Darjeeling took my heart away with its beauty, food and people! Its a beautiful Hill Town in North of West Bengal overlooking the Kanchenjunga, famous for Darjeeling tea and toy train. I visited Darjeeling in the first week of June.
In my blog post i will take you through my food diary of Darjeeling.
Darjeeling and around is full of lush green tea gardens which produces Black, Green, White and Oolong tea. You can visit Happy Valley Tea estate which is walking distance from Chowrasta to know how tea is produced. And while you are there you can also visit the tea gardens and do some tea tasting! You will find many tea shops in Darjeeling selling local tea upto Rs. 30,000 a kilo.
Churpi / Chhurpi
Chhurpi is traditional cheese made with buttermilk which is rich in nutrients. It has no taste but gives a milky flavour in the end. I loved chewing it while roaming on the streets. It comes in soft and hard varieties.
A spicy potato gravy widely available all over Darjeeling. I had it on the street where the vendor topped aloo pakoras with aloo dum and namkeen. It was hot and delicious!
Singhada / Samosa
Small bite sized samosas called Singhadas in West Bengal are available at every corner of Darjeeling. They are spicy, crispy and yummy and are perfect snack with tea.
Glenary’s is not only a bakery, restaurant or pub, its a landmark of Darjeeling since a very very long time. We went here thrice and enjoyed every visit here. We had our dinner with live music at the Restaurant and loved our coffee and bakes during sunset.
It is a traditional sweet/ doughnut made with rice on festivals in Darjeeling.
Momos and Thukpa
You will find momos and thukpa everywhere in Darjeeling. I visited the old Tibetan Restaurants Kunga, Dekevas and Chopstix in Dajeeling to have the authentic Tibetan meal. At Kunga loved the momos and fresh juice, Dekeva’s served delicious Thukpa and Chopstix had one of the yummiest pork ribs.
Kolkatta’s famous egg rolls are made all over Darjeeling by the street vendors and it is one of the most filling street food here. We had chicken egg roll. Check out the video on my Instagram @eat.with.chi
We had this for the first time at Chowrasta. It was a huge, deep fried whole wheat bread filled with chicken and finely chopped onions. My favourite street food in Darjeeling.
High Tea, Windamere Hotel, Darjeeling
Windamere Hotel in Darjeeling is an award winning Heritage Hotel established in the 19th Century by the Britishers. They still serve the High Tea from 4 pm to 6 pm in the same way they used to serve back then.
More things to eat in Darjeeling
Joey’s pub is an excellent place for cheap drinks established almost 70 years back.
Keventers at the beginning of Mall road serves shakes and snacks but we loved the soft serve here!
Tea is available almost everywhere in Darjeeling. Here i am having a cup of refreshing tea at Ghoom station during the Toy Train joy ride.