Chowrasta Or Darjeeling Mall
#28 of 28 Places to Visit in Darjeeling
Distance (From Darjeeling Himalayan Railway): 1 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Place Location: At The Center Of Darjeeling Town
Transportation Options: Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 1 km from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station, Darjeeling Mall or Chowrasta is located at the heart of Darjeeling town. It is considered as the hub for all type of activities in Darjeeling and also among the best places to visit in Darjeeling.
The word 'Chow' means four and 'Rasta' stands for roads, essentially means that the Mall is where four roads meet. Located on top of Nehru Road, This flat piece of circular land is the major shopping area and center for commercial activities. In olden days, this was the place where the Europeans came for their evening walks. Today, the locals as well as the tourists come here to lounge and relax. In a clear day, one can also have a magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga from here.
There are benches all along the Mall Road for people to sit and enjoy the views over a cup of Darjeeling tea. Also, there are some of the old and heritage stores lined up and countless vendors selling artifacts, woollens and various figurines along the street. Besides shopping one can also go for a pony ride here. There is also a small open space auditorium here, where local rock bands often host performances. The temple of Mahakal is located on the hill top right at the center of the Mall and Chowrasta.
Taxis are not allowed in the Mall area. Taxis can only come up to the stand near the junction of Nehru road and Gandhi road, or up to the Windamere hotel on the Mall road from where it would be a shorter and easier walk to the Mall.
Timings: 8 AM - 8 PM