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[Map 1]Darjeeling, also spelled Darjiling as well as the Tibetan spelling Dorje-ling, sets at approximately 7,000 feet/2,100 metres above sea level in the northeast part of India in the state of West Bengal.

It's on a narrow ridge in the Himalayas with a good view of surrounding mountains to include Mt Everest when the weather cooperates. [1]

This is the place of origin for the well-known Darjeeling tea.


Notable Species

Among notable birds connected to Darjeeling the Indian Peafowl is the state bird of India and the White-throated Kingfisher the bird of the State of West Bengal.

Darjeeling, or Darjiling, has had 782 species reported as having been sighted with 34 species considered as globally threatened. [2]


The Brown Shrike and Pink-rumped Rosefinch are among the species considered as rare for this area. [2]


Birds you can see here include:

Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Indian Spot-billed Duck, White-headed Duck, Hill Partridge, Swamp Francolin, Kalij Pheasant, Little Grebe, Rock Pigeon, Asian Emerald Dove, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Bengal Florican, Greater Coucal, Fork-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo, Common Cuckoo, Hodgson's Frogmouth, Gray Nightjar, White-rumped Needletail, Asian Palm-Swift, Crested Treeswift, Brown-cheeked Rail, Black-tailed Crake, Sarus Crane, Indian Thick-knee, Black-winged Stilt, Ibisbill, Pacific Golden-Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Greater Painted-Snipe, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank, Small Buttonquail, Oriental Pratincole, Black-headed Gull, Asian Openbill, Painted Stork, Oriental Darter, Little Cormorant, Great Bittern, Great Egret, Malayan Night-Heron, Glossy Ibis, Osprey, Black-winged Kite, Black Eagle, Upland Buzzard, Australasian Grass-Owl, Mountain Scops-Owl, Brown Wood-Owl, Brown Boobook, Red-headed Trogon, Eurasian Hoopoe, Indian Gray Hornbill, Blyth's Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Indian Roller, Coppersmith Barbet, Eurasian Wryneck, Himalayan Woodpecker, Greater Yellownape, Collared Falconet, Alexandrine Parakeet, Long-tailed Broadbill, Blue-naped Pitta, Small Minivet, Black-headed Shrike-Babbler, Indian Golden Oriole, Ashy Woodswallow, Large Woodshrike, Common Iora, White-throated Fantail, Black Drongo, Black-naped Monarch, Brown Shrike, Eurasian Jay, Common Raven, Yellow-bellied Fairy-Fantail, Fire-capped Tit, Yellow-cheeked Tit, Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark, Common Tailorbird, Golden-headed Cisticola, Thick-billed Warbler, Striated Grassbird, Scaly-breasted Cupwing, Gray-throated Martin, Nepal House-Martin, Black-headed Bulbul, Mountain Bulbul, Ashy-throated Warbler, Whistler's Warbler, Gray-hooded Warbler, Pale-footed Bush Warbler, Rufous-faced Warbler, Aberrant Bush Warbler, White-browed Tit-Warbler, Asian Desert Warbler, White-breasted Parrotbill, Black-throated Parrotbill, Striated Yuhina, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Bar-winged Wren-Babbler, Gray-throated Babbler, White-hooded Babbler, Nepal Fulvetta, Scaly Laughingthrush, Chestnut-tailed Minla, Goldcrest, Wallcreeper, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Hodgson's Treecreeper, Eurasian Wren, Spotted Elachura, White-throated Dipper, Golden-crested Myna, Spot-winged Starling, Grandala, Indian Blackbird, Dusky Thrush, Dark-sided Flycatcher, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Plumbeous Redstart, Desert Wheatear, Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, Streaked Spiderhunter, Asian Fairy-bluebird, Blue-winged Leafbird, Streaked Weaver, Red Avadavat, Alpine Accentor, House Sparrow, Forest Wagtail, Olive-backed Pipit, Collared Grosbeak, Brown Bullfinch, Tibetan Serin, Crested Bunting, Chestnut Bunting.

Other Wildlife

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History and Use

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Areas of Interest

There are many places to enjoy birds and nature in this area.

Among those are these sanctuaries and parks. [3] The Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Jore Pokhri Wildlife Sanctuary, Singalila National Park, Neora Valley National Park, Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Jaldapara National Park.

Access and Facilities

The closest commercial airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra International Airport (IXB). But, flying into it will still require 2 ½ - 3 hours of additional travel to reach Darjeeling. Consult a trusted travel professional for advice, assistance, and specific, up-to-date information.


  1. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Darjiling, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc – Publisher, Published April 23, 2020, https://www.britannica.com/place/Darjiling, Access Date: September 11, 2020
  2. Lepage D. (2020) Darjiling Bird Checklist - Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World. Retrieved 12 September 2020
  1. Travel Triangle – Wildlife in Darjeeling - https://traveltriangle.com/blog/wildlife-in-darjeeling/

Recommended Citation


  1. Darjeeling on Google Maps