The land of tea gardens and heavenly hills, Darjeeling , undoubtedly, looks like a piece of paradise. Millions of tourists flood this charming state every year to explore its scenic beauty. It is probably the only place in West Bengal where you can enjoy the beauty of lush green hills, smell the hypnotising aroma of tea gardens, laze by soothing streams and savour the best of sunrise and sunset views. But there is still one thing which most of us miss out on while in Darjeeling. Yes, exploring its lively markets. However, let us tell you that a visit to these beautiful markets would certainly be an everlasting experience for you. From handicrafts to woven fabrics and wooden items to colourful pots, you can find everything here. Following is the list of the major markets one must explore while in Darjeeling.
1) Chowk Bazaar
Even though Chowk Bazaar is mostly famous amongst locals and tourists for its fruits and vegetable shops, there is still a lot which can be witnessed and purchased here. The market is located in the centre of Darjeeling and is one of the busiest streets in the city.
The major items which can be purchased here include brassware, handwoven materials, caps, wooden boxes and beautiful rugs. While in Chowk Bazaar, do not forget to visit its tea stalls and savour the best of brewed tea. This freshly prepared tea will certainly revitalise you.
2) Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre
If you are an ardent traveller, then you must not miss exploring the history and beauty of the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre. Established in the year 1959 as a camp for Tibetan refugees, the area has developed into a flourishing market over a period of time. Now, one can purchase incredible wooden items and beautiful woven materials here.
One can also learn a little bit of Tibetan culture within its boundaries. The major goods which can be bought include footwear, paintings and clothes. It is also one of the few places where you can purchase Tibetan carpets.
3) Mall Road
One of the most popular shopping streets, Mall Road is every shopaholic's destination in Darjeeling. Therefore, it is rightly said that if you have ever been to Darjeeling and didn't experience souvenir shopping at Mall Road, then your visit to the hill station is certainly incomplete. From fancy items to jackets and woollen scarves to Tibetan masks, you can find everything here. The lively environment of the market will certainly add to your shopping experience.
4) Nehru Road
Another place in Darjeeling which is a delight for shoppers, Nehru Road is home to numerous beautiful shops and stalls where you can find everything, ranging from hand-made items to ready-made materials. It is one of those markets is Darjeeling where you can also find several branded stores.
Therefore, it is a perfect stoppage for souvenir shopping. From the best of Darjeeling tea to hand-woven woollen clothes and marvellous paintings to beautiful Buddha statues, you can find a lot of things here.
5) Teesta Bazaar
Located on the banks of the Teesta river in the close proximity of the beautiful Kalimpong town, Teesta Baazar is a perfect place for those who always look forward to avoiding the crowd while shopping. As this beautiful market is only visited by locals and a few offbeat tourists, you can shop items comfortably, that too at very reasonable rates.
The major things which can be bought here include wall paintings, lanterns, copperware, crockery and several other fancy items. Do not forget to savour its luscious hot momos, which will certainly pacify your taste buds.