Tinchuley or Tinchule is a mountain village near Darjeeling. It is a tourist destination attracting off-beat nature lovers.
Tinchuley was started as an eco-tourism initiative with active support from WWF during the 1990’s. As part of the initiative, home stay as well as other sustainable projects such as organic farming was started. Tourism in the area grew several fold over the decades and today Tinchuley has a remarkable number of home stay, lodge and resorts in and around.
The major attraction of Tinchuley is the calm and peaceful surrounding; you may go for a walk amidst the pine and oak trees which are in abundance in the area. There is hardly any traffic on the road and you may spend the entire day just roaming in the countryside blissfully; heedless of your city woes.
How to Reach Tinchuley
You may reach Tinchuley through a number of different routes. The most common road connects Tinchuley with Darjeeling. As you travel from Darjeeling towards Teesta through Jorbanglow, you will be travelling through the Peshok road. Just about 8 kms before you reach Teesta Bazar, take a right turn from 11th mile, also known as Lopchu Bazar area. From this turning Tinchuley is just 4 kms away. This route is the easiest if you are coming from Darjeeling, the distance is about 25 kms.
You can also take the right turn at 6th mile bazaar on peshok road. This is few kilometres before 11th mile, take this road to reach Takdah and from Takdah take the left road to reach Tinchuley a few kilometres ahead. The total distance from Darjeeling to Tinchuley through this route is about 30 kms.
There is also a steep road that reaches Tinchuley from Teesta Bazar. You will be passing through Chegra Busty, Takling Village and Kolbang to reach Tinchuley. The distance through this road is very short but the road is quite steep.
Another option is to travel via 27th mile on the Bengal Sikkim Highway and take a left turn near the NHPC Teesta Low dam project. This route travels through Teesta Valley Tea Estate and Rangli Rangliot Tea estate before meeting the Darjeeling – 6th mile road at Peshok.
So many options might seem confusing to the uninitiated, also take into consideration that road condition, rather than the distance, plays a more critical role in selecting your travel plan in this region. So we highly recommend consulting our helpdesk experts at naturebeyond who are well aware about the latest road condition in the area.
We also recommend taking a knowledgeable local driver, such as available with naturebeyond, before venturing into this area as the road may be confusing and even dangerous and self driving by people who have experience only in driving in the plains is not recommended.
Things to See
The Sunrise point is an excellent place to view sunrise in the morning. Also this hill top provides fantastic view of the East Himalayan mountain range. Next to the view point is the Tinchuley Monastery which is also worth a visit.
Couple of kilometres towards the peshok road and you will reach Gumbadara, view point provides a very wide view of the river Teesta from above, above the view point is Gumbadara rock and cave, its a natural cave with a narrow entrance and the rock is ideal for climbers to practice on.
Tinchuley should not be considered as a single destination, the whole area is quite popular for tourists and there are several tourist places within a few kilometres that can be visited based here. Takdah cantonment (3 kms) and Rangli-Rangliot tea garden is just few minutes’ drive away. All the sightseeing of this area can be covered from here easily.
Couple of kms downhill drive from Tinchuley will take you to Mangwa area. The Chota Mangwa and Bara Mangwa hills, that have grown in popularity on their own right are again a few minutes drive away.
Lamahatta, a relatively new tourist destination that have come up on the Peshok road, is again just about 8 kms away from here.
Where to Stay
Home stay is the preferred accommodation in and around Tinchuley as there is no hotel or resort here. Till about a decade back, the options for accommodation here was very limited. But In the recent years many homestays and home lodges have come up in the vicinity. Also since Tinchuley is a continuation of the Lamahatta – Gumbadara – Baramangwa - Takdah belt, you may also consider staying at any of these other places and enjoy a tour of Tinchuley. The Home Stay division of naturebeyond, known as Humro Home, is constantly in touch with the best homestays in the area. Contact our helpdesk by submitting the form in this page and we will serve your exact travel needs.
The weather at Tinchuley is pleasant during most of the year. The altitude of the place is about 5,500 ft. The weather does not get too cold during the winter (of course you would require heavy woollens though) and during the summer months Tinchuley does not lose its cool. The rainy season may observe heavy downpour and lasts between July and September