Top 17 Places with the Best Views of Kanchenjunga

Last Updated on May 9, 2024

Seeking the best views of Kanchenjunga can be an enchanting quest for any traveler. Known as the third highest peak in the world, Kanchenjunga's majestic presence is a sight to behold, and finding the perfect spot to witness its glory is a journey worth taking.

Let's explore the best places to see Kanchenjunga in its full glory (preferably without difficult trekking). I will also share with you the best hotels with Kanchenjunga views, the best time to plan your trips and other tips to see Kanchenjunga in its full glory.

I have heard from people who woke up at 4 am and drove to the Tiger Hill parking area and wrestled the zealous crowd to catch the glimpse of the golden peak at sunrise and returning without a sight of it. It seemed as difficult as sighting a tiger in the wild. But unlike my safari experiences, my trips to north Bengal and Sikkim have always been quite lucky. I have seen the peak on all my trips, often from the comfort of my hotel.

This article is a culmination of my experiences, designed to guide you to the best viewpoints. I have focused more on sharing the tips to catch the best views of Kanchenjunga without much of an effort, while travelling with family and kids. But I have also included some spots that require moderate level of trekking to reach the viewpoint. 

How to capture the best views of Kanchenjunga peak - the world's third highest mountain from India. No you don't necessarily need to embark on a difficult trek for that

Easily Accessible Viewpoints

So, let's begin my top picks for the best view of Kanchenjunga from India which are easily accessible by car. You can visit these places or even stay here to witness the views at different times of the day. Since I mostly travel with family, that is my toddler and elderly parents, such places are precious to me.

Top Pick 1

Hotels in lower Pelling on the Pelling- Rimbi Road.

Breathtaking morning view of Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill, Darjeeling, with a captivating blend of natural beauty and tranquility
Kanchenjunga in the morning (c)backpacknplore

🌟Enjoy unobstructed Kanchenjunga views from your hotel's balcony or rooftop, without navigating the crowd and parking rush.

🌟Hotel prices are cheaper, and the area is less commercialized that upper Pelling

🌟Close to some of the top attractions of Sikkim – Kanchenjunga Falls, Rabdentse Ruins, and Khechoperi Lake.

Top Pick 2

Charkhole Viewpoints

🌟Charkhole is a tranquil village in the Kalimpong district of West Bengal

🌟There are many homestays in the region which offer spectacular views of Kanchenjunga

🌟Stay atleast one night in Charkhole just to enjoy the pristine natural beauty away from the tourist crowd. It's not a place to for usual spot-hopping, but a place to slow down, and be close to the nature.

Top Pick 3

Hotels in Delo Hill, Kalimpong

Scenic view from a room at Summit Sherpa in Delo Hill, Kalimpong, highlighting the magnificent Kanchenjunga and the winding Teesta River
View from my room at Summit Sherpa

🌟Delo Hills, about 4km away from the Kalimpong town has the best hotels with outstanding Kanchenjunga views.

🌟From our hotel Summit Sherpa Mountain Inn we could see the Kanchenjunga from our window along with the Teesta river meandering its way through the valley

🌟Most attractive locations of Kalimpong – Delo Park, Science City, Buddha Park, Hanuman Tok etc. are located close to this area.

Now let's dive deeper into the North Bengal and Sikkim regions of India seeking the best Kanchenjunga views. The list is in no particular order. I just want to share some glorious pictures from my photo dump.

1. Tiger Hill, Darjeeling

Golden hue all over the sky with Kanchenjunga peaks shining bright and clear as seen from Tiger Hill vantage point in Darjeeling
CC. Unsplash

Let's start with the average Bengali's favorite hill station, the Queen of Hills, Darjeeling. Situated about 13 km from the main town of Darjeeling, this Tiger Hill is most famous Kanchenjunga viewpoint. It is best visited early for the sunrise. On a clear day you can also see the Mount Everest peak.

You'll need to wake up around 4 am and make your way to the viewpoint. Although navigating through the parked cars in the early morning can be a bit of a hassle, the stunning view that awaits is well worth it. Local cab drivers often provide a helpful wake-up call if you've hired them for sightseeing.

  • Timings: 4 AM – 6 PM
  • Entry Fee: ₹70 per person

Travelling internationally? I recommend Visitor's Coverage for travel insurance

2. Tinchuley , Darjeeling District

Panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga range from Tinchuley, Darjeeling District, offering a serene and stunning mountain vista.

Tinchule, located near Kalimpong in West Bengal, is a lesser-known yet captivating viewpoint for Kanchenjunga. Approximately 60 kilometers from Darjeeling, Tinchule offers a tranquil escape from the more touristy areas. The name ‘Tinchule' is derived from the local term meaning ‘three chullas' (or three ovens), signifying the three hilltops that make up this area.

This scenic spot offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga range, along with a 360-degree view of the surrounding hills and valleys. The serene atmosphere, combined with the stunning mountain vistas, makes Tinchule an ideal destination for those seeking peace and natural beauty.

The viewpoint is especially popular during sunrise and sunset when the changing colors of the sky cast a magical hue over the Kanchenjunga peaks. Tinchule's relatively untouched and pristine environment provides a perfect backdrop for nature lovers and photographers looking to capture the essence of the Himalayas.

3. Lamahatta Eco Park, Darjeeling District

Lush greenery and splendid Kanchenjunga views from Lamahatta Eco Park, Darjeeling District, showcasing nature's splendor.

Lamahatta, a quaint and serene village, is located about 23 kilometers from Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal. The name ‘Lamahatta' is derived from the word ‘Lama', meaning Buddhist monk, and ‘Hatta', meaning hut – a reference to the small huts monks used to reside in. This picturesque hamlet is set amidst lush green forests and terraced farms, offering a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Lamahatta is particularly known for its beautifully landscaped garden, which is a major attraction for visitors.

From Lamahatta, one can enjoy splendid views of the Kanchenjunga range. The eco-park in the village, with its well-maintained gardens and walking trails, provides a serene spot to sit back and admire the majestic panorama of the Himalayas. The park also has designated viewpoints where the grandeur of Kanchenjunga becomes a compelling spectacle, especially during clear mornings.

The peaceful ambiance, coupled with the breathtaking mountain vistas, makes Lamahatta a perfect destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in nature and witness the beauty of Kanchenjunga away from more crowded tourist spots.

4. Batasia Loop, Darjeeling

Historic Batasia Loop in Darjeeling with the Toy Train, providing a unique perspective of Kanchenjunga and local culture.
That's our train at Batasia Loop. Had to blur some strangers in the photo

Commissioned in the year 1919, Batasia loop is a spiral railway that was created to lower the gradient of ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways. At this historic location lies a beautiful, landscaped park and the War Memorial honoring the Gorkha soldiers of the Indian Army.

From here you can get a 360-degree view of the Darjeeling town with the snow-capped Kanchenjunga on the horizon. It's one of the most photogenic spots in Darjeeling.

Places like the Batasia Loop, Peace Pagoda and Ghoom Monastery can be seen on your way back to Darjeeling from Tiger Hill. However, if you don't go there in the early morning, you can visit Batasia loop any time in the day. It is located within the town, only 5km away from Mall Road.

If you've booked a joyride on the Himalayan Railways, you won't need to pay an entrance fee, and the train conveniently stops here for about 15 minutes, giving you ample time to enjoy the view.

  • Timings: 5:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: ₹15 per adult

5. Darjeeling Himalayan Railways

Darjeeling Himalayan Railways offering diverse and picturesque views of Kanchenjunga during the train journey.

A journey on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage site, provides multiple opportunities to view Kanchenjunga. The train journey, with its slow pace and open windows, allows for ample time to enjoy the mountain views along the way, making it a unique and enjoyable experience.

The DHR station itself is a great viewpoint for Kanchenjunga on a sunny day.

  • Timings: 8:00 AM, 10:40 AM, 1:20 PM 4 PM
  • Entry Fee: ₹1500 per adult for steam engine trains, ₹1000 per adult for diesel

Please check the actual timings and current prices on official website before booking. You can also book from the station directly.

6. Mall Road, Darjeeling

Mall Road is a town center of Darjeeling that has an uncanny resemblance with a market square in Europe. Albeit the insane crowd in the evening that truly makes you feel bad about the over-tourism that I too am contributing to.

Standing at an elevation of 2134 meters it provides a spectacular view of Kanchenjunga from the main square, also known as Chowrasta. Vehicles of all sorts are restricted in the Mall road making is a great place to take a stroll in the early morning. So, you can wake up early for a walk in the Mall Road, watching the local life unfold as you ascend to the top.

7. Skywalk, Pelling

Pelling's Skywalk, a modern architectural marvel, offering a unique glass-bottomed view of the majestic Kanchenjunga

The Skywalk in Pelling is a recent and thrilling addition for Kanchenjunga viewing. This glass-bottomed structure, complemented by the giant Chenrezig Statue, offers a stunning perspective of the mountain. The Skywalk has quickly become a must-visit for its unique combination of religious significance and modern architecture, all set against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas.

  • Timings: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: ₹50 per adult

8. Rabdentse Ruins, Pelling

Rabdentse Ruins in Pelling, blending historical significance with uninterrupted views of the Kanchenjunga range.

Once the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Sikkim, these Randentse ruins are now a peaceful sanctuary where history and nature coalesce. The trek to Rabdentse is an easy yet rewarding walk, leading you through a pathway lined with lush forests, often filled with the melodies of various bird species, making it a delight for bird watchers.

As you explore the remnants of the old palace and chortens, you are treated to uninterrupted views of the Kanchenjunga range, standing tall against the sky. This site, with its tranquil ambiance, historical significance, and stunning mountain views, offers a unique experience that combines cultural exploration with natural beauty.

  • Timings: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Rs. 100 per adult for Sidkeong Bird Park and Rabdentse Ruuins

Check out the complete guide to Pelling, my favorite place in Sikkim.

9. Lower Pelling, Sikkim

Picturesque views of Kanchenjunga from a hotel balcony in lower Pelling, showcasing the mountain's grandeur and the serene surroundings
Kanchenjunga as seen from my hotel (c)backpacknplore

The best views of Kanchenjunga that I ever got was from my hotel in Pelling, every single day I stayed there. I woke up early in the morning to see the peak sparkle like gold as the first ray of sun touched it. Then slowly it became brighter and whiter as the breakfast time approached.

I came back from my sightseeing and sat in the balcony watching the peak fade away.

For a wider, unobstructed view of Kanchenjunga, the Helicopter Pad in Upper Pelling is an excellent vantage point. This spot is easily accessible and offers a panoramic view of the mountain range, making it a great alternative to more popular viewpoints.

You can also book a hotel near this location and catch lovely views of Kanchenjunga from your room.

10. Kalimpong Science City

Excited child at Kalimpong Science City, with the educational facility also providing impressive views of Kanchenjunga
My little one was too excited to pose for a picture at Kalimpong Science City

Situated in Kalimpong, Science City not only serves educational purposes but also offers impressive views of Kanchenjunga. It's a perfect spot for families and individuals interested in combining learning with the enjoyment of nature's grandeur.

11. Lolegaon Eco Park

Tranquil setting in Lolegaon Eco Park, offering peaceful views of Kanchenjunga amidst nature

Located in the quaint hill station of Lolegaon, the Eco Park provides a peaceful setting to enjoy views of Kanchenjunga. The park's serene environment, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, makes it an ideal spot for nature lovers.

12. Delo Hills, Kalimpong

Expansive views of Kanchenjunga from Delo Hills, Kalimpong, showcasing the hill's panoramic beauty at sunrise

Delo Hills in Kalimpong is known for its sweeping views of Kanchenjunga. The hills, easily accessible from the town center, offer one of the best panoramic views in the region, making it a popular destination for visitors.

The top attraction here is the British-era landscaped park called the Delo Park. The erstwhile governor's bungalow is located inside the park and has been converted into a hotel now. It is owned by the Kalimpong district administration. The stunning viewpoint also has a “I Love Kalimpong” sign adding another photo opportunity.

You can also book paragliding adventure from here on a clear day. Kalimpong is the top paragliding destination in the eastern side of India.

13. Charkhole, Kalimpong District

Charkhole's stunning and unobstructed views of the Kanchenjunga range, highlighting the area's serene natural beauty.

Charkhole, emerging as a hidden gem in the Kalimpong district of West Bengal, is located approximately 80 kilometers from Darjeeling. This offbeat destination is nestled amidst dense forests of Pine and Oak and offers a serene and unspoiled natural setting, making it an ideal spot for travelers looking for tranquility away from the more popular tourist spots.

Charkhole provides some of the most stunning and uninterrupted views of the Kanchenjunga range. The panoramic vistas from this vantage point are particularly breathtaking, with the mighty peaks of Kanchenjunga dominating the horizon.

Though it is a remote location there are many lovely homestays here with hotel-like amenities. But carry your medicines and essentials when planning a stay in Charkhole.

14. Namchi, Sikkim

Sai Mandir in Namchi  with Kanchenjunga as backdrop
Sai Mandir in Namchi with Kanchenjunga as backdrop (c)backpacknplore

Another fantastic destination with amazing weather where you can enjoy a lovely family vacation with Kanchenjunga views is Namchi, in West Sikkim. Namchi, that literally translates to “top of the sky” is blessed with pristine natural beauty and is speckled with Buddhist monasteries.

Another top attraction in Namchi is the Char Dham temple dedicated to Hindu deity Shiva. Char Dham and Samdruptse Monastery are the top Kanchenjunga viewpoints in Namchi.

15. Buddha Park, Ravangla

The Buddha Park in Ravangla, featuring a towering Buddha statue, offers a spiritual backdrop to the stunning views of Kanchenjunga. The park is a peaceful place for both contemplation and enjoying the mountain views.

16. Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling

Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling, providing a serene and spiritual viewpoint of Kanchenjunga's majestic presence

Also known as Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple, the Japanese Temple was built in 1972 and is located 10 minutes away from the Darjeeling town center, on the hill of Jalapahar. The Peace Pagoda is a white monument in the same complete that stands as a symbol of peace and harmony. It provides splendid views of Kanchenjunga. It's an ideal spot for those seeking a tranquil environment.

17. Tashi Viewpoint, Gangtok

Tashi Viewpoint in Gangtok is a popular spot for panoramic views of Kanchenjunga, especially at sunrise or sunset. Easily accessible, it's a great place to witness the grandeur of the Himalayas in a comfortable setting.

Viewpoints Accessible Through Trek

Several treks in India lead to viewpoints where the grandeur of this colossal peak can be admired. Here are a few notable treks known for their breathtaking Kanchenjunga views, along with their length and difficulty levels.


White snow-covered Kanchenjunga peaks seen up close and gorgeous from Sandakphu.
CC. Unsplash

At 3636 meters, Sandakphu is the highest peak of the Singalila Ridge on the Indo-Nepal border and is the highest point in West Bengal. It is a trekkers' paradise although now you have a motorable road to Singalila National Park.

Sandakphu is the best viewpoint for seeing not just Kanchenjunga but also four of the five highest peaks in the world! Besides Kanchenjunga, you can see the peaks of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. See for yourself in the video below, how clearly these peaks can be seen at Sandakphu

While you can reach here by car and just a little bit of ascent by walk, the trekking trails are worthwhile. The most famous trail is the Sandakphy-Phalut Trek.

The Sandakphu-Phalut Trek, starting from Manebhanjan near Darjeeling, is an enthralling journey through the Eastern Himalayas. Spanning approximately 6-8 days, this trek offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural richness.

Besides the panoramic view of the world's tallest peaks, including the majestic Kanchenjunga, which forms the stunning ‘Sleeping Buddha' silhouette. The highest point of the trek, Sandakphu, offers breathtaking vistas of Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu. As you proceed towards Phalut, the second highest point, you are greeted with an even closer view of these towering peaks. The sunset from Phalut is particularly mesmerizing, casting a golden hue over the snow-clad mountains.

YouTube video

The trek meanders through diverse landscapes within the Singalila National Park, home to a variety of flora and fauna, including the rare Red Panda and Himalayan Black Bear. The path is adorned with rhododendron forests, especially vibrant during the spring bloom. 

  • Length: Approximately 47-50 kilometers (round trip)
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to challenging

Dzongri Top

Typically completed in 5 days, this trek offers stunning views of the Kanchenjunga range from Dzongri Top. The trek starts from Yuksom and traverses through lush forests and quaint villages. The view from Dzongri Top at sunrise, where the peaks are bathed in golden light, is simply mesmerizing.

You can arrange for this trek along with a trip to Pelling in West Sikkim.

  • Length: Approximately 21 kilometers (one way)
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate

Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary Trek

This trek in West Sikkim is relatively easy and is known for its beautiful rhododendron forests. The best time to trek is during the blooming season in spring. From the sanctuary, one can get clear views of the Kanchenjunga range. It’s an ideal trek for beginners or those looking for a less strenuous route.

Length: Varies, but typically around 10-15 kilometers (one way)

Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

Best Months to See Kanchenjunga

Illustrative images depicting the best times to catch a glimpse of the mighty Kanchenjunga, highlighting clear winter skies and lush tea gardens

December and February

Surprisingly it's the winter months that offer clear skies for the best views of Kanchenjunga, though it can be quite cold. The months of December and February are the best months to see Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling, Kalimpong or Sikkim region.

Usually, January gets extremely cold from the Makar Sankranti period, so you may want to avoid that time.

Prepare well for the winter travel using this cold weather packing checklist.

April to May

Spring is another great time, with moderate weather and a good chance of clear views, plus the added beauty of blooming flowers. April to May is a great season to visit for a pleasant escape from the hot and humid weather of the plains.

However, occasionally in spring you may have overcast skies that hides the distant views.

Hotels with the Best Views of Kanchenjunga


These are the best hotels in Darjeeling with Kanchenjunga view.

  • Sterling Hotel: Located on Ghoom Monastery Road, this hotel offers excellent views of Kanchenjunga. This is the best property in luxury category.
  • Summit Swiss Heritage Resort and Spa: A luxurious stay with fantastic mountain views. This is my top pick in the affordable luxury category.


Several hotels in Pelling provide splendid views of Kanchenjunga, allowing guests to wake up to the majestic mountain right from their rooms. These are my top picks based on the views, budget and overall experience.

  • Kaya Gantavya Resort – Luxurious resort with Kanchenjunga Views at Rs. 5000- Rs.6000 per night
  • Summit Newa Regency – A budget hotel within Rs. 2500 per night, feturing outstanding Kanchenjunga views and a rooftop children's park.


In Kalimpong, book a hotel near Delo Park for the best Kanchenjunga views. These are my top picks for the best hotels in Kalimpong with Kanchenjunga views.

You can also book a stay in Lolegaon or Charkhole for an offbeat holiday. Homestays in Charkhole offer spectacular views of Kanchenjunga on a clear day.

Each of these locations, be it easily accessible viewpoints, trekking routes, or hotels, offers a unique perspective of the mighty Kanchenjunga. Whether you're an avid trekker, a casual traveler, or someone who prefers the comfort of a hotel room, there's a perfect spot for everyone to witness the grandeur of this Himalayan wonder.

Top Travel Sites in India for 2024

🏨 Booking.com for the best hotel prices (Price match and free cancellations)

🚗Get discounts on package tours and special experiences with Viator

🚶🏼‍♂️Free walking tours on Freetour

🛏️For free accommodations, use Trusted House Sitters

What's Next?

Hope you liked reading this post and found some great ideas for your next trip to the east. Here are a few more posts that might interest you.

Similar Posts


  1. The views of Kanchenjunga look incredible! I did some hiking in Nepal before and Darjeeling is another place where I’d love to go. The landscape looks fantastic!

    1. Sinjana Ghosh says:

      Thanks Marga. I’d love to visit Nepal one day

  2. Trisha Velarmino says:

    Hi Sinjana! Thanks for this post. Question: what is the best season to visit Kanchenjunga for trekking and optimal weather conditions? Are there any specific times of the year when trekking in Kanchenjunga is not advisable due to weather or other conditions?

    1. Sinjana Ghosh says:

      Thanks Trisha. The best time for the trekking trails mentioned here is in April. The weather is warmer and the rains are at bay too. In May the summer kicks in but there are rains, and by July it’s peak monsoon. So April to early May is ideal for trekking. It’s also the season of rhododendrons.

  3. Love all these different viewpoints! Such a great guide 🙂

  4. How cool that you got to see Kanchenhjunga from so many different viewpoints! I love it that this is possible. Which do you find the best?

    1. Sinjana Ghosh says:

      Thanks a lot Cosette for reading. The best view was in the early morning from my rooftop in Pelling

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *