Darjeeling Himalaya – nestled in the cosy lap of the idyllic Himalayan village, near Darjeeling, at an altitude of 5,800ft, and just 3kms above Takdah. Tinchulley is famous for homestay in village tourism concept. The word Tinchuley stands for three chullas (chulla means oven). Because of the three prominent hill tops that resembles the three chullas. Tinchuley located close to Darjeeling which can be reached through a drive of 32 kilometres. It is at a distance of 78 kilometres from Siliguri, 33 kilometres from Kalimpong and 85 kilometres from Gangtok.
It provides stunning Himalayan views with the Majestic Kanchanjunga towering over the entire region. Therefore the places specializes in Village Tourism and one can take village walks, nature hikes and tea garden visits during their stay here. The untouched natural forest, is a birdwatchers paradise. Besides that sunrise views from specific points in this region are greatly talked about by all.
The inhabitants of this quiet settlement took an initiative for establishing their locality as a model organic village. While WWF has declared tinchuley as a model village because of its effort in the improvement of environment of Darjeeling and its adjoining areas. The main attraction of this village is its Home Hospitality where one gets to eat bio-organic food and stay in village. Most importantly if you love nature, the lovely views of the Himalayan range, like to see the meandering Teesta flow through the mountain landscapes, enjoy tea gardens, orange orchards, walking along village trails, watching birds, local culture, people and food, then this is the right place for you.
Activities in Tinchuley – What to Do?
Sunrise point –This place provides beautiful views magnificent sunrise and of the surrounding mountains including the Tista valley. See how the snow peaks of Kanchenjunga and other Himalan peaks sparkle as the day light breaks.
Visit the Nirmal’s lovely Orange Orchards (6.5 kms drive from Tinchuley). This family owned property also has a factory producing fresh orange juice, marmalades and pickles which you can buy at reasonable prices.
Visit the Tinchuley Monastery, where a Lama had meditated for 17 long years. You will see the long line of prayer wheels on outside wall.
Walk for about 25 minutes through forest of ferns and reach Gumbadara, another great view point from where you see the river Rangeet and a part of Sikkim. The large rocks here have historical significance. Hence, they are great training grounds for rock climbers. There are also several caves here which you can explore.
Even more you walk through the lovely nature trails, trek and explore the nearby villages. You can visit all attractions near Takdah as well. Tinchuley is only 2.5 kms away from Takdah.
Other Attractions around Tinchuley
Orchid Center at Takdah: While you visit Takdah this orchid center is most noteworthy, once used to be one of the best in the whole of Asia.
Rungli Runliot Tea Esate: Second nearest attaction is the lovely Rungli Rungliot Tea Gardens. The garden is surrounded by mountains and you can see river Teesta flowing far away… a picturesque sight. The tea estate is about 2 kms from the main market of Takdah. There are many tea gardens within short distances where you can experience the garden life, watch tea plucking, visit the factory and see tea processing.
Another is Peshok Tea Estate. Stop at the Peshoke Tea Garden View Point and soak in views all around and drive along. The road winds all the way down mostly through the tea gardens and meets Peshoke road below.
Besides that, on Peshoke road you may turn left towards Lamahatta, a relatively new Eco Tourism place which has come up. It is being run by the villagers who have opened a number of simple homestays for tourists. Therefore you will see prominent signs on the road while you approach Lamahatta. It will take over an hour from Tinchuley to reach Lamahatta.