The trek to Tiger Hill is among the easier level treks in the East Himalaya Region and also the most fascinating. Even the old and very young can undertake this hike because of its moderate climb; also, ponies and porters are available for visitors who are disabled.
Tiger Hill top is situated at an altitude of 8500 feet and offers a captivating view of the early morning sunrise. Tourists throng in large numbers to get a glimpse of the surreal phenomenon of watching the sun rising over the mountains like a red-flaming orb. In addition, enchanting view of the mountains like the Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest, Makalu, Pandim, Kabru, Siniolochu, Kumbakaran and Ratong, among others, is visible from the top of the hill.
The trek starts from the heart of the town in Chowrasta leading to Toongsoong, Alubari, Jorebungalow and Senchal before finally reaching Tiger Hill covering a distance of 12 km. The trail is covered with ancient forests of pine, oak and fir ornamented by rhododendrons and orchids.
Interesting places en route:
Mag Dhog Yolmowa Gompa - It was built by Rev Sangay Lama of Yolmo in 1914, during the First World War and is dedicated to world peace. The monastery houses murals and paintings of the Buddha created in Tibetan art forms and religious scriptures written by great Tibetan masters. Tibetan and Sikkimese artifacts and handicrafts is sold here by the monks themselves.
Buddhist graveyard – Buddhist graveyards are fascinating pieces of miniature architecture. In the past tantric lamas used to practice here to gain great powers; the graveyard lies in an unkempt state covered by ancient pine and oak trees.
Senchal Lake – The Senchal Lake is the source of drinking water for the entire town of Darjeeling, and is located at an altitude of 8295 feet on a plateau. It is covered with a thick forest of evergreen and wooded trees including rhododendrons and orchids. One can also find numerous shrines here dedicated to the Banjhakri or the nature spirits of the forest.
Satya Yuga Cave Temple – Among the most sacred, oldest and fascinating temple in the entire Darjeeling district, the Satya Yuga Cave Temple, is supposed to date back thousands of years in Earth's history. The Satya Yuga refers to the Golden Age of Humanity when the Gods walked among human beings. The shrine inside the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva but all deities are worshipped here; it is believed that the cave has its exit at Siliguri – 78 km away from its entrance. Historians believe that it was used by a prehistoric civilization that existed thousands of years ago.