Observatory Hill in Darjeeling

The beautiful view of the Observatory Hill.

The beautiful view of the Observatory Hill. | Photo credit: Anirban Biswas/flickr

Observatory Hill Overview

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One of Darjeeling's popular places of tourist interest- the Observatory Hill is bestowed with immense natural beauty. The hilltop, called as Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan by locals, towers above Chowrasta and The Mall. Visitors will be amazed to know that this is the oldest site of the hill station that has many legends associated with it. As per one of them, this is the place (ling) where Lord Indra's sceptre (Dorje) fell, giving the place its name - Darjeeling.

The Observatory Hill was home to the Bhutia Busty Monastery, which is now in ruins. Known to be the oldest in Darjeeling, this monastery was built in the year 1765 by Lama Dorje-Rinzing. After losing its charm post the Gorkha invasion in 1815, this monastery was relocated in Bhutia Busty in 1879. By far the most prominent attraction of the Observatory Hill is the age-old temple of Mahakal (a form of Lord Shiva). The temple has a sacred cave, which is visited by thousands of devotees every year. The ringing of bells and fluttering of flags exude an enduring spiritual energy.

Apart from these, there are many more attractions in and around the Observatory Hill. Worth-mentioning among them are the Birch Hill, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Katapahar and Jalapahar. Besides, the views of the snow-capped mountains, including the spectacular pinnacles of the Earth's third tallest mountain - Khangchendzonga, from this hilltop are bound to leave you enchanted.

  • Opening Closing Time 06:00 am – 06:30 pm (Daily)

  • Photo Opp

    Offering stunning views of the Khangchendzonga Mountain and valley, the Observatory Hill is the ultimate place for photography.

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Darjeeling, 734101, West Bengal