Tinchuley or Tinchule is a mountain village near Darjeeling. It is a relatively new 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.
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. A few kilometres ahead you will take a right turn from 6th mile bazaar, take the road to the right to reach Takdah and from Takdah take the left road to reach Tinchuley a few kilometres ahead. The total distance from Darjeeling to Tinchuley 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 extremely steep and difficult to access even by the experienced hill drivers.
The third 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.
We would strongly recommend taking a knowledgeable driver, such as available with mytourideas before venturing into this area as the road may be confusing and even dangerous for the uninitiated.
What 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. The Gumbadara view point provides a very wide view of the river Teesta from above.
From Tinchuley you can visit nearby tourist destination. Takdah cantonment and Rangli-Rangliot tea garden is just a few minutes drive from here. The area is full of Tea gardens producing some of the best tea in the world. Some of the famous tea gardens around here include Namring TG, Rangli-Rangliot TG, Gayle Bhanjan TG, Teesta Valley TG.
Where to Stay
The best available accommodation at Tinchuley is the Gurung Cottage. The Gurung family has been one of the first to start homestay at Tinchuley and till date they have also been the most successful. You can get the tariff and other details about Gurung Homestay from our executives by filling up the form below.
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 loose its cool. The rainy season may observe heavy downpour and lasts between July and September.